The Andrews Labor Government has delivered on its commitment to ensure safer communities across country Victoria, with a package to upgrade police facilities, including new police stations in both Corryong and Bright, Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, announced today.

Ms Symes said the Government will spend $36.8 million to replace or refurbish regional and rural police stations and residences, so that police officers in country Victoria have secure and modern facilities.

The funding package includes:

  • $3.21 million to replace Corryong police station and $3.25 million to replace Bright police station
  • $2.94 million to refurbish 15 police stations across Victoria, including Benalla and Mount Buller.
  • $3.9 million to replace and refurbish 10 police residences across Victoria.

“The redevelopment of Corryong police station will increase capacity, boost security for police officers and allow offenders to be better managed on-site – avoiding the long journey to Wodonga police station,” Ms Symes said.

“This will free up police resources for front-line duties in the Corryong and broader community.

“In Bright, the new police station will accommodate more staff and include detention facilities, meaning officers will no longer need to transport offenders to Wangaratta police station.

The new stations and refurbishments will ensure police are working in modern facilities, to better support victims, hold perpetrators to account and assist officers in carrying out their critical work.”

The regional stations investment is part of the $596 million Public Safety Package in the 2016-17 Budget, delivering over 400 extra police and funding for the latest technology and equipment.

“The Andrews Labor Government is committed to a strong police presence in country Victoria,” Ms Symes said.

“This support across the region will allow police to better address crime and protect communities in the north-east of Victoria.”