LEMON Tree Passage police station will move under a pledge to build a brand new $1.5 million hub for the area’s officers, NSW Police Minister Troy Grant announced on Monday.
The funding would be rolled out over three years if a Liberal government is retained beyond March’s state poll. Consultation is already underway, Mr Grant said, with community engagement planned to run over the coming months.
But whatever shape the mooted new station takes, Mr Grant’s office confirmed it would have to move as the existing location does not allow for “the expansion and modernisation of the existing facility”.
“Each and every day, local police put their lives on the line protecting our communities, responding to violent incidents, attending motor vehicle accidents, and supporting victims of crime,” Mr Grant said.
“With 1500 extra police set to join the ranks over the next four years thanks to a record investment by the NSW government, I can assure the community that we will continue to ensure our men and women in blue are properly resourced to continue their work.”
Liberal candidate for Port Stephens Jaimie Abbott attended the announcement, arguing the small community deserved modern police resourcing.
“Our local officers deserve the very best resources and equipment to do their job, and keep the community safe,” Ms Abbott said.
“Once built, the new station will ensure local officers have a contemporary base to work out of now and into the future.”
Tea Gardens police station is slated for redevelopment while $1 million has been pledged for Karuah station to be rebuilt.