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More backlash for Warren Polglase

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I have a response to Cr Polglase’s  letter from the Daily News.
I completely agree with him when he says that ‘a hospital  is not a normal development and should never be compared to an apartment or commercial building.’

How can it be compared, when a hospital is a mini city comprising multiple high rise buildings, requiring extensive additional services from the normal power, sewage and water supplied by local councils?

Mr Polglase states that extensive community consultation has been done. I firmly believe this statement is misleading and inaccurate, and ‘quite frankly is far beneath the standard that the community should accept’, to use his exact words. The tiny amount of community consultation done only happened after outraged residents demanded it! It was a feeble attempt to placate the community, with the intention of never deviating from the original flawed decision.

For some obscure reason this government is determined to develop the farmlands of the Cudgen Plateau. Why?

Health Infrastructure have confirmed many times that the old Tweed Heads Hospital will no longer function as a hospital, and all hospital services will be transferred to the new Tweed Valley Hospital. The hospital will be Relocated to Kingscliff.

In layman’s terms, this means closed.

Regarding the hospital possibly becoming a private and public hospital, look no further than the new northern beaches hospital at French’s Forest in Sydney. What has been promised for more than 30 years as a new hospital morphed into a private/public partnership, being run by a private company, Healthscope.

What would stop that happening here, as half a billion dollars is not nearly enough to build a hospital of this size, and it may need extra funding from the private sector. Especially when you consider that the new hospital will eventually have 900 beds, making it much larger than the new monster Gold Coast hospital at Southport.

The hospital can be expanded in Tweed Heads, by buying the Council Chambers in Brett Street where high rise zoning is already in place. If enough storeys were built initially, a new building would not need to expand onto more land in the future.

Finally, I agree with Cr Polglase when he states that elected representatives should conduct themselves truthfully, transparently and by the book. If only this had happened in the first place, with truthful statements and transparent decision making, our community would not be so angry with the entire Health Infrastructure Department.

But then, they’re not elected, are they?


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2 COMMENTS

  1. Dear Ed,
    The hospital will set the precedent.
    Turn back the clock 15 + years and remember the push from the wealthy National Party local State member and his Tweed Shire Councillor wife who tried their hardest to get land that they owned opposite the Hospital site rezoned.
    The misfits in the NSW National Party never fail to astound me…. is it any wonder they now they have been caught with right wing nazi punk white supremacists in their Young Nats ranks…

  2. I for one will not be voting for a liberal /Nat NSW government this time after having voted Liberal most of my life for them.
    Cr Ploglase, Tweed MP Geoff Provest who both have lived in the area, should know better, and with the NSW Government have rammed the site for the hospital down the throats of the Kingscliff public. Virtually no public consultation here.
    Multi story buildings on one of the most prominent hills in Kingscliff is an monument to ILL HEALTH and will stick out like sore thumbs.
    The hospital is on one of only 2 country roads leading into Kingscliff which will create all sorts of traffic problems. Just think of the hundreds of busses, taxis, cars, ambulances ect that must now transport patients, visitors etc from Tweed to attend the hospital daily.
    Not only is it on farm sensitive land, it is being placed in an area which is not large enough for expansion in 10 to 20 years. Already we have medical professionals arguing that the size of areas they will be working in within the hospital, is too small.
    Even worst, the multi story structure will give the go ahead for developers to pressure for the current 3 story height restriction in Tweed to be increased to be the height of the hospital or greater. Surfers Paradise, here we come,
    Cr Ploglase and Tweed MP Geoff Provest have always been pro-development but this is going too far.
    The hospital site is in the wrong place, Kings Forrest or redevelop Tweed are better positions and if Cr Ploglase, Tweed MP Geoff Provest cannot see what catastrophe they are creating for the future of Kingscliff then they will not get my vote

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