Fight for Tweed's first District Court is real
TWEED MP Geoff Provest met with Corrective Services Minister David Elliott last Friday to continue lobbying for a new court complex at Tweed, with his sights set on the region's first District Court.
Mr Provest said the talks followed a tour of the Tweed Heads Police Station by Mr Elliott eight months ago and several discussions with NSW Attorney General Gabriel Upton over the issue.
"I don't think it will be a carrot for the next election, I'm hoping that in the 12months we'll have a definitive answer," Mr Provest said.
Mr Provest said it was vital to refurbish or replace the "dilapidated" facilities on Recreation St for two new court houses and interview rooms, once the new police station on Wharf St was completed.
"There's the court house and there's a strong push to have Corrective Services located 24 hours a day at the facility so that Tweed-Byron LAC does not lose a first response police vehicle every time offenders need to be transported to Lismore," he said.
"You lose the car for approximately 3.5 hours each time they do, so it is a big deal."
Mr Provest said the call for a District Court was justified with 70% of Lismore District matters currently arising from the Tweed, with an expected 20,000 residents expected to move to the Tweed in coming years.
NCAT could also move from holding hearings at Twin Towns, he said.
Mr Provest said the new police station was tracking in front of schedule due to good weather and a fast remediation of asbestos-affected soil and was expected to be completed by this time next year.