QUEENSLAND Police Minister Mark Ryan was in Beaudesert today, meeting with the local constabulary and checking on progress at the new police station being built on Anna Street.
Work had been scheduled for completion by September there was a delay from the start as the site was contaminated by asbestos.
Senior Sergeant Ken Murray and local officers were joined by south-east Queensland Assistant Commissioner Brian Wilkins, Inspector Tracy Dale and Scenic Rim MP Jon Krause to accompany the minister on a tour of the building site.
They were able to inspect areas of the station where building is well underway, including the cell block and armory.
Site manager Ashley Gallichan told Mr Ryan the work was further delayed by recent weather events but they were now working toward having the building ready by Christmas.
"It's encouraging to see the work coming along," Mr Ryan said.
"This new station is important for Beaudesert but also for the Queensland Police Service.
"It's safe to say the station will be finished this year."
Assistant Commissioner Wilkins said the temporary facility at Oakland had been well received by local officers but the new police station was being built for the predicted population growth of the town.
"This station can house about 60 police officers, so it's been future proofed for a long time down the track," he said.
"It will also allow for a plain clothes presence, which will be good for the area."
Assistant Commissioner Wilkins said the $7 million Anna Street facility would also be able to accommodate partner agencies including youth justice and probation and parole officers.
Mr Gallichan said the new facility would cover about 2500 square metres.