John Kobelke

John Kobelke

Minister for Police and Emergency Services; Community Safety; Water Resources; Sport and Recreation

    New Southern Rail Unit under way

    20/06/2008 12:00 AM

    Construction has begun on the new $5.7million Southern Rail Unit (SRU), which is being built adjacent to the Rockingham Train Station.


    Police Minister John Kobelke today visited the site to survey the construction with Rockingham MLA Mark McGowan and Peel MLA Paul Papalia.


    Mr Kobelke said the new SRU would allow police to provide a more efficient safety and emergency response to the commuting public.


    “The State Government is committed to ensuring passengers can travel safely on the new state-of-the-art railway system,” he said.


    “The Police Rail Unit works in partnership with the Public Transport Authority to target anti-social and unlawful behaviour and to provide safety to the public to and from the railway service.


    “Police are backed up by the latest technology, including the continuously-monitored CCTV surveillance system, to provide a very rapid response to anti-social behaviour and other incidents.


    “The new unit, combined with a range of other improved security measures already put in place by the State Government, will make the Perth-to-Mandurah railway line among the most secure in the nation.”


    The SRU comprises 50 staff and has been operating out of premises in McNicholl Street, Rockingham, for nearly a year while the new unit is being constructed.


    Rockingham MLA Mark McGowan said the unit was a wonderful addition to law enforcement for the City of Rockingham.


    “A new police station and so many more police officers will not only provide security on the trains but also an additional police presence in Rockingham,” Mr McGowan said.


    Peel MLA Paul Papalia said the new rail unit would give travellers peace of mind about their safety.


    “The Transit Police Unit at Rockingham station will not only expand the police presence in the area, but also complement the service provided by officers at Rockingham Police and the future Secret Harbour Police Station,” Mr Papalia said.


    The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.


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