The future of policing in developing areas of Yarrabilba and Flagstone has been questioned in Parliament by Member for Beaudesert Jon Krause.
Mr Krause asked Police Minister Bill Byrne to outline how future policing needs of growing communities like Yarrabilba and Flagstone would be met, as current operations were policed from Jimboomba station.
Mr Krause also asked Mr Byrne about the construction of a police station at Yarrabilba.
Mr Byrne responded on notice to Mr Krause’s questions.
“The Queensland Police Service (QPS) acknowledges the future development planned for Yarrabilba and Flagstone,” Mr Byrne’s answer stated.
“I am advised that discussions have been held between the QPS and Yarrabilba developers about both short and long term plans to meet policing demand in the area.
“I understand additional QPS resources have been placed at the Logan Village Police Beat to address policing in the local area, including Yarrabilba. QPS staff and resources at Jimboomba provide a 24 hour police response capability.
“Officers also undertake proactive patrols and respond to calls for service within Yarrabilba and Flagstone.”
Mr Krause said this was a weak and vague response from the Minister.
“This doesn’t address the point at all,” he said.
“There needs to be a permanent police presence and the addition of police resources to such a fast growing area.
“Deploying resources out of Jimboomba detracts from response in other areas.
“(An area of this size) takes a lot of police resources and we are drawing police away from the Jimboomba police division.
“There has been no clear answer and I will continue to advocate for a clear direction.”
A spokesperson for Mr Byrne told the Times that QPS have advised they would continue to monitor the policing needs in these communities.
The spokesperson said the department would also take appropriate action to ensure community safety continued to be maintained.
Jimboomba Police have worked with local neighbourhood groups and Logan City Council to create a week of action for Logan Village and Yarrabilba from April 18 to 24.
Community safety and police interaction will be addressed at information sessions during the week and a community fun day and children’s sport afternoon will be held.
Contact Logan City Council on 3412 3412 for further week of action information.
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