MRC joins call for more Moama police

By Riverine Herald

MURRAY River Council has added their voice to the thousands crying for increased police numbers in Moama.

Council has resolved to write ‘‘vigorously’’ to NSW Police Minister Tony Grant and state Member for Murray Austin Evans, urgently requesting a new Moama police station to be built in Lawry Park and asking for an urgent review of police numbers.

Councillor Tom Weyrich put forward the motion.

‘‘We have to do something, the current situation is simply not good enough,’’ he said. ‘‘The Moama police station has serious structural issues. It’s not just in dire need of repair — it’s in dire need of replacement.

‘‘Plus the station is having trouble segregating male and female prisoners, particularly during Southern 80.

‘‘Any time they have a large number of prisoners, the station can only hold them for a short time, which means they need to be transferred, adding even more strain to the local police.

‘‘And there’s a serious lack of policing. Moama is where the action is and yet the station is often not manned.

‘‘We only have five officers, while Deniliquin has 25 — and yet Deni has a stagnant population, while ours is growing out of control.’’

Deputy mayor Gen Campbell commended Cr Weyrich’s motion.

‘‘Thank you for bringing this to everyone’s attention,’’ she said.

The motion was carried unanimously.