An elected Liberal Nationals state government will deliver $16 million to boost Victoria Police infrastructure facilities on the Bellarine Peninsula.
The Liberal Nationals’ infrastructure package will include building a new $15 million Leopold Police Station with capacity for 24/7 operation; as well as $1 million to upgrade and guarantee the future utilisation of Queenscliff, Portarlington and Drysdale Police Stations.
The Liberal Nationals said it will make Victoria safe by introducing tough mandatory minimum sentences, strong bail and parole reforms and a plan that will crack down on youth gangs.
The party said, frontline police numbers have fallen under Daniel Andrews with Police Association figures showing there are now 190 fewer uniform officers than in 2013 despite Victoria’s population increasing by over half a million.
“It is vital that the Bellarine community has the resources it needs to fight crime and protect our communities when we need help the most,” Liberal Candidate for Bellarine, Brian McKiterick said.
“I served in Victoria Police for 39 years and spent the last decade working on the Surf Coast and Bellarine Peninsula, I understand firsthand the need to build a new station at Leopold and upgrade our existing stations.
“That’s why the new Leopold Police Station is so important to help keep the local community safe.”
This commitment builds on the Liberals plan to get back in control of crime in Geelong including:
Deploying PSOs at the Geelong transport interchange
Delivering a Victoria Police shop front at Geelong Westfield
Make the Torquay Police Station 24/7
Expand the local CCTV network to include the Torquay foreshore
Reintroduce the Police in Schools programs for local schools across Geelong and the Bellarine
Implementing a Public Sex Offenders Register