By NADINE FISHER
IT may not be permanent but Pottsville locals are over the moon to have police officers patrolling their village over the holiday period.
Pottsville Neighbourhood Watch area coordinator Jeff Smith said it was the next best thing to having a permanent station.
Mr Smith said the police shop front over the holidays started four years ago and was a "step in the right direction".
"We hope to have a permanent station down here in future but for now the officers work out The Professionals office when needed and patrol the area," he said.
"It's reassuring for the community to know the police are here if needed - they have a real presence out in the community."
Mr Smith said the increase in population of Pottsville and surrounding estates gave weight to the push for a permanent police station in the area.
"It would be ideal to have a permanent station down here because it is such a huge growth area on the Tweed Coast, but due to resources and politics, this is the next best thing," he said.
Tweed-Byron LAC Acting Inspector Josh Burton said two officers were working at Pottsville until January 15.
"This helps to take the pressure off Kingscliff station as there is a lot of population growth in that area," he said.
"The officers have reported no major incidents down there and have been taking a pro-active approach by maintaining a presence on the waterways and beaches."