Po­lice hub on cards


Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Ali­son Bald­ing

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.”

Ed­mond Atalla.

Olivia Lloyd.

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