Police ready for new home

By Alex Easton

SUPERINTENDENT Bruce Lyons will have a great view of the Wilsons River from next week although he'll get a crick in his neck if he tries to enjoy it.

The Northern Rivers police boss will start moving into his office on the top floor of the new $14 million Lismore Police Station and Richmond Local Area Command on Tuesday, three days before the station opens to the public.

The office has the sort of views real estate agents love: Looking out over the Moreton Bay figs that wind along%Zadoc Street shadowing the river.

But Supt Lyons has his desk positioned so it looks in the opposite direction up the hill past the courthouse to St%Andrew's Anglican Church.

Supt Lyons yesterday gave NSW Police Minister David Campbell his first tour of the new station, sections of which would rival Sydney and Newcastle's top-notch facilities.

Police begin moving into the three-storey building on Tuesday and by Friday it will be the main access point for the public.

However, an official opening remains months away, on hold until the station's new car park and forensics centre are completed. When that happens all of Lismore's police will be working under the same roof for the first time in decades.

Mr Campbell said he was impressed with the quality of the station, saying it would improve morale and productivity among the city's police officers.

With little more than a week to go before opening, the station still had the feel of a construction site yesterday, but project manager Alex Faulder said all that remained were a few finishing touches and the clean-up.



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