Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson was today joined by Deputy Premier Troy Grant in Parliament to advocate for community safety and support the work of the local Ice Action Group.


Mr Anderson used question time today to ask the Deputy Premier how the Baird-Grant Government has put community safety first in yesterday’s budget.


Mr Anderson said communities right across NSW want to see investment in measures that will help keep them safe and it is important to know what those measures are.


“Community safety is a priority for me and I want to know that the NSW Government is investing in areas that will help ensure the safety of our local area.”


Deputy Premier Troy Grant said Mr Anderson is making an excellent contribution to community safety in the electorate of Tamworth through leading the local Ice Action Group to tackle the scourge of ice at a local level and commended him for his initiative and dedication the community.


“Yesterday his (Mr Anderson’s) electorate alone received $1.8million, this financial year’s investment into an upgraded police station at Gunnedah.


“It’s an example of when the local troops took that to their local member he advocated to government and now the funding is flowing.


“This year we have put our money where our mouth is with record spending in the justice cluster of $8.1billion to keep the people of NSW safe.


“When we say we put the community’s safety first we mean in, in regards to our police we’re improving the NSW Police ability to protect our community whether those operation happen on land, whether they occur in the air or at sea.


“We’re spending $57million this year on police stations across the state.”


 Mr Anderson said planning work is already underway for the new Gunnedah Police Station and he is looking forward to seeing this work progress.


“Gunnedah is a growing community so we want to make sure we get this project right so that the police station will be suitable to serve the community long into the future.


“Our dedicated police on the front line in Gunnedah do an incredible job and I am pleased that we are able to deliver the vital project for them and the community,” Mr Anderson concluded.

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