News

24/7 police promise stalls as we get nil new recruits

THE promise of 24/7 policing at Casino by December looks to be in jeopardy after Northern Rivers police commands were not allocated any of the 170 probationary constables that graduated yesterday.

In fact, from six attestations totalling 1176 probationary constables since December 2012, the Richmond Local Area Command has received only six new recruits - just 0.5% of the total graduates.

Police Association of NSW North Coast Executive Member, Brett Henderson-Smith said that Police Minister Stuart Ayres this week told a budget estimates committee meeting he couldn't guarantee 30 additional officers will be posted to the Northern Region by December.

Mr Henderson-Smith said in March 2014 during a visit to Lismore, Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione promised Casino would have a 24/7 police presence this year.

"The commitment was made by former Police Minister, Mike Gallacher, in November 2013 and it now it appears Mr Ayres is not publicly willing to live up to the promise the Government made," he said.

"We expect the Police Minister and the Government to honour the commitment they made to the community of Casino.

"This is something that the community of Casino has been requesting for many years, and any delay in the allocation of new staff will more than likely delay that 24-hour police presence at Casino."

Yesterday, Mr Ayres would not confirm whether policing in Casino would be operational 24/7 by December as promised.

"The staged process to establish 24-hour policing at Casino has continued with an additional five positions allocated and filled," he said.

"Extensive works have been undertaken at Casino Police Station and a second stage of works is currently in the planning stages so the station can cater for the additional officers and operate 24/7."

"The Northern Region will have an extra 60 authorised positions by May 2015."

Meanwhile, neighbouring Tweed/Byron Local Area Command has not received a single probationary constable over the past two years.

Labor candidate for Tweed Ron Goodman said in opposition Tweed Nationals MP Geoff Provest talked big, declaring that an additional 59 officers were needed for the Tweed/Byron Local Area Command.

GRADUATING POLICE ALLOCATIONS - HIGHS AND LOWS

AUGUST 2014

  • Total number of NSW police graduates: 170
  • Of that number the Richmond & Tweed/Byron commands received: 0
  • Eastern Beaches, Sydney, received: 11

MAY 2014

  • Total: 182
  • Richmond: 1
  • Tweed/Byron: 0
  • Northern Beaches, Sydney: 19

DECEMBER 2013

  • Total: 157
  • Richmond & Tweed/Byron commands: 0
  • Northern Beaches, Sydney: 14

AUGUST 2013

  • Total: 161
  • Richmond & Tweed/Byron commands: 0
  • Bankstown, Sydney: 10

MAY 2013

  • Total: 202
  • Richmond: 2
  • Tweed/Byron: 0
  • Bankstown: 16

DECEMBER 2012

  • Total: 304
  • Richmond: 3
  • Tweed/Byron: 0
  • Eastern Beaches, Sydney: 14


New restaurant opens its doors in Lismore CBD

COOKING BONANZA: Thai on Carrington co-owner Pisan Wongkruth cooks up a storm at the new Thai restaurant.

The menu features handmade entrees and a special signature dish

'Why can cats kill ... animals but humans can't kill cats?'

Some readers of The Northern Star had some shocking things to say about cats.

"I used to encourage my dog to kill cats on the street at night"

Road to be completely closed for works

Fifteen week road upgrade program begins

Local Partners

Lion roars to straight to No 1 at Aussie box office

Nicole Kidman, David Wenham and Sunny Pawar in a scene from the movie Lion.

THE Australian-made movie a hit, while Rogue One nears record mark.

Ozzy Osbourne fell asleep during his driving test

Not a good idea to give Ozzy a Ferrari

Kristen Stewart to host SNL

Kristen Stewart will host a pre-Super Bowl episode of SNL next month

Louis Tomlinson celebrated his son's first birthday

Louis Tomlinson and Briana Jungwirth celebrate son's first birthday

Five local arts organisations funded by federal grants

LOCALLY MADE: A performance of Dreamland by NORPA at Eureka Hall during their 2016 season, with actors Kirk Page, Katia Molino, Darcy Grant, Philip Blakcman and Toni Scanlon.

In theatre, literature, music and visual arts

Why investors are flocking to Moranbah

Moranbah homes are selling like hotcakes, creating a supply problem

Investors are scrambling to get into the market

Age no barrier to buying your first home

Older first home buyers are an increasing segment of the housing market.

Older buyers are a growing segment of the first home buyer market

Agents desperate for stock as homebuyers circle region

Coorabell houses had a whopping median sale price of $1.4 million.

Lower price ranges stand out as Coffs property best sellers

7 quirky Airbnb homes on the Northern Rivers

Broken Head Bodhi Treehouse

Stay in a shipping container or treehouse for your next holiday

Controversial Iron Gates development renamed

Raine and Horne

Peaceful, pristine and perfect is the new motto for Iron Gates

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!