Crime re­sponse a ‘Band-Aid’ fix

South Burnett Times - - NEWS -

NANANGO MP and LNP Leader Deb Freck­ling­ton has slammed the State Govern­ment’s re­sponse to the Re­claim the South Bur­nett crime pe­ti­tion and the spike in prop­erty crime across the South Bur­nett as “not good enough”.

She said calls for ex­tra as­sis­tance for the Mur­gon and Cher­bourg com­mu­ni­ties in par­tic­u­lar had gone un­no­ticed for six months.

“It’s taken the Po­lice Min­is­ter Mark Ryan half a year to fi­nally re­alise some­thing needed to be done to tackle the crime wave in the South Bur­nett,” Mrs Freck­ling­ton said.

“Why did it take a po­lice of­fi­cer be­ing hurt dur­ing the ter­ri­ble in­ci­dent in Cher­bourg just re­cently be­fore the min­is­ter of­fered any help at all?

“It was even ad­mit­ted in Mur­gon this week by the po­lice ser­vice that it wasn’t un­til their of­fi­cers were hurt that the La­bor Govern­ment were kicked into ac­tion.

“I know the com­mu­nity is dis­ap­pointed it has taken so long. They have been liv­ing with the con­stant threat of break-ins, stolen cars and prop­erty dam­age. It is tak­ing its toll, es­pe­cially on our elderly and chil­dren.

“While I wel­come the de­ploy­ment of a se­nior of­fi­cer and the Tac­ti­cal Crime Squad, I am very con­cerned that this may be a Band-Aid so­lu­tion.

“I re­ally want to see a long-term strat­egy to boost po­lice re­sources and re­store safety, not a fly-in, fly-out re­sponse.

“There are also four new of­fi­cers in Mur­gon, how­ever these are not new roles, just va­can­cies which have fi­nally been filled.

“I will con­tinue to fight on be­half of the com­mu­nity. I also con­grat­u­late and thank the South Bur­nett com­mu­nity for step­ping up and sign­ing the pe­ti­tion.

“While it has taken too long for crime in our re­gion to be ac­knowl­edged, the sup­port for the pe­ti­tion did high­light the im­por­tance and ur­gency of this is­sue.”


NOT GOOD ENOUGH: LNP Leader Deb Freck­ling­ton says the govern­ment needs to do more to help po­lice and com­mu­ni­ties re­duce crime in the South Bur­nett.

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