“The silence is deafening, and the community want answers about when the Moama Police Station station will be renewed.
The place is a dump, and I can’t believe you make good staff work there” stated Committee for Echuca Moama (C4EM) Chairperson Geoff Kelly.
That is the strong message being conveyed to Murray River Police District Commander Superintendent Evan Quarmby, and the Honourable David Elliott MP, NSW Minister for Police this week as C4EM seek an outcome of discussions to renew the station beyond short term band aid solutions.
C4EM have been seeking a long term plan for the station following a local meeting with Murray River Police District Commander Superintendent Evan Quarmby and the Honourable Member for Murray (NSW) Helen Dalton MP at the Moama Police Station during June this year.
The meeting came as a result of sustained C4EM and NSW Police Association advocacy, most recently resulting in a Notice of Motion on September 19 to the Honourable David Elliott MP, NSW Minister for Police seeking answers about a new Station for Moama.
CEO of C4EM Nina O’Brien stated “A new Police station will truly ‘future-proof’ the growing region of Moama and be a crucial community asset required to undertake proactive crime disruption and prevention.
“The current station is a 1930’s era Lock-Up Keepers residence and is no longer meeting the needs of the local community, or the dedicated Police staff that are forced to work there.”
The station features a range of structural and functionality issues such as gaps in the walls that you can see daylight through, a single toilet for the entire station, no change room for staff and an interview room that lacks privacy, safety glass, and has access issues.
This latest call for action comes after a long line of requests dating as far back as late 2018.
“Our message to the NSW Police Minister is clear. The community of Moama resolutely call for a new modular-based, fit for purpose Police Station to be built on a new ‘green-fields’ site in order to meet the growing population needs of the Moama region, and support the capability of local Police staff to engage in the timely response, proactive disruption and prevention of crime.
Minister, the time to act for Moama is now” emphatically indicated C4EM Chairperson Geoff Kelly.