New Tweed hospital meeting delayed as community feedback sought

The red soils of the Cudgen plateau are too precious to be subdivided, say Labor and local opponents of the new Tweed Hospital site. Photo Tweed Shire Council

Reports by the Gold Coast Bulletin that there would be security guards at the next public meeting regarding the site of the Tweed Valley Hospital prompted a scathing response from NSW Shadow Health Minister Walt Secord yesterday.

Secord ‘asked the Berejiklian Government how the use of security guards against protesting local pensioners and farmers was in the “true spirit of respectful community engagement”’.

Echonetdaily has since talked to meeting organiser Penny Hockings who has clarified that the meeting is not ‘connected with any local politicians’ or the Minister for Health’s office in any way.

‘This is a community driven group in support of the Cudgen site and the meeting will probably go ahead in mid-June as Health Infrastructure are going to run a community consultation and we don’t want to interfere with that,’ she said.

Community feedback

Following the uproar over the choice of site for the new Tweed Valley Hospital on prime farmland in Cudgen and what many felt was a lack of transparency in the process, the NSW government announced today it was seeking community feedback.

Health Infrastructure’s Chief Executive, Sam Sangster has stated that ‘The NSW government is inviting the community to provide feedback on the proposed site for the new Tweed Valley Hospital and nominate any alternative sites for consideration.’

According to Health Infrastructure NSW the NSW government has undertaken a comprehensive site selection process, that considered more than 35 potential sites across the region. The results of this process have been made publicly available via a Site Selection Summary Report on the project website.

‘Involving the community in confirming the right site for the Tweed Valley Hospital is the next step in building the future of healthcare for the Tweed Valley region,’ Mr Sangster said.

‘Some members of the local community have raised some concerns about the location of the proposed site, the potential impact on the local farming community and Kingscliff itself.’

‘In recognition of these concerns, the NSW Government has directed Health Infrastructure to undertake a further consultation period of six weeks around the proposed site.

‘During this time, the community is invited to provide detailed feedback on the proposed site; as well as identify any potential alternative sites to be considered by the project team.’

Site Feedback / Alternative Site Nomination Forms will be available on the Tweed Valley Hospital project website or in hard copy at The Tweed Hospital reception and Murwillumbah District Hospital receptions.

Forms and any supporting information are required to be submitted through the Tweed Valley Hospital project email address ([email protected]) or by mail to the project team by no later than 5pm on Thursday June 14 2018. Early submissions are encouraged to enable the timely assessment of submissions.

Security on hand

Ms Hockings confirmed with Echonetdaily that they are planning to have security at the June meeting about the Cudgen hospital site.

‘This is so that speakers can finish their points, there is no heckling and so people feel safe,’ she said.

‘Our intention is to get people there at the meeting who can answer the communities questions including engineers, council representatives to explain the role of council and Geoff Provest to explain the role of state government.

‘I’ve already received a threatening text from someone I don’t know. This is a highly passionate and emotive issue. However, the security is not intended to be over the top.’

4 responses to “New Tweed hospital meeting delayed as community feedback sought”

  1. Steven Julius says:

    Our farmland villages and coastal towns are beautiful. They want to carelessly pave over it all and turn us into just more of the Gold Coast What are they thinking?

    • Eric says:

      Would rather a sweet potato over a HOSPITAL BED? Im sure if you were sick or you had a sick child or loved oned one and had to travel from tweed to the gold coast everyday you would quickly change your mind mate! This is something we need now and this is a great central location for tweed! So have a good think about what YOUR needs are mate!

  2. Judy murray says:

    .I can not see any reason why this site was chosen in the first place. State significant farming land should never ever be developed. This is the reason for my objection to this site for a hospital. If this hospital is built on this site the flow on effect will be enormous , not only for the people living around the area but for the Tweed in general. Our Shire has so much to offer with great produce grown in the area, beautiful coastal villages and all this will be in jepodity should this site be developed. The amenity of the town of Kingscliff and the farming area of. Cudgen will be destroyed. Tourism brings so much to this area and should be considered in this site selection

    Again I stress That this site is not for development.

  3. Kristie Hedley says:

    ‘Some members of the local community have raised some concerns about the location of the proposed site, the potential impact on the local farming community and Kingscliff itself.’
    What a joke! ‘Some members of the communtiy’? Last I saw over 5000 had signed the online petition, and hundreds have turned up to public meetings.

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