- New $12 million 24-hour Castlemaine police station open for business
- Multi-million dollar facility will boost emergency response capabilities in a major growth corridor
- Napthine Government building better and safer communities
Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells and Liberal candidate for Bendigo West Michael Langdon today officially opened the new $12 million 24-hour Castlemaine police station, boosting emergency response capabilities in the Goldfields.
“The Napthine Government is absolutely committed to delivering on a strong law and order agenda and building better and safer communities,” Mr Langdon said.
“Castlemaine police station will provide 24-hour response, 7 days a week, to incidents in a major growth corridor.
“This is a fantastic investment which will help protect the community from crime and anti-social behaviour and enhance emergency response for our region around the clock.
“The multi-million dollar facility can accommodate up to 60 police personnel, and builds on the Coalition Government’s significant commitments to strengthen community safety for Central Victoria,” Mr Langdon said.
Mr Langdon said local police provide a critical service to the community and this new 24-hour station replaces the previous complex on Lyttleton Street and will ensure the region’s police services can grow to meet community needs.
In addition to the Castlemaine police station, the Napthine Government has delivered more than 1,800 extra front line police since coming to power, far greater than the 1,700 that was promised.
“This has also ensured more frontline policing for Bendigo and surrounding areas, with 50 additional police or a 12.4% increase in the Western Region (Division 6),” Mr Langdon said.
“Extra police mean Victoria Police can fight more crime, more effectively and detect crime better than before.”
The new station will accommodate a uniform branch and administration staff, with the facility featuring interview rooms, offices, short-term custody facilities, and meeting and conference rooms.
The new site on Templeton Street has heritage significance, with the former state bank and former police station being incorporated into the design of the new police station. The old building was refurbished as part of the new development.
Mr Wells said this was another significant milestone for the Napthine Government and will ensure Bendigo is better protected.
“The Napthine Government is doing its part to ensure our streets are safer and we are meeting community expectations, which is in direct contrast to Labor’s soft on crime approach,” Mr Wells said.
“We have provided the largest crime fighting budget in history with $2.43 billion for Victoria Police in 2014-15 – a 22 per cent increase on the last budget Labor delivered.
“The Coalition have also invested more than $250 million to build and upgrade police stations and facilities across the state and will continue to deliver on our community safety agenda to make Victoria a safer place,” Mr Wells said.
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