Major makeover for flinders’ police houses

Mark Shelton,Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Police houses on Flinders Island have received a $735,000 makeover as part of the Hodgman majority Liberal Government’s commitment to improve housing for police officers in remote and country towns across Tasmania.

This follows the $750,000 renovation of three properties in the East Coast towns of Swansea, Orford and Triabunna late last year and the $327,000 upgrade of a residence at Bicheno earlier this year.

These renovations are made possible through the Government’s ongoing commitment to improve the standard of accommodation for Tasmania’s hard working police officers across the State. The upgrades encourage officers to apply for remote postings and become an integral part of the communities they serve.

The two police residences on Flinders Island, one at Whitemark and one at Lady Barron, were constructed in the 1970s and had many original fittings still in place. While the houses were structurally sound, they were not well insulated and suffered other maintenance issues. Following the renovations, the houses now have updated kitchens, bathrooms, wiring and plumbing.

Local companies have made a significant contribution to the projects, with Tasmanian builders ‘Back in a Flash Constructions’ awarded the contract for the Flinders Island renovations.

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