Acting Victoria Premier Peter Ryan
Victoria Minister for Police Peter Ryan
New Police Super Complex Announced For Melbourne
Victor P Taffa
Construction will begin next year on a $230 Million state of the art super complex for Victoria Police, Acting Premier and Minister for Police Peter Ryan said today.
Joining Acting Chief Commissioner Tim Cartwright to make the announcement, Mr. Ryan said the new City West Police Station would be located at 313 Spencer street at the site of the former Australia Post Mail Centre.
“The City West Police Station will boost Police service delivery by consolidating the Crime and Intelligence departments with a new Police station for Melbourne West, housing 1,600 Police members.” Mr. Ryan said.
“More than 290 new jobs will be created through construction and fit out of the 27,000 sqm complex, which is expected to be completed by mid 2015.”
“This 12-storey complex, based at the gateway of the Docklands, will ensure Victoria Police will have a customised, quality facility to accommodate Victoria Police’s most elite crime investigation and intelligence teams.”
Mr. Ryan said the move provided a much-needed central Policing location that would increase public safety through more rapid deployment of Police to incidents in the city’s west.
“The consolidation and relocation of police services to an inner city location will resolve critical issues of overcrowding and security and ensure appropriate facilities are made available to enable Victoria Police to better serve the community.” Mr. Ryan said.
“The City West Police Complex will be highly visible for those travelling to prominent congregation points in and around Spencer Street.”
Mr. Ryan said a well-lit public entry and forecourt would provide pedestrians heading from the Telstra Dome and Docklands precinct through to Southern Cross Station or King Street with improved security, particularly at night.
The development is a partnership between the Victorian Government ($68 Million) and CBUS Property consortia ($162 Million).