New police station opened
BRIGHT’S new state-of-theart police station was officially opened on Monday.
Jaclyn Symes (MLC, Northern Victoria) did the honours at a ceremony that saw members from Victoria Police command, local officers, emergency service workers, Alpine Shire councillors and staff, local business and community organisation representatives and local residents all present.
The new $3.2 million purposebuilt facility in Churchill Avenue is four times the size of the old station and marks an exciting new chapter for local officers.
The building will accommodate local police as well as be able cope when responding to emergencies that may involve additional personal and other emergency service workers.
The former station was built in 1984 with space for just five staff members and was later extended in 1992, before being knocked down early last year to make way for the new headquarters.
The new facility caters for growth in the Alpine community and fluctuating tourism numbers, when the population can grow by to up to 30,000 on weekends and during events.
It was funded as part of a $36.8 million package to replace or refurbish 32 regional and rural police stations and residences.
“We’ve listened to Victoria Police and given them the facilities they need – we’re focused on delivering a modern police force that has the laws, powers and re- sources it needs to keep the community safe,” Ms Symes said.
“The new station replaces the dated facilities that our local police had outgrown and gives Bright and surrounding towns a modern and fit-for-purpose station to support a safer community.
“There are only four weekends a year when there isn’t an event in or around Bright, and this fantastic new facility will provide more support for police as we head into another busy summer period.”
Senior Sergeant Doug Incoll said his officers were thrilled with their new home which they moved into in mid-August with some works still to be completed.
“It’s a fantastic facility and allows us to do everything we need in a spacious and modern space,” he said.
Ms Symes said the State Government has also invested in additional policing resources for Bright and the surrounding region.
Nine new family violence specialists have been allocated to the Wangaratta Division, which includes Bright, under the Labor’s latest wave of new police, with officers to be deployed by mid next year.
This is part of the Labor’s $2 million Community Safety Statement the single biggest funding boost in the history of the force, which will recruit an extra 3,135 more police, upgrade and build new police stations, and deliver a more efficient and stronger police force.
SPECIAL EVENT: Jaclyn Symes (MLC, Northern Victoria) speaks during the official opening of the new police station at Bright.