Police union attacks rent hike
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.