The NSW Premier wrapped up his visit to the South Coast by stopping in at the Cobargo Hotel and the Dairy Shed in Bodalla on his way back to Sydney.
Dominic Perrottet was in Bega on Wednesday (February 2) to turn the first sod at the new $16 million Bega Police Station.
In addition to the original $13 million pledged by Gladys Berikilian in 2019, an additional $3 million is being put towards a specialist crime scene unit, something Superintendent Greg Moore, from South Coast police said the Bega district has not previously had.
“The local police are very excited by this new facility,” Superintendent Moore said.
“We’ve been involved in the design and we’re quite confident that it will really prepare the police and the community for the future policing needs of this district.”
The Premier said he was pleased to continue the process started by Gladys Berejiklian two years ago.
“It’s not just a new station for the police force, it’s a new station for the entire Bega community,” Mr Perrottet said.
Less than an hour earlier the Premier committed to the Rural Fire Service Headquarters in Bega and announced two new fire trucks for RFS teams in Brogo and Wyndham.
Andrew Claringbold from the Brogo RFS said the team appreciate the equipment upgrade.
“We received a CAT-9 (Category 9 Light Tanker) which is a Toyota Landcruiser Light First Strike type vehicle,” Mr Claringbold said.
“Replaced our old one which is about 15 or 16 years old now, so it will go down well with the community I’d think.”
Earlier in the day, the Premier accompanied by former Member for Bega Andrew Constance and Liberal Candidate for the Bega by-election, Fiona Kotvojs, visited the Merimbula Aiport to see how works are progressing on the runway extension.
With major works underway at the airport, services will not likely return to normal until at least 14 March 2022.
On Tuesday evening, when the NSW Premier arrived on the south coast, he announced a $5,000 grant for the annual Group 16 Indigenous All Stars game to be played in April 2022.