With 85% of the local community saying
NO to Coal Seam Gas, it is obvious that the Bentley Blockade is a political
issue, not a police issue
A Police Association circular has warned their members that some police
stations across the state could be left short-staffed by the scale of the
operation planned for an anti-gas protest at Bentley in northern New South
The circular raises concerns about police Operation Stapler, saying the
planning needed for an operation of its magnitude had been rushed.
In circular 19, dated May 7, 2014 regarding Operation Stapler (Bentley Gas
Project), Police Association of NSW president Scott Weber did not mention
the number of officers involved but the potential impact on policing
Mr Weber encouraged all members to report to the association if their local
area command was left understaffed and unable to cover first response
incidents because officers were involved in Operation Stapler.
"The number required to be deployed on this operation may affect the
capability of LAC to meet First Response Agreement," he wrote.
The day after the circular was issued,
new NSW Premier Mike Baird and new police minister Stuart Ayres both refused
to confirm reports when questioned by Labor MPs that they were diverting 800
police from regular duties across the state to the protest
The opposition says that’s almost double the allocation of police sent
recently to protect the G20 Summit.
The Police Association Circular in full
7th May 2014
Circular No. 19
Operation Stapler (Bentley Gas Project)
Under normal circumstances an operation of this magnitude would require a
considerable period of careful planning. Unfortunately, the planning for
this operation is constrained by a far shorter timeframe.
Your Association has been meeting with the Northern Region Commander and his
staff to ensure the Industrial and WHS conditions of our members are met.
This is a work in progress and we are continuing to consult with the NSWPF.
Members should be aware of the following entitlements as per our Award Crown
Employees (Police Officers- 2013) Award.
Where available, members are entitled to be accommodated in three star/three
The Association has been advised that
this standard of accommodation has been sourced in Ballina, Lismore and
Casino .If you are not accommodated in at least 3 star accommodation on this
operation, please advise your Association ASAP.
When members are required to perform
duty at a temporary work location, you are entitled to be compensated for
expenses incurred for meals and incidentals. The Association has been
advised that you will be supplied suitable meals during shift and be paid a
meal claim for off duty meals. If the meals supplied are not suitable or if
you are not paid your meal or incidental claim, please advise your
Breakfast: $22.30 Lunch: $ 25.45
Dinner: $43.85 Incidentals per 24 hours: $18.20
Hours of Duty:
Members are entitled to two rest days
in seven or four rest days in fourteen. If you are not provided with this,
you are entitled to the cancelled rest day penalty.
Members who work more than seven “b” shifts in a 21 day period are entitled
to the excess “b” shift penalty.
The Association has been advised that members will be working eight hours
shifts with travelling time and overtime. These shifts will be morning,
afternoon or night shifts. We have been advised that members will work the
same type of shift when deployed to minimise fatigue and rostering issues.
The normal length of deployment is seven days in the field with travel
either side. Please advise your supervisor if fatigue is an issue.
The NSWPF has obligation under WH&S to
provide certain facilities even at temporary work locations.
This includes facilities for
decontamination, toilets, stand down areas, shelter, and appropriate uniform
and personal protective equipment. The Association has been advised that
these facilities have been sourced. Any WH&S issues should be raised with
your supervisor in the first instance. If unresolved, please contact your
Your Association will have two
Organisers at the Operation. They will be in attendance for the induction.
Mobile numbers of the Organisers will
be supplied at the induction. Branch Officials are asked to make themselves
know to the Organisers as a point of reference in the field.
First Response and other duties:
The number required to be deployed on
this operation may affect the capability of LAC to meet First Response
Agreement. Please advise your local branch officials of any breach use the
First Response Non Compliance Form available at our website or by calling
the office to notify the Association of all first response breaches.
You can contact the Association on 9265 6777 or though the DOI outside
normal business hours. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The community signs at Bentley NSW say it all ...
Metgasco is not wanted by 84.5% of the local population.
They have no social license and never will