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 Chronicle - - News - BY JEFF

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.

PHOTO: Jeff Zeuschner

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.

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