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The wait is over for Coolum Police as new station opens

District Superintendent Craig Hawkins, Ninderry MP Dan Purdie and Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers at the official opening of the new Coolum Police Station


The wait is over for Coolum Police as new station opens

It may have taken more than a decade, but the new state-of-the-art $2.7 million Coolum Police Station is officially open.

Member for Ninderry Dan Purdie is calling the new facility a “win for the local community” after Coolum police spent more than a decade working out of a “donga”.

“In that time, we’ve also seen the population of the Coolum region explode, as well as a significant increase in crime,” Mr Purdie says.

“Meanwhile, our hard-working police have been forced to work in sub-standard facilities while trying to serve the growing community.”

After speaking with My Weekly Preview in August, Coolum police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Hardy Wirth says the new station is very welcome after
15 years.

“The original station was built in 2005 in William Street, but because of land issues we put it on the back of a truck and came out to our current site in 2015.”

Mr Purdie says the new facility boasts state-of-the-art technology and all the resources police need to do their job.

“I am grateful for the community’s support over the past three years to help secure the funding for this new station,” he says.

Minister for Police Mark Ryan and Commissioner Katarina Carroll visited Coolum for the official opening earlier this month.

Commissioner Carroll says the new station provides frontline police with the technology and resources required for policing today and well into the future.

“The opening of this new station is both a continuation of the history of service the QPS has offered to the Sunshine Coast community and a positive step into our future as a world-class police service. I know that Coolum officers are very excited about this new station and will continue to provide dedicated service to their community members.”

Badge Constructions built the new facility.

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