Adelong is to get a new police station after a $1 million NSW Government funding announcement by Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire on Wednesday.
The new station will be built at a new location (as yet undecided), and work is likely to begin in the first half of 2019.
The announcement was made at the existing Adelong Police Station in Campbell Street, which is 158 years old. The money had been made available in the 2018-19 state budget.
“The current Adelong Police Station is long past its use by date, and will be sold and the new station built at a new site, which will be chosen after consultation with the community, council and police,” Mr Maguire said.
“The police need modern facilities, like sufficient heating and cooling. No site has been earmarked yet, but there are some ideas that police are pursuing. The wheels of government sometimes turn slowly, but we expect that once the site is chosen and acquired, work will begin in the first half of 2019.”
Wagga Wagga Police Superintendent Bob Noble said it was an exciting time for the police and for Adelong.
“It is overdue, as the station is no longer fit for police duties,” he said.
“It is a big step forward in the recognition of this community. The new station will be safe, convenient and fit for purpose. Police will be able to provide a much-enhanced service.”
The new station is expected to feature a holding facility, and be built close to or in the CBD.
Tumut Cluster Police Inspector Stephen Radford said the announcement was a big boon for a town which is the gateway to the Tumut Cluster.
“It will be ideal for responding to road trauma on the Snowy Mountains Highway,” he said.
Adelong Progress Association president Rose-Marie Likow said the Association was “ecstatic” about the station announcement, and said she hoped it would be built on the main street (Tumut Street).