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There were no surprises in the report released by Health Infrastructure ruling out Kings Forest, Chinderah and Tweed Coast Road. It is just another example of very flawed reasoning from this team.

The term ‘following community consultation’ is so far from the truth it is laughable. The only way to properly consult the whole community would have been a mailout to every Tweed Shire resident.

Our Relocate the Tweed Valley Hospital from State Significant Farmland team have been delivering factsheets in Tweed Heads. The level of ignorance about the current Tweed Heads hospital closing is not surprising, given that not once has any paper, apart from Echonetdaily, printed the truth.

The Health Infrastructure team need to state clearly that the terms ‘all services transferred’, ‘relocating all services’ and ‘replaced’ are actually euphemisms for ‘closing as a hospital’. Why is it so hard for them to speak the truth?

Their report stated that Kings Forest needs approvals from state and federal government, and the koala habitat was a problem.

However, Kings Forest has every necessary approval in place now, so there could be an immediate start on its land, and koala protection measures are about to be put in place.

Compare this to the Cudgen/Kingscliff site chosen, where they state ‘the wildlife corridor will not be directly impacted by the hospital’.

The koalas and other wildlife in Kingscliff will definitely be directly affected as they will be in close proximity to this massive development. Imagine the dreadful impact constant noise from sirens and helicopters and floodlights all night will have on the wildlife corridor, as well as on the human beings in Kingscliff and Cudgen!

The report also states that additional health, education, training and research facilities will be developed at the Kingscliff site over time. Really? Just how can they be fitted in, when the hospital is going to be set back towards the centre of the site on the flat land, to allow a landscaping screening buffer between it and the farm over the road. All of these additional buildings will have to be constructed down quite a steep hill, hardly the best position for them.

Our Relocate Team are informing the whole community of the truth, as once people are aware of the facts they’ll be lining up to sign our petition to the NSW state government asking that this absurd decision be reversed.

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  1. It’s pretty easy math. Hospital + Farmland > Hospital. Why unnecessarily destroy jobs and threaten small businesses?

  2. The only problem I have with this letter is Health Infrastructure never said the current Hospital would close and despite them constantly saying it would retain services, this woman continues to write that it will be closed. Where’s the evidence? You can’t just pick and choose what works for your argument. Saying it will retain some services is definitely not equivalent to closing the hospital.

  3. Also Relocate Team has copies of a plan to redevelop the existing Tweed Hospital site where it currently is by building on existing hospital in planned stages. These plans are dated 2017,so this makes a mockery of site selection report stating they cannot build on existing hospital site.

  4. I believe some of the claims are incorrect in this story. The alleged closing of hospitals is one. The claim that all necessary approvals are in place for Kings Forest is another. Kings Forest only has a few approvals for this massive development, none of which are for a public hospital. And news flash – state government approval is required for anything at Kings Forest as it is a State Significant Development. The claims that koala measures are about to be in place is something the community has waiting on for years, and never been delivered. Another is the ‘wildlife corridor’ at Cudgen. Laughable that it would be called a wildlife corridor, and the rainforest area is to be untouched, a factor of which will likely be the wallum frogs and the one koala sighted in five years. The claims that the sirens and noise from the hospital will have more impact at Cudgen than Kings Forest is also factually incorrect. The wildlife corridor at Kimgs Forest will be impacted more and has significant threat to the endangered Tweed Coast Koalas that reside there. Then of course there is the other inaccuracy in the claim that the future planned health & education precinct won’t fit on the 16ha development area at Cudgen. Neglects to highlight that the Cudgen sites proximity to the Kimgscliff TAFE is to be part of the future plans and that not all of the 16ha will be hospital. The scariest thing about the Relocate team spreading their message is that they are, in my opinion, misinforming the community without an ounce of consideration for the vulnerable in our community. They’re creating unnecessary anxiety with statements they’re actually convinced are true, despite my belief that they are incorrect. It is a disgrace.

    • Thanks. Nice to see some objective balance brought to this controversial and emotive issue—whereever the “truth” lies.

  5. Dear Peter Jackson,
    Allow me to correct a couple of your claims. In my letter I did not say that the noise at Kingscliff and Cudgen would be greater than that at Kings Forest, I said it would affect both wildlife and humans at Kingscliff and Cudgen.
    For your closure of hospitals claim, I said one hospital, Tweed Heads, would be closing as a hospital. This is stated in the website put out by Health Infrastructure, under the Clinical Services Planning. To quote “Existing hospital services provided at the Tweed Hospital will transfer to the new hospital once it is completed”. Is this language not clear enough for you? If so, you are in the same boat as the many other Tweed Shire residents who don’t know the facts of the situation, because Health Infrastructure say that the buildings will be used for something else, such as community health or other out of hospital services.
    I urge you to read the statements on their website, tweedvalleyhospital.health.nsw.gov.au, so that you too can have an informed opinion. Retaining some services, like community health and out of hospital services, means that the building will still be used for some health services, but not HOSPITAL services.
    I am not misinforming the community, I am trying to get the truth out there so that thousands of our vulnerable residents will be accurately informed about the closure of Tweed Heads Hospital AS A HOSPITAL!
    It is no disgrace to want to have the truth heard. Please read through the statements on the website.


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