NSW Police will be deploying a number of police vehicles and officers to far north New South Wales to assist their Queensland counterparts during the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Member for Tweed Geoff Provest and Member for Lismore Thomas George welcomed the support provided by the NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol to our northern neighbours, which include 21 police vehicles and six motorcycles.

“The Commonwealth Games is the largest sporting event to be staged in Australia this decade and we anticipate high volumes of traffic heading north for this international event,” Mr Provest said.

“The Games might be hosted by Queensland, but many NSW sports fans will undoubtedly be attending. We want to ensure that people driving to and from the event arrive safely.”

To manage the increased traffic expected in the region, an additional 25 police officers will also be deployed.

The additional officers will provide support to the Northern Region Highway Patrol, which will be at full operational capacity to ensure those driving to and from Queensland in the lead up to, during and after the Commonwealth Games, do so safely.

Mr George said the Commonwealth Games is being held two weeks prior to the NSW school holidays, which is already a busy period on our roads as people escape north for the Easter break.

“NSW Police has identified the need to bolster traffic and highway patrol resources in the Northern region and I commend its proactive approach to driver and community safety,” Mr George said.

“We know people are excited for the Commonwealth Games – we simply ask that those who intend on driving to Queensland slow down, take regular breaks and don’t do anything foolish that could endanger the lives of other road users.”

The Commonwealth Games run from 4 – 15 April 2018 on the Gold Coast.