THE brother of murdered Mackay girl Marilyn Wallman feels like banging his head up against a wall in frustration.
Rex Wallman said he had fresh leads in the 41-year murder investigation involving his younger sister, but following the introduction of Queensland Premier Campbell Newman's new anti-bikie laws, all Mackay police resources had been diverted into ridding the state of criminal gang members.
Mr Wallman said there were only two cold case detectives in Queensland and three weeks ago he'd been told one would be travelling to Mackay to follow up new leads in Marilyn's case.
But only a few days later he was informed the detective would not be coming.
"I firmly believe that all resources are being focused at the bikies.
"That might be a good thing but once again we've been basically shafted because we had this glimmer of hope that someone was going to come here and be dedicated to looking at Marilyn's case and following up these fresh leads and we've basically been told Campbell Newman has decided to send him elsewhere," Mr Wallman said.
He said Mackay detectives had been "fantastic" during the 41-year investigation process into Marilyn's disappearance, and State Government was instead to blame for a lack of resources in the city.
"Our focus as a family is getting Marilyn's case solved… we're getting nowhere fast," he said.
"We have what we feel is substantial information that needs to be followed through.
"Put quite simply, in Mackay we don't have the resources to do it.
"And now, with what Campbell Newman is doing … focussing all the efforts on cleaning up the bikies … it's taking the focus off.
"I can guarantee you that if this was one of Campbell Newman's family members there would be every detective available working on the case, so why is it different for some and not for others?"
Mr Wallman and other family members travelled to the Sunshine Coast to take part in the Walk for Daniel to highlight their missing person case of more than 41 years.
The family were able to speak with Premier Campbell Newman and were encourage by his interest in the case.
Mr Wallman said through a freedom of information process he'd obtained Queensland Police statistics on the number of detectives spread throughout the state.
He said the information he received showed there were 21 detectives in the Mackay region scattered throughout areas like Moranbah and in the city.
Mr Wallman said Rockhampton had 24 detectives all based in the city and Townsville had 48.
"That's the sort of stuff that makes us feel like banging our heads up against a wall," he said.
POLICE AREN'T DROPPING THE BALL
MACKAY police Superintendent Terry Borland disputes Rex Wallman's claims all the region's policing resources are being focused on criminal motorcycle gangs.
While there might be a heightened focus in light of the new anti-bikie laws, Superintendent Borland said it wasn't "to the detriment of our core business".
Supt Borland said it was critical the Mackay community understood this.
"We are very, very conscious of not dropping the ball in terms of our core business and what the community expects us to do for them," he said.
Police investigative teams involved in cold case matters, and other protracted murder investigations, hadn't been redeployed to chase bikies, Supt Borland said.
"I'm sure that anything he's got relative (to the case)... if it's credible evidence, it will be followed up."
Supt Borland couldn't comment on Mr Wallman's claims that a cold case officer, who was travelling to Mackay to investigate the fresh leads, was no longer coming.
"I don't know where that information is coming from," he said.
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