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No new police station planned for Moama

Moama police station will not be replaced in the near future, but repairs will be made to the building.

TRENT HORNEMAN August 13, 2014 3:51am

Moama police station will be repaired not replaced, despite Murray Shire mayor Tom Weyrich saying it was not equipped to meet the needs of a growing community.

Following a meeting in Sydney last month, Cr Weyrich updated councillors at Murray Shire meeting in Moama of the move to repair the station.

He also took aim at Deniliquin being the region’s centre for policing.

‘‘Deniliquin can say whatever it likes, but in three to five years Moama’s population will exceed Deniliquin’s and will continue to rise,’’ he said.

‘‘This is where the action is, but it seems as though our police resources are not matching population growth.’’

The region’s top cop, Inspector Michael Tranby did not expect an immediate upgrade to Moama’s police station.

Insp. Tranby said Deniliquin Local Area Command had put forward its case to NSW Police to have the station repaired or upgraded.

He said while Moama was in need of a new station, so were many other police stations in the state.

‘‘There is no doubt that with population growth there will need to be an upgrade at Moama, but NSW Police has a process to go through,’’ he said.

Insp. Tranby said police levels were also monitored.

‘‘We are constantly reviewing resourcing at our stations, taking into account our response times, population growth and other factors,’’ he said.

‘‘For the time being, the status quo will remain.’’

Cr Weyrich has been critical of emergency service resources in the region, particularly with police and Roads and Maritime Service officers.

He criticised police resourcing at Easter this year, where one uniform officer was stationed at Moama for the weekend, as well as the recent withdrawal of Moama’s RMS office.

‘‘All we get is ducking and weaving,’’ he said.

‘‘There is not a lot of answers to our questions though.’’

The Riverine Herald contacted NSW Police Minister Stuart Ayers office to confirm funding arrangements for the Moama station, but his office did not respond.

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