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Gold Coast AFP office 'on the job'



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Media Release

SENATOR THE HON. CHRISTOPHER ELLISON

Minister for Justice and Customs Senator for Western Australia

Embargoed until 15 February 2001

Gold Coast AFP Office ‘on the job’ The fight against crime on the Gold Coast has received a $4 million boost with new, purpose built accommodation for the Australian Federal Police officially opened today by Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Chris Ellison.

Speaking at the official launch of the Gold Coast Regional Office Senator Ellison said the new office located at Robina had been built to provide much need space for the busy regional office and a more central location.

"Robina was chosen as the site of the new office because of its central Gold Coast location which provides easy access to the Hinterland, Brisbane, northern New South Wales, and of course busy Coolangatta airport," Senator Ellison said.

"Currently the AFP’s regional office at the Gold Coast is home to 17 Federal officers and 3 support staff, and is a vital part of the Commonwealth’s law enforcement network. With the AFP’s increasing use of mobile strike teams, the new building will provide much needed space and state of the art facilities to accommodate up to 30 officers."

AFP Commissioner, Mick Palmer, was also on hand to inspect the office and meet with local agents to discuss priorities for the region.

The Gold Coast office is an important part of the AFP's network in Queensland in combating organised crime and other national criminal threats such as drug importation, counterfeiting and money laundering. In recent times it has played a role in a number of successful investigations such as the seizure of 357 kg of heroin in Fiji last October.

"The provision of new premises for the AFP demonstrates the Federal Government's commitment to ensuring our peak national law enforcement body is properly resourced, and has the facilities and staff to do the most effective job they can," Senator Ellison said.

The premises was built to AFP specifications by the developer, Robina Land Corporation and the builders, Construction Engineering, at a cost of approximately $4 million, and will be leased by the AFP on a long-term basis. The AFP is the sole occupant of the building, on the 2862 square metre site.

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