Urgent station upgrade call

Acting Snr Sgt Gavin Kerber at the footbridge over Great Eastern Highway in Lathlain. Picture: David Baylis d418822
Acting Snr Sgt Gavin Kerber at the footbridge over Great Eastern Highway in Lathlain. Picture: David Baylis d418822

A Streatley Road resident, who wants to remain anonymous for fear of retribution, is gathering signatures for a petition he will present to WA Police, the State Government and Town of Victoria Park pleading for more to be done to stop the constant burglaries, damage and violence.

The man, who has lived in the street since 2007, will no longer let his daughter or grandchildren stay because ‘it’s too dangerous’.

‘My house has been targetted so many times, I now have two big guard dogs. I’ve had my car stolen and damaged, I’ve been broken in to so many times. It’s been going on for years,’ he said.

‘Something’s got to be done before someone gets killed.’

Victoria Park MLA Ben Wyatt said he had called for a complete redevelopment of Burswood station.

‘With the development of the new stadium, the train station and surrounding area should also be improved,’ Mr Wyatt said.

A recent incident involved an early morning brawl in the area among juveniles that left one teenager in a coma in hospital.

Mr Wyatt wrote to Police Minister Liza Harvey in March asking the State Government to fund improved street lighting and CCTV cameras in the State Budget, especially as the Federal Government had cut the $100,000 allocated to the Town of Victoria Park by the previous government for the project.

Town of Victoria Park Director of Community Life, Tina Ackerman, said the council would write to the Department of Transport asking that Burswood station be upgraded ‘to its ultimate standard’.

Council received a $100,000 Safer Suburbs grant in 2012 that it used to install lighting towers and CCTV around the station and recently cleared parkland and street trees to provide police with better sightlines during their patrols of the area.

Burswood Local Policing Team OIC Sergeant Roy George said his officers and others from various police agencies conducted operations in the area every weekend to address issues, some caused by groups of juveniles that travelled after hours.

He said they roamed the streets because they had nothing else to do and police worked to return them to their parents.

Kensington Police Acting Senior Sergeant and OIC Gavin Kerber said police were exploring the adoption of bicycle patrols in the Lathlain area after they proved successful for security officers at Crown complex car parks.

He welcomed suggestions for other ways to combat the problem by emailing Kensington.police.station@police.wa.gov.au

The Police Minister did not respond to questions from the Gazette.