A new $14 million safety and security complex is set to be built on an outer Torres Strait island.
The Queensland government on Friday announced tenders will be called for the construction of a major facility on Saibai Island, about four kilometres from the coast of Papua New Guinea.
“This new law enforcement hub on Saibai Island will provide further support to policing outcomes in the northern islands of Australia,” Police Minister Mark Ryan said in a statement.
The facility, whose construction will be funded by the federal government, will be permanently occupied by Queensland Police Service Torres Strait Island officers and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.
Consisting of two main buildings, including one for accommodation, the facility will include offices, interview rooms, holding cells and major incident rooms, as well as generators, rainwater tanks and sheds to hold government boats, marine craft and vehicles.
Construction on the complex, which will be managed by the Queensland government, is scheduled to be completed by March 2020.