Wednesday, 12 May 2021
NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has today invited the Inverell community to line Otho Street next Monday, 17 May, as the town’s police officers march into a new era, with the official opening of the $16 million Inverell Police Station.
Mr Marshall said a section of Otho Street, between Evans and Rivers Streets, would be closed from 6am to 12pm, as Police Minister David Elliott, NSW Police Commissioner Michael Fuller and New England Police District Superintendent Steve Laksa joined the local MP and Mayor Paul Harmon to officially declare the newest police station in the state open.
“This is a historic day not just for the officers who will work from the larger, purpose-built 24-hour station but also the Inverell community, as it pursues growth, security and prosperity,” Mr Marshall said.
“To have both the Minister and Police Commissioner in town for this occasion, speaks volumes to the importance of the project and the State Government’s commitment to the modernisation of rural policing.
“From 10.45am, residents will witness a very important formality in the building’s commissioning, as local officers conduct a march past the station in full uniform, led by the full NSW Police Band.
“With space to house more than 50 officers, undercover parking bays, storage space, new main access, secure fencing and an undercover access way connecting the police station to the Inverell Court House, this facility is ready to cater to the evolving needs of the community,” Mr Marshall said.
Mr Marshall urged the community to join in the occasion in a COVID safe way.
“Please remember while this is a moment to celebrate, it must be done in a way that is respectful and adheres to social distancing,” he said.
“The community fought for this redevelopment and now is the time for it to continue to show its support for our men and women in blue as they are welcomed into their new home.
“To witness the pomp-and-ceremony of this important occasion is an opportunity not to be missed, and I look forward to sharing this moment with the community.”
Attendees should marshal along Otho Street from 10.15am, to ensure they experience the full spectacle.