Member for Mount Isa, Rob Katter said he would prefer the Police Communications Centre in Mount Isa to stay in the face of QPS plans to shift it to Townsville, whilst acknowledging the efforts of Government to make up for the loss to Mount Isa.
“I do acknowledge the minister is intending on making six new police positions available to offset the loss of the communications jobs in Mount Isa and that means six new people coming into the community which is a bonus for our town,” Mr Katter said.
As with the situation in Ipswich, Mr Katter said the Premier is asking for more consultation for the Mount Isa situation.
“The premier’s office rang me this morning to say she wants more consultation and I’m happy with that,” Mr Katter said.
“We’ve been told the Mount Isa Police Communications Centre cannot get staff and it needs an upgrade in terms of technology.
“My suggestion was to upgrade the technology, make a real effort to recruit staff locally and try and keep the Comms Centre here,” Mr Katter said.
It was undeniable that there would be a decline in the service if it was transferred to Townsville.
“Without local knowledge, it’s my opinion the service would decline for us in the North West.”
Mr Katter said he and Mount Isa City Councillor Kim Coglan “put up a big fight” with the Newman Government to hold this off this for the past 12 months and it was his preference still for the Comms Centre to remain in Mount Isa.