21 May 2024

New Helensburgh Police Station fulfils promise to get officers back on the beat

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Artist's impression of the new Helensburgh Police Station.

An artist’s impression of the new Helensburgh Police Station. Photo: NSW Government.

After years of broken promises, Helensburgh will finally have police based in the town when a new $3 million station is built.

The new Helensburgh Police Station will replace the existing demountable site on Waratah Street, which has not been operational due to not meeting work health and safety standards. Demolition of the demountable is due to start in June.

Currently, officers are deployed from Wollongong to the northern suburbs.

Heathcote MP Maryanne Stuart welcomed the announcement by Premier Chris Minns during a visit to the Illawarra on Tuesday (21 May). The new station was a 2023 election pledge by the Labor Government.

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“I am delighted that after 12 years of inaction by the former government that Helensburgh will now have an upgraded police station and room for officers and vehicles based there to serve the Northern Illawarra,” she said.

“The government, community and police are looking forward to this upgrade and we are looking forward to its completion, with police staffed locally in this station.

“The people of Helensburgh and Northern Illawarra deserve nothing less.”

The new station will be able to accommodate up to eight officers on any shift (an increase from three) and a first response police vehicle will be based there, providing 24/7 coverage of the area.

The modular design will manage and hold all the required operational policing equipment and provide secure parking for police vehicles.

NSW Police and Counter-terrorism Minister Yasmin Catley said that for too long, the Helensburgh community had been served a “forever promise”.

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“The new Helensburgh Police Station shows this government’s commitment to supporting community safety and ensuring our hardworking police have the facilities and resources they need,” she said.

“Our police work tirelessly to serve and protect their community and I am determined to support them in every way I can.”

Mr Minns said his government was committed to ensuring police officers had the facilities they needed to keep people safe.

“Policing is a very difficult job. It’s not an easy profession,” he said.

“That’s why we’ve announced a suite of recruitment measures, including paid study, to get more boots on the ground and help prevent crime.”

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