Birdsville's Police Officer to Retire

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Many of you would have met Senior Constable Neale McShane, Birdsville's only police officer.
Neale will be retiring this year after more than 40 years in the police service and 10 years as the officer in charge at Birdsville station.
The full ABC report is here.

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Reply By: cookie1 - Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 at 18:13

Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 at 18:13
Top bloke who has undertaken many recoveries out in the Simpson, trust that he has a good life after work and gets a well deserved rest

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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 at 18:21

Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 at 18:21
Allan, LOL! How many police would you need in Birdsville? I wonder if they will replace him? Michael
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 at 11:23

Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 at 11:23
Just one Michael, but it needs to be the right one!
As the article says...."Now, the search for his replacement is on."
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 at 21:41

Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 at 21:41
Great Job if you get the cooperation and respect from the locals. Michael
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Reply By: OBJ - Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 at 19:04

Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 at 19:04
You wonder who he must have upset to get posted there :)
But he has obviously done a top job and should really enjoy his retirement.
Well done SC McShane. Kick back now and relax.
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Follow Up By: Fab72 - Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 at 09:04

Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 at 09:04
I would have thought the opposite OBJ. Punishment would be a posting to any CBD location.
Personally I see that as a dream job. Not like the organisation is about to close down so it's a job for life, no seniors looking over your shoulder, more of a community support role than the city equivalent "wave the big stick role", latest model 4X4 and fuel supplied, probably a house too and a awesome community to live and work in.
I see the only negative being when the races are on and the yobbo factor for that one week in a year.
If I could be guaranteed of such a posting, I'd be signing up tomorrow (today being a Sunday).
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 at 09:49

Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 at 09:49
Have to agree,,Fab.Birdsville is a most harmonious township, and I doubt if there's much "policing" to do.

When anything like the races, or rodeo is on, there's fair sized contingent of other police rock up to give him support. Was down there about 3 years ago and Mt Isa traffic branch were getting stuck into everyone, doing breath tests and license checks.

Would be dream job alright, especially at the end of one's career.

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Reply By: Member - John T (Tamworth NSW) - Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 at 19:04

Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 at 19:04
Thanks for the advice Alan. Whenever we have been in Birdsville I've called in to the Station and had a yarn with Neale and have always found him to be the sort of bloke you'd want to come and assist if you were ever in trouble out there. What with him and Peter at the servo to give advice and fix stuff you cannot go wrong. I hope that whoever replaces him has his heart in the remote area (and the family too
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Reply By: vk1dx - Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 at 09:23

Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 at 09:23
Watched it on TV early this morning. On the ABC somewhere around 6AM. Had a chat once on the phone. A regular bloke.

They said the lockup had not had a visitor in 4 years. Says a lot about Neale then. How to deal with anything without a "big stick" as someone put it earlier.

Good on ya mate. Enjoy kicking back.
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Reply By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 at 15:14

Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 at 15:14
Is this the chap? (The one talking in the foreground).


Came across these guys last July.Young guy is from Queensland and the older one is South Australian.

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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 at 16:34

Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 at 16:34
Actually Dunc, Your pic caption is "Northern Territory and Queensland police officers on patrol".
The Queensland officer on the right in 'blues' (probably the "older one") is Senior Constable McShane. I've never met the other.
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Follow Up By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 at 17:10

Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 at 17:10
Thanks Allan, the cock-up was on the captioning of my photo. The guys said the NT copper was supposed to be with them also but hadn't turned up yet. The young guy was from QLD but the older guy was SA.

Will now have to fix up the text on my framing.\

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Reply By: Arlo - Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 at 15:55

Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 at 15:55
A genuine good bloke. I worked with Neale At both Charleville and Quilpie before I left the coppers in 2005. Neale would stay on till he was 70 (I suspect) but retirement is compulsory at 60.
I wish him all the best for the future.
BTW Neale applied for the job, he wasn't sent there for being a bad boy.
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