St George & Sutherland Shire Leader: Search goes on for site for new Hurstville Police Station

Two years after the state government announced Hurstville would get a new police station, a decision has yet to be made on where it will be located.

The project was re-announced in last week’s state budget, and Police Minister David Elliott says it is scheduled for completion by late 2022.

But, first, a decision needs to be made on whether the 30-year-old existing police station in Ormonde Parade, which was the former headquarters of St George Bank, will be redeveloped or a new building constructed elsewhere in the area.

The search for a site was supposed to start after the project was announced in 2018 by then police minister Troy Grant.

The present Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said in a statement on Friday the government was committed to providing police with the facilities and resources they needed to protect the community.

“Since coming to office in 2011 we have upgraded and built 24 police stations,” he said.

“The redevelopment of Hurstville Police Station forms part of the Multipurpose Police Station Program, and I am advised that a principal design consultant has been engaged by the NSW Police Force to develop plans for the proposal.ADVERTISING

“The Police Property Group is working with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to identify suitable sites in Hurstville.

“The project is scheduled for completion by late 2022.”

The present station was established in the former headquarters of St George Bank in Ormonde Parade about 30 years ago as part of an emergency services complex, with fire brigade and ambulance stations adjoining.

Fire & Rescue NSW still operates around the corner in Butler Street.

The police station is used by officers from the St George area command as well as specialist units.

In 2018, Mr Grant said funding of $29 million would be included in the state budget and police would commence the search for a suitable site for a new station.

It was expected the new station would be completed within three years.

During the 2011 state election campaign, Premier Kristina Keneally promised, if Labor was re-elected, $7 million would be spent to kick-start planning or construction on 10 new stations, including Hurstville, over the following four years.

Labor lost the election.

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