Ryan blows whistle on police funding
05 December 2016
Benalla Police Station has been overlooked again for an essential rebuild despite a $2 billion commitment to police across Victoria.
The Andrews Labor Government this week announced the funding for over 2,500 new police officers and 10 new police stations however Benalla did not make the list.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan has slammed the Andrews Labor Government for the politically motivated announcement.
“It is beyond extraordinary that Daniel Andrews has announced over $2 billion of funding for police in Victoria yet he has excluded one of the oldest and shabbiest police stations in the state,” Ms Ryan said.
“In June this year Benalla recorded the second highest crime rate for a local government area in the state with an increase of 36.6 per cent on last year.
“Couple this with the fact that Benalla’s station is riddled with mould and asbestos, crumbling walls and facilities that do not meet workplace requirement and you’d think funding for a new station would be a no brainer.”
Ms Ryan said Daniel Andrews had lost control of law and order right across Victoria and the announcement was an effort to play catch up on the crisis.
“Crime in Victoria has risen by 13.4 per cent in the last 12 months and 16.56 per cent since Daniel Andrews came to power in 2014,” Ms Ryan said.
"Burglaries, car theft and home invasion is becoming commonplace.
“The government has a responsibility to keep its population safe however this government is failing.
“Our police do an admirable job protecting our communities and I commend Benalla police on the work they do.
“Daniel Andrews must provide our police with the resources they need to continue protecting our communities.
“To have left Benalla out of such a major announcement is shameful.”