Originally written by Spectator-Observer Partnership A PETITION from Casterton and district residents within the Lowan Electorate, calling on the Legislative Assembly of Victoria to “work with the relevant government bodies to retain the police sergeant’s residence, Clarke St Casterton, without reservation”, was handed to the local member, Hugh Delahunty, by Michael McNamara on Thursday. The petition contained 352 ‘informed signatures’. Cr Karen Stephens, who has vehemently opposed the sale, said it is imperative that the community fight to retain the police residence in Casterton. She has been backed up by Mr Delahunty, who, recently in parliament, called on the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, to stop the sale of the police residence in Casterton. “A residence is vital to attracting and retaining Police to country areas and it is a great benefit of having police living, working and socialising in our country towns,” he said. “If the residence is sold it will be much harder to retain or attract police to the town.” Mr Delahunty said Casterton was a progressive community, with excellent education facilities and a wonderful hospital. It also has a vibrant shopping and service centre. “I aware the Glenelg Shire, the businesses and tourism sectors, as well as the Police Association are vigorously opposed to the selling of the police residence,” he added.