26 Oct 2017
Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
Chief Minister Michael Gunner today announced the site of the new $26 million Palmerston Police Station, which will provide around the clock police presence for the local community.
The project – which was an election commitment - was fast-tracked last year as part of the Territory Labor Government’s infrastructure stimulus plan.
It will include a Watch House and Community Engagement Hall, and will create around 100 jobs during construction, which is expected to begin early next year and completed in 2019 (two years earlier than originally planned).
The site of the station – on the corner of Temple Tce and Farrar Boulevard – was chosen by police as the preferred location which is central to Palmerston and has been modelled to ensure it meets police operational needs.
It will increase the capacity of the current police station, and enable up to 200 police to deliver key policing outcomes into the future.
“Every Territorian has the right to feel safe and expect their homes, businesses and property to be secure,” Mr Gunner said.
“This is why we promised at the election that a Palmerston police station would be built, bringing a greater police presence to the Palmerston community.
“We are restoring trust in Government by delivering on our promises – a stark contrast to the previous four years of CLP chaos and infighting.”
The police station forms part of a suite of measures the Territory Labor Government is implementing to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour, including the re-introduction of the Banned Drinkers Register and the re-introduction of a Day Patrol.
Government also recently announced $45 million to upgrade the PROMIS IT system to support police to do their job
“Since coming to Government we have brought back the BDR – which the CLP cut - to tackle the unacceptable rates of alcohol related crime, unveiled a comprehensive suite of measures to address anti-social itinerant behaviour, instigated the biggest ever alcohol policy review and now we are announcing the location of a police station that will service the community of Palmerston,” Mr Gunner said.
“The new station will enable police to operate more effectively from a central location and will accommodate the region’s needs for contemporary policing for the next 30 years.”
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