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The recently completed Mallacoota Police Station will service the community well into the future, according to Gippsland East, Nationals MP, Tim Bull, who toured the new facility recently.
Mr Bull said the focus was now very much on seeking government funding for the badly needed new station in Orbost, which was a Liberal Nationals pre-election commitment.
“The new Mallacoota station features an open plan industrial designed layout on a larger footprint that will comfortably accommodate the addition of up to three extra police officers over the summer seasonal peak.
“All spaces are open plan to ensure people with all abilities can access all areas,” he said.
The new facility replaces the old station in Lees Street, which had been operational since 1980.
“The old police station has served local police and the community well, but it’s now tired and we’ve outgrown it,” said Sergeant Stuart Johnston.
Light capturing windows and a modern outdoor garden area add to the open plan feel with functional additions such as expandable change room facilities, a wet weather and drying store closet for the occasions when uniforms get wet.
“Functionality was a key design consideration which has been executed brilliantly and that is what happens when you engage locals,” Mr Bull said.
The use of materials cleverly keep the temperature of the building fairly constant, ensuring the need for heating and cooling are kept to a minimum.
“After meeting with the architect Tim Hall, I was pleased to hear about the considerations which had been designed with functionality a priority.
“I even poked my head into the holding cell which I hope (I’m sure) is my one and only look inside,” said Mr Bull.
“The Class of 2016 from Mallacoota P-12 College has contributed a large vibrant painting which is displayed at the entrance.
“All contributors, police members and local community members are very pleased with the finished product.”
Pictured: Tim Bull MP, Victoria Police Properties Linda Noke, Builder Peter Ammitzbol from CM & HM Banks, LSC Angus Webb, Sergeant Stuart Johnston and Architect Tim Hall