Reports in the Daily Mail that signs protesting against the proposed controversial Tweed Valley Hospital on the newly erected fences around the site were put there by ‘vandals’ have been disputed by local resident Barbara Roughan.
‘My dictionary states that a vandal is someone who deliberately damages or destroys something belonging to someone else. There has been no damage or destruction here, just a very witty sign attached to a fence, followed by a second sign a few days later once the original one was removed,’ said Barbara.
Barbara has been a strong opponent of the site the National/Liberal state government have selected for the new Tweed Valley Hospital.
‘Local residents appreciate the humour displayed here, and agree wholeheartedly with the sentiments expressed,’ she said.
‘Many dupes have been played out on the entire Tweed community, and highlighting them with signs is democracy in action.
‘The real vandalism on site is being done by our own government departments who have erected a fence cutting off the valuable wildlife corridor. This corridor has been conveniently ignored by the hospital planners, one of the many flawed decisions made during the process of moving an entire hospital precinct from Tweed Heads to Kingscliff with no consultation with the community whatsoever.
‘Building sediment ponds in the buffer area between the protected wetlands and the hospital buildings is extreme environmental vandalism, and the appropriate federal government departments have been informed.
‘Our state government should not underestimate the intelligence or the power of an outraged community. I’m looking forward to reading more humorous, factually correct signs.’