Chamber speaks up on cop shop
THE Northern Rivers NSW Business Chamber has joined the fight against the redevelopment of the Kingscliff Police Station into a two-storey police headquarters.
Regional manager John Murray said he failed to comprehend how the Marine Pde location had ever been considered a suitable site and called for the review process to be reopened.
Mr Murray has been heavily involved with the police force for more than 20 years as the former president of the Police Community Consultative Committee delivering programmes such as Crime Free Tweed.
He was awarded a citation by the NSW Police Force in 1995 for his services to community-based policing.
According to Mr Murray, senior police Detective Ian Spiers had the right idea years ago, to place the regional police headquarters west of Kingscliff.
"He was absolutely spot on then and his vision is absolutely spot on today," Mr Murray said.
"Of all the potential sites available in the district Marine Pde, Kingscliff would have to be the worst option available.
"The police headquarters site must be central to the Tweed Shire, must have access to suitable roads and highways to quickly move to Local Area Command extremities such as Byron Bay.
"Response times can often be life-threatening.
"Police cars weaving their way out of Kingscliff to attend to emergencies is a recipe for disaster."
Despite continued protest by business groups, Tweed Shire Council and residents, the development application has been approved by the Joint Regional Planning Panel and tenders are now open.