Police: Sebastopol Station
During the last election campaign the now government promised the people of Sebastopol a police station. This was confirmed in a response to a question on notice from the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, who stated that the government committed to invest $2.5 million to upgrade the police facilities at North Ballarat and Sebastopol to enable them to function fully as police stations.
It now seems that this election commitment is in jeopardy and that the people of Sebastopol may not get the police station that was promised to them. The Courier revealed recently that the police station promised to Sebastopol may in fact go to the Ballarat West growth zone. My response to this is that I agree that the Ballarat West growth zone may need a police station in the future, but not at the expense of Sebastopol.
I would say loudly and clearly to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services that the people of Sebastopol are very unhappy that the police station promised to them may end up in what is currently an empty paddock in the west. I would say loudly and clearly to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services that the people of Sebastopol will not allow their police station – the police station they were promised, the police station they expect – to go to the west without a fight.
I join with the people of Sebastopol in saying, ‘Fulfil your election commitment, and tell us when we will get our police station’.
I strongly urge the Minister for Police and Emergency Services to get on with the job of establishing a fully functioning police station in Sebastopol and North Ballarat and to allocate funding for a police station in the Ballarat West growth zone in the next budget.