Yarrawonga Chronicle

Compliant community - police


“People have been nearly 100 per cent compliant – there have only been a couple who we pulled over and they got permits straight away,” Sergeant Brad Coller from Cranbourne Police Station in Melbourne told the Yarrawonga Chronicle last Wednesday.

“We’ve got a mobile vehicle registrati­on process in action too. People from across the border spark an interest but it’s been a compliant community.”

Twenty-two police working three shifts checked with motorists and passengers of hundreds of vehicles crossing the Yarrawonga Mulwala Traffic Bridge or the weir bridge every day. All vehicle users have a good and acceptable understand­ing of the permit requiremen­t according to Sgt. Coller.

“People up here understand what police have to do,” he said. “They have a positive attitude and are not anti-police like some people in Melbourne.

“The locals here are very friendly and hospitable, dropping off food and drinks – biscuits,

Victoria Police on duty at the Yarrawonga border checkpoint as related to COVID-19 permit system have experience­d very little in the way of non-conformity.

cakes.” He then singled out ‘Joyce’, with her “jelly slices and cakes – she’s a ripper!”

The sergeant was referring to well-known Joyce Torpy, written up in t he Chronicle of

August 18 for providing the previous police crew withs delicacies.

Sgt. Coller and his group of six other police officers arrived in town last Sunday week and returned to Melbourne on Monday, having stayed in Lake View Motel.

“This work is not what we signed up for but these times are different and police are needed with this coronaviru­s pandemic,” the successful football player and coach of Thornton-Eildon and Gembrook said.

“You can interact with the community more and enjoy it a bit more. The local sergeant (Sgt. Ted Graham) and members are appreciati­ve of us being here and they’re called in to say hello.”

Woman in stable condition

Emergency services rushed to a scene of a possible near drowning in Lake Mulwala at the end of Hume Street on Monday evening, August 30.

An Ambulance Victoria Spokespers­on confirmed paramedics were called to the incident just before 6.15pm. A woman in her 40s was taken to Northeast Health in Wangaratta and is in a stable condition.

 ??  ?? Victoria Police at the Yarrawonga checkpoint last Wednesday.
Victoria Police at the Yarrawonga checkpoint last Wednesday.

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