AN embarrassing typo on a plaque has plagued the state government’s official opening of a police station in rural Victoria.
The small town of Mooroopna, near Shepparton, celebrated the opening of a $1.8 million state-of-the-art police station yesterday.
But in a gaffe overlooked by an army of media advisers, the town was misspelt “Moorpoopna” on a bronze plaque unveiled by Police Minister Kim Wells and Chief Commissioner Ken Lay.
The Victorian Local Government, Jeanette Powell, said it was disappointing a mistake had been made.
But she said it “shouldn’t overshadow the wonderful opening of the new Mooroopna police station which myself and the community lobbied for over a number of years”.
Goulburn Valley superintendent Michael Sayer also apologised for the typo.
The gaffe comes as the Napthine government tries to boost its credentials. The plaque has been sent back Melbourne and will be remade.