‘Bad news for crooks’: Grange responds to Minyip police changes

11-07-2018 by admin

Yarriambiack Cr Terry Grange is pleased Minyip Police Station will be manned from May 29. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRIYARRIAMBIACK Shire CouncillorTerry Grange has put criminalson notice after Victoria Police announced it had filled a long-standing officer vacancy at Minyip.

The town’s police station has been unmanned since August 2014.

Victoria Police advertised three times for a station officer, and announced last week an officer had been appointed and would start work on May 29.

Police are still working through final details before they can announce the officer’s name.

Cr Grange, who has campaigned for an officer in the town sinceDavid Flannery transferredacross the state about 20 months ago, said the news generated confidence.

“I’mvery excited.Superintendent Paul Margetts gave it to me in writing a few months ago that he was committed to keeping the Minyip station option, and he’s delivered on that,” he said.

“The community is very pleased. It is good news for residents, good news for the police force, and bad news for the crooks.

“I don’t know if crime spiked without an officer, but I suspect people were aware there were no police in the town.

“The whole point now is, the game is over –there’s police coming in and anycrooks better move on.”

Cr Grange said having a police officer living and working in the town would make residents feel safer.

“It’s goodfor police too because they know they’ve got support there if they need it,” he said.

“Overall, it’s an outstanding result.

“Thecampaign went on for well over 18 months, and it took a fair bit out of me, but that’s life.

“It waswell worth it.”

Cr Grange said there were positives for Murtoa Police Station also, with construction for a new station due to start within six months.

The current station is an old portable building, similar to a classroom.

The state government confirmed in its April state budget the station would be replaced, but has not released how much money it will invest.

Cr Grange said he understood the project would cost about $2.5 million.

“It’s very exciting, and is another win for our communities and the police,” he said.

“I firmly believe if you have good places for staff to work,you’ll attract people to work in the town.”

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