NEW DIGS: Tweed-Byron Local Area Command could soon have a new home in the heart of the Tweed Heads CBD at Wharf St.
NEW DIGS: Tweed-Byron Local Area Command could soon have a new home in the heart of the Tweed Heads CBD at Wharf St. Contributed

DA for $15.9 million Tweed cop shop lodged with council

LONG-awaited plans for the Tweed-Byron Local Area Command precinct have been lodged with Tweed Shire Council.

The new station is expected to be constructed at 83 Wharf St, Tweed Heads and at an estimated cost of $15,930,000 to the State Government.

The council's director of planning and Regulation Vince Connell said the application will go to the Joint Regional Planning Panel because of the estimated value of the project.

"In the meantime, council staff will put the development application on public exhibition, which is likely to happen in the next couple of weeks," he said.

"The exhibition period will then be for a minimum of 28 days. There is no mechanism in place to fast track the application and, given the timeframes to receive and present any submissions received, ... it is likely the process will take around three months before the matter is ready to call a meeting of the Joint Regional Planning Panel."

Plans lodged revealed the precinct will house both a local court and police headquarters in a three-storey building with underground parking.

In reports submitted to council the development will offer many new offices, secure cells, and storage space.

It will also house a new training area, lockers, meal rooms, two courtyards, dog kennels, boat storage and exercise areas.

In a project justification statement to council the developers said it was a much needed amenity because the police and courthouse provided "critical services within the community".

"The existing buildings do not meet the existing needs of the users nor provide opportunity to expand services to accommodate future population growth in the region," the report stated.

"The proposed purpose built building will significantly improve the capacity of the NSW Police to deliver law enforcement services to the community."

About 120 jobs are expected to be generated by the construction.



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