Pledge Shortfall for Tea Gardens Police

PREMIER’S VISIT: Senior Constable Dave Coyle, Constable Trent Moffat, Senior Constable Rob Wylie, Snr Sergeant Geoff Farmer, Inspector Alan Janson and Superintendent Craig Jackson.
PREMIER’S VISIT: Senior Constable Dave Coyle, Constable Trent Moffat, Senior Constable Rob Wylie, Snr Sergeant Geoff Farmer, Inspector Alan Janson and Superintendent Craig Jackson.

 

IT was just over a month ago that Premier Gladys Berejiklian came to Tea Gardens promising $1 million dollars to upgrade the local Police Station.

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But a month is a long time in politics.

Following the recent release of the NSW Budget it’s now been revealed that only $117,000 dollars has been allocated to the Tea Gardens Police station, that’s well over $880,000 shy of the State Government’s million dollar promise.

The funding boost for Tea Gardens police came during the Premier’s whistlestop tour of the north coast in June during which she announced multi-million dollar projects for roads and hospitals from Raymond Terrace to Forster.

“The Tea Gardens/Hawks Nest community sent a clear message to the Government about the importance of their Police Station,” State MP for Port Stephens, Kate Washington said.

“Premier Berejiklian tried to quell the community concern with a large headline announcement, but they’ve failed to deliver at the first hurdle.”

Ms Washington went on to add “The Government should stop seeking headlines and actually deliver outcomes for our community.”

“It’s an embarrassing million dollar con job conveniently made nine months out from an election.”

“This Government has a poor track record in keeping their promises in Port Stephens,” Ms Washington told News Of The Area.

“In 2015 they promised to fully duplicate Nelson Bay Road by 2019, but work hasn’t even started and now they’re only upgrading a roundabout.”

News Of The Area asked for an explanation from the Premier’s department in regards to the dramatic cut in funding but as of going to print had still to receive a response.

 

By Margie TIERNEY

 

PREMIER’S JUNE VISIT: Tea Gardens Police Station.
PREMIER’S JUNE VISIT: Tea Gardens Police Station.

 

PREMIER’S JUNE VISIT: Tea Gardens Police Station.
PREMIER’S JUNE VISIT: Tea Gardens Police Station.

4 thoughts on “Pledge Shortfall for Tea Gardens Police

  1. This is actually incorrect reporting. $1 million will be spent. I’ve checked this and the budget papers clearly state $117,000 this financial year for the planning of this. The balance will be next financial year which will then total $1 million.

  2. Yes I also checked this and the budget says $117k is this FY only.
    It says one million dollars in the full budget allocated to this project. Not really happy about Kate Washington making up lies here. Surely she would know how this works as my MP. I do not like being deceived.

  3. First Kate Washington said the police station was going to close, which was proven to be a lie. Now, the Government announces a million dollars will be spent and Kate criticises that because it won’t all be spent in the first year, but it will be spent over the two financial years. Can’t our state MP for once just quit complaining and actually welcome news that will benefit our community?

  4. Kate Washington continues to decieve her people to try and win votes. She must be worried the Libs will take her out next year. Always so negative! Grow up Kate and learn how to read a budget paper as stated above. Shameful.

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