Image: Jon Krause MP and Acting OIC, Geoff Douglas at the front of the existing Beaudesert Police Building
State Member for Scenic Rim, Jon Krause, has demanded that the Minister for Police & Corrective Services guarantee the allocation of funds to allow for the expansion and upgrade of the Beaudesert Police Station Precinct.
Mr Krause has been lobbying government for this project to proceed ever since he was elected, resulting in planning works getting underway in 2014 and a budget allocation in the 2017 Queensland budget.
Mr Krause said that the Beaudesert Police Station was opened in 1980 and at the time was allocated four officers and two cars. In 2004, the Queensland Police Union (QPU) had named the Beaudesert Precinct a ‘dump of the month’, leading to a brief time when the improvement of the station was on the then government’s capital works program.
“That was almost fourteen years ago – it was put in the budget, but then taken out again by Labor, and I don’t want to see that happen again which is why I’m chasing this Minister to make sure Beaudesert gets its upgrade because one thing is for sure - nothing has improved,” Mr Krause said.
“I visit the Beaudesert Station regularly to catch up with the officers there, and I am well aware of the conditions staff are expected to perform their duties under.
“Our region has grown enormously since 1980, and continues to grow. That growth brings more police resources, and we need to see improved facilities for the Beaudesert Police Station.
“This upgrade is a necessity,” Mr Krause said.