Tweed Heads SES are hoping to expand its Banora Point headquarters and make the site a permanent home. Pictured at the headquartes are, from left, Reg Sanders, Tanya Gray, Geoff Gray, Jasmine Lindsay, Jye Bartley and Tim Garlson.
Tweed Heads SES are hoping to expand its Banora Point headquarters and make the site a permanent home. Pictured at the headquartes are, from left, Reg Sanders, Tanya Gray, Geoff Gray, Jasmine Lindsay, Jye Bartley and Tim Garlson. John Gass

Plans to expand SES headquarters

RESIDENTS are being asked for feedback on plans to give Tweed Heads SES a permanent and expanded headquarters at Banora Point.

The unit already operates on public land at the Pioneer Parade site.

Tweed Shire Council is conducting a community survey to gauge opinion on the idea.

Council's director of planning and operations Vince Connell wants to know if the community supports retaining and expanding the unit at its present location, even though it currently doesn't comply with the land classification.

"Would people rather see the unit relocated so the Pioneer Parade land can be used for public open space or recreational purposes," Mr Connell asked.

"Alternatively, are there opportunities to create or enhance public open space or recreational facilities in the Banora Point area, to meet community needs while keeping the SES unit where it is?"

Mr Connell said the site was ideally located for the SES to deal with emergencies in the area and had been home for the unit for more than 30 years.

"The Tweed's population has more than doubled in that time and an expansion of the unit's facilities is needed to help meet growing demands for the unit's services," he said.

"The NSW Crown Land Division has stated it would consider amending the site classification, but community opinion must be taken into account."

The survey can be downloaded from council's website.

Surveys must be submitted by March 16 and are also available in council's Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah offices and libraries at Tweed Heads, Kingscliff and Murwillumbah.



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