Barbara Roughan, Kingscliff
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.