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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 173 asked in the Legislative Council on 11 March 2020 by Hon Simon O’Brien

Minister responding: Hon M.H. Roberts
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

POLICE — FREMANTLE POLICE STATION

173. Hon SIMON O'BRIEN to the minister representing the Minister for Police:

My question is to the Leader of the House representing the Minister for Police. Sorry—I was getting ahead of myself—it is to the Minister for Environment representing the Minister for Police, who will go a long way in due course.

(1) What is the government doing to provide secure police vehicle accommodation in Fremantle?

(2) What solutions is the government pursuing to provide a fit-for-purpose police station in Fremantle?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

The honourable member's thoughts might change after I provide this answer. I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following answer has been provided to me by the Minister for Police; Road Safety.

(1)–(2) When the old Fremantle station was closed by the now Leader of the Opposition, our Fremantle police officers were put into an unsuitable former bank building with insufficient parking and no plan or money put on budget for a new station. The McGowan government has been working to fix the mess we inherited. Last year, the Western Australia Police Force, in conjunction with the Department of Finance, undertook an expression of interest process. Police have also been working with the City of Fremantle on an appropriate site. A suitable site for a state-of-the-art complex for Fremantle officers has been identified. As negotiations are currently underway, further details will be announced in due course. The Western Australia Police Force advise that it is working on options to secure police vehicles in the short term until a new Fremantle police complex is constructed.