- WA Police officer receives record amount from the State Government
- Offer increased by $500,000 to cover trustee fees
The Liberal National Government has revised its ex gratia payment to disabled Western Australian police officer Ryan Marron, increasing the total amount to $6 million.
Attorney General Michael Mischin said the Government had been working to support the Marron family for a long time to help secure his future and had agreed to increase the original offer of $5.5 million to assist with trustee fees.
"On further discussion with Ryan's father and Ryan's legal team, including a meeting with the Public Trustee, the Government has increased its payment to $6 million," Mr Mischin said.
"This amount is higher than any ex gratia payment made by the State Government, and that is because we carefully considered and included additional funds towards future legal and administration fees.
"The State Government wants to ensure Ryan receives maximum benefit from these funds and he and his family have as much peace of mind, as possible, in a challenging situation."
Deputy Premier and Police Minister Liza Harvey said the payment was in addition to the $400,000, which the State Government provided in 2012 to assist Ryan to seek specialist medical treatment in the United States of America.
"The $6 million payment is on top of any assistance Ryan may be entitled to from other State or Commonwealth Government-funded agencies and any entitlements for future medical or other expenses under the Police (Medical and Other Expenses for Former Officers) Act 2008," Ms Harvey said.
"Ryan has also received extended sick leave and payment of medical expenses totalling almost $1.25 million from WA Police, since he became ill.
"The dedication and commitment that Ryan, and all police officers make in serving the WA community is greatly appreciated and acknowledged by the State Government.
"Our deepest compassion is extended to Ryan and his family and friends, who have worked tirelessly and continue to be by his side to give him the best life possible."
- Ryan Marron was left wheelchair bound and in need of permanent care and support after contracting Murray Valley encephalitis while working in the Balgo community in the Kimberley, in 2011
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