Police | September 24, 2018
Kealy commits to safer communities
Community safety in the Western District will be a priority under a Liberal Nationals Government.
Member for Lowan Emma Kealy announced today that if elected The Nationals in government will fund a rebuild of the Coleraine Police Station and kickstart plans for a new police station and courthouse precinct at Hamilton.
Announcing the $3 million funding commitment in the lead up to National Police Remembrance Day on September 29, Ms Kealy said the investment in local resources would support the fantastic work police do protecting our community.
“For too long our hardworking police officers have been working in stations that are rundown and not fit for purpose. It is very difficult to attract and retain police to rural areas when our facilities are falling apart,” Ms Kealy said.
“The Nationals will rebuild the Coleraine Police Station and residence on the existing site which will help to support and attract police to the region and provide a safer community.
“The Hamilton Police Station hasn’t been updated in decades and presents issues regarding privacy and confidentiality, workflow, occupational health and safety and security for both the public and our hardworking police.”
The neighbouring Courthouse requires major redevelopment to address current security issues when escorting offenders from the police station and to ensure safe separation of victims and offenders.
“Because this is a complex project to integrate the Police Station, CIB and Courthouse into one connected precinct we need to first undertake extensive planning, the vital first step towards the long awaited rebuild of the Hamilton Police Station,” Ms Kealy said.
“The Liberal Nationals recognise it’s essential for our local police to be provided with the premises and resources they need to do their job and keep us safe.”
Since Daniel Andrews took office in 2014, crime offences across the Southern Grampians Shire Council have risen 58.34 percent.
“Only the Liberal Nationals have a plan for safer communities and will deliver a better deal for regional Victoria,” Ms Kealy said.
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