MP asks parliament to boost water police

GLADSTONE harbour has almost double the number of vessels compared to 1996, but water police resources have hardly increased.

Gladstone MP Liz Cunningham took to Parliament on Tuesday to ask the Police Minister whether local water police would be receiving extra resources to manage increased shipping.

"People in our community ... want to know whether we have sufficient funds and personnel to manage a harbour that is becoming significantly busier," she said.

Police Minister Jack Dempsey replied with the following: "We will continue to keep people on the waterways safe and secure not just now, but into the future.

"We have done that by revitalising those frontline services with $12 million for more catamarans, more police officers than ever before and new technology."

Eleven new police officers have been assigned to Gladstone, but none of them are water police.

A total of $12 million in state funds has been assigned to buy three new catamarans, yet none of them are in Gladstone harbour.



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