Forensic Hub in Ballarat – Adjournment Debate
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Ms ADDISON: I direct my adjournment matter to the Minister for Police, and the action I seek is for the minister to join me in Winter Valley in the Wendouree electorate to inspect the new forensic hub and meet the highly trained staff helping to fight crime in our community. The new forensic lab is a great asset for Victoria, and it’s located in the Ballarat West emergency services precinct next to the $8 million Ballarat West police complex and the $5.8 million Lucas fire station that you opened earlier this year. I look forward to inspecting the new state-of-the-art forensic facility, which will speed up forensic testing and help investigate crime faster in Ballarat and western Victoria. As a result of this new facility and breakthroughs in forensic technology, important scientific work will be completed closer to frontline police units. This is great news for our community, as the time it takes to get the evidence back to police and prosecutors in the region will be significantly faster as we will no longer need to transport thousands of crime scene exhibits all the way to Melbourne to be examined. I wish to thank the minister and the Andrews Labor Government for investing $11.6 million in Ballarat and Morwell to establish these vital regional forensics labs. I look forward to hearing a response by the minister and hope to see her in Ballarat very soon.
Ms NEVILLE: Thank you Speaker, I thank the member for Wendouree for raising the matter with me about the forensic hubs. They are amazing. Victoria really leads the country in terms of our forensic services. The two Morwell and Ballarat hubs were major uplifts, as have been our mobile forensic vans which are also now on the road. These are significant investments in our regional communities, and it absolutely is about saving police time but also helping our forensic services play a really critical role in solving and disrupting crime in Victoria and doing it much more quickly, being at hand in the local community. As the member pointed out, I opened the new fire station at Lucas right there in that hub. I also opened up the Ballarat West police station as well. So not only will I be pleased to visit, but perhaps the member and I could also officially open the forensic hub in Ballarat very, very soon.