Police station delayed till 2016

East Metropolitan MLC Alyssa Hayden, Premier Colin Barnett, Police Minister Liza Harvey and East Metropolitan MLC Donna Faragher at the new Ballajura police station site last year. Picture: Lauren Pilat
East Metropolitan MLC Alyssa Hayden, Premier Colin Barnett, Police Minister Liza Harvey and East Metropolitan MLC Donna Faragher at the new Ballajura police station site last year. Picture: Lauren Pilat

CONSTRUCTION of the Ballajura police station will start next year despite Police Minister Liza Harvey announcing in Parliament in February that it would begin in October 2015.

The State Government announced in August last year that a new police station would be built on Department of Education land at Cassowary Drive near the community college by 2016, having closed the shopfront station in 2009.

Mrs Harvey said the election commitment was part of an allocated $67 million to build or expand police stations to accommodate extra police resources.

The promise to build the station matched Labor’s 2012 commitment with West Swan MLA Rita Saffioti frustrated construction had not yet started.

Ms Saffioti said residents of Ballajura had been waiting for a new police station to be delivered for years and last-minute delays were not good enough.

“Residents shouldn’t be kept in the dark any longer and must receive the police presence they were promised,” she said.

Central Metropolitan District Acting Superintendent Kim Massam said construction was scheduled to start in March 2016.

“The station will take nine months to construct with completion and occupation scheduled for December 2016,” he said.

“The new Ballajura police station is being designed to accommodate up to 30 police officers.

“The exact number of officers to be allocated to the new police station, who will be deployed under the Local Policing Team model, will not be decided until closer to the police station opening time as the allocated numbers will be dependent on a number of factors.”

Supt Massam said local residents would continue to be serviced by other district resources, including the district response teams and detectives, and have access to regional level resources such as the Regional Operations Group and Traffic Enforcement Group.