Construction of the new Kilcoy Police Station is about to begin with the appointment of Integral Construction to build the facility.
Police Minister Mark Ryan turned the sod where the new station will be built with Acting Assistant Commissioner Mick Brady.
Mr Ryan said the Government had committed almost $2 million to the project, which includes construction of the new station and demolition of the old station on the same site.
“The new police station is much larger than the existing station on Rose Street, which is of inadequate functionality and size for a modern police facility,” Mr Ryan said.
“The new station will provide contemporary accommodation to meet current and future operational policing requirements.
“It will provide general duty policing functions, as well as a facility to cater for visiting police staff attached to Road Policing Command, Tactical Crime Squad and District detectives.
“The new station will provide office accommodation, an exhibit room, detainee holding cell, duty store room, electronic interview room, meals room and breath analysis room.
“It will also have a public counter and foyer area to provide an effective and modern interface for police to interact with members of the community.”
Mr Ryan said the current police station operations will not be impacted during construction works.
“This station will be built under the new Buy Queensland initiative, providing many employment opportunities for local businesses,” Mr Ryan said.
“I am pleased this project will support local workers in construction, electrical, plumbing, security and landscaping, where possible.
“With construction expected to take up to nine months, this is great news for Kilcoy.”
Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said the project would support around 125 jobs throughout the construction phase.
“As part of the tender process, we required the contractor to demonstrate how they will engage with the local community to maximise local jobs,” Mr de Brenni said.
“As well as on site construction jobs, that includes doing business with local suppliers, so the benefits reach the whole community.
“When we invest government money, we also want to see long term job outcomes from these projects, which is why this project also includes a requirement that at least 10% of work hours are completed by apprentices.
“The result on this project will be more than 1,000 hours of training for apprentices and other workers, ensuring a legacy skills outcome for Kilcoy and surrounds.”
The Public Safety Business Agency is managing the project on behalf of the Queensland Police Service.
Minister for Police and Minister for Corrective Services
The Honourable Mark Ryan