Melbourne’s new northern crime-fighting hub is a step closer to completion after the Andrews Labor Government kept its promise to build a police station in Mernda.
Minister for Police Wade Noonan joined Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green in Mernda today to announce that the new $15 million station will be built on the corner of Bridge Inn Rd and Pimpinella Pass.
The new station, which was funded in the Government’s first Budget, is in an ideal location behind the Bridge Inn Hotel, with room to expand if needed.
Construction is due to begin next year and the station is expected to be operational in 2017.
The station will house uniformed officers, a family violence unit, a criminal investigation unit, and a divisional response unit, along with other police units and administrative staff.
The site for the Mernda Police Station comes as the Government has provided Victoria Police with a record budget of $2.5 billion and funded more than 600 additional police personnel.
These include 400 custody officers to allow frontline police to be redeployed to the beat, forensic scientists, transit police, PSOs and detectives in a dedicated sex offenders supervision unit.
In addition, the Government is building a new P-12 school and the Mernda Rail Link to give the growing communities of Mernda and Doreen the support they need.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Wade Noonan
“This government is not wasting a single minute keeping our election promise to build a police station for the people of Mernda and Doreen.”
“The previous Liberal Government refused to even talk with the community about a police station.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green
“The people of Mernda and Doreen have waited a long time for this new station, and I am proud this government has listened to them.”
“New schools, new bus services, new kindergarten place, a new rail link, and now a new police station. Mernda matters to this government.”
Reviewed 10 February 2021