AFTER years of wrangling, Coffs Harbour will finally get a new police station/court- house worth $60 million.
Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser has confirmed work will start within 12 months on the new facilities, planned for the Beryl St/Pacific Highway intersection.
The police station will cost $19m and be finished in 2015 and the courthouse will be $40.8m and completed the following year.
The State Budget yesterday also allocated more than $1 billion for the Pacific Highway upgrade, including $46.5 million for planning and pre-construction work on the notorious Warrell Creek to Urunga section and progress on the Woolgoolga bypass.
"Preliminary planning for a new police station/courthouse has been promised for many years by previous Labor governments and I am so pleased that the Coalition Government, in its first budget, has now announced this funding," Mr Fraser said.
"For far too long our hard-working and dedicated police officers have been working in outdated and cramped conditions."
He said $5.8 million had been allocated for Cancer Care services across the Coffs Coast and $209 million for local road funding including network development, infrastructure maintenance, traffic management and road safety.
NRMA Motoring and Services says it welcomes the State Government's matching of the Federal Government's contribution for the Pacific Highway duplication.
"This will go a long way to meet the target both Federal and State governments have committed to - that is completing the project by the 2016 deadline," said NRMA president Wendy Machin, who was yesterday travelling on the highway from Coffs Harbour to Taree.