Sanctuary Pt station still on the agenda

A POLICE station for the Bay and Basin area is still on the agenda, according to Minister for Police and Emergency Services Michael Gallacher.

But it will wait as the O’Farrell government undertakes a $100 million program to remove asbestos and lead-based paints from stations and residences across the state.

“When we came to government we found out there was a huge problem with asbestos and lead-based paint throughout the entire police force in NSW,” he said.

“That has taken away about $100 million that would have otherwise gone into other capital works in remediation works on not just workplaces but premises where police officers live with their families to ensure they are safe.”

He said South Coast MP Shelley Hancock continued to raise the issue.

“It doesn’t fall to politicians to identify where police stations need to be, it really falls to the police, to where they see their crime trends and where they see the best place to position stations.

“The increased police presence and profile in Sanctuary Point will continue as there is obviously a demand for it but now they are actually getting the resources in play to do something about it.”

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