Bay Island residents have called for an increased police presence on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBI) at a Law and Order forum held on Russell Island recently.

More than 200 SMBI residents attended the forum, organised by State Member for Redlands Matt McEachan and Cr Mark Edwards. Queensland Police, Brisbane Bayside Crime Stoppers and Redland City Council were also in attendance.

Mr McEachan said the forum enabled residents to have their say on crime, which was one of the top issues identified on the Bay Islands in his electorate- wide survey last year.

“Residents are worried about crime and the level of support their local police are receiving on the Islands,” Mr McEachan said.

“While residents expressed their appreciation with the work done by current officers, they want more resourcing for additional police officers. In particular, they made the comparison between the Bay Islands and North Stradbroke Island who have six full-time officers for less residents.”

Brisbane Bayside Crime Stoppers Chairman Paul Fitzpatrick reiterated to residents the role of Crime Stoppers, and how reporting anonymously to their line, or to Police Link, can reduce the pressure on police officers.

Residents on the SMBI and mainland can further have their say on law and order issues affecting their local community via a new Law and Order survey which can be accessed via