The Palaszczuk Government has called for eligible Far North Queensland companies to tender for the construction of the new Cairns Road Policing Unit at Woree.
Police Minister Mark Ryan said the new $7.2 million high-tech complex was part of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to North Queenslanders to ensure their police had the resources necessary to enhance public safety.
“The Cairns RPU has to relocate from its current building at the airport due to a redevelopment so this is an ideal opportunity to construct a new cutting-edge facility in a more strategic location,” Minister Ryan said.
“It also enables us to equip our hardworking Cairns officers with the latest technology and resources so they can deliver the very best service to the people of Cairns.
“The building will host a number of other support units which will work in conjunction with Northern Region officers as well as have additional space for administration, training and storage.”
Treasurer and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said the project would create new jobs as well as deliver the most modern policing resources to the people of Cairns.
“This will provide a great opportunity for Cairns tradies and their families, and I encourage every eligible local business to put in a tender for this project,” Mr Pitt said.
“The new Road Policing Unit is ideally located as a starting-point for road policing in the region and is being specifically designed to cater to the future needs of the growing Cairns community.
“It will give our police all the support they need to get out on our roads every day and literally save lives, continuing the excellent service they have been proving the people of Cairns.”
Barron River MP Craig Crawford, a former Cairns paramedic with the Queensland Ambulance Service, welcomed the start of the construction process.
“As someone who has had firsthand experience with the trauma of road traffic accidents, I am very pleased to see this fantastic new facility being built on such an appropriate site,” Mr Crawford said.
“We are determined to do everything we can to increase safety on our roads and ensure the safety of all our loved ones.”
The building is scheduled for completion in November 2017.
For further information on how to become qualified for Queensland Government building and construction work, phone 3008 3392 or visit www.qld.gov.au/gov/building-services