Crime response a ‘Band-Aid’ fix
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.