Police numbers on radar during Opposition leader Liza Harvey's Mandurah visit

State Opposition leader Liza Harvey and Dawesville MP Zak Kirkup will be addressing several key issues in the Peel region during her visit on Monday. Photo: Supplied.

State Opposition leader Liza Harvey and Dawesville MP Zak Kirkup will be addressing several key issues in the Peel region during her visit on Monday. Photo: Supplied.

Bolstering police numbers will be one of the key issues state opposition leader Liza Harvey will discuss with the Peel community when she visits Mandurah on Monday.

Dawesville MP Zak Kirkup, who will host Ms Harvey, said his party's focus was to move from flattening the COVID-19 curve to getting the economy moving.

"We are seeking direct feedback from our community on issues around creating jobs, infrastructure projects, supporting business, maintaining law and order and controlling the cost of living," he said.

Extra police presence

Mr Kirkup says he is pushing for more law enforcement in the Peel region.

"It has long been apparent we need more police in Mandurah. I can't raise this enough," he said.

"We succeeded in gaining Operation Heat Shield in response to our intensive lobbying and rally for more police last year, but we need more police here permanently.

"I'm concerned that crime statistics will start to rise again now the band-aid fix has come to an end."

Mandurah MP David Templeman says he will keep fighting to ensure that we have police resources available to respond effectively where necessary. Photo: File image.

Mandurah MP David Templeman says he will keep fighting to ensure that we have police resources available to respond effectively where necessary. Photo: File image.

In response to Mr Kirkup's push to bolster police numbers in the region, Mandurah MP David Templeman said under the Liberal government's Frontline 2020 policing model local police had been "under enormous and unacceptable pressure".

"The former Liberal Government, in which Liza Harvey was Police Minister and Deputy Premier, took police district status away from Mandurah and transferred officers out of Mandurah reducing the local police response," he said.

"We have reinstated Mandurah's status as a district in its own right, ensuring extra police resources are available to respond in a vastly smaller district centred around Mandurah.

"Commissioner Dawson also increased the number of Regional Operations Groups from two to three, boosting the additional police resources available to districts.

"However, as a long term resident of Mandurah and as local member, I will keep fighting to ensure that we have police resources available to respond effectively where necessary."

Speeding, hooning and trail bikes

Ms Harvey's visit will include a street corner meeting to hear about speeding, hooning and trail bikes, a COVID-19 volunteers morning tea, and an on-water inspection of the Peel estuary from Dawesville to Mandurah.

Dawesville MP Zak Kirkup says the current expansion planned for the Peel Health Campus is not enough. Photo: File image.

Dawesville MP Zak Kirkup says the current expansion planned for the Peel Health Campus is not enough. Photo: File image.

Expansion proposed for the Peel hospital

Another issue Mr Kirkup plans to raise on Monday is the expansion proposed for the Peel Health Campus.

Issuing a parliamentary grievance on Thursday, Mr Kirkup said the Peel Health Campus was "far too small".

"All members of this place who are aware of this and have visited the hospital understand how constrained it is.

"Liza Harvey and I are both passionate about what happens in Mandurah and the current expansion planned for Peel Health Campus doesn't go anywhere near what is actually needed for our community, so we will continue to fight for what we deserve in our region."

Mr Templeman said the emergency department upgrades, which are set to be completed early next year, would greatly improve services for Mandurah residents.

"People in the region have benefited from the McGowan government's $10 million investment in services," he said.

"I have been working hard to see the Peel Health Campus upgraded and with work on the emergency department upgrades starting soon, services will be greatly improved for people in Mandurah."

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Small business forum

With small businesses needing help after COVID-19 took its toll, Mr Kirkup said the best solutions would come from listening to the concerns of business owners.

Mr Kirkup has collaborated with Peel Chamber of Commerce to hold a virtual small business forum during Liza Harvey's visit in which she is expected to be briefed on the current challenges businesses face.

"...but also gets to hear firsthand their solutions or ideas," Mr Kirkup said.