A closed police station, frequently subject to graffiti and vandalism, sends the wrong message to criminals.
That is why a Liberal Nationals Government will provide funding of $2 million to upgrade and reopen the currently closed Burwood Police Station.
This will allow police to once again, directly engage with the local Burwood community and provide improved community safety through a proactive visible police presence.
Burwood Police Station has been closed and unstaffed since July 2015 resulting in a massive crime spike in the area with crimes against the person up by 15.4%, property and deception offences have increased by 10% and drug offences are up a massive 86.4%.
Daniel Andrews has failed the first test of government, to keep Victorians safe. A Matthew Guy led Liberal Government will change that.
Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy:
“I will make Victoria safe again.”
“Our police do a tremendous job keeping us safe yet Daniel Andrews fails to provide the laws and leadership to help deter crime. That is why a Liberal Nationals Government I lead will fix our bail system, introduce tough mandatory sentencing and reopen Police Stations such as Burwood.”
“Graham Watt and I will get resources back into Burwood Police Station so that the local community can have a safe place to go to if they have a problem.”
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Police, Edward O’Donohue:
“The Burwood community deserves to feel safe yet under Daniel Andrews all they get are closed police stations and rising crime.”
“There is a clear choice at the next election between more of the same from Daniel Andrews and his soft on crime laws and closed police stations, or the strong leadership of Matthew Guy who will make Victoria safe again.”
Comments attributable to Member for Burwood, Graham Watt:
“Daniel Andrews has ignored the people of Burwood while our homes have been invaded and our businesses terrorised.”
“I’ve worked closely with local traders and residents campaigning to have this Police Station reopened and I am delighted to join Matthew Guy here today to announce an elected Liberal Nationals Government will do just that.”