Gavin Waters

Gavin Waters has been a Police Liaison Officer (PLO) in St George for the past 3 years and is recognised and respected not only within his home town of St George but within the whole Balonne Shire.

A descendent of the Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay people from South West Queensland.

Gavin provides cultural awareness and local protocol advice to new constables who start at St George Station. He also assists other stations within the Roma district with cultural awareness.

"I am the go-between or mediator for police and the community; a great challenge I constantly look forward to," Gavin said.

An active member of his community, Gavin is always busy doing something. From chairing community education forums and attending community meetings to assiting with monthly Bluelight discos - you name it Gavin is involved in it.

"I enjoy working with my community. I've been doing it since I was 14 when I used to go down to Rowden Park and referee junior rugby league games and touch footy as a volunteer.

"These days I captain the local RSL cricket team comprising of local Indigenous people, graziers and police all participating together to achieve local cricket premiership status," he said.

Gavin also coordinates the St George Australian Rugby League over 35's rugby league team that competes in a non-competitive family-friendly Masters tournament on the Gold Coast in March each year.

Despite the challenges that come with his job, Gavin wouldn't have it any other way.

"It is rewarding when you get to work in partnership with other local Murri Service providers towards improving local Indigenous community and Queensland Police Service outcomes," he said.

Gavin is quick to credit his parents for his good work ethic.

"My parents inspired me - providing me with a good work ethic and teaching me about the importance of treating people with respect," he said.

"This is a trait I have passed onto my children and my grandchildren."