Stanthorpe the place to be: (Front to rear) Sunshine Wilson, Lisa Blake and Constable Sharon Hart have all moved from elsewhere to work at the Stanthorpe Police station.
Stanthorpe the place to be: (Front to rear) Sunshine Wilson, Lisa Blake and Constable Sharon Hart have all moved from elsewhere to work at the Stanthorpe Police station.

Newcomers call Stanthorpe home

A CHANGE of circumstances and a long-term plan to escape the city drove the newest addition to Stanthorpe Police to the Granite Belt.

Meet Sunshine Wilson, the 31-year-old receptionist, who is every bit as friendly as her name suggests.

While she only moved to Stanthorpe on March 15 she is already looking at purchasing a house, which is a relief to her boss Lisa Blake – who has struggled to pin down her fellow receptionists for any period of time.

“I’m happy to stay in Stanthorpe, but this is the first time I’ve lived away from my family,” Miss Wilson said.

While she originally had aspirations to become a police officer, Miss Wilson is happy with where she ended up.

However moving from elsewhere is not something which is new to the Stanthorpe police station. Mrs Blake also moved from near Brisbane, and newest officer Constable Sharon Hart – who was originally from Warwick – came from Toowoomba Police.

Const Hart said Toowoomba was her first gig after graduating from eight months training at Oxley.

She explained why she wanted to move to Stanthorpe.

“I wanted to be close to home, while still not policing my home town,” Const Hart said.

Until recently, being a police officer was not something Const Hart had seen herself doing.

For 13 years the now-32-year-old worked at Australian Show Ribbons in Warwick.

“I was sick of doing the same thing,” she said.

So the Assumption College and Warwick State High School graduate gave up her free time and started studying externally, while working full time, to get into the police force.

Now she is in the force, Const Hart said she was enjoying the difference in policing duties which Stanthorpe offered compared with Toowoomba.

“Toowoomba was pretty full on, you were always really busy and the paperwork load was pretty high,” she said.

“Stanthorpe is totally different.”



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