Tweed-Byron cops feel the squeeze as pols take their time

TWEED police officers are so cramped in the Tweed station they're having to "bunk desks" according to State Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest.

But State Minister for Police and Emergency Services Mike Gallacher has remained tight-lipped on any developments since the rejection of the original site proposed for Kingscliff last year.

"We will make further announcements about Kingscliff station in due course," a spokesman for the minister said.

The people of Tweed, Tweed police officers and even Mr Provest still have no idea where the new police station will be located, or when the public might have any idea where their $15m in taxpayer money is going to be spent.

But Mr Provest, who is also the parliamentary secretary for Police and Emergency Services, was adamant we'd hear something in the next month.

"They're still looking at sites," Mr Provest said.

"I stay right out of it. I'm not involved with site sel- ection and the overriding thing for me is I don't think it's appropriate for me to dictate where it should be.

"But there will be an announcement shortly."

It is understood a Wharf St location is being scouted, but nothing was set in stone. Mr Provest said there where many things to consider when choosing a site, and that included proximity to the Queensland border and Tweed Heads Local Court. So far, planning had caused a "high level of frustration".

"We very much need this," he said. "The original was built in the 1970s and is now an antique."

Mr Provest said already, about $1 million in taxpayer dollars had been "chewed up" by planning and development applications for previous spots.

The new station is expected to house the latest in high-tech equipment.

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