Nambucca floats concept for central police station

A map of the alternative site for the Macksville Hospital and the possibility to further expand for other emergency services
A map of the alternative site for the Macksville Hospital and the possibility to further expand for other emergency services

A SUPER precinct of sorts, for emergency services, could be headed to the Nambucca Valley if everything falls neatly into place.

The Greenfields site

The Greenfields site

Nambucca Shire Council moved at last week’s meeting to explore the option of a ‘super site’ for local police, which would be used as a base, due to its centralised location at North Macksville.

There are currently 28 police officers operating from stations at Nambucca Heads, Macksville and Bowraville with only two stations having their doors open to the public – some of the time.

Mayor Rhonda Hoban said it’s time for a new police station, centrally located at North Macksville, just 10 minutes to each major town centre.

She said the opportunity now exists to build a new station on State Government owned land, near where the new Macksville Hospital is proposed to be built.

Council also moved to inquire with FRNSW, RFS and SES as to their interest in establishing on the same greenfields site.

“This suggestion is not at all to overshadow the discussions around the hospital,” she said.

“We consider the hospital so important to the local community, but there is ample space at the site to explore other options. We are simply floating the idea to the State Government and respective departments … and pointing out that the location could be fit for other purposes. It will be completely up to them to decide on what happens.”

Cr Hoban said this proposal would provide police with a more spacious and better equipped facility from which to operate and serve the community.