The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has renewed calls for an upgrade of the Whittlesea Police Station, describing the working conditions for members at the station as “disgraceful.”
During an adjournment debate directed to the Minister for Emergency Services Lisa Neville in State Parliament recently, Ms Lovell sought a commitment to provide funding in the 2020-21 State Budget to complete an upgrade of the station.
Ms Lovell first raised the need for a refurbishment at the police station in 2017 and prior to the 2018 State Election the Liberal National Coalition made a commitment to provide $2 million to upgrade the station.
Prior to the election the Member for Yan Yean promised an upgrade to the station but as yet no work has commenced and no funding has been committed, which continues to raise concern in the local community.
The Whittlesea Police Station is no longer fit for purpose as it is too small to properly house the current staff, has no proper disability access, no facilities to interview suspects and no separate male, female or disabled toilets. Worryingly, asbestos is present in walls and ceiling throughout the station and the timber is rotting around the windows and facia.
In her contribution, Ms Lovell acknowledged the strong advocacy of the Whittlesea Police Community Action Group and the wider Whittlesea community for their local police.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“The Andrews Labor Government and Minister Lisa Neville should be ashamed of the disgraceful conditions that the hard-working police at Whittlesea are forced to work in.
“Prior to the last State Election the now-silent Labor Member for Yan Yean promised the station would receive an upgrade yet nothing has been done.
“The Whittlesea Police Station is no longer fit-for-purpose and I call on the Minister to ensure the inclusion of funding in the upcoming State budget to complete an upgrade at the station.”