Coffs to get new courthouse

COFFS Harbour will get its much needed new courthouse and police station but the timing of the new law and order centre hinges on the future of the State Government.

The Keneally Government has stood by its commitment in the 2009/10 budget that $1 million has been set aside for planning of the $19 million police station and justice centre.

A Government Infrastructure Committee is looking at bringing together the police station, court house and other scattered State Government offices in a single building.

However, in the recently released 2010/11 State Budget, there was no second mention of the Coffs Harbour project.

Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser yesterday responded saying under the current government the project has seemingly stalled.

Mr Fraser vowed the project would be funded in the first term should the Coalition win government.

“When we win government, if we win government we will see what planning has been done under the present government and work out the best location and get the new Coffs Harbour Police Station and Legal Centre built as a first term project,” Mr Fraser said.

“In terms of bricks and mortar, this is the most pressing public infrastructure project in Coffs Harbour.

“Conditions are so archaic at the Coffs Harbour Police Station that the Commander of the Local Area Command is housed in a demountable building at the rear of the station.”

Mr Fraser’s pledge followed the 25 per cent swing against Labor in the Penrith by-election at the weekend, which already has political commentators talking of a change in government after the 2011 State Election.

A spokesman for the Department of Justice and Attorney General said new courthouse facilities in Coffs Harbour remained a priority.

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