News

Gun display in question

FIRED UP: Paul Fowkes with a section of his gun collection on display on Anzac Day 2015.
FIRED UP: Paul Fowkes with a section of his gun collection on display on Anzac Day 2015.

PAUL Fowkes isn't sure if he will be able to display his gun collection on Anzac Day this year as he continues to wait for licensing approval.

"I am still waiting to hear back and it has been months,” he said.

Paul was in the police force for 25 years and is very passionate about his collection.

He had a display of his guns at his home in Theodore for Anzac Day 2015.

"We had it all approved, no worries at all,” he said.

"We had 300 people come through and have a look and two diggers who were still in town and loved looking at the collection.”

Last year, Paul wanted to do the same thing but had to apply for the licence again.

"They made a decision last minute and said I couldn't display as many as I wanted to. They said I could only display 10,” he said.

"They are using their own methodology so people can't get licences.

"They either don't give feedback in time or don't make any decisions.”

The response came seven days before Anzac Day, leaving Paul with no time to appeal against it and wait for another response.

"It would have been an absolute insult to the display so I didn't run it,” Paul said.

While nothing has changed to the collection and Paul is simply following the licensing protocol, Weapons Licensing will not give him a straight answer.

"They seem to think a display can walk around and shoot people,” he said.

"It is easier to go and get a tank and a get historical licence and park it at an Anzac Day display.''

Paul owns Central Queensland Scopes, a gun shop business based online and in the Theodore newsagency.

He has been collecting for years and wants to be able to share it with others.

"I have lot of stuff, worth a fair bit of money, going back to the Boer War and more recently to Korea and Vietnam.”

Paul went to court in December to appeal the decision and will continue to fight. "We have the support of the local community and local police but Weapons Licensing refuse to give me a response,” he said.

"I have sent lengthy emails with documents that have taken 15 hours to write and they refuse to correspond, refuse to do anything and they just make it up as they go.”

Topics:  anzac 2017 gun display theodore war memorabilia


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Theodore gun display finally a success

YOUNG RECRUITS: Xavier Bugg, Harry Anderson and Warick Dale try on helmets from around the world. Harry offered his expertise on the display, correctly naming most of the firearms.

Ongoing saga has a good result

Woman airlifted to Rocky, police launch investigation

The RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service airlifted a woman in her 20s to the Rockhampton Hospital following a high-speed rollover in Oombabeer.

Emergency services rush to two rural CQ crashes only hours apart

Local Partners

Bruno Mars brings his 24K Magic tour to Australia

But fans are going to have to wait until 2018 for the pop superstar to drop his grenade on our stages.

Most ridiculous thing about the MKR finale

High fives if you managed to watch the MKR finale right through to the end.

“COME on, just tell us who won already!”

Godfather cast reunites at Tribeca

Coppola and the cast of "The Godfather" reunited for one evening and a double feature at Radio City Music Hall to celebrate the film's 45th anniversary. The Tribeca Film Festival closed out its 16th edition Saturday, April 29, 2017, with a grand double feature of "The Godfather," parts one and two.

It was an offer The Godfather cast couldn’t refuse

Val Kilmer confirms cancer battle

Val Kilmer, left, and his son Jack attend a basketball game in Los Angeles in 2014.

Batman actor Val Kilmer tells Reddit Q&A he had cancer.

Groomed by her teacher: Mary-Rose MacColl's sexual abuse

Mary-Rose MacColl’s extraordinary new book ­rewrites the misery memoir.

Mary-Rose MacColl’s new book ­rewrites the misery memoir

American Gods a dream role for Ricky Whittle

Ricky Whittle in a scene from the TV series American Gods.

THE 100 star talks mythology and working with Ian McShane.

House Rules: "I watched as they destroyed my house"

Fiona and Nicole were both in shock at the move. Picture: Supplied

Contestant given just minutes before her entire home was demolished

Falling rents could spell doom for housing prices

What if I told you housing in Australia was getting cheaper?

Couple gets rich renovating run-down city homes

RENO RADICALS: Baden and Nelson Marino-Hall have turned three Toowoomba homes around for profit, saying the Garden City was a haven for renovators like themselves.

The couple has already turned around three homes

Townhouse pitch raises questions over 'high density'

BIG PLANS: Residents have a chance to offer their opinion on plans to build 42 townhouses at Raceview.

Developer plans 42 townhouses for Ipswich suburb

7 million dollar city homes for sale right now

3 Keira Court, Blue Mountain Heights.

Here are seven of Toowoomba's best, and most expensive, houses

'Raping and pillaging': Landlord's anger with nightmare cost

Chris Duane, who is chairman of the body corporate for Terralina Court, says insurance companies are charging too much for premiums.

BODY corporate boss unleashes on huge costs dumped on home owners.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!