Po­lice union at­tacks rent hike

Narrogin Observer - - News - Michael Traill

The WA Po­lice Union has is fum­ing over the State Govern­ment’s de­ci­sion to in­crease the rent of re­gional-based of­fi­cers by $1560 a year.

In full-page ad­ver­tise­ments taken out in news­pa­pers across the State the union claims the in­crease may re­sult in of­fi­cers leav­ing re­gional towns.

Pres­i­dent Ge­orge Til­bury said the rental in­creases would put polic­ing ser­vices in re­gional ar­eas at risk.

“There are some places in the State where it is very dif­fi­cult to at­tract po­lice of­fi­cers and in­creas­ing the rent is go­ing to make the sit­u­a­tion worse,” he said.

“Po­lice of­fi­cers can be trans­ferred against their will, with lit­tle or no no- tice. It is too risky for po­lice of­fi­cers to source their own rental prop­er­ties.

“We have re­ceived feed­back from mem­bers in re­gional ar­eas who are con­cerned that the rent in­creases will cre­ate va­can­cies through­out ru­ral WA.”

Po­lice Min­is­ter Michelle Roberts, said the rent in­creases were approved by the Barnett Govern­ment in 2015 and that of­fi­cers in towns in­clud­ing Wick­epin, Pin­gelly and Brook­ton had fully sub­sidised hous­ing.

“It is re­gret­table be­cause of the for­mer govern­ment’s fi­nan­cial mis­man­age­ment that rents had to go up but im­por­tantly at 55 lo­ca­tions through­out re­gional WA po­lice hous­ing re­mains fully sub­sidised” Ms Roberts said.

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