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February 25, 2021

Tweed hospital siting a developer’s dream

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The NSW government in defiance of proper transparency again has only released a summary report on its site selection for a new Tweed hospital.

Again it is biased, with assessment of issues in the negative for other sites but ignores the issues of the selected site. The selected site will require engineered solutions but such solutions were ruled in the negative for other sites. The process has the hallmarks of criteria being set to fit the pre-empted selected site.

Further, Health Infrastructure refused to meet with the community representatives of the Reference Group, or provide requested information.

The July summary report states, ‘existing hospital services provided at the Tweed Hospital will transfer to the new facility once it is completed.’ Re public transport, ‘upgrade/extension of services would be expected over time to service the increased demand from the hospital and major residential development planned to the west and south of Kingscliff’.

The majority of the shire’s ‘over 60’ population lives north of the river, with the population to further increase with three large approved residential development areas. There is no consideration of public transport for the population north of the river.

Re clinical services planning, the government’s website states the new hospital, ‘will operate as part of the public health network with Byron Central Hospital, Murwillumbah District Hospital and Gold Coast Hospital’.

Of note, the minister first announced the Tweed Hospital was to be relocated to the Cudgen farmlands in April, and a document on ‘Tweed Housing Needs’, also dated April, proposes housing on the Tweed Hospital site (someone in the know) – prime real-estate, a developer’s dream.

The latest report and information guarantees the Tweed Hospital will close; the proposed provision of health services for the shire’s community is not in the interests of a forever growing population. There is an opportunity for growing the existing facilities, complemented by private facilities in the urban approved development areas south of the river, being lost in the ongoing fight by political allies driving to rezone the Cudgen farmlands for development.

 


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2 COMMENTS

  1. I understand there are up to 40 Hospitals around the State being redeveloped and upgraded, so why after
    more than 7 years of planning (up to December 2017) for the redevelopment of Tweed Hospital are we suddenly told redevelopment for Tweed Hospital is out and a Greenfield site is in and it just happens to be in the same location as the first proposed site for the Tweed Police station.!
    Why does the same site area keep popping up?
    Common sense prevailed with the police station perhaps the same can happen again with the hospital site especially as $48 million were budgeted for in 2015 for Stage 1 of Tweed Hospital upgrade

  2. Yes, our Tweed Hospital will definitely close once the new one opens. We are all asking the big question WHY? Why after years of planning to upgrade and expand the current Tweed Hospital were these plans changed completely? The honourable Brad Hazzard told a community forum in Tweed Heads in June that he had simply changed his mind!! It beggars belief that one individual living in Sydney can blithely disregard so much prior planning, and upset the lives
    and plans of thousands of Tweed Shire residents, and Kingscliff and Cudgen residents in particular.
    Why is the National Party so intent on concreting over prime, drought free food producing land?
    Don’t they understand it is a finite resource which can never be replaced? In this time of dreadful drought in NSW and QLD, the shortsightedness of our politicians is appalling.
    Just today in the news another brand of imported frozen vegetables has been withdrawn from supermarket shelves as it may cause listeria, a potentially fatal disease.
    Please make your voices heard and write to Premier Gladys Berejiklian to inform her of the exceedingly poor choice that her Health Minister has made. We would all like to protect our valuable food growing areas so that we Australians can continue to eat fresh, healthy produce, and never have to rely on low grade frozen imports in the future.

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