The first sod was turned on Friday (8 October) for the new Goulburn Police Station.
The $25 million project, which will be on the grounds of the NSW Police Force Academy, will replace the existing station which includes buildings dating back to 1848.
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said the new police station will help support the local police and is also a repayment to the community for their embracing of the Police Academy since its inception in Goulburn.
“Since the Police Academy was established in Goulburn in 1984, the local community has welcomed our police and played an integral role in supporting our recruits,” Commissioner Fuller said.
“Clearly, our regional communities need to be equipped with policing facilities to match their metropolitan counterparts.
“I am pleased that this community will soon benefit from a $25 million police station which will be a central policing hub for the entire district.
“The new Goulburn Police Station will be fitted with the most up to date technology to support local officers to better serve the people in the Hume Police District,” he said.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliot said the location of the new station at the Academy was optimal and the improvements to police facilities occurring all across NSW demonstrate how the State Government was attempting to create the best possible working environment for its police force.
“The new purpose-designed station will be funded through the government’s $100 million commitment to police property capital works,” Mr Elliott said.
“It’s a great opportunity to be able to locate the state’s newest station within the grounds of the Force’s 40-hectare educational facility.
“Several times each year we gather here in Goulburn to welcome hundreds of new officers as they attest. We have a responsibility to them, and the entire Force, to ensure that they have the best facilities and resources available to proactively prevent and disrupt crime.
“This Government has committed to deliver new and upgraded stations across the state, further complementing our record $583 million commitment to fund 1500 extra police over four years,” he said.
The new police station was a Coalition promise from the 2019 State Government Election. The project is expected to be completed by 2023.