The community of Lemon Tree Passage is set to benefit from a brand new $1.5 million Police Station, Minister for Police Troy Grant said.

Mr Grant was joined by the Liberal candidate for Port Stephens Jaimie Abbott to make the announcement this morning.

Mr Grant said the Liberals & Nationals Government is absolutely committed to providing police throughout the state with the support and resources they need to safeguard the community.

“Each and every day, local police put their lives on the line protecting our communities, responding to violent incidents, attending motor vehicle accidents, and supporting victims of crime,” Mr Grant said.

“With 1,500 extra police set to join the ranks over the next four years thanks to a record investment by the NSW Government, I can assure the community that we will continue to ensure our men and women in blue are properly resourced to continue their work.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is incredibly proud to support regional police and the communities they serve.”

The $1.5 million in funding will be rolled out over three years, with consultation already underway and community engagement set to take place over the coming months.

A new site for the police station is required as the current location does not allow for the expansion and modernisation of the existing facility.

Ms Abbott said Lemon Tree Passage might be a small community, but they deserve a modern and fit-for-purpose police station to ensure it remains safe.

“Our local officers deserve the very best resources and equipment to do their job, and keep the community safe,” Ms Abbott said.

“Once built, the new station will ensure local officers have a contemporary base to work out of now and into the future.

“I’m thrilled the Berejiklian Government has chosen to invest in the safety of Lemon Tree Passage and the broader Port Stephens community.”

Other police stations in the region undergoing an upgrade include Tea Gardens and Karuah.