Old West End Police Station to be Converted as a Community Centre

To address the critical need for health, housing, and legal services in Brisbane, the old West End Police Station, built in 1884, is set to be transformed into a comprehensive community centre. 

Located in one of South East Queensland’s homelessness hotspots, the site encompasses Musgrave Park, the Go Between Bridge, and various hostels offering emergency and temporary accommodation. For years, this area has been grappling with significant shortfalls in essential services and the renovation of the West End Police Station aims to directly tackle these challenges.

The Queensland Government, in collaboration with multifaceted housing agency Micah Projects, has allocated a $1.9 million grant for the renovation project, announced Communities Minister Leeanne Enoch. The Queenslander has been vacant since the police station moved to Vulture St in 2021. 

Ms Enoch acknowledged the increasing reliance on support services in the area and emphasized the necessity of providing adequate space to cater to the growing demand. The renovated community centre will offer health services, housing support, dentistry facilities, and legal referrals. Micah Projects‘ Karyn Walsh said that a medical respite could be built at the back of the property. 

“We desperately need something that is a medical ‘step down’ for when people are discharged early or walk out of the hospital,” she said

The conversion of the heritage-listed Queenslander into a community hub is expected to be completed by the end of the year, following minor modifications. Furthermore, the state is actively considering other properties to be repurposed as community hubs to address the growing demand for essential services across Brisbane. 

Published 30-June-2023

New West End Police Station On Vulture St Officially Opens

After more than a year of construction, the new West End Police Station recently opened, providing enhanced facilities and technology to the Queensland Police Service for frontline policing.

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Located on Vulture Street in West End, the new station provides frontline police with the technology and resources required for policing public order related issues so close to the inner-city environment.

A ceremony was held for the official opening of the new station in October 2021, which was attended by Commissioner Katarina Carroll and Minister for Police and Minister for Corrective Services Mark Ryan.

“The opening of this new station today is both a continuation of the history of service the QPS has provided to the West End community and a positive step into our future as a world-class police service,” Commissioner Carroll said during the ceremony.

Meanwhile, Minister Ryan said the opening of the new station continued the commitment of the Queensland Government and the QPS to keeping policing facilities at the highest standard.

“West End Police have consistently delivered a high level of service to the community, and I know this new station will support the continuation of this service now, and into the future,” Minister Ryan said.