State of the art sta­tion gets grand open­ing

Myrtleford Times - - News -

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.

PHOTO: Justin Jen­vey

SPE­CIAL EVENT: Ja­clyn Symes (MLC, North­ern Vic­to­ria) speaks dur­ing the of­fi­cial open­ing of the new po­lice sta­tion at Bright.

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