Wait’s over: Leyburn Police Constable Chris Stewart stands in front of the decommissioned Leyburn watch-house.
Wait’s over: Leyburn Police Constable Chris Stewart stands in front of the decommissioned Leyburn watch-house.

Policeman settles at Leyburn home

THE police house at Leyburn has stood eerily vacant for about 18 months, but the town now celebrates as noise from Constable Chris Stewart and his family filters from the homestead.

Const Stewart said when he first opened the door to the police house, which also doubles as the Leyburn police station; there was a need to don the rubber gloves.

“There was a lot of dust and heaps of out-dated paperwork,” he said with a laugh.

The highly-decorated officer had been in the force since he was 17 years old but left for about a year to pursue an indigenous affairs role at Cape York Peninsula.

“I’ve been the officer-in-charge at Dalby, the Senior Sergent at St George and busiest place was when I was officer-in-change at Woorabinda, which is about 200km west of Rockhampton,” Const Stewart said.

Due to his time out of the force in Far North Queensland, the 24-hour/seven-days-a-week Leyburn officer had to resume duties as a constable but will be able to retain his rank fairly quickly. The chatty and personable officer said he viewed Leyburn and the Southern Downs as a permanent fixture in his family’s life.

“One of my daughters has been to five schools and she’s only in Year 4, and my poor wife, well I’ve dragged her around for 12 years so it was time to settle,” he said.

Leyburn resident Sally Ehrlich said she was thrilled to have a permanent police officer stationed at the township.



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