Council plan for bigger police HQ

By ZOE SATHERLEY

LISMORE City Council wants to sell air space over the Browns Creek car park to house the proposed multi-million dollar Lismore police station.

A delegation of senior police recently met council staff to look at building options for the multi-storey station.

One option was building outwards from the Molesworth Street premises over the car park, said Lindsay Walker, council's manager of special projects and properties.

"They were extremely enthusiastic when we suggested it to them," Mr Walker said. "They came to us for help with investigating ideas that would give them the capacity to expand their current premises. They had no idea that going over the car park was a possibility."

Mr Walker said at next Tuesday's council meeting a proposal would be put to reclassify Browns Creek car park from community to operational land.

"This will free up council's hand to negotiate with people on different kinds of use for the site," he said.

A spokeswoman for Police Minister John Watkins said there would be 'many visits to Lismore as part of the planning process' for a new police station.

She said Lismore was one of 27 police stations identified as a priority to redevelop.



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