Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Police Station GOES to Court Tweed Cop Shop Going to Court; STOP THAT: Business Group Lodges Bid to Halt Cop Shop Extension at Kingscliff

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Police Station GOES to Court Tweed Cop Shop Going to Court; STOP THAT: Business Group Lodges Bid to Halt Cop Shop Extension at Kingscliff

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THE fight against an approved police command centre for Kingscliff has escalated this week with the Tweed Business and Residents Focus Group filing documents to challenge the devel- opment through the NSW Land and Environment Court.

The group opposes the location of the command centre on the grounds that it is too far from the highway, would lack appropriate parking and would ruin the beachside lifestyle the town enjoys.

But an independent audit released in February has fed new concerns.

The Parsons Ministerial Audit of the NSW Police Force proposes a restructure of the force that would break down local area commands to create larger districts.

The existing structure of 80 local area commands and six regions would be replaced by 30 districts each containing varying numbers of patrols.

The audit states Tweed Byron Local Area Command and Richmond Local Area Command would be pushed together into one district.

Group president Paul McMahon believes this proposal makes the approval of the command centre on Marine Pde even more illogical. …

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