The site of the new Tweed police station.
The site of the new Tweed police station. Nolan Verheij-Full

Cop shop build faces delays due to tenders

NOT much is happening on the site dedicated to Tweed's new cop shop.

In June, Tweed MP Geoff Provest said building on the new site would begin in August.

It's now October, and the vacant buildings that previously held retail shops have barely been touched.

Mr Provest said he would like work to begin soon, but the matter was out of his hands as the tender process continues.

"Tenders closed a few weeks ago," Mr Provest said.

"I'm waiting to hear from Police Assets.

"I haven't been given a definite date as of yet."

Mr Provest said he was "very hopeful" work on the site would begin soon.

He said there were ongoing reviews into future uses of the existing Recreation St police station.

"In 18 months time, give or take a month or two, the police will move to the new station,' he said.

"Recently I had the Corrective Services Minister do a quick visit and look at the possibility of having 24/7 corrective services.

"He has directed his department to look at the feasibility of it."

At present, he said frontline police often had to transfer people in custody to Lismore.

He described this process as a "taxi service".

"That's not a good use of assets," he said.

The Department of Corrective Services, and the Department of Justice were approached but did not comment prior to deadline.



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