06 Nov 2018
Stonnington Leader, Melbourne
by Rebecca Di Nuzzo
Libs election pledge for troubled South Yarra area Police would be stationed at South Yarra's Horace Petty Estate under a Coalition plan to address crime in the troubled precinct.
Opposition police spokesman Edward O'Donohue said the election pledge worked hand-inhand with their $22 million commitment to redevelop Prahran police station.
Police would be able to maintain a local presence while their station was closed, he said, and it was expected they could be stationed there for up to 18 months while construction was underway.
Liberal candidate for Prahran Katie Allen said she'd heard horror stories from residents about drug dealing, violent attacks and graffiti.
And shadow housing spokeswoman Georgie Crozier said alcohol-fuelled violence at nearby Chapel St was also of concern, and residents had a right to feel safe in their own homes.
Donna, a resident at the estate who did not want her real name published, said crime had risen there in recent months and she believed new residents, possibly transferred from St Kilda's now closed Gatwick, were to blame.
"Everybody knows that's where they've been transferred from. They've been taken out of there and put here," she said. State Government spokesman Nathan Motton said the Liberals had a history of making cuts while Labor would deliver 25 new police officers in the Prahran division.
The government said security at the estate worked with police to manage crime.
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