A multi-million Dollar investment into upgrades at the Hervey Bay Police Station speaks to the pace at which the city is expanding.
That’s the view of local member Adrian Tantari.
Mr Tantari made the comment after the Queensland Government announced that planning for the upgraded police station would begin this financial year.
Some $100,000 has been set aside in the 2022-23 police budget for planning.
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Police Minister Mark Ryan said last month the Hervey Bay Police Station would be upgraded to the tune of $14-million.
Mr Tantari said the new police station would be a “big win” for Hervey Bay.
“Since being elected 20 months ago, I have been pushing for this new station and it is great to get the ball rolling,’’ Mr Tantari said.
“This investment [by the Queensland Government] recognises that Hervey Bay is a fast-growing regional city.
“This is about community safety, building infrastructure, ensuring better services and securing good jobs for our future.’’
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North Coast Region Assistant Commissioner Brian Connors said the upgrades would help meet the growing demand for policing services across the region.
“The Wide Bay region continues to grow in population and demand for policing services continues to rise,” Assistant Commissioner Connors said.
“With a growing police workforce, it is important that we have suitable facilities to carry out their duties, servicing the local community.
Queensland Police Union President Ian Leavers said it was appropriate for police to have modern facilities and equipment.
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“Police Stations like Hervey Bay are a real hub for the community and we know locals take great pride in knowing the police who work around the clock providing assistance to them have a work place that suits their needs, is secure for both officers and people visiting the station.
“Hervey Bay is a growing community and the investment from the government in redeveloping the police station will ensure police are working in a fit-for-purpose facility that has the ability to cater for future growth.”
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The 2022-23 Queensland Budget also includes funding to progress new and upgraded facilities for the Water Police and the Fire and Rescue Service in Hervey Bay.
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The station needs to be adequatly maned, it is madness to think it closes at 5PM