Minister for Police Mark Ryan, Deputy Commissioner Paul Taylor and Member for Cairns Michael Healy have today welcomed the announcement of an additional $7 million to go towards more upgrades of the Cairns City Police Station.
Deputy Commissioner Taylor said the funding boost would support the Queensland Police Service to deliver an enhanced policing service to the greater Cairns community.
“This additional funding will cover the costs of essential upgrades to the station including an updated CCTV system and more refurbished spaces to support property management and forensics,” Deputy Commissioner Taylor said.
Minister for Police Mark Ryan said the additions to the original planned upgrades will ensure the delivery of a modern, functional facility that will strengthen police capability and capacity.
“Once completed, the upgrade and refurbishment work will provide contemporary accommodation to meet current and future operational policing needs and include improvements to office accommodation, interview rooms, meal room and staff amenities,” Minister Ryan said.
Member for Cairns Michael Healy said the upgrades to the station, now totalling more than $17 million, are expected to support up to 57 full time equivalent jobs for contractors and builders in the community.
“This is great news for Cairns,” Mr Healy said.
“Not only will the new station support the community through enhanced police capacity but will support our local economy during the building process.”
Works are expected to commence in mid-2021 with completion expected in 2023.