Council rejects other HQ sites
TWEED Shire Council has abandoned all five alternative sites suggested for a new police headquarters and will explore a sixth option on Sexton Hill, Banora Point.
At an extraordinary council meeting last night, councillors took a closer look at five sites previously identified as alternatives to the approved development at the existing Kingscliff Police Station on Marine Pde, Kingscliff.
The purpose of the meeting was to look at zoning, permissibility, flood and bushfire risk and ecological status of each of the sites at Cudgen and Tweed Coast Rds, Chinderah roundabout and Pottsville and determine the best site to put forward to the police minister.
But the police minister will not hear from the council until next year because councillors decided every site was inappropriate and made vague suggestions of a new alternative site on Sexton Hill.
According to mayor Barry Longland, councillors have agreed the Marine Pde, Kingscliff site is the wrong site, they just cannot decide on the right one.
"We don't have any new information to give to the police minister as councillors were not able to decide on a specific site," Cr Longland said.
"All sites had certain constraints so the ultimate decision was to hold a workshop in February so councillors and staff could put forward ideas.
"The workshop will be held on the site at Sexton Hill along the existing highway."
Council is expected to schedule the workshop for the first available Tuesday in February 2012.