NEWS that a Coffs Harbour Police Station office contains asbestos highlights the need for a new police station and courthouse complex to be built during the next two years, according to Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser.
Mr Fraser said he was confident the State Government would announce in next month’s budget a funding allocation for work to start on the Coffs Harbour Justice Centre in the next 12 months.
The nominated site of the complex is the current NSW Forestry depot on the corner of Beryl St and the Pacific Highway in Coffs Harbour.
“I’ve had ongoing discussions with Police and Emergency Services Minister Mike Gallacher and the Attorney-General Greg Smith and based on those discussions there should be a dual budget funding arrangement for the Coffs Harbour Justice Centre,” Mr Fraser said.
He said the justice centre would be built in two stages, with funding for the new police station over the next 12 months and then funding in the 2012/13 State Budget for the courthouse development.
“The finding there is asbestos in the existing Coffs Harbour Police Station demonstrates the real need for the new complex,” he said.
“Plans are well under way for the Beryl St/Pacific Hwy site and even though I don’t think it’s the ideal site, I think it’s far more prudent to commence works to get it done because the archaic conditions police and courthouse officers are working in are totally unacceptable.”