Gippsland South The Nationals Mirboo North Emergency Services Police Danny O'Brien

The thin blue line almost invisible in Mirboo North

Police presence in Mirboo North has been reduced to virtually zero under the Andrews Labor Government with no permanent presence currently at the Mirboo North Police Station.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien said he’d been contacted by locals concerned about a lack of police presence in the town.

“I understand there are usually three officers stationed at Mirboo North, but due to a combination of factors there is no one permanently stationed in the town.

“This will be a great concern to the Mirboo North community and is something we shouldn’t have to put up with.

“The Andrews Labor Government has made a big song and dance about its recruitment of additional police officers but it appears, as usual, that they’re all destined for Melbourne.”

Mr O’Brien said he had raised concerns about police presence in South Gippsland in Parliament and was concerned that the government is not treating it seriously.

“We are indeed lucky we have a relevantly low crime rate although the most recent figures indicate that crime in South Gippsland increased in the last year and has risen 32 per cent since Labor came to power.

“The fact there is no police presence in Mirboo North is of great concern to the local community. Police numbers across South Gippsland are already stretched very thin with minimal presence between Phillip Island and Welshpool on week nights.

“We now have police from other stations having to cover Mirboo North most of the time and that’s just not acceptable.

“Our local police officers do a good job in the circumstances but they are let down by a government that seems to not care about regional policing.

“The problem appears to be that police are simply not replaced when on leave and that puts the burden onto remaining officers and the community.  This is not good enough and it is time the Andrews Government acted.”

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien with concerned local resident Barbara Pullinger in front of a closed Mirboo North police station.

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