Mansfield residents refuse call to end reserve blockade
Residents on the Mansfield reserve say they are still struggling to get around the blockade imposed by Queensland police after a violent standoff.
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Police say "all is calm" on reserve
Police say more than 100 people may be behind barricade
At least one resident is on the ground after being assaulted during the disturbance, which started around 11.30am and lasted until 1.15pm.
Residents from the surrounding community of Ashburton, near the Bayswater River on the northern side of the reserve, said they had been in constant fear of attack and that police did not respond to calls.
"When I started moving into my house on Monday, there were just people behind us in my yard because everyone knew everyone and that was what was really scary," said James Peeples.
"Now when I turn around at night they're coming back through the bush and they're coming at us, but they can't go around the perimeter so we just have to be really careful around the reserves."
Mr Peeples said the community was "fighting against a very evil force" but police, in particular Sergeant Chris Lewis, were acting in "very good faith".
He said: "We're trying to get them off the Reserve and we think we've done a good job because of what happened on Monday night."
On Tuesday police released a statement saying the community was safe, that they were "taking steps" towards "restoring order".
The force also released CCTV images which showed five men dressed in black entering the bush on a motorbike.
The reserve police operations officer, Superintendent Mark Jones, said residents were not being threatened, and it was clear to him the situation was now under control.
"It's an outstanding situation and the occupiers are coming and they're coming at us," he said.
"We are being very careful with what we are doing because that is where this is headed and that is where our goal of getting the occupiers off the reserve is."
In a letter to residents, Mr Lewis said the operation involved taking all necessary steps, including "a search of all homes on the reserve and our police presence along the reserve and in the adjacent area of Ashburton in the area surrounding it".
The operation would not have "any direct effect on the operation in the community as to whether there will be further disturbances from those involved", he wrote.
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Gas conversion workshop owner plays down rebate, saying he's willing to work with industry
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The Utah Department of Finance will decide whether or not it wants to take part in the study within the next week, said Brian Johnson, a spokesman for the department. He declined to discuss the feasibility study, saying in a statement: "The Department's primary mission is to promote energy efficiency, market-driven development, and protect and promote the state of Utah as a premier destination for energy development."
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