The Victorian Government will make an announcement about land for the new Echuca police station today.KATHLEEN TONINI February 13, 2013 4:42am
The Victorian Government will make an announcement about land for the new Echuca police station today.
It is unknown what is to come in the announcement.
On Friday, a local landowner contacted the Riverine Herald to say the Victorian Government had bought his land on the corner of Sturt and Anstruther St near the old saw mill site.
The man, who wished to remain anonymous, said he was told the land had been purchased for the purpose of a new police station.
The Riverine Herald spent the following days trying to confirm the sale with Police Minister Peter Ryan, Premier Ted Baillieu, Member for Rodney Paul Weller and Victoria Police media.
None would confirm or deny whether the land had been purchased.
The landowner said the sale of his 2000sqm block was the subject of negotiations for about 14 months and was finalised on Friday.
He said the government had also bought a neighbouring block of the same size.
Last week Mr Weller used an adjournment debate in state parliament to ask Mr Ryan for an update on the progress of the purchase of land for a new police station at Echuca.
‘‘It is my understanding that negotiations have been ongoing for the purchase of land for a new site and the drawn out nature of these negotiations is leaving both police members and the local community wondering if we will ever see a new police station in Echuca,’’ Mr Weller told parliament.
A total of $4.3 million was allocated for the purchase of land for the police station in the 2010-11 State Budget, though no funds was allocated for the construction of the building.
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