The NSW Labor Opposition has questioned the Berejiklian Government’s announcement today that it will build new police stations after it was revealed that six police stations promised ahead of the 2015 election have still not been completed. 

In the lead up to the 2015 State Election the Liberals and Nationals announced that six new police stations would be built at Mt Druitt, Taree, Bay and Basin, Gunnedah, Waverley and Queanbeyan.

But more than three years later they are still not up and running with some not expected to be completed until after the 2019 election. 

Opposition Leader Luke Foley said Gladys Berejiklian should complete the police stations already promised more than three years ago before making new commitments. 

The revelation comes as the Premier attempts to address safety concerns after revelations by the Police Association that NSW has the lowest spending on police per capita and lowest number of police per capita of any state in Australia. 

The Police Association says that new stations are needed to replace old stations in Coleambally, Young, Cootamundra, Leichhardt, Newtown and Parramatta, while refurbishments are needed at Byron Bay, Nimbin, Newcastle and Penrith.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“Six communities are still waiting for their police station and now the Premier decides to make the list longer.

“She can’t deliver the stations that she has already promised so why should the community trust her to deliver anything?

“Before making new promises Ms Berejiklian should fulfil her commitments made before the last election.”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Police Minister Guy Zangari

“Premier Berejiklian has a tendency to only pledge new police resources when an election is just around the corner.

“Their neglect and failure to appropriately resource the NSW Police Force has left our state with less Police Officers than needed and less support for our communities.  

“Our Police Force has endured too many years of broken promises with a lack of support from this Government. Under resourcing the NSW Police Force has a flow on effect, as the welfare of our Police Officers suffers as a result.”