Police boost needed for South Gippsland
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has called on the Andrews Labor Government to work with Victoria Police to increase police presence in South Gippsland.
Mr O’Brien recently called on the Minister for Police in State Parliament to increase the police presence in South Gippsland. Mr O’Brien originally raised the matter in February this year but has repeated his concerns about crime in the region following representations from the Korumburra Business Association.
“I first raised the issue of police presence in South Gippsland after a number of high-profile crimes, particularly in Korumburra, earlier this year.
“My great concern is that we are seen as a soft target in South Gippsland due to limited police presence particularly overnight.
“It concerns me greatly that from Sunday to Thursday nights there’s only a couple of cars on duty in an area stretching from Phillip Island to Welshpool.
“We are generally a very low crime area compared to other parts of the state, but there is a concern in the community that this has made us a soft target, particularly for criminals coming out of Melbourne and the south eastern suburbs.”
Mr O’Brien said the Korumburra Business Association had been proactive and had written to him and the Police Minister and Shadow Minister seeking an improved police presence in the town.
“I am very happy to work with the KBA to raise their concerns.
“As the KBA points out it would be a serious concern if crime were to escalate due to the lack of police numbers and presence around our towns.
“Overall crime has risen 19.4 per cent in South Gippsland Shire since the Andrews Government was elected, which indicates the problem has got worse not better.
“It’s time the Andrews Government looked beyond the suburban fringe and understood the problems that affect our country areas.
“The Government should be working with the Chief Commissioner to improve police presence across South Gippsland.”
The Minister has 30 days to respond to Mr O’Brien.
Friday, 1 June 2018