Planning panel meets today on Kingscliff police station
A PLANNING panel will meet this afternoon in Tweed Heads to decide on plans for Kingscliff Police Station's redevelopment.
The plan has met with criticism from some community members concerned about having a large police station in the middle of the town and on prime beachfront land.
A development application to demolish the existing police station and adjoining two residences on Marine Pde has also been previously rejected by the Land and Environment Court, much to the delight of a group fighting against the plan.
The Tweed Business and Residents Focus Group are encouraging all interested to attend the meeting this afternoon.
Group president Paul McMahon said they collected 1567 signatures on a petition to fight against what he described as "over development."
"The petition demonstrates the community's anger and strong opposition to the location of an oversized Local Area Command in the middle of residential Kingscliff," Mr McMahon said.
"We are encouraging our local member Geoff Provest and the NSW Government to find an alternate development site especially given the recent Parsons report that made 22 recommendations in an audit of NSW police, one of which was to change from a Local Area Command system to a larger district area and patrol scheme which would increase the current patrolled area three-fold."
Mr McMahon said the group supports the retention of the existing police facilities at Kingscliff and wants to work with all stakeholders to ensure a good outcome for the community.
He said the group has reminded Tweed MP Mr Provest that his election platform included a combined emergency services centre for the Tweed.
The Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel will meet at Tweed Heads Civic Centre at 4pm.