Po­lice sta­tion misses out

NO MONEY IN­CLUDED IN THIS YEAR’S BUD­GET FOR NEW SET-UP

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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.”

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