NAIDOC flag raising ceremony at the Queensland Police Service Academy, north Queensland
Member for Townsville Scott Stewart MP, representing Minister for Police and Minister for Corrective Services, the Honourable Mark Ryan MP, joined Acting Chief Superintendent Dale Frieberg and Acting Chief Superintendent Steve Munro yesterday to formally unveil a ‘Look to the Stars’ plaque and NAIDOC flag raising ceremony at the Queensland Police Service Academy, north Queensland.
‘Look to the Stars’ was launched by the QPS in May 2018 and serves as a visual reminder of our past, present and future engagements with all Indigenous communities throughout Queensland.
Former Commissioner Ian Stewart initiated a Look to the Stars ‘Acknowledgement to Country’ plaque that is gradually being placed at all QPS establishments.
At yesterday’s ceremony, another plaque in honour of Indigenous Elder Samuel Rueben was also formally unveiled.
Mr Rueben was a Townsville Indigenous advocate, youth and suicide prevention campaigner and was committed to raising issues affecting many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.
His mission was to educate the community to eliminate prejudice and foster the celebration of culture by empowering individuals to explore their own identities with pride and confidence.
Acting Chief Superintendent Munro said he was honoured to see Mr Rueben’s plaque unveiled and to recognise the important work of the Elder who was dedicated to fighting youth crime in Townsville.
“Throughout his life, Mr Rueben was active in the community and strived to see a better Townsville,” Acting Chief Superintendent Munro said.