Whitfield still waiting for police officer
Tuesday 31 January 2017
The Whitfield community continues to wait for a police officer despite assurances the station would be staffed, Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy said.
“Whitfield and King Valley residents have lobbied for a long time to have an officer at the unmanned station and they are still waiting two months on from being told that it would happen,” Mr McCurdy said.
“I was in Cheshunt on Thursday where I spoke to residents about their concerns regarding the still vacant station.
“There was an influx of visitors to the King Valley region over the holiday period and it’s a shame the officer wasn’t here for that busy time.”
Mr McCurdy said Whitfield had now been without a police officer at the station for some two years.
“This is the Police Minister’s fault and this needs to be fixed,” he said.
“I asked the Police Minister in Parliament in November last year for a date when an officer would be returned to Whitfield and yet we are still waiting.
“The Andrews Government committed to not closing one man police stations, however after nearly two years without a full-time police member at Whitfield, the police station is effectively closed to the community.”
Mr McCurdy said residents reported an increase in theft since the station had been unmanned as well as concerns about deer hunting.
“I told the Police Minister last year that this community needs a date when a police member will return.
“Why do local people have to fight for the services they need and deserve?
“Law and order is out of control in Melbourne and ignoring our smaller communities is a recipe for disaster.”