Sur­vey says: give us more po­lice

Rochester res­i­dents re­veal their No 1 pri­or­ity

Campaspe News - - NEWS - By VIVI­ENNE DUCK

ROCHESTER wants more po­lice.

That was the over­whelm­ing re­sponse from res­i­dents who took part in the Rochester Com­mu­nity House sur­vey.

Co­or­di­na­tor Amanda Lo­gie said the results were in­ter­est­ing.

‘‘We were over­whelmed with the 63 re­sponses we got con­sid­er­ing the first time we did a sur­vey I think we only got 15 re­sponses,’’ she said.

‘‘But it isn’t sur­pris­ing that the po­lice is­sue was num­ber one.’’

Eigh­teen peo­ple voted that the po­lice pres­ence wasn’t enough and that a 24-hour sta­tion was needed.

The sec­ond high­est re­sponse was bet­ter pub­lic trans­port (9).

Ms Lo­gie said the sur­vey was the re­sult of the planned clo­sure of Mur­ray Goul­burn.

‘‘It re­ally shook the town and I think a lot of peo­ple wanted to have their say on what makes Rochy great and what we could im­prove on,’’ she said.

‘‘It was great to see that com­mun- ity life was what ticked the most boxes for peo­ple.’’

Twenty two of those who par­tic­i­pated voted com­mu­nity life as the big­gest draw­card for them to choose Rochester. There were 13 who said fam­ily, 12 for lo­ca­tion and 10 for the local schools.

Of the 63, 41 per cent were aged 41 to 60, 66 per cent of them had lived in town for more than six years and 85 per cent bought their own home.

Glyn Fran­cis moved to Rochester in 1993 af­ter a Herald Sun ar­ti­cle ti­tled Town in turn-around.

‘‘There’s one town in Vic­to­ria that has put the re­ces­sion be­hind it and is look­ing towards a bright fu­ture,’’ the first line reads. ‘‘On both sides of Rochester’s wide streets, doors are open­ing, busi­nesses are thriving and morale is high. But two years ago this friendly, close-knit com­mu­nity of 7,600 (only 2,600 live in the town it­self) was star­ing down the bar­rel of a ru­ral re­ces­sion.’’

Ms Lo­gie said Glyn was a per­fect ex­am­ple of what makes Rochy thrive.

‘‘It is the com­mu­nity-driven peo­ple who make our town great,’’ she said.

‘‘So it was great that Glyn was the per­son who was ran­domly se­lected from those who par­tic­i­pated in the sur­vey to re­ceive a $50 Rochester Busi­ness Net­work gift card.

‘‘Although a lot has changed since that ar­ti­cle in 1993, Rochy is still the same great place.’’

‘ A lot of peo­ple wanted to have their say on what makes Rochy great and what we could im­prove on ’ — Amanda Lo­gie

Photo: Jodi Dob­son

Rochester Com­mu­nity House co­or­di­na­tor Amanda Lo­gie and Glyn Fran­cis.

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