Police will be out in force ‘everywhere’
Foot patrols, heavy road focus for big weekend Holden out, so BMW to keep the force moving
WANGARATTA Highway Patrol has taken possession of its first of three new BMW 530ds, which will replace its current Holden SS Commodores.
Victoria Police is rolling out the replacement fleet across the state, with BMW chosen from a worldwide tender, prompted by the end of Holden’s Australian manufacturing.
Acting Sergeant Pat Murray of Wangaratta Highway Patrol said the twin-turbo diesel vehicles can go from zero to 100kph in 5.5 seconds “which allows us to catch up to anyone we need to as quick and safe as possible”.
He said the vehicles come equipped with moving radar, in-car video, and will get a 360 degree automatic number plate recognition system, which will scan all cars at the rear, front and side.
RURAL City of Wangaratta council is offering free green waste disposal this month.
Residents can dispose of their green waste at no charge throughout the month at any of the rural city’s transfer stations.
Council’s director of infrastructure services, Alan Clark, said the service is particularly important this year due to low winter rainfall and increased fire risk this summer.
“With dry summer conditions forecast across the municipality, we encourage residents to keep grassed areas well maintained and remove any excess vegetation including branches, dead trees and any other woody material around their homes,” he said.
Mr Clark said sites will be supervised and residents are reminded to bring green waste only.
He said garden waste, leaf litter and woody material are accepted.
To find out more on fire prevention or council’s transfer stations, including opening hours, visit council’s website www.wangaratta.vic.gov.au.
NEW MACHINE: Acting Sergeant Pat Murray (left) and Leading Senior Constable Colin Boyle will be out and about in Wangaratta Highway Patrol’s new BMW vehicle, as part of Operation Furlong.