$16.2m facility for our police
Thursday, 31st May, 2018
By Myles Burt
A new $16.2 million police station will be built in for Broken Hill after the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian yesterday announced a string of upgrades for police stations across the State.
Local MP Kevin Humphries said it was great news for Broken Hill, the Far West and particularly the Barrier Police District.
The site for the new station hasn’t been chosen yet but three were under current consideration, Mr Humphries said.
“It won’t be in Argent Street, it won’t be in the main CBD,” he said. “Probably on the edge of the CBD somewhere.”
Local police will have a say on the new location and Mr Humphries said that the location should be chosen by the end of the year, with construction to start early next year.
“But that funding will be in the budget in the next two weeks,” he said.
Mr Humphries said the purpose of having a new station was to bring all areas of crime management and police administration under one roof.
“It means we’ve got a more beefed up rural crime fighting squad,” he said.
“We need something that’s modern and meets the requirements of the community but, just as importantly, the workforce.”
Commander of the Barrier Police District, Superintendent Paul Smith, said Broken Hill’s police station was the main one in Far West NSW but the “beautiful” 120-year-old building was no longer big enough.
“We’re self-sufficient, we can do just about everything that can be done across the State,” said Supt. Smith.
“But we’re restricted, obviously, with what we do with this building from heritage restrictions.
“There’s capabilities there with technology as well that were held back, and not having all your facilities together creates issues as well.
“This new building will have all our policing services within the Silver City, in together.”
Supt. Smith said the move from Argent St would not affect policing in the CBD.
“Our presence here in Argent Street, especially on high-volume Friday and Saturday nights, will remain the same,” he said.
What will be done with the old station is not yet known but City Council and the State Government are collaborating on ideas for the heritage building.
Mr Humphries said as a State-owned building, they wished to retain the premises which could be incorporated into Councils’ plan to make the area into a library, arts and culture precinct.
“There’s a general push to integrate this building with the facade next door, the old town hall,” he said.
“We think this building, with some adjustments, and the development of the facade would revitalise this part of Argent Street.”