ANOTHER piece of the Cockburn Central puzzle will fall into place when earthworks for the new police station begin this week.
Police Minister Liza Harvey said work would begin within days, following news Balcatta-based contractor PS Structures had been awarded the construction tender.
The $21 million station, to be built on land bounded by North Lake Road, Linkage Avenue and Fettler Lane, will be big enough to accommodate up to 200 officers across shifts and will include short-term custodial facilities, a detainee processing area, two cells, interview rooms, a gym and changing facilities for officers.
“This new police station is in recognition that Cockburn is a thriving hub of the metropolitan area and will deliver a modern police facility which will cope with future growth,” Ms Harvey said.
“This will be a significant upgrade from the current facility with a capacity to accommodate four times as many officers from a range of policing areas including district management, local policing teams and response teams.”
WA Police Union president George Tilbury said the station would play an important role servicing a growing community over the coming decades.
“The new complex will ensure that police in Cockburn have modern facilities to meet the needs of policing,” he said.
Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said the facility would help Cockburn Central become one of the most influential activity centres in the south west metropolitan sub-region by 2031.
“However, as we have previously stated, while there are significant benefits in centralising facilities it is also important to remember the community’s expectations that their local police station is better placed to respond to local incidents,” he said.
“Hence the need for the Cockburn Police Station (in Spearwood) to continue to operate in addition to the new facility, especially given the significant increase in population that is taking place along our coastline and in adjoining suburbs such as Coogee, Spearwood, Hamilton Hill and Munster.”
Jandakot MLA Joe Francis said the news proved wrong those who said the State Government would not build it in this term of government.
PS Structure project manager Andrew Lea said construction would take a year.
Temporary traffic management will be in place for the duration of the build.