State Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy this week called for a 24-hour police station in Moira Shire.
Speaking in Victorian Parliament, Mr McCurdy asked the police minister when the community would get the 24-hour police station it needed.
‘‘My constituency question is to the minister for police on behalf of Mr Ray Fitzpatrick, a retailer in Cobram, who again asks, ‘When will Moira Shire receive a 24-hour police station?’,’’ Mr McCurdy said.
‘‘Recently seven shops were broken into during a crime wave that is sweeping our country communities.’’
Mr McCurdy told parliament police resourcing was being neglected in country areas.
‘‘Our country communities are entitled to adequate law enforcement,’’ he said.
‘‘The current police members do an outstanding job with the personnel they have but clearly the lack of a permanent police presence 24-hours-a-day is allowing the criminal element to roam free, knowing the police are out of town.’’
Mr McCurdy recently attended a meeting in Cobram where residents, business owners and police came together to discuss the need for an increased police presence in the community.
Local residents are currently preparing a petition to the Victorian Parliament calling for a 24-hour police station.
Mr McCurdy is waiting for a response from the police minister.