Adelong cop shop opening looms

Work underway at the site of the new Adelong Police Station.

The new Adelong Police Station is scheduled to be open and running by the end of the month.

The station, which has been built off-site, was brought to the new site in Tumut Street two weeks ago, and Snowy Valleys Police Cluster Sergeant Brian Hammond said it should be up and running on its originally scheduled opening date, June 30.

The infrastructure improvements at Adelong Police Station are part of the Regional Small Police Station Program.

The program is funded through the $118 million 2018/19 budget announcement for police property capital works. The state government says this funding will deliver sustainable, modern premises that enable police service delivery whilst focussing on accessibility, visibility and mobility of policing.

Modscape Pty Ltd was awarded the contract for delivery of the program.

The new stations are fabricated off site at Modscape’s factory. Modscape utilise some local tradespeople to perform site works. At Adelong, local tradespeople are being used to carry out plumbing, concreting and fencing.

The movement and assembly restrictions of Covid-19 have affected scheduling of official opening events but the situation will be reassessed as the completion date approaches.

Wagga MP Joe McGirr is glad to see such a positive event in a Snowy Valleys community in what has been such a difficult year for the region.

“This is a project the community has been waiting to see for a number of years and I’m very pleased to share the news that it is still on track for completion soon,” he said.

“The Snowy Valleys community has been impacted by bushfires and now Covid-19 and drought before that, so it’s in need of some wins like this.”

State government money for a new Adelong station was announced in May 2018.

The current Adelong Police Station is 160 years old and no longer considered fit for police duty. It is hoped the new station’s location in the CBD will allow police to respond more quickly to incidents.

Snowy Valleys Mayor and Adelong resident James Hayes says he is excited about the opening of the station and believes it is important for there to be a police presence in the main street of Adelong, and not where the current station was built in 1860.

“It has taken a long time, but hopefully now we will have a 21st century station instead of a 19th century one,” he said.

“A presence in the main street is important because that’s where most of the traffic is, and it will fill a gap in the streetscape. It is good to see the police get something up-to-date and commensurate with the way we value them.”

Cr Hayes is also looking forward to seeing what plans there may be for the current station building.

“It would be nice to see someone make a home out of it,” he said.

Cr Hayes says a new police station in Tumbarumba is next on the list, as the current station, which he showed to NSW Emergency Services Minister David Elliott, is also unfit for police use.