New Australian Federal Police Forensics Centre At Majura Hit By Delays

Federal police employees will have to wait until next year to move into a multimillion-dollar forensics lab in Canberra after construction delays pushed back the completion date.

The Majura hub was expected to be fully operational by the end of this year but now staff at the overcrowded Weston forensics facility are not expected to move in for several months.

An Australian Federal Police spokeswoman said the building should be finished by the end of the year before a technical fit-out took place and staff were relocated.

“A degree of construction delay in a complex and technical building of this nature is not entirely unexpected,” the spokeswoman said.

“Some wet weather delays in the early stages of construction have also contributed to the relatively minor delay in construction completion.”

Workers and resources would be moved from the Weston centre to the new $106 million building in February and March.

The centre should be up and running in the first quarter of 2016.

Australian Federal Police Association chief executive Dennis Gellatly​ said the existing Weston forensics centre was “maxed out”.

Read more in The Canberra Times.

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