Works are set to commence on the new $2.8million Coolum Police Station following a long campaign spear-headed by former police office and now local MP Dan Purdie.
Ninderry MP Dan Purdie said he had promised to hold the government to account to deliver the new police station, following 15 years of police officers working out of a demountable.
“One of my priorities has been to ensure our local police received a permanent police station, which they had been promised for over a decade,” Mr Purdie said.
“After securing the funds in the last budget, I’m delighted that the tender has finally been awarded for this contract, with Badge Constructions set to take over the site next week.
“It’s been a long battle, but finally we will see our police receive a future-proofed, modern facility that will help ensure our police officers are well equipped and supported in protecting and serving the local community.”
Coolum Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator and long-term local resident Ken Dredge said it was vital the police had the right resources and facilities to be able to operate effectively.
“Our local police do a wonderful job keeping a tight control on crime across our region, particularly given its growth in more recent years, and it’s about time they had access to more modern and permanent policing facilities,” Mr Dredge said.
“Given the huge increase in the population, the role of our local police has increased dramatically, while contending with the limitations of their current premise.
“While they have always gone about their roles in the most professional way, I am sure the community will be equally as pleased to see them finally in a new facility that better caters to their needs,” Mr Dredge said.