News

Officer is determined to finish ride

Renae Kelly, Ron Waters-Marsh, Snr Sargeant Dave Parnell and Snr Sargeant Gary Knack meet ahead of their Wall to Wall Rememberance Ride.
Renae Kelly, Ron Waters-Marsh, Snr Sargeant Dave Parnell and Snr Sargeant Gary Knack meet ahead of their Wall to Wall Rememberance Ride. Lee Constable

COMPLETING the Wall to Wall Ride for Remembrance is more important than ever for former Mackay police officer Ron Waters-Marsh.

Not only does he think it's important to honour fallen police officers, but he is on a personal quest to complete the final leg of the ride after a road accident during the last year's event prevented him from doing so.

"Last year I finished in an ambulance, helicopter and plane. This year I want to complete it," Mr Waters-Marsh said.

The Wall to Wall ride, which originally started in 2009 and was from Sydney to Canberra, has since grown in popularity and there are nearly 1000 riders registered this year.

"All of the profits raised on the ride will go towards the Police Legacy, which supports the families of fallen officers," he said.

"I think people sometimes forget that police are there to protect the community. And it's one of the few jobs where you might not come home at night."

Four riders from the Mackay area will leave Mackay on Tuesday to head straight to Brisbane.

"We will be doing about five to seven hour long rides each day," he said.

Yesterday newcomers to the ride, like Eton police station officer-in-charge Senior Constable Gary Knack, met with riders who made the trek last year.

Constable Knack said he was not daunted by the long distance, because he has made long trips on bikes before.

"I have always ridden bikes," he said.

Riders have already left from the Northern Territory to join the ride which finishes up at the Police Remembrance ceremony in Canberra.

The riders from Mackay will leave town on Tuesday.

Topics:  fundraiser, motorcycle ride, police



5 places hiring in Warwick right now

GET HUNTING: Nab your dream job today.

Nab your dream job today.

Hoon's case goes up in smoke

school04a
A car rammed into a set of gates at Woodcrest College at the weekend.
Photo: Sarah Harvey JA0410HL
News: Andrew Korner

A hoon told the magistrate he did donuts because he was bored.

A short drive could save you big

LEYBURN LIVING: The cheapest house on the market in the Warwick region at the moment is this three-bedroom home.

This Leyburn spot is the cheapest house on the region.

Local Partners

9000 reasons to support our community clubs

Community clubs are good at what they do. They are not so good at telling the world about what they do, as Clubs Queensland CEO Doug Flockhart explains.


Airbourne talk drop bears, beer and taxes

Airbourne have a new album coming out and a new tour on the way.  Photo Contributed

Airbourne release album for the aussie battler

Pippa Middleton had 3000 private photos stolen

Author Pippa Middleton

Author's account hacked to access 3000 private photos

Gruen star discovers the body's limits in new hit TV show

Todd Sampson tries out MMA fighting during TV series BodyHack.

Gruen star pushes the limits in new TV series

Deftones return to Australia with string of dates

Deftones are back in town. Photo Contributed

World renowned nu-metal pioneers return

How the Gruen guy's t-shirts took on a life of their own

Documentary filmmaker and Gruen panellist Todd Sampson.

What started out as simple workwear has become a trademark

Disney pulls costume for cultural appropriation

Disney has taken a costume off shelves out of respect for Islanders

Rural properties expected to soar as investors seek income

Rural properties are should become highly sought after

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Rocky proves prime real estate in latest REIQ report

Kas Woch sold this Wood St home in Depot Hill for $107,000 in August.

A new investor's market as Rocky house prices hit lowest in state