New Broken Hill Police Station on Blende Street
Last week I was invited by the Commander of the Barrier Police District, Superintendent Andrew Spliet, to attend the sod turning for the new Broken Hill Police Station on Blende Street. Also in attendance was the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, David Elliott MP, Commissioner Michael Fuller APM and Deputy Commissioner Mal Lanyon APM.
The spade used in the ceremony has its own history being used by the then Premier of NSW, the Hon. W.J. McKell, to turn the first sod in the construction of the pipeline from the Darling River in 1946. Minister Elliott reminded the gathering that Broken Hill was the site of the first terrorist attack on Australian soil and held the gold reserves for the nation during the war.
The new Police Station will be a two story building with a proposed capital investment value of $13,000,000.
Commissioner Fuller stated that it would bring Policing into the modern era and provide the Police force family with the best resources, custody suites, change rooms, training areas and up-to-date infrastructure that they need to do their jobs more efficiently and effectively. It will also assist in attracting and retaining Police considering coming to the bush.
Prior to representing the people of Barwon, I spent 10 years as the Western Region Manager with NSW Police and I’m delighted to see this new building coming to fruition in my electorate.