Two years ago a group of Bathurst Island ladies from Bima Wear read the NT News and commented on how naughty those “bikkies” are (bikies).
This simple comment has led to the community’s very own Crime fighting team of women who educate their community about child abuse issues, sexting and other issues affecting the region.
In late May members of the CAT team, Detective Superintendent James A O’Brien from Sex Crimes Division and Ruby Gaea went to the Island to launch ‘The Bikkies’ and their new cartoon promoting real issues in a fun and entertaining way.
Supt O’Brien said supporting community members to promote messages is the best way to get them out.
“I am so impressed with this initiative. The community are so receptive to viewing ‘The Bikkies’ cartoon episodes. I’ve always liked cartoons as a kid but to know the people they’re based on is pretty special.
“The CAT unit of NT Police have worked really hard to develop this strong partnership with the community and Ruby Gaea and the end result is a strong, appealing cartoon that resonates well with everyone out here,” he said.
While the cartoon characters are larger than life they accurately reflect their ‘owners.’ Deanna Woody, known as ‘Boombah’ in The Bikkies said it was great to be involved.
“We took photos of us so the cartoons could be made. We had to voice it over and I needed to be really loud and laugh a lot.
“We had a lot of fun but also want to get the message out to young people and hopefully they can stop with the bad messaging and facebook. I’d like to make more episodes so hopefully our community really like the cartoons and we can then do more,” she said.
ABC’s 730 Report will feature ‘The Bikkies so make sure you watch on Friday 31 May at 730pm.
To view The Bikkies episodes on your private computer on You Tube go to: http://goo.gl/91M2v