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March 2, 2021

Farming the Tweed Hospital site

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I find it outrageous that the NSW government wants to build a new hospital on state significant farmland. NSW is in a mega drought and we are fortunate to be in the two per cent of the state that is not in drought. As we head into the grand solar minimum it is set to get dramatically worse due to additional lunar cycles and new planetary line-ups (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune) we can look forward to the worst drought in 297 years. 

Food security will be at an absolute premium so we need that critically important fertile soil for crops like vegetables.

As for the livestock industry suffering from the drought, it’s time we looked at the un-sustainability of this industry in such a vast dry country with a propensity to drought. Shouldn’t we, all of us, be transitioning away from an animal-based diet to a plant-based diet before things get much worse? It takes far more water, power, land and other resources to grow animals than to grow vegetables. 

In the meantime I agree with Mayor Milne –  keep Cudgen for the farmers and expand on the existing hospital site. Many good reasons for keeping it where it is.

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  1. Yes same thing happening in Ballina Shire, the best soils in Australia with a regular rainfall, being subdivided for housing estates and industry. Proposed industrial zoning in Byron Shire threatens to destroy prime agricultural land as well as remnant habitat of threatened coastal species of the Northern River Region.


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