NELSON Progress Association president John Davis has called on Victoria Police to reverse a decision not to have a permanent police presence in the town during the peak holiday season.
Mr Davis said he feared Nelson would be targeted by unsavoury elements if it became known as a town without a permanent police presence.
The town’s population swells from its permanent population of around 250 to several thousand during the summer period as holiday makers are lured to the town’s attractions, particularly the Glenelg River, the coast, and the Lower Glenelg National Park.
Similar to last year, there will be no resident police officer at Nelson, with the police station expected to be manned on an irregular basis.
There will be police units at the town for tomorrow night’s New Year’s Eve celebrations, but after that there will be regular police patrols rather than a permanent presence.
Acting Senior Sergeant Martin Flannery of Portland police said there would be regular police patrols in the area, especially around campsites to ensure there were no fires left unattended and also on the lookout for any arsonists.
“Nelson is very much on our radar, it is a hot spot, but we don’t necessarily need a police officer based there to effectively police the area,” he said.
Read more in Monday’s edition of the Portland Observer.