Police station misses out
NO MONEY INCLUDED IN THIS YEAR’S BUDGET FOR NEW SET-UP
THE Baird Government has been accused of breaking a key election promise to build a new police station at Mt Druitt, with no funding allocated in its first budget since its re-election.
Mt Druitt state Labor MP Edmond Atalla claims the Government should already be planning the new station and police should not be forced to work in “outdated and overcrowded facilities”.
Premier Mike Baird visited the area in March to announce a new station before the State Election and then Mt Druitt Liberal candidate Olivia Lloyd said at The Standard’s election forum that funding for the station was “in the Budget”.
While any funding for the new station was absent from the Budget handed down last week, a spokeswoman for the government claims the police station would be in next year’s Budget.
She also said a dollar value for the project had not been released as the Govern- ment would need to tender first. As yet, there has been no funding allocated for the early planning stage or site selection.
Mt Druitt police station, which was built in 1975, has been left largely untouched.
Mr Atalla said: “Mt Druitt has been neglected too long. I’ll knock on doors and make some noise if I have to — the Premier needs to be held accountable for promises made. Mt Druitt police … can’t continue to work in outdated and overcrowded facilities.”
A spokeswoman for Deputy Premier and Police Minister Troy Grant said the Government would deliver what it promised and said: “The redevelopment of Mt Druitt police station requires a business case prior to initial funding allocation.
“Mt Druitt police station is an election commitment and funding will be allocated for the station in future budgets.”