Planning panel announced for new Tweed Valley Hospital

Artists impression of the proposed Tweed Hospital on the Kingscliff site. Image from A Current Affair.

A community panel has been formed to ‘to help shape the vision for the new $582 million Tweed Valley Hospital’, according to Tweed MP Geoff Provest (Nationals).

The planning process for the new hospital continues apace despite ongoing controversy surrounding its greenfield site on the protected red soil farming land of the Cudgen plateau.

Rebecca Wark, executive director, rural & regional for Health Infrastructure NSW, said the Consumer and Community Reference Panel consists of about 50 community members and will play an important role in the planning and design of the regional referral hospital.

‘Establishing the panel is a significant milestone, and we are excited to see the energy and passion of the members during recent orientation sessions and a master planning workshop,’ Ms Wark said.

‘Panel members will provide valuable input throughout the planning and design stages by representing the views of patients, carers and the local community, and we look forward to their contribution.’

Panel member Lyn McInerney said she enjoyed participating in the master planning workshop for the new hospital,’ adding she was ‘looking forward to sharing this information with other people.

Fellow Panel member and former Tweed Shire Councillor Dot Holdom said, ‘Consideration of community is the most important part of building a hospital. I can now see the vision for the hospital and I’m excited.’

Lynne Weir, acting CEO of Northern NSW Local Health District, said panel members would be invited to participate in a range of ongoing workshops, focus groups and meetings, and contributing to both the clinical and physical design of the new hospital.

‘The real-life and local experience that panel members bring to the planning and design of the new hospital will be invaluable in delivering a hospital that best meets the needs of the Tweed-Byron region,’ Ms Weir said.

Applications for membership on the panel will remain open throughout the project.

Please visit the project website for application forms, as well as all the latest project information, at


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