Thursday 12th January 2017
Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh joined with local community members this morning to launch a petition calling for more police resources in Rochester and district.
Mr Walsh said the current number of operational police is inadequate to provide a satisfactory level of police presence after hours in the township and outer areas of Rochester.
“Daniel Andrews and his city centric Labor Government are soft on crime and they have left rural communities extremely vulnerable ” Mr Walsh said.
“Motor bikes tools guns fuel cars utes and tractors are being stolen on a regular basis and several community group club rooms and businesses have been victims.”
The petition calls for increased police presence and numbers in rural communities improved response times to 000 calls harsher penalties for crime to reflect community values and increased rehabilitation and support resources for drug users in rural settings.
Anyone wanting to obtain a copy of the petition can download it from Mr Walsh’s website at www.peterwalsh.com.au.
Copies are also available from a number of Rochester businesses or by contacting the Murray Plains electorate office at 496 High Street Echuca 54 822039.
Mr Walsh said the signed petitions would be presented to the Victorian Parliament during the first sitting week of February 2017.
To download petition click here