The first sod has been turned on the site for the new $25m Goulburn Police Station in the state’s Southern Highlands.

Goulburn, known for being Australia’s first inland city, has had a police station since 1826, with the existing station comprised of buildings dating from 1848.

The new station, incorporating The Hume Police District offices, will be located on the grounds of the NSW Police Force Academy, which occupies 40 hectares.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott joined Police Commissioner Mick Fuller APM and Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman to mark the start of the construction of the multipurpose police station.

Mr Elliott said today’s ceremony was a milestone in the NSW Government’s commitment, made in 2019, to build a new police station at Goulburn.

“The new purpose-designed station will be funded through the government’s $100 million commitment to police property capital works,” Mr Elliott said.

“It’s a great opportunity to be able to locate the state’s newest station within the grounds of the Force’s 40-hectare educational facility.

“Several times each year we gather here in Goulburn to welcome hundreds of new officers as they attest. We have a responsibility to them, and the entire Force, to ensure that they have the best facilities and resources available to proactively prevent and disrupt crime.

“This Government has committed to deliver new and upgraded stations across the state, further complementing our record $583 million commitment to fund 1500 extra police over four years,” he said.