Police call for station solution

TWEED police have warned that they will support a command centre moving to Marine Pde, Kingscliff if a suitable site was not found soon.

Police Association of NSW Tweed branch has avoided debate on the location of the proposed Tweed/Byron Local Area Command centre but police were getting frustrated with the delays.

Tweed branch vice-chairman Andrew Eppelstun said it was decided at a meeting on Tuesday that unless a "viable site" was found soon then the association would support the Marine Pde option.

"If the Kingscliff police station (command centre) had gone ahead then we would have been in there by now," Mr Eppelstun said.

"The current area command at Tweed Heads it too small and doesn't fit our needs anymore.

"The branch's view is that in the absence of a realistic and viable alternative then the police station should go ahead on Marine Pde."

Opposition to the proposed area command on Marine Pde continues with Tweed MP Geoff Provest tabling a petition in NSW Parliament on Tuesday.

The petition contained 1600 signatures and therefore requires a response from the Minister for Police and Emergency Services Michael Gallacher.

NSW Land and Environment Court deemed the initial approval for the command centre invalid because of a failure in the development application process.

The application has since been resubmitted and is currently on public exhibition.



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