More police services for Coast in $13m funding boost
Two Sunshine Coast locations will be part of the $300 million Queensland Police Service infrastructure pipeline which will deliver major new police facilities.
In Police Minister Mark Ryan's announcement on Monday, it was revealed a new $9 million police facility would be constructed at Caloundra South, plus a $4 million police facility at Cooroy.
Alongside the two new stations, a $10 million construction contract was awarded to Sunshine Coast builder BBN Constructions for a new police facility at Nambour.
A minimum of 150 extra police officers will also be deployed to the new North Coast Policing Region, which includes the Sunshine Coast.
Mr Ryan said the historic investment in police resourcing combined with a significant Capital Works program would achieve two important objectives.
"More police and new infrastructure are an investment in enhanced community safety for the Sunshine Coast," he said.
"And those investments will also support jobs and the economy as we recover from the global pandemic."
Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers said the State Government's announcements were exactly what the union had been asking for in terms of commitments from politicians.
"I have never in my 31 years as a police officer ever seen a commitment of increasing the QPS by such a huge amount of more than 2000 staff and I thank the government for this commitment," he said.
"The biggest thing I have always said is that policing commitments must be fully funded."