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3 December, 2020

Longreach Police officer recognised for community morale

SENIOR Constable Bede Little is one of nine nominees of the Queensland Royal Flying Doctor Service’s (RFDS) Local Hero Award, and you can support the Longreach Police Officer by voting in the award process.

By Hamish Hart

Senior Constable Bede Little was taken back by the Local Hero Award nomination, but is grateful for the support he has received.

The RFDS award recognises community members or organisations who donate their time and energy to maintaining a positive atmosphere among residents through communal events, initiatives or fundraisers.

Other nominees of the State-wide award include Gregory QCWA (Mount Isa); Sue McDonald (Charleville); Trent and Elizabeth Challenger (Roma); James Telford (Cairns); Gregory Clark (Townsville); Jane Milward and The Flying Buskers (Brisbane); RFDS Volunteer Auxiliary (Rockhampton); Bundaberg Rotary Club.

CEO of RFDS Queensland, Meredith Staib, congratulated Senior Constable Little and all other nominees on their outstanding achievements.

“The calibre of nominations was incredibly high. Such was the difficulty in determining nine regional winners,” Ms Staib said.

“On behalf of the RFDS, I would like to congratulate all winners for their efforts to support the Flying Doctor. We simply could not perform the work we do without the help of our supporters and their hard work.”

Senior Constable Little was nominated for his role as a part of Longreach Police, and for establishing the inaugural Ilfracombe Family Fun Day in August 2019 which aimed to promote and raise funds for mental health.

“I was a bit shocked when I found out I was nominated,” Senior Constable Little said. “I received a phone call from RFDS two months ago saying I had been nominated, but I was a little bit embarrassed to find out my mum nominated me.”

Senior Constable Little said his love of the Outback and assisting people led him to the Longreach Police.

“Like a lot of officers, you join Police because you want to help people in crisis,” he said. “I wanted to go out west because I enjoy the laid-back lifestyle, and getting out and about.

“I’ve worked in Thargomindah, Ilfracombe and other rural areas, and I’ve really enjoyed it. I’m a country boy at heart.”

Held at the Ilfracombe Recreational Centre, the Family Fun Day raised more than $4000 for RFDS through community markets, activities and competitions.

Former NRL player, Preston Campbell, and RFDS Queensland Clinical Lead, Dr Tim Driscoll, also appeared as guest speakers to discuss ways mental anguish could be fought against in the Outback.

“The idea was to increase and promote a strong and happy family unit to get people out of depressive states, and at the same time, have a fun event that introduces people to services they can approach if they need help,” Senior Constable Little said.

“RFDS are a great organisation. When I was based in Thargomindah, my son had to be flown out by the Flying Doctor and I really appreciate everything they do.

“We raised money for RFDS because they’re an invaluable asset to country life.”

Winner of the Local Hero Award will receive a $7500 community grant, a grant which Senior Constable Little would utilise, if successful, as a part of next year’s Family Fun Day.

“A lot of locals gave up their time to chip in, and I’m very thankful for everyone who put in the hard yards,” he said. “The day was great and the turnout of 300-plus was even better.

“We had bigger plans for this year, but due to Covid-19, they were scrapped. If we’re successful in winning the grant, it will be donated to the 2021 Family Fun Day which will help make it a bigger and more exciting event.”

Voting for the RFDS Local Hero Award closes on December 8. Votes can be made by visiting www.rfdslocalhero.com.au.


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