GUNNEDAH POLICE STATION PLANS APPROVED AND REVEALED
Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson has today revealed the plans for the new Gunnedah Police station following the development application approval through Gunnedah Shire Council.
Mr Anderson announced today that the station will undergo a rebuild rather than the originally planned upgrade and addition work which will mean local Police will be working in top facilities.
“I made a promise before the election to deliver a more modern Gunnedah Police Station and today we are one step closer to that reality.
“This $5.5 million commitment will see our local police working in the facilities that they need and deserve which is why it is so important for us to deliver on our promise and get the new station built.
“For too long police and the communities they serve in regional NSW have had to put up with substandard police infrastructure. This is about providing police with the facilities they need to get on and do what they do best – protecting our communities.
Built in the early 1960s, Gunnedah Police Station houses a public reception, general duties area, detectives and highway patrol offices as well as a single holding cell, charge room and three docks.
“The building is 50 years old and is in generally poor condition,” Mr Anderson said.
“The refurbishment will modernise the tired old station to improve service delivery to the local community and to meet operational needs now and into the future.
“The community have been calling for this for some time and we need to be able to provide police with the resources they need to get on top of crime. Ultimately if we can build a better facility, it will help us to attract more police into the future.
“I thank the community for their ongoing support which secured this announcement today.”
NSW Police will now proceed with developing detailed drawings before a tender is released to market.