Stoner calls for more police

OXLEY MP Andrew Stoner says more police are desperately needed on the Mid North Coast after a spate of serious incidents in the region.

Mr Stoner, who is also the Nationals leader, said he had lobbied the Police Minister on behalf of communities including Wauchope, Bellingen, Bowraville, Macksville, Nambucca Heads, Kempsey, Scotts Head, Stuarts Point and the Lower Macleay (including South West Rocks, Hat Head, Gladstone and Smithtown) to boost resources.

“Over the last 16 years the NSW Labor Government has gradually centralised police resources to Sydney and at the same time eroded the system of local policing in regional communities,” Mr Stoner said.

“If there is a change of government on March 26, the Nationals and Liberals will immediately commence an audit of police stations to ensure police are located on the ground where they are needed.

“We will also restore police powers and ensure high-visibility policing aimed at preventing crime in our communities.

“In the meantime I will continue to press the incumbent Minister for action on the vital issue of law and order for our community.”



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