Residents rally against police HQ
THE next step for residents opposed to a regional police headquarters in Kingscliff is a consistently loud voice, says Tweed councillor Kevin Skinner.
Cr Skinner said opponents must write to the Minister for Planning Brad Hazzard, Tweed MP Geoff Provest, the council and the Joint Regional Planning Panel which approved the two-storey building on November 24.
"They should also organise a fundraiser of some sort to put a challenge in with the Land and Environment Court.
"It would be a very expensive option, one we'd have to raise funds for and I for one will donate to it," he said.
Funds were raised for the cause through a sausage sizzle during a public rally attended by almost 100 outside the existing police station on Saturday.
Tweed Heads Chamber of Commerce President Rory Curtis said the location of the planned local area command must be brought "back to the drawing board urgently".
"Local state member Geoff Provest, Tweed Shire Council, the Combined Chambers of Commerce of Tweed, combined neighbourhood watch groups of Tweed and Brunswick and the residents of Kingscliff are opposed to the proposed location of the new Tweed-Byron Local Area Command on Marine Parade in the coastal village of Kingscliff," Mr Curtis said.
"Currently residents enjoy an amenity that can only be described as idyllic.
"This will be destroyed by a 24 hour, seven day a week police local area command centre with a starting roster of 108 staff and a rotational shift of 88 officers.
"It's in the middle of a bloody residential area."
Resident Neville Jennings said he would prefer a more reasonable location closer to the Pacific Highway, but not a previously considered spot on farmland near the Cudgen and Tweed Coast Rd intersection.
"If you allow development there it will not be appropriate because it's some of the best farmland in Australia," Mr Jennings said.
"It would be just the beginning, then there'd be a fire station, an SES headquarters - it's the thin edge of the wedge."
He said a police headquarters on Marine Pde in Kingscliff would impact too highly on traffic and questioned whether it would actually improve local police service.