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February 4, 2023

Site opposition not opposition to new Tweed Hospital

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Barbara Roughan, Kingscliff

Relocate Tweed Valley Hospital Team are in full support of a new hospital being built, but not at Kingscliff when more suitable sites are available.

On Saturday Premier Gladys Berejiklian opened Geoff Provest’s new office in Kingscliff with a small audience of stalwart National/ Liberal party supporters.

Councillor James Owen posted two videos of the event to his Facebook page. A transcript is available underneath the video, in which he states that the coming state election is a referendum on whether you want a new hospital in Tweed or you want to stop a hospital being built.

He is completely wrong in this statement. The community outrage expressed has never been about stopping a hospital being built, but wanting the unsuitable location changed to a better site.

Everyone in this community recognises the need for a new hospital – that has never been the issue. The issue is that this government has made a flawed choice, as written by many experts in their responses to the EIS statement.

Even the NSW Dept of Primary Industries is against the choice of state significant farmland, warning that once the precedent has been set, the rest of the adjacent  farmland will be similarly destroyed for further hospital related developments.

False comments demonstrate that spreading misinformation is a device used by those desperate to have the truth suppressed. Does he think that if an untruth is repeated often enough people will come to believe it?

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  1. I love it how all these people always write as though they are speaking for everyone when they are in fact not. Each and every bit of resistance these people put into relocating the chosen site delays the construction of a hospital that people like me who are severely disabled need ASAP not later (it was needed years ago quite frankly).

    Stop using a slippery slope fallacy to justify your opposition to the chosen site when you’re real opposition is quite frankly just NIMBYism.

  2. What short memories the residents have,isn’t it nearly 2 years since the road to Bogangar was cut by floods, The coast road was cut between Chinderah & Cudgen. This wasn’t some thing out of the blue. The company that constructed the M! & ancilliary roads warned the DMR that during heavy rain the road would be inundated. & gee they were right. So we have a situation where there are multiple critical care patients in Tweed & it’s raining like there is no tomorrow ,how do we get them to hospital ? Helicopter ( i dont think any one will foot the bill for that). What should be done if common sense were applied is expand the existing hospital. If a couple of properties are resumed it would be far cheaper than the Cudgen proposal & better all round

    • All possible problems will land selection have bee taken into account, years ago by a VER professional team of qualified people. The owner of the land OFFERED it for THIS very purpose. One of the alternative sites being pushed is pristine koala habitat, if they’d chosen that site, there have been a hullabaloo about that choice too BUT the owner of THAT land, helped confect opposition to the present site. IF there is actually ANY real reason other than ‘Not in my Back Yard, use someone else’s’ or even a viable extension to the existing Hospital, THAT would have been done.


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