Police hub on cards
MP ‘KEEPING A CLOSE EYE’ ON PROPOSAL TO REBUILD STATION
PLANS to rebuild Mt Druitt police station are in the works, according to a spokeswoman for Police Minister Troy Grant.
But Mt Druitt state Labor MP Edmond Atalla said he was concerned the State Government was “playing games”.
The Standard contacted Mr Grant’s office for an update on the election promise and was assured a business case was being prepared.
“The NSW Police Force has advised this project is currently in the planning stages and a full business case is being prepared,” said a spokeswoman for Mr Grant, who is also Deputy Premier.
Premier Mike Baird stood on the steps of Mt Druitt police station in March last year before the state election to announce a new station.
Just hours after the announcement, Mt Druitt Liberal candidate Olivia Lloyd said at The Standard’s election forum that funding for the station was “in the Budget”.
The existing Mt Druitt police station stands largely untouched since it first opened in 1975. While any funding for the new station was absent from the government’s first Budget handed down last year, a spokeswoman for the government at the time claimed the police station would be in the next Budget.
Mr Atalla said he was concerned the promise was “just an election ploy”.
“I am really concerned about this station,” Mr Atalla said. “When the Premier announced it, he came out strongly to declare it would be replaced.
“Now the language has changed to putting up a ‘case’ and ‘plan’.
“I am concerned the language being used now is not as strong as ‘we will rebuild this station’.”
Mr Atalla said the government needed to deliver on such a major pre-election promise.
“I will be keeping a close eye on it,” Mr Atalla said.
“The (Police) Minister has assured me it is going to be in the next Budget.
“If it’s not in the next Budget, then we know the government is just playing games and we will know that promise was just an election ploy.”