THE State Government has purchased two blocks of land in central Armadale for $4.9 million to build a new justice complex.
Police Minister Liza Harvey said the land, between Third Road and Thomas Street, would accommodate a new police station and courthouse.
“This Government is committed to ensuring the south-eastern suburbs community is kept safe and police in the area have the resources they need to help combat crime and antisocial behaviour,” Mrs Harvey said.
Attorney General Michael Mischin said the government had also committed $1.8 million for the planning of the justice complex building in the 2016-17 State Budget.
“The Armadale justice complex will have state-of-the-art facilities and update the current courthouse and police station,” he said.
Armadale MLA Tony Buti said it was a shame it had taken almost six years for the much-needed project to get to this stage.
“We were promised a new police station and court house and now all we have is a vague announcement which lacks any substance,” he said.
“The Armadale Court House is bursting at the seams and has been for years.
“The accommodation for staff and the public is totally inadequate and needs to be addressed immediately.”
Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones said the announcement was fantastic news, as the project had been its top priority in a number of presentations to the Government.
“The relocation of the courthouse and a new police station are the foundation blocks for the Armadale City Centre as the true regional centre of justice, governance and commerce for south east metropolitan Perth,” Cr Zelones said.
“We now look forward to working with the government as they undertake the final design, costing and funding of the total project.”