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October 2018

Forensic hubs will be up and running by April say police

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The new hub, which is being built next door to the Ballarat West Police Station at Delacombe will see 11 forensics experts be based in the region.

It will act as a stop-off point for police throughout the western district, saving hours of resources where officers currently are forced to drive to and from Melbourne to drop off evidence.

The hub, which will open in April, is part of an $11 million state government commitment to build new sites in Ballarat and Morwell.

The construction site was inspected by Regional Development Minister Jaala Pulford on Friday.

Director of Forensic Services of Victoria Police Rebecca Kogios said the 11 new positions had already been filled.

“They are in the process of undergoing a very rigorous training program to make sure, when we open the facility here next year, we will hit the ground running from day one,” Dr Kogios said.

“It’s important that the standards of forensic services delivered here will be consistent with the facility we currently operate in Macleod.

“We’ve been fortunate to be able to staff the facility with a mixture of internal experts and also attract interest from interstate as well.”

Ballarat Acting Superintendent Trevor Cornwill said it would make an enormous difference in the turnaround time for cases to be finalised.

“For us it will be hundreds of hours saved where we can concentrate on policing. Certainly for outlying areas it will make a huge difference in travel time,” he said.

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Fourth generation Ballarat builder to construct GovHub

The Wendouree-based Nicholson Construction will team up with Kane Constructions for the two-year build which will see the tearing down of the lower hall and the building of a new multi-storey office block, with 200 car spaces at its base.

Construction will start in January next year and is expected to be completed by December 2020 with the first staff to move into the hub the following January.

Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford said it was a major transformation in the city hall site which had not been filling its potential.

“We will have a total of 1000 public servants and the total cost of the project will be in the vicinity of $100 million, projects in this community do not get any bigger than this,” she said.

“Nicholson Construction has very deep roots in this community and indeed have a beautiful multi-generational family history with this site and this type of work.

“Kane Construction is an award winning company and this will be a wonderful partnership. We’ve had a long and detailed procurement process who the successful companies are.”

Ms Pulford said as well as construction jobs, a further nine apprenticeships will be offered. She said during peak construction phase, 250 people would be on site and another 250 involved in the supply chain.

Nicholson Construction, director Richard Nicholson said it was a major project in Ballarat that his company was thrilled to be a part of.