MEMBER for Murray Plains Peter Walsh is stepping up the fight for more police on the beat in Rochester and Kyabram.
Mr Walsh said Campaspe should have been one of the Police Service Areas (PSAs) included in the recent announcement by the Police minister that 65 new police officers are to be deployed to regional stations before they are allocated to a permanent station in the coming months.
“Three years of neglect by the Melbourne Labor Government has left the communities of Rochester and Kyabram at the mercy of violence and crime, and local media reports clearly indicate that there is no reprieve in sight,” Mr Walsh said.
“Residents, particularly elderly residents are fearful and insecure because of the obvious lack of police coverage in the area.
“What we need is more full-time police who are resident in the townships and allocated to the stations permanently.
“Despite a very vocal and active campaign by both communities for additional policing resources this city centric Labor government continues to concentrate its efforts on Melbourne and its fringe growth areas.
“The communities of Rochester, Lockington, Gunbower, Kyabram, Tongala and other outlying areas are under siege and I am again calling on the Police minister Lisa Neville to act.”