Pledge of $25m for po­lice sta­tion up­grade

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

THE State Govern­ment has com­mit­ted $25 mil­lion for a new po­lice sta­tion at Mt Druitt and, if all goes to plan, it could be op­er­at­ing by 2018.

Mt Druitt po­lice sta­tion, one of the state’s old­est, has not been up­graded since it first opened in 1975.

A de­mount­able was erected on the site in 2005 to help the sta­tion cope with growth.

A spokes­woman for Po­lice Min­is­ter Troy Grant con­firmed the money had been com­mit­ted and a DA would be lodged early in 2017.

“The Govern­ment has com­mit­ted $25 mil­lion to build­ing a new po­lice sta­tion at Mt Druitt,” she said. “(A to­tal of) $750,000 has been al­lo­cated in the 2016-17 bud­get.

“The NSW Po­lice Force ap­proved a busi­ness case for the Mt Druitt po­lice sta­tion in Au­gust 2016.”

The long-over­due up­grade was an elec­tion prom­ise an­nounced by Pre­mier Mike Baird in March last year.

The Pre­mier was ac­cused of break­ing the pledge after his govern­ment’s first bud­get which failed to al­lo­cate funds for a new sta­tion.

Mt Druitt Po­lice of the Year nom­i­nees: (back, from right) Luke Fawcett, Glenn Sparham, Brett Sciber­ras, Matthew John­son, Will O’Brien. (Front, from right): Ja­son Rush­brook, Elise Sig­mun, Sarah Moore, Claire Hum­ber­stone.

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