By HARRY CLARKE

THE heritage listed Warwick Police Station is about to undergo a $15 million makeover, aimed to preserve its historical aspect while upgrading facilities to suit the needs of the town’s policing into the future.

The great old sandstone building on Fitzroy St was designed by Alfred Barton Brady and constructed in 1901.

It is one of many built in that era which are listed on the Queensland Heritage Register, including Pringle Cottage and the St Mark’s, St Mary’s and St Andrew’s churches.

Warwick police senior constables Sarah Bartholomeusz, Brendan Iles and Gerald Faundez

Police Minister Mark Ryan said plans to refurbish the police station were in their final design stages and construction was scheduled to begin next year.

“As the final stages of design are completed, all the necessary approvals will then be sought to enable final designs to be put to tender,’’ Ryan said.

“Upon completion of the tender evaluation, construction works are expected to commence by early 2023 with completion expected during 2024, weather permitting.

“This is further evidence of the Palaszczuk Government backing police with the best facilities and resources.

“We have already announced our commitment for an extra 2000-plus police personnel by 2025 – that will see at least 150 extra police to each police region.”

Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the existing police station was functionally integrated with the local courthouse, with the police watchhouse and police prosecutors located adjacent to the courthouse.

“The Queensland Police Service has been progressing the feasibility and design stages for the refurbishment and upgrade of the Warwick Police Station, fully utilising the current site,’’ Commissioner Carrol said.

“There has been a police presence in Warwick since before the inauguration of Queensland Police in 1864.

“There is a strong history of law enforcement that has worked out of the Warwick Station, but I am sure that the current personnel will appreciate this historic building is being brought up to date to support the important role that they play in this local community.’’

Warwick police senior constables Brendan Iles and Gerald Faundez

Queensland Police Union President, Ian Leavers welcomed the commitment of the Palaszczuk Government to upgrading facilities and resources.

“Our members are dedicated to their jobs and the communities they serve and deserve to have the best amenities and equipment,’’ Mr Leavers said.

“Warwick Police Station and its members have been part of the fabric of this town going back more than 150 years and an investment in their future is of benefit to everyone, police personnel and the community.’’

“Having been the local regional representative for southern police region, that includes Warwick, I know better than most that this upgrade is sorely needed and this will benefit police in the broader Warwick area for years to come.”

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