The 2017/18 Budget will deliver $4.5 million to complete a major $5.5 million upgrade of Gunnedah Police Station, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Minister for Police Troy Grant announced today.


Mr Perrottet said: “Our police work hard every day to protect our citizens and keep our communities safe, and so in this Budget we are making sure they have the tools and facilities they need to do that vital work.”


Construction on the existing site is scheduled to commence in the new financial year, with practical completion due in 2018. The station will become operational shortly thereafter.


Mr Grant said the new state-of-the-art facility will improve the capabilities of police in the Oxley Local Area Command.


“The NSW Liberals and Nationals Government will always put community safety first and this investment highlights that commitment.


“The upgraded Gunnedah Police Station will offer local police some of the newest technology to assist them in preventing and disrupting crime.


“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.”


Mr Anderson welcomed the funding announcement saying with a more spacious working environment for officers and the latest crime-fighting tools and resources, this promises to become one of the most advanced policing facilities in NSW.


“Police in Gunnedah do extraordinary work. They cover a lot of ground, and investigate markedly different crimes to officers in the city and this new station will provide them with a huge morale boost,” Mr Anderson concluded.

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