Survey says: give us more police
Rochester residents reveal their No 1 priority
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
Rochester Community House coordinator Amanda Logie and Glyn Francis.