A NSW Police Force radio tower erected at Nimbin Police Station is to be relocated following a productive discussion with Lismore City Council yesterday.

The tower was erected as part of a NSW Police Radio Communications Maintenance Program.

“The program is all about addressing identified blackspots for police radio coverage, improving officer and public safety. This includes upgrades to existing radio sites and new radio sites,” NSW Police said.

“The Nimbin township is an identified police radio blackspot area.

“The tower was erected to provide much-needed radio coverage for operational police in Nimbin, giving them a higher degree of communications capability.

“Police acknowledge that a contractor failed to follow the required process of providing Lismore City Council with details of the then proposed development, resulting in the tower being built in a heritage area.

“Following recent discussions involving NSW Police Force and Lismore City Council, it was determined the existing tower can be relocated. Lismore City Council will assist in identifying an alternate solution.”

Richmond Local Area Commander, Superintendent Bruce Lyons, stressed the importance of rectifying the blackspots.

“Providing operational police officers with effective radio communications is a vital part of officer and public safety,” Supt Lyons said.

“NSW Police Force is working with Lismore City Council to establish a radio site that satisfies council and community concerns and provide much-needed radio coverage for operational police in Nimbin.”