Council in Tweed police HQ plea
TWEED Shire Council will send a report to the NSW Police Minister identifying alternate locations for a police headquarters in a last ditch effort to stop the development approved for Marine Pde, Kingscliff.
After months of controversy, a development application to replace the existing Kingscliff Police Station with a two-storey command headquarters was approved by the Joint Regional Planning Panel on November 24, against the advice of the council.
In an effort to avoid a legal battle in the Land and Environment Court, Mayor Barry Longland motioned for an urgent report on zoning, permissibility and possible constraints on four alternative sites to encourage a "change of heart".
The council has called an extraordinary meeting on Monday afternoon for the report to be tabled.
Alternative sites identified by the council include two sites at the Cudgen and Tweed Coast Rds intersection, RTA land at the Chinderah roundabout and a site at the interchange of the Pacific Mwy and Cudgera Creek Rd at Pottsville.
"Essentially the Marine Pde location has been approved by the JRPP, but we want the minister to know that should there be a change of heart, there are other sites," Cr Longland said.
"That may not change anything, but it's a ... final statement."
The approval of the development has also sparked strong opposition from residents and business owners who fear the headquarters would create a parking nightmare and endanger pedestrians and cyclists with high speed vehicles tearing through 50kmh speed zones.
Tweed MP Geoff Provest has admitted he believes there are better locations than Marine Pde, but fears boycotting the location could delay the development or suspend it altogether.
"I'm not a policeman, I'm a politician and police in Sydney have told me that's where they think it should be. The sad thing is we've spent $600,000 on planning processes and haven't turned one sod of dirt."
A protest is being held today from 11am outside the existing Kingscliff Police Station.