Two South West police stations are set for a facelift as they share in $13 million of funding to upgrade regional stations throughout the State. Collie and Donnybrook stations will receive $1.5 million and $1 million respectively to boost security features and make the buildings more aesthetically pleasing to match the upgrades planned in both towns. Collie police officer-in-charge Sen. Sgt Heath Soutar said the money would help with the maintenance of the nearly 50-year-old building, which has a leaking roof when it rains. “There is a lot of maintenance that can be done and changes within the station to make it more user-friendly for the officers,” Sgt Soutar said. In Donnybrook, the money is set to go towards refurbishments to security at the station, officer-in-charge Sgt Matt Fogarty said. “We’re really happy the government has seen us as an area that can use some stimulus,” he said. “The building itself has been here since 1978, so there hasn’t been a lot of upgrades in that timeframe.. “It’s mainly about security, but also trying to bring it into a more contemporary setting.” Sgt Fogarty said the station lacked disability access at the front and that would be changed to modernise the building. Both officers said the upgrades, which were expected to be completed within the current financial year, would generate local jobs, with community contractors earmarked for the work. Sgt Fogarty said they would try to ensure there was no disruption to officers’ engagement and response with the public. “Essentially our police vehicles are our second office anyhow, so we’ll make sure we’re continuing our duties,” he said. Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray said the upgrades would allow police to work in more modern and safer facilities. “Our police have been hard at work keeping us safe and this year has been particularly challenging for them as they have dealt with COVID-19,” Mr Murray said.