Station set to go

Station set to go

Member for Darling Range Tony Simpson, Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire president John Erren, Police and Transport Minister Liza Harvey and Senior Sergeant Daryl Brandis outside the new Mundijong Police Station. Photograph – Aaron Van Rongen.

With the new state-of-the-art police station in Mundijong set to officially open in early December Senior Sergeant Daryl Brandis gave Police Minister Liza Harvey an exclusive tour on October 14.

They were joined by a number of people including Member for Darling Range Tony Simpson and Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire president John Erren.

The $8 million facility is set to accommodate up to 30 officers and cope with 30 years of growth in the region.

Ms Harvey said the old Mundijong station was well past its use by date and praised the new station for being environmentally compliant and catering to the change in police culture.

“One of the things that young people look for is that the facility they’re going into has a really good gym,” she said.

“It sounds like something simple but it is very important, after an eight or 10 hour shift dealing with mental health crisis, people on drugs, drunk people, domestic violence, it’s good to be able to come back to the facility and it can be their sanctuary.

“A lot of the younger generation coming through value that balance and it’s important that we build on that.”

Ms Harvey said since she had been minister there had not been a single police project that had gone over budget.

“Our asset management branch did a fantastic job in getting the facility off the ground,” she said.

The new station boasts a variety of features including taller tables for officers to work comfortably on, the largest sully in WA and a separate room that can operate solely on its own in the event of emergencies.

Senior Sergeant Daryl Brandis said the room will allow officers to spend time on an emergency.

“Business as usual happens out there,” he said.

“Normal policing can go on but the operation itself runs in here in the room.

“It has its own computer and landline, it is very unique in that respect.”

Member for Darling Range Tony Simpson had been lobbying for a new police station since 2005.

He said it has been a long road but was happy with the result.

“I’m really excited that we are here today,” he said.

“We can give our boys in blue the best opportunity to do their work.

“It is fantastic that the government has come together and it was great to have the minister out to see the station.”

Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire president John Erren said the new building was in a great location allowing for future development and population growth.