Various: Singleton Police Station

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981f Powerfm: Singleton Police Station, finally, getting funding for an upgrade

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It’s been a project at the focus of the by-election and previous state elections, but finally there’s funding for the Singleton Police Station. 

The NSW Government announced $12 million in Singleton this morning to upgrade the police station that has served the community for many years.

“The current police station in Singleton has been serving the community since 1867 and the heritage listed building is home to around 50 staff,” Deputy Premier John Barilaro said.

“The new fit-for-purpose station will meet the needs of the growing Hunter Valley Police District and mean Singleton can continue to be well resourced by NSW Police as part of the NSW Government’s commitment to building a safer and stronger Upper Hunter.”

“I want to thank all the officers and staff working within the Hunter Valley Police District for your service and dedication to the people of NSW and this brand new police station should better serve the deserving community of Singleton and surrounds.”

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said the Singleton Police Station will have the state-of-the-art resources that our modern police force needs to operate effectively.

“Police numbers in the Hunter Valley Police District have been steadily increasing, from 163 in 2019 to 181 this year, and with the NSW Government’s commitment to delivering an additional 1500 police over four years, that number is only likely to grow,” David Elliott said.

“A new police station for Singleton will accommodate the growing number of officers for years to come and provide a fantastic facility for current staff and the community.”

“This is another example of the NSW Government’s commitment to the NSW Police Force, with 36 Police stations built or upgraded since 2011 and continued investment in police infrastructure.”

In 2020-21, the NSW Government is investing a record $287.7 million in NSW Police Force capital projects.

The funding announcement this by-election comes after a $50 million spend from One Nation should they get into power, and $17 million from NSW Labor should they get elected. 

The funding from Labor was to either upgrade the current police station or build a completely new station at a separate location. 

A new police station is something the NSW Police Association has been calling for for some time. 

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