Tenders have opened for the construction of Inverell's new $9 million 24-hour police station.
Construction companies are encouraged to submit tenders to the State Government over the next few weeks, vying for an opportunity to work on the massive project.
A three-year campaign paid off last year when $8.52 million was allocated in the 2018-19 NSW Budget for a complete knock-down and rebuild of the dilapidated building.
Strong supporter of the project and Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said the project required a lot of planning, with the demolition of the existing 60-year-old overcrowded station and construction of a modern, larger and better equipped building on the same site.
"Both Inverell's hard-working police and the community have been calling for this new station for many years and it's exciting to see tenders called, which will pave the way for construction to start before Christmas," Mr Marshall said.
Inverell is the only 24-hour police station in the region that hasn't had a major upgrade or been replaced, following Armidale in 2007 and Moree in 2013, but that is about to change.
With the tender process taking a few months, Mr Marshall hoped contractors would be appointed to start work in December this year.
"When complete the new station will support a growing local police force, with modern facilities and the equipment they need to prevent and disrupt crime and keep the community safe for decades to come.
"It will be large enough to comfortably cater for the more than 50 local officers and the future growth of Inverell's police ranks.
Mr Marshall said there would be minimal disruption to community policing in Inverell, while the new station takes shape over the next 12 months.
"A temporary station will be established on Campbell Street in the former motor registry building," he said.
"This building is currently being renovated ahead of the local police moving across in November, where they will be based until the new station is completed.
"I thank Chief Inspector Rowan O'Brien and his Inverell officers for their patience while the planning process took shape and we all now look forward to marking the start of construction on the new station very soon."