Plans have been lodged with Tweed Shire Council for a new $16 million police station and courthouse complex in the Tweed Heads CBD.
The application for the three-storey development with basement car park at 83 Wharf Street, to replace the existing Tweed-Byron Local Area Command headquarters and Tweed Heads Court, will be determined by the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) after assessment by Council.
The bid by NSW Police for a new complex for the command follows the JRPP’s rejection last November of a plan for the redevelopment of the Kingscliff police station.
The JRPP’s recommended refusal of the Marine Parade station is yet to be accepted or rejected by the state government.
The new Tweed Heads station and proposed court complex is planned to be built in two stages on a block covering seven lots, with the existing L-shaped single-storey building housing a small retail shopping centre set to be demolished.
The plans will go on public exhibition for a month from Wednesday, 2 October.
Council’s planning chief Vince Connell said it could be around three months before the plans go to the JRPP with submissions to be assessed.
The plans include offices, secure cells, a new training area, meal rooms, dog kennels and exercise yard and boat storage areas.
The site, just south of Tweed Centro shopping mall on the opposite side of the street, is adjacent to a two-storey motel on its south, and backs onto the residential area of Beryl Street.
The consultant’s report says the new complex was much needed as the existing old police station and courthouse in nearby Recreation Street are too small to meet existing needs, or to allow for expansion of services due to future population growth in the region.
Tweed MP Geoff Provest told media it was ‘disappointing’ that previous plans to build a new station at Kingscliff or a combined emergency service headquarters at Cudgen had been knocked back.
He told ABC North Coast that the process to try to get a new police station built in the past few years had cost around $1.5 million to date, which was significant, ‘but that’s the way the system works and we had to try to navigate within it’.