THE state government has promised a new police station will be built in Sebastopol in the near future.
The announcement by the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Kim Wells, came yesterday as he officially opened Ballarat’s newest police station in Ballarat North.
“An election commitment is an election commitment and we will deliver a station south of Ballarat,” Mr Wells said. “We built the new station at Daylesford, we built the one at Ballarat North and we are committed to building a station south of Ballarat.”
Hinting that it would be built in Sebastopol, Mr Wells couldn’t give a time frame, but said another station had been budgeted for.
“We have budgetary (measures) in place for a new station south of Ballarat,” he said.
Mr Wells was joined by Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Tim Cartwright to announce the official opening of both the Daylesford and
Ballarat North stations yesterday. He said the state government was building a safer Victoria and had provided $119.9 million over its first three budgets for new and upgraded police stations across the state.
“As part of this commitment, $1.25 million was set aside for the new station at Ballarat North,” Mr Wells said.
Mr Cartwright said the new 16-officer station would go a long way to servicing the needs of Ballarat’s residents.
“This new station will service the north of Ballarat, including Wendouree, Cardigan Village and Miners Rest,” he said. “And it is my great pleasure to be here opening it today.”
Police Superintendent Andrew Allen said the new stations further positioned local police to effectively meet the needs of the fast growing population.
“We recognise that Ballarat North and Daylesford are growth areas, and having two new stations to house our police is of great benefit.”