Still no officer at Minnipa Police Station

The Minnipa Police Station is still without an officer after the last officer left about 18 months ago.

Member for Flinders Peter Treloar said he was disappointed the Minnipa and districts residents had been “left in limbo for so long”.

“It means those living between Wudinna and Ceduna are without a permanent police presence, as Poochera and Wirrulla stations are also currently unmanned.”

Mr Treloar said he was told by Police Minister Chris Picton there had been a lack of suitable candidates to staff the station.

“South Australia now has the highest number of police per capita in the country, yet there has been no increase in country policing in the last five years,” Mr Treloar said.

“The Liberal Party expect that an increase in police across the state should lead to an increase in police resources for our country regions.”

An SA Police spokesperson said the station had been closed as “part of a trial”.

“The policing service in Minnipa is provided by police officers who are stationed at Wudinna, Streaky Bay and Lock,” a statement said.

“Eyre and Western LSA (Local Service Area) Highway Patrol also police the Eyre Highway including the township of Minnipa.”