Project out of council hands

TWEED Shire councillors who want a new police and emergency services headquarters for the shire have been sidelined by the State Government, which wants to put a new police headquarters on the beachfront at Kingscliff.

Council staff have received a development application for the new headquarters on the site of the current police station in Marine Parade, Kingscliff, but councillors will not get to vote on approval of the project.

Because it is valued at more than $5 million and is a government project, council staff said the application would go before the Northern Joint Regional Panelling Panel, not elected councillors.

The move comes despite the NSW O'Farrell Government promising before the election to return many development decisions to councils.

Tweed mayor Kevin Skinner said he would vote against the Kingscliff development if he had the chance.

He and other councillors wanted local MPs Geoff Provest and Thomas George to push for a new complex for police, fire and ambulance.

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