The new $31 million Queanbeyan Police Station has officially opened following a formal ceremony attended by Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro, Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott and Police Commissioner Mick Fuller APM.
Mr Barilaro said the impressive new police station is a substantial commitment into regional infrastructure and the Monaro Police District.
“The safety of our community is paramount and it is vital that our men and women in blue are equipped with the very best resources, equipment and a modern work-base so they can continue to protect our region now and into the future,” Mr Barilaro said.
“We all know what an incredible job the officers within the Monaro Police District do. This station will not only service the immediate region but will be the headquarters for the district, bolstering policing across the Monaro.”
Mr Elliott said Queanbeyan Police Station sets a new standard for regional policing and will provide a major boost to police resources in the district.
“The NSW Government continues to deliver on the election commitment to invest in a police station infrastructure program to support the vital work of our police men and women in all parts of the state,” Mr Elliott said.
“This state-of-the-art police station is the 33rd police station to be built or upgraded by the NSW Government since 2011 and will ensure communities are well supported by our law enforcement agencies.”
The NSW Government has also committed to $583 million to deliver 1500 extra police over four years. As part of this investment, the Monaro Police District has received nine additional permanent police positions.
Commissioner Michael Fuller welcomed the new purpose-built police station.
“This is a major investment into the crime fighting capabilities in the Monaro Police District,” Commissioner Fuller said.
“Our new police facility is something that this town can be proud to call its own – it will protect all, both the community and the officers that serve it,” he said.
The facility houses general duties, specialist, tactical, crime prevention and investigative units, including highway patrol, taskforce and region enforcement squad officers.