A local protest group are not going to take plans for the new Tweed hospital lying down.
The Relocate Tweed Valley Hospital from State Significant Farmland team are staging a peaceful protest outside the office of local member Geoff Provest this Friday October 5, at 10am.
Their aim is to bring to his attention their frustration at not being listened to by their local politicians, and to let them know that thousands are against the choice of site for the new Tweed Valley Hospital.
‘We disagree that there has been extensive community consultation,’ said a Relocate rep. ‘So now we are giving Geoff the chance to properly consult with us.
‘We have also contacted the Premier and their office has admitted they have received hundreds of emails but she has not responded to the community or taken the time to listen to the farmers nor the outer communities concerns.
‘The residents don’t want Kingscliff to become the new regional city once Tweed Heads Hospital closes and the new Tweed Valley Hospital opens. Our local council has always planned for Tweed Heads to remain the city, with appropriate high rise development north of the river.
‘This decision by the state government overturns all of their planning for the commercial centre to be in Tweed Heads.
While many will agree a new hospital is needed, the location of the facility has been a bone of contention from the very start.
‘We need Geoff Provest to take our message to Sydney, directly to Premier Berejiklian, who so far has refused to engage with us. She must be reminded that we all vote, and ignoring us is not a good option!’