Police anger over rent hike
Police officers will start leaving regional towns after the State Government imposed a $30-a-week rental increase, the WA Police Union says.
The rise equates to an additional $1560 a year for government regional officer houses (GROH) from July 1 this year.
WAPU president George Tilbury said officers in regional areas had received a $2000 pay increase over two years while the Government increased its rents by $3120.
Mr Tilbury said the higher rents would put policing services in regional areas at risk.
“There are some places in the State where it is very difficult to attract police officers and increasing the rent is going to make the situation worse,” he said.
“Some of the houses police officers are allocated to rent in regional WA are substandard and we believe it is very unfair for our members to be forced to pay more rent for a shabby house,” he said.
“Further to that, rental prices across regional WA have actually been falling — not going up.”
Mr Tilbury said police officers were different to other government employees and it was not feasible for them to rent or buy their own properties because of tenure and transfer policies. “It is too risky for police officers to source their own rental properties because they can be moved at the drop of a hat, “he said.