Backing our girls and boys in blue
The 2017-18 NSW Budget put our cops back a top of the agenda, providing substantial support for regional police, rolling out millions in funding for new and redeveloping police stations.
Contrary to misleading statements from Labor supporters, the police stations currently under development are fully funded in the Budget to the tune of $41 million allowing our officers to work from state-of-the-art complexes and focus on keeping our community safe.
The $41 million earmarked for police station redevelopments across the State, will see money flowing to Walgett, Deniliquin, Coffs Harbour, Taree and Gunnedah. This is part of the $243.7 million in new funding released into the law enforcement cluster, an area which has recurring costs of $3 billion annually.
A significant station redevelopment was announced by Minister for Police Troy Grant and Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead for Taree at a total cost of $10 million, with $1.5 million made immediately available for work to commence once a site has been decided on – a process which will be finalised after local government and community consultation.
The Minister welcomed the investment in an area where the local police have been working hard with the community to contain crime rates.
“Police in the Manning-Great Lakes Local Area Command do extraordinary work, as evidenced by the most recent quarterly BOCSAR report, which shows all the major crime categories remained stable or fell in the 24 months to March 2017 in this region,” Troy said.
The Deniliquin Police Station received another $6.2 million from the Budget, with the project on schedule to finish next year. Coffs Harbour will receive $700,000 over the 2017-18 financial year to continue their $20 million development which is anticipated to be completed next year. Walgett Police Station redevelopment received another $350,000 bringing the total spend to $16.09 million.
The long awaited new Gunnedah Police Station has also received more funding with $4.47 million available over the 2017-18 financial year, released on a stage-by-stage basis.
The development has been welcomed in particularly by Troy Grant, who congratulated local Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson for never letting the project fall off the radar.
“The upgraded Gunnedah Police Station will offer local police some of the newest technology to assist them in preventing and disrupting crime,” Troy said.
“The funding allocated in this year’s budget marks a very important step towards the delivery of our 2015 election commitment to upgrade the station, which was built in the early 1960s.”
“I commend the unwavering advocacy of Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson, who has worked closely with local police to get this project off the ground.”
Police around the state will also receive the latest in technology equipment increasing their mobility and safety, with $51 million to be spent over 2017-18 to continue the implementation of the Policing for Tomorrow initiative. Officers around NSW will also receive new safety vests to the value of $5 million.