LNP to bring motion to keep comms centre in Ipswich
THE State Opposition has thrown its support behind the Ipswich police communications centre and its 27 staff.
Leader Lawrence Springborg and police spokesman Jarrod Bleijie visited the Yamanto police station yesterday, where they announced the LNP would bring a motion before parliament to keep the centre in Ipswich.
It follows Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk's announcement that the Government would put a final decision on hold until further consultation with police had taken place.
While the future of the Ipswich communications centre remains uncertain, the local staff now have support from within Labor ranks and from the Opposition.
Mr Springborg said it was time for Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller to listen to her community.
"It is an extraordinary set of circumstances to have a local member and police minister who is at loggerheads with the local community and indeed with many people within her portfolio, with her two local state members, the local Labor mayor and the federal Labor member of parliament," Mr Springborg said.
"The LNP will move (Wednesday afternoon) by way of motion in parliament, that the parliament supports the retention of the Ipswich police communications centre here at Ipswich."
The visiting LNP members spoke of the "perfect integration" between Ipswich City Council, Safe City and the police as one of the key reasons for retaining the local communications centre.
Mr Bleijie said although the recommendation to centralise communications centres came under the former LNP State Government as part of the Keelty Review, his government did not act on the recommendation.
"The Keelty Review was very broad... it's always good to look at how you can do things better, but we didn't proceed with it because for one, there hadn't been any consultation with the community.
"The Premier should come out and rule out moving the communications centre. Don't consult further, just rule it out.
"Unfortunately I think the Premier is only trying to buy time for the Police Minister and not deal with the issue directly."
Ms Miller's office refused the opportunity to comment on the opposition's visit.