Po­lice anger over rent hike

Broome Advertiser - - NEWS - Glenn Cord­ing­ley

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.

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