Western Australia Attorney General Christian Porter
Western Australia Minister for Police Rob Johnson
State Budget 2010-11: $52.5 Million For New Carnarvon Police And Justice Complex
Victor P Taffa
The State Government will invest $52.5 Million to build the new Police and Justice complex in Carnarvon, bringing together Courts, Police and Community Justice services into one facility.
The courthouse component of the complex will provide two courtrooms, with additional facilities for mediation and pre-trial conferences.
There will also be facilities for victims, a Jury Assembly area and an Integrated Custody Centre.
Consultation with the local community, businesses, the Shire of Carnarvon and North West MLA Vince Catania has confirmed the former Gascoyne Traders site at the intersection of Robinson Street and Babbage Island Road as the preferred location for the new Police and Justice Complex.
Attorney General Christian Porter said the previous Labor Government initially funded $38 Million toward the complex in the 2008 Budget.
“The Liberal-National Government has allocated additional funding to build a better complex, starting next year.” Mr. Porter said.
“We will move quickly to develop architectural drawings from the existing master plan for the courthouse and the local community will have opportunity to provide feedback.”
Police Minister Rob Johnson said the new Police Station would ensure Police in Carnarvon had the resources and equipment they needed to fight crime and support the community.
“As WA’s Regional areas continue to expand, it is important for Policing services to keep up with population growth and community expectations.” Mr. Johnson said.
“The new facilities and equipment at the station will help local Police continue the excellent work they have been doing to protect the community in this region and the link to the courthouse will allow officers to better manage offenders”.
“This project highlights the Liberal-National Government’s continued delivery of better law and order services throughout the State.”
Mr. Porter said the State Government had allocated several million dollars in the 2010 Budget to build infrastructure, improve job opportunities and increase access to health, education, family and support services, housing and justice facilities in regional Western Australia.
“Beside the major investment of this new Police and Justice Complex in Carnarvon, we have also committed $43.4 Million for a new Courthouse in Kalgoorlie-Boulder; $43 Million for the redevelopment of the Kununurra Courthouse; $500,000 in planning funds for a new Broome courthouse; and $43.9 Million for the expansion of the successful Youth Justice Services into the Kimberley and Pilbara.” Mr. Porter said.