Rothwell Armed Robber Apprehended by Diligent Police Dog

An alleged armed robber was apprehended in Rothwell, thanks to the keen instincts of a Queensland police dog named Gator. 



The incident unfolded when a 26-year-old Riverview man threatened staff at a local business with scissors and attempted to make a hasty escape.

On the evening of 15 Dec 2023, the accused entered a Rothwell business and reportedly attempted to leave without paying for several items. As he tried to exit, he allegedly brandished a pair of scissors, raising concerns among the store’s staff. Undeterred, the man fled through a nearby carpark, clutching the stolen items.

Local law enforcement officers promptly responded to the incident. Notably, they managed to locate the stolen property along with a backpack belonging to the suspect in the vicinity. The backpack held an unexpected discovery—an amount of cannabis.

The key to resolving this incident came in the form of a diligent police dog, Gator, and his handler, Senior Constable Leybourne. With their unwavering determination and tracking skills, they led officers to a Wattle Rd address in Rothwell, where the alleged robber had sought refuge.

Following his capture, the 26-year-old Riverview man was charged with armed robbery, possession of a dangerous drug, possession of a drug utensil, and eight unrelated stealing offences.



He appeared at the Brisbane Magistrates Court on 20 Dec 2023, facing the consequences of his alleged actions.

Published 22-Dec-2023

Leisel Jones Drive Unveiling in Rothwell Accompanied by Grand Festivities

She’s a dead set legend – Leisel Jones OAM, a four time Olympian, three time Olympic Gold Medalist and one of the world’s greatest ever female swimmers. With seven World Championships titles, nine Olympic medals, 10 Commonwealth Games gold medals, 14 individual world records and 23 National titles, she had nothing named after her in Brisbane … until now.



On Saturday, 5 Aug 2023, in Rothwell, Leisel Jones Drive will be finally and officially named – because her Triple M co-hosts and her fans wouldn’t take no for an answer!

AND Leisel is going to give away all of her state swimming medals (because that’s what legends do)!

The naming day will start with a free breakfast at 7:45 a.m. behind Bunnings at Rothwell. A motorcade will follow at 9:45 a.m. whilst Triple M’s RUSH HOUR with Leisel Jones, Laim and Dobbo will air live from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. 

Prepare for an extraordinary procession of cars and a lively marching band, fit for a legend. The lineup includes:

  • Gene from Main Beach, arriving with a Mahindra Scorpio that holds the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Crossing by a production vehicle of the Simpson Desert.
  • Ash from Eagleby, showcasing his beloved 2017 Ford Mustang.
  • Peter from Wakerley, presenting a 2000 Sydney Olympics Edition Commodore, even though it is no longer in his possession.
  • Shane, the esteemed President of the FX-FJ Holden Club of Qld, joining with his impressive 1954 Holden Special Hotrod, complete with eye-catching go-faster flames.

Adding to the excitement, the purple Cadillac from the Elvis Film will be making an appearance. For context, Leisel previously interviewed and developed an admiration for Austin Butler just before the release of the Elvis movie.

Leisel Jones Drive
Photo Credit: Supplied

About Leisel Jones

The former competition swimmer and Olympic gold medallist made a splash in the sports world at the age of 15 during the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Known for her classic breaststroke technique and remarkable achievements in the Olympics, Leisel has been an inspiration to aspiring swimmers worldwide. 



After an illustrious career in the pool, Leisel took on new challenge as she transitioned from being an athlete to being a media personality in 2014. Being one of the most renowned and prominent sports icons in Australia, she has made a name for herself as an outstanding media personality with vast expertise in commentating, conducting interviews, hosting, and engaging in light entertainment.



Having surmounted personal challenges, Leisel is a vocal champion for mental health assistance and promoting a positive body image. She actively supports these charitable causes by collaborating with organizations that hold special significance to her, such as Beyond Blue.



Published 4-Aug-2023

Plans Unveiled For Major Expansion Of Vehicle Showroom In Rothwell

Plans have been submitted for a significant expansion of a vehicle showroom at 731-737 Deception Bay Road in Rothwell.


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The proposed development at Deception Bay Rd in Rothwell, designed by WIM Architects, is set to be a two-storey building that will provide showrooms for five vehicle brands: Kia, Subaru, Jeep, Isuzu, and Volkswagen. 

The ground floor will be designated for vehicle space, with office space located on the first floor.

Rothwell
Photo credit: WIM Architects

The existing showroom at the subject site will be removed to pave the way for the proposed redevelopment, with no modifications planned for the workshop or access to the road.

According to the planners at Tam Dang Planning, the proposed Vehicle Showroom has been designed with a focus on creating visual interest along the Deception Bay Road frontage. 

Rothwell
Photo credit: WIM Architects

This will be achieved by incorporating architectural elements such as increased use of openings, contrasting solid and textured materials, and varied colors to reduce bulk and scale while also differentiating between the different tenancies within the building.

The showrooms will span 2,275 sqm, with an existing workshop covering 1,003 sqm. There will be 24 customer car park spaces, 20 staff parking spaces, and 78 service/stock car park spaces, along with a landscaped area.

Photo credit: WIM Architects

The hours of operation for the vehicle showroom will remain the same, with no modifications proposed as part of the redevelopment.

The proposed upgrade to the vehicle showroom in Rothwell will maintain the two existing access points, allowing for convenient and efficient customer and staff access to the site.


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To learn more about the development application, visit Moreton Bay Regional Council’s DA Tracker, with the number DA/2022/1899.

Published 11-April-2023