The future of Somerville’s soon to open $16.3 million police station remains unclear due to Daniel Andrews’ failure to commit to additional resources for Victoria Police.
Speculation continues that the new purpose built station may not be open to the public.
Shadow Police Minister Edward O’Donohue and Member for Hastings Neale Burgess met with community members outside the yet to be completed station this afternoon, to launch a petition calling on Daniel Andrews to grow police numbers.
Mr Burgess said the expectation of the community was that the new Somerville Police Station would be open and operational in the coming days.
“The Andrews Labor Government has turned its back on the Somerville community,” Mr Burgess said.
“The previous Coalition Government, which was committed to community safety, planned for our growing community by allocating $16.3 million to build the new police station the area desperately needed,” Mr Burgess said.
“It is a disgrace that Dan Andrews is ignoring the safety concerns of our growing community.”
“The community fought hard to secure this police station. After 11 years of being ignored by the Bracks and Brumby Governments, the Coalition listened and built this station”.
“Dan Andrews and Labor must stop playing politics with community safety. This is just another example of the Andrews Government being prepared to rip up any contract to play politics; this time the contract is with the Somerville community and is about community safety”.
Shadow Police Minister Edward O’Donohue said Dan Andrews had not only failed the Somerville community, but all Victorians, by not committing to more police.
“Daniel Andrews has failed to commit to additional police and every day, as Victoria’s population grows, the number of police per capita goes backwards under Labor,” Mr O’Donohue said.
“The challenges Victoria Police now face to make this station operational is a direct result of Labor’s decision to cease the ongoing expansion of Victoria Police since it came to Government.”
“Dan Andrews must prioritise community safety. He needs to build on the legacy of the former Coalition Government and give Victoria Police the resources they need to keep Victorian’s safe.”