12 March 2021

Goulburn Mulwaree Council to sell Bourke Street depot to NSW Police

| Hannah Sparks
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Goulburn Mulwaree Council's Bourke Street Depot.

Goulburn Mulwaree Council’s Bourke Street Depot could soon be home to the city’s new police station. Photo: Supplied.

Goulburn Mulwaree Council has agreed in principle to sell its depot at 2 Bourke Street, Goulburn, to NSW Police, which intends to turn the site into a new station.

The building will be sold at market value, plus $50,000 and GST. However, the total amount won’t be revealed to the public until the sale is finalised.

“A new police station in Goulburn will operate as a major regional hub facility, accommodating approximately 150 staff,” said Mayor Bob Kirk. “It will also be another large investment by the NSW Government, and council wants to ensure it occurs in our city.

“Council has recognised that this is the preferred site for the police. However, we still need to investigate and meet our obligations in finding both interim and permanent locations for our existing tenants at Bourke Street. This will need to be resolved prior to any sale.”

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Mayor Kirk and Goulburn Mulwaree Council general manager Warwick Bennett will continue negotiations and consultation with the current tenants of the Bourke Street property regarding options for relocation.

The premises currently houses 12 local user groups including U3A Goulburn Mulwaree, Goulburn Gem Society and the Goulburn and District Art Society.

Exterior of Goulburn Police Station.

Goulburn’s existing police station on Sloane Street. Photo: Supplied.

Among the options being considered is the railway administrative buildings in Sloane Street, down the road from the existing police station.

“These administration buildings have the potential to be a good option for community use,” said Mr Bennett.

“Council may need to spend some money to upgrade the buildings in order to activate the area, but we think we can achieve a great result. So far, the in-principle agreement with the Australian Rail Track Corporation is for a long-term lease at a peppercorn rental.”

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The NSW Police Property Group has conducted an extensive search of Goulburn to find a location for the new police station, which will service the Hume Police District.

It settled on the Bourke Street site due to its proximity to the centre of Goulburn and Goulburn Court House.

The new site will also have easy access to Hume Highway and offers a block large enough to build the station and provide parking for fleet vehicles.

The current police station is not suitable for expansion or rebuilding due to size limitations and it being heritage listed. It was also previously deemed no longer fit for purpose.

So far, the NSW Government has approved $25 million for the new Goulburn Police Station.

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