Member for Narungga Fraser Ellis MP advises he is today to present to Parliament the petition organised by the Mallala community in response to concerns there are plans to close Mallala Police Station.
The petition, containing 430 signatures, will be presented to the House of Assembly this afternoon.
Its preamble reads:
To the Honourable the Members of the House of Assembly in Parliament assembled –
The Petition of the undersigned residents of South Australia respectfully expresses strong opposition to any plan to close the Mallala Police Station.
Your petitioners therefore request that your Honourable House will call on the State Government to maintain the current level of police presence and resources in Mallala, including a manned police station.
Member for Narungga Fraser Ellis MP congratulates the Mallala community, led by the Mallala & District Lions Club, for their proactive efforts on this important issue.
“The community can be reassured the incumbent Officer at Mallala Police Station is to be replaced when he retires early next year, and that I have been advised there are no current plans to reduce police resources in the district.
“I have ensured Minister Wingard is aware of the level of community concern and the vital importance appropriate levels of police resources are maintained in country areas – and the petition lodged today reinforces this view.
“There is an ongoing state-wide review of police resources in regional areas that SAPOL commenced under the previous government and I will keep constituents updated on its progress. This review is designed to ensure appropriate resources are allocated across the State and the Mallala district is recognised as a growing region. “