The Liberal National Party has launched a petition demanding an end to the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s delays for a new Nambour Police Station.
LNP Shadow Minister for Police Trevor Watts announced the campaign alongside Nicklin LNP MP and former police officer Marty Hunt as part of a push to tackle skyrocketing crime in the region.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor are soft on crime and it’s putting community safety at risk on the Sunshine Coast,” Mr Watts said.
“Crime in Nambour is out of control and our police officers can’t keep up.
“These hardworking local police officers deserve a far better workplace than a demountable delivered on the back of a truck 12 years ago.
“The conditions police officers at Nambour are forced to work with are a kick in the guts and the demountable is unable to cope with increasing staff, equipment and workloads.
“Labor Police Minister Mark Ryan promised the community a new $9 million station last year.
“The Labor Budget failed to allocate the required funding to deliver the new Nambour Police Station this year and Mr Ryan needs to be upfront about why it has been delayed another year.”
Mr Hunt said the local business community has had enough of youth crime and delays to the new Nambour Police Station, and approached him for help through the Nambour Alliance.
“Our community is suffering because Labor is soft on crime,” Mr Hunt said.
“Labor’s soft-on-crime laws mean youth on bail can’t be charged with breaching their bail conditions.
“Under Labor, there is no incentive for youth to comply with their bail conditions, which means we have more youth offenders roaming the streets on bail committing more crimes.
“Our police officers are struggling to keep up with the rising crime numbers. There is only so much they can do with the limited resources.
“People are sick of hearing Mr Ryan’s throwaway lines about another business case for the Nambour Police Station or where it’s at in the planning stage.
“I urge the community to get behind our petition.”
To sign the petition, visit: https://queensland.typeform.com/to/CERwD4
Sunshine Coast crime statistics (source: QPS Statistical Review):
· Unlawful entry has increased from 1,485 in 2016/17 to 1,634 in 2017/18 (10.03%).
· Assault has increased from 785 in 2016/17 to 936 in 2017/18 (19.2%)
· Unlawful use of motor vehicle has increased from 518 in 2016/17 to 674 in 2017/18 (30.1%)