Mayor rejects Templeman criticism on crime response


David Templeman
City of Mandurah Mayor Marina Vergone.
David Templeman City of Mandurah Mayor Marina Vergone.

Mr Templeman said record increases in assaults, burglaries and more anti-social behaviour were unacceptable and Police Minister Liza Harvey’s new model was in tatters.

He said he was the only local politician to raise serious concerns about the absorbing of the old Peel Police District into the Southern Metropolitan Police Super District over two years ago.

“I now feel vindicated for my initial strong opposition to these changes,’’ he said.

He was disappointed by the lack of response by local government, including the City of Mandurah.

“I really wish our local governments would stand up for residents regarding policing issues, like some local governments in other areas,’’ he said.

“The City of Mandurah seems too scared to criticise the State Government, to the detriment of our residents.”

Mr Templeman said with statistics showing Mandurah was not far behind Armadale for crime, the City of Mandurah should have been demanding a meeting with Ms Harvey to request action on what she was going to do to drive the figures down.

But Mandurah Mayor Marina Vergone said the assumption that the City was not taking action could not be further from the truth.

“We are not going to get caught up criticising the Government, rather we are taking a proactive approach by partnerships with local police,’’ she said.

“This is not just affecting Mandurah, it is a State-wide issue that needs a collaborative approach and we have been working closely with local police for a number of years and formed partnerships with many agencies.

“We are absolutely dedicated to standing up for our community and making Mandurah a safer place to live, work and play and as such we have a number of successful programs and initiatives in place.”

Mrs Vergone said the Our Community Safety and Crime Prevention Partnership Plan (2011-2016) was an example.