Media Release

11 October 2018

O’Donohue: Make Victoria Safe: New Police Station for Benalla

Thursday 11 October 2018

Make Victoria Safe: New Police Station for Benalla

Benalla will get a new police station under a Liberal Nationals Government.

Shadow Police Minister Ed O’Donohue joined Member for Euroa and Deputy Nationals leader Steph Ryan in Benalla to make the announcement today.

The $12 million commitment will see the current building demolished and a new station built.

“The current police station is overdue for replacement. It was built in 1956 and it has serious occupational health and safety risks,” Ms Ryan said.

“It was never purpose built to be a police station and as a result it has very limited facilities for female staff, walls are cracking and it is full of asbestos and mould.

“Police officers have even had to maintain parts of the building just to keep it in working order.

“I have worked closely with Benalla police since I was elected four years ago. They do a great job for the community but they need a safe workplace.”

Mr O’Donohue said Daniel Andrews has ignored the urgent need for a new station in Benalla.

“Steph has advocated tirelessly to both sides of Parliament for this station rebuild,” Mr O’Donohue said.

“Despite being the oldest 24-hour station in the state, and high on Victoria Police’s replacement list, Benalla police have been put the back burner by Daniel Andrews.

“Since Daniel Andrews was elected crime in Benalla crimes against the person has increased 15.7%, theft is up 32.5%, Deception offences are up 200% and Drug dealing and trafficking is up 500%.”

“Weapons and explosives offences have also increased as well as public nuisance offences, 64.3% and 90.9% respectively.

“If the Liberal Nationals are elected to government we’ll get on with the job of building this station.”