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Police Minister refuses to visit Euroa police station

22 March 2022

Police Minister Lisa Neville has rebuffed an invitation to visit Euroa to see the police station’s need for improvement.

Member for Euroa and Deputy Nationals leader Steph Ryan formally invited the Minister to town a month ago, after locals raised concerns about the inadequacies of the town’s police station.

Ms Ryan said she was concerned the Police Minister was not getting out on the ground to see firsthand the needs of frontline police officers.

“I cordially invited the Minister to visit the Euroa Police Station to see exactly what is required to allow police to do their jobs safely and efficiently,” Ms Ryan said.

“Despite the Minister’s current refusal to meet I want her to know the invite is always on the table.

“This is not about politics; it’s about creating a safe workplace for police officers and an environment where victims feel safe to seek justice.

“I was very pleased that the Shadow Police Minister Brad Battin was willing to come when I invited him several weeks ago and I know he was struck by how inadequate the current facilities are.

“It’s critical the government is aware of the challenges facing both officers working at the station and community members who need their services.”

Ms Ryan said the reluctance of Labor Ministers to leave the metro boundaries was becoming a worrying trend.

“While I appreciate that the Minister is busy, it’s really difficult to speak for and represent country police officers if she doesn’t leave her Melbourne office,” Ms Ryan said.

“The Andrews Government unfortunately has form in rebuffing attempts to reach across the aisle to work collaboratively to achieve positive outcomes for regional communities.

“Euroa is a growing township and the strain on the police station is already evident.

“Police officers deserve the best quality facilities so they can feel safe at work. I am hopeful the Minister will rethink her decision and make space in her diary.”

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