The Dalyellup and Capel community used a public law and order forum to tell Police Minister Liza Harvey they wanted to see a bigger police presence.
Despite pressure from the forum, on Thursday, the Minister said she would not build a police station in Capel as she believed increased patrols had helped reduced crime.
The community has been calling for a police station in the growing shire for more than eight years, saying its high elderly and FIFO population meant women were often alone in their homes.
A Goodwood Road resident asked the Minister when a police station would be built in the Capel townsite, given the nearest police response was 25km away, in Bunbury or Busselton.
Another resident said it was clear the community wanted to see more police in their neighbourhoods, whether it was in the form of a police station or another measure.
Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray told the crowd he and Labor had promised the Capel community a police station if elected next month.
The station has been costed at $9 million.
“Yarloop, Harvey, Donnybrook and Australind all have police stations, ” he said.
“We do need a police station and I give that commitment.”
Mrs Harvey said she would rather spend the millions needed to build a new station on more police and better resources.
She said police patrols in Capel had been increased following a meeting with Capel’s residents association.Hosted by Liberal candidate for Collie-Preston Jaimee Motion, the forum was organised in response to people identifying their key priority as fighting back against crime, hoons and anti-social behaviour.
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