Mandurah: leaders join together after public spat

Mandurah MLA David Templeman and Mandurah Mayor Marina Vergone have come together to raise say the policing model is not addressing increased crime rates in the community.
Mandurah MLA David Templeman and Mandurah Mayor Marina Vergone have come together to raise say the policing model is not addressing increased crime rates in the community.

MANDURAH Mayor Marina Vergone and Mandurah MLA David Templeman have issued a joint public statement about their shared concern with the lack of a regional policing presence in the region.

The leaders came together to say the current policing model wasn’t working after they challenged each other last week.

Last week, Mr Templeman accused local governments of not standing up for residents regarding policing issues. Ms Vergone rejected the claim, saying the City of Mandurah was proactive when dealing with police.

But yesterday, both leaders said the policing model was not addressing increasing crime rates in the community.

“The absence of a regional policing presence in Mandurah is a big issue that is hurting our community,” Mr Templeman said.

“We both agree there is a strong need for a revised policing model.

“It’s important that we move forward together so the City’s good work in community safety is not undermined by a flawed policing model and lack of local resources.”

Mayor Vergone said while the City was not primarily responsible for policing matters, it was paramount to make the common concerns heard.

“We know the current model is not working for us, and that’s why we need to take action now to help tackle crime in the area from a regional approach,” she said.

“Over many years, we’ve worked in partnership with WA Police, government and agencies to keep our community safe and ultimately help police to do their jobs.

“We need to remain focused about what we’re aiming to achieve, and to keep the lines of communication open as to why we believe the new policing model is not working.”

Mayor Vergone and Mr Templeman will soon meet with Police Minister Liza Harvey to discuss how a regional approach to policing and other matters can be carried out more effectively in Mandurah.

The pair will also raise their concerns when State Cabinet meets in Mandurah in April.