Communities on Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory are becoming safer with the opening of a new police station for Angurugu and upgraded police facilities in Alyangula.
Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, said the $11.5 million investment from the Morrison Government has made these facilities possible so police can be closer to the communities they serve.
“Remote policing relies on community trust and cooperation and helping police spend more time in communities will have far reaching effects,” Minister Wyatt said.
“These modern and state-of-the-art facilities will allow the Northern Territory Police to enhance their police effort on Groote Eylandt and deliver the important role they have in the community.”
“One of the highest priorities of the Morrison Government is to keep Australians safe, it is important that we work in partnership with other levels of government to ensure that community needs are met and that citizens are kept safe.”
“These new and upgraded stations will provide better support for operations like the Dog Operations Unit that will have received a total of $4.8 million from 2016 to 2022 so it can continue to have a significant impact in fighting crime and minimising the use of illicit substances.”
“The stations will increase collaboration between the NT Police and community initiatives, further strengthening safety outcomes for people living and working in Angurugu, Alyangula and surrounding communities.”
“This includes programs like the Community Night Patrol that help resolve conflicts and disputes to reduce the need for law enforcement action.”
“The improvements to police facilities on Groote Eylandt are part of the broader Australian Government commitment to work collaboratively and in partnership with the Northern Territory Government as well as Elders and local decision makers to achieve safer communities.”