News

New police phone app can help find missing kids

PRATTEN grandfather Jay Innman is urging others to download a new smartphone application which helps parents quickly provide vital information to police if their child goes missing.

The Australian Police Child ID App was adapted from the successful FBI Child ID App in the United States.

It is free to download and allows parents and guardians to easily collect and send important information about their child to authorities if they disappear or are abducted.

Mr Innman, 52, has six grandchildren aged between 18 months and 13 years and downloaded the app after it was launched on Wednesday.

"I did it for my grandkids to make sure they are safe and sound," he said.

"When they go to high school, they will be catching the bus to and from Warwick which is a 30 minute drive.

"I like to be prepared and we think it's a good idea."

The application allows families to store photographs and information such as the child's name, address, date of birth, description and emergency contact phone numbers.

Mr Innman said many parents would not be thinking straight when questioned by police if they child went missing.

A police spokesperson said the application was free for Android and iPhone users.

"While the vast majority of children who go missing are quickly returned safely, usually within 24 hours of going missing, the application can be used to quickly provide crucial information to police, assisting them to expedite their search," the spokesperson said.

"The application also includes safety advice and checklists for parents on keeping children safe, information about what to do in the hours immediately after a child goes missing and provides quick and efficient access to emergency contact phone numbers."



Gunalda service hub could create up to 50 new jobs

The new United service centre being built just south of Gunalda.

A $10m service centre at Gunalda will boost employment

3 major projects go before Gympie Regional Council

INFRASTRUCTURE: Anglers will not need a boat to reach one of Tin Can Bay's best fishing spots, if councillors succeed in lobbying the state government for its $2 milion cost

Overdue water project, CBD upgrade and a $6 million jetty

Gympie gathers to remember fallen police officers

CARRY THE WEIGHT: Flag bearers Snr Constable Robert Smith, Constable Luis Larrate and Mr Chris Sang recover the flags following the 2016 ceremony.

GYMPIE community comes together to remember fallen friends.

Local Partners

Talented young musicians hitting all the right notes

PITCH PERFECT: Gympie High School Students Eliza Parker and Sarah Thomas ahead of their big weekend at the Conservatorium in Brisbane.

YOUNG Gympie musicians are hitting the next level.

Kim Kardashian West wants restraining order against prankster

She was attacked by Vitalii Sediuk for the second time in two years

Cliff Richard to release 101st album

Sir Cliff Richard's album cover

Sir Cliff Richard is to release his 101st album

Gympie Gig guide for the coming weekend

SOULFUL: Gypsy Hawk will play the Kin Kin Country Life Hotel this Saturday night from 7pm.

Want to know about Gympie's nightlife? Read on!

CMC Rocks faces fan backlash over date change, headliners

The 10th annual CMC Rocks festival will be headlined by The Dixie Chicks.

FANS are not happy about festival being pushed back by two weeks.

Gympie Century 21 owner forges his own path

ON THE ROAD TO SUCCESS: Billy Mitchell (right) with Queensland franchise manager at Century 21, Glenn Stanton.

It's been a meteoric rise over the past few years for Billy Mitchell

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Huge Gunalda service station set to open by December

NEW STATION: The Gunalda Service Centre, owned by United Petroleum, will include a 350-seat eating area and a truckers lounge.

The massive servo is the biggest United development in Queensland.

Highway upgrade drives momentum in affordable market

Accessibility and affordability are keeping interest high

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'