Section: Simon Corbell, MLA | Media Releases
Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher and Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, have today officially opened the new state-of-the-art Belconnen police station.
The $23.5m Belconnen Police Station is the culmination of four years work between the ACT Government, Justice and Community Safety Directorate and ACT Policing.
"It is a fantastic day to be able to celebrate the official opening of the Belconnen Police Station which will provide a brand new facility for our valuable police officers to do their very important work to protect the ACT community," the Chief Minister said.
"This has been an extremely important project for the residents of Canberra's north, and I am pleased to see it is now fully operational."
Mr Corbell said that the building was state-of-the-art but also satisfied a range of environmental criteria ensuring it was energy efficient.
"The station provides the best possible infrastructure for ACT Policing, while maximising energy efficiency to reduce the building's carbon footprint through features such as chilled beam air conditioning; rainwater harvesting; evacuated tube solar hot water systems; and motion-sensing, integrated heating, lighting and cooling systems.
"This is a world-class, five-star sustainable building and also boasts security and administrative features including five interview rooms and holding cells, counselling rooms and a community meeting room.
"The new station will make it easier for our highly trained police officers to protect the ACT community, and features an impressive list of bold and innovative design to the complex, functional requirements of a modern policing facility that operates 24/7."
This is the third major facility to be launched by the ACT Government in the past 18 months in respect to ACT Policing accommodation, following the opening of the Exhibit Management Centre in Mitchell in November 2010 and the Specialist Response and Security complex in September last year.
"The ACT Government is committed to providing the necessary tools and state-of-the-art facilities for police to do their crucial job in the communityso that we can continue to feel safe in the city that we live," Mr Corbell said.
A public open day will be held tomorrow, Saturday 31 March from 10 am to 2 pm.
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