budget money gunnedah police station

GUNNEDAH’S top cop would like to see a complete rebuild of the Gunnedah Police Station after $1.8 million was allocated for the project in this week’s budget. 

Inspector Paul Johnson has welcomed the funding and said he is awaiting details about the design and layout of the new building in Abbott Street.

The government has delivered on a promise by MP Kevin Anderson, with hopes that pre-planning meetings will begin in the next month. 

It comes as police continue to operate in an “outdated” building that has “small, pokey rooms,” cracks in the walls, inadequate security and fire and safety issues. The layout is also dysfunctional. 

“I’m happy with any money that’s forthcoming to the police station, provided it gives the upgraded premises we need to police for the current community and climate,” Inspector Johnson said. 

No timeline has been set however Mr Anderson says be believes the money would go towards an upgrade, as some sections of the station are still functional.

POLICE STATION UPGRADE: Senior Constable Chris Hart, left, with Gunnedah Inspector Paul Johnson inside the outdated police station which has received $1.8 million in the state Budget.

POLICE STATION UPGRADE: Senior Constable Chris Hart, left, with Gunnedah Inspector Paul Johnson inside the outdated police station which has received $1.8 million in the state Budget.