Sydney (Tribune International, NSW State Gov Release, 10 May 2021): The Singleton community in the Upper Hunter will benefit from a brand new police station, thanks to $12 million in funding from the NSW Government.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott joined NSW Nationals candidate for the Upper Hunter Dave Layzell at Singleton Police Station today to make the announcement, and said it will be a significant boost for the region.
“The current police station in Singleton has been serving the community since 1867 and the heritage listed building is home to around 50 staff,” Mr Barilaro said.
“The new fit-for-purpose station will meet the needs of the growing Hunter Valley Police District and mean Singleton can continue to be well resourced by NSW Police as part of the NSW Government’s commitment to building a safer and stronger Upper Hunter.
“I want to thank all the officers and staff working within the Hunter Valley Police District for your service and dedication to the people of NSW and this brand new police station should better serve the deserving community of Singleton and surrounds.”
Mr Elliott said the Singleton Police Station will have the state-of-the-art resources that our modern police force needs to operate effectively.
“Police numbers in the Hunter Valley Police District have been steadily increasing, from 163 in 2019 to 181 this year, and with the NSW Government’s commitment to delivering an additional 1500 police over four years, that number is only likely to grow,” Mr Elliott said.
“A new police station for Singleton will accommodate the growing number of officers for years to come and provide a fantastic facility for current staff and the community.
“This is another example of the NSW Government’s commitment to the NSW Police Force, with 36 Police stations built or upgraded since 2011 and continued investment in police infrastructure.”
In 2020-21, the NSW Government is investing a record $287.7 million in NSW Police Force capital projects.