Demolition has started on the Queanbeyan Police Station with the Monaro Street building to be replaced with a $20 million state-of-the-art facility.
NSW Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the project is expected to have an 18-month timeline and will create a station that is “fit for purpose not just for today but for the future”.
“Not only does the Queanbeyan station service our immediate region, it is also the headquarters for the Monaro Police District, and it is so important they are housed in a facility that will be positioned to serve our broader community now and into the future,” he said.
Mr Barilaro said it had “taken a bit of time” to get the project going with a number of complex issues to deal with. He said there was an opportunity put forward by Council to relocate the police station to a green-field site, however it was decided to rebuild on the current site after it was found they would be able to overcome the water issues that had plagued the station.
Queanbeyan Police are currently operating from 7-9 Morriset Street, Queanbeyan.
In addition to work on the police station, Mr Barilaro announced an election promise of $18m to demolish and rebuild the Queanbeyan Courthouse.
“With the new police station it makes the court house look a bit tired and old,” he said. The proposed rebuild would give it a “new life for decades to come” as well as “breathe new life into our main street”.
Focus on vulnerable road users
Road users are being reminded of their responsibilities in shared zones as ACT Policing focuses on vulnerable road users throughout March.
“The most important thing to remember when travelling in a shared zone is that motorists must give way to pedestrians,” Officer in Charge of Traffic Operations, Acting Station Sergeant David Wills said. “Shared zones are signposted, and will often have a different look and feel to a normal road environment. While all road users should be mindful of one another, it is especially important for people operating a vehicle to be aware of vulnerable road users in these areas.”
He also reminded road users that slow speed limits of 10 to 20km/h apply in shared zones across the ACT.
Some other features of shared zones in the ACT may include: no formal pedestrian crossings; raised entry points at each end of the shared zone to show a changed traffic environment; additional kerb ramps to improve access for people with mobility impairment, pedestrians and cyclists; road pavement raised to footpath level at intersections.