Police promise station to stay

By Jessica Micallef

The Macedon police station will remain open amid concern surrounding its future.

Last week, Police Association secretary Wayne Gatt indicated the station may close in the near future due to a lack of police resources.

The one-man station, which operates eight hours a day, is currently being operated by officers from nearby towns.

But Macedon MP Mary-Anne Thomas said there was never any intention to close the Macedon station.

“The [Macedon] officer is currently injured and temporarily off work and the Macedon Ranges police services area commander Chris Large is ensuring that there are police … in that community,” she said.

“In an area like Macedon, we have a Macedon Ranges police services area and that includes a number of stations.”

Ms Thomas said it was up to Victoria Police to make more police officers available throughout the Macedon Ranges.

“The Victoria government has provided record funding to Victoria Police including employing more than 3000 police and they are currently being rolled out,” she said. “How they are deployed is a decision for Victoria Police.”

Macedon Ranges Police Inspector Chris Large also said there was never any intention to shut down the station.

He said officers from other stations will cover the Macedon area until the station returns to normal circumstances.

Victoria Police said in a statement: “[The] Macedon community will continue to receive a 24 hour police response”.

“There are no plans to close Macedon police station.

“Recently, there has been a period of temporary closure due to [an] unplanned absence. There will be a police presence at Macedon police station using resources from across the Macedon Ranges police service area until normal arrangements resume.”