No justice for Coffs in budget

COFFS Harbour hasn’t received funding for a new courthouse and police stations under the 2010/11 State Government, but it has shared in an outlay to introduce a new justice sentencing program.

Last night’s budget appeared to pose more questions than it answered over the timeframe for when Coffs Harbour can expect its long awaited, much needed police station and courthouse. Armidale was granted $15 million for a new courthouse, Taree received $5 million for a courthouse upgrade, while Port Macquarie, Queanbeyan and Lismore each received upwards of $1 million for justice centre renovations.

“The Coffs Harbour Police Station and Justice Centre, which was the first item on the major works programme in the 2009/10 Budget has completely disappeared,” Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser said.

“This was an $18.937 million police station and this action is either an error or a slap in the face to the hard working police officers in the Coffs Clarence Police Station,” he said.

Coffs Harbour was however, included in a $5.5 million outlay to introduce Forum Sentencing program, making offenders more accountable for their crimes and giving victims a say in sentencing.

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