13.8 C
Byron Shire
June 24, 2021

Tweed council refer NSW health infrastructure to Ombudsman

Latest News

Comment: Vigil for Canadian genocide that resonates closer to home

Yesterday, in solidarity with the Indigenous Peoples of Canada, members of the Tweed community held a ceremony at the Sacred Heart Church in Murwillumbah.

Other News

Vaccine passports

David Warth, Byron Bay Vaccine passports, aka certificates, are now sitting in the wings waiting to be taken up by state...

Lismore residents alarmed by subdivision DA adjoining Wilson Nature Reserve

A proposal for twelve new lots in the buffer zone between Wilson Nature Reserve and existing houses on City View Drive, East Lismore, has local residents worried.

Byron triathletes maintain impressive form to take second spot

The Byron Bay ‘Breakers’ Triathlon Club finished their season with an impressive and highly respectable second in the Forager North Coast Interclub Series.

MusicNSW appoints Nino for regional representation

MusicNSW is endeavouring to support regional music and musicians by appointing seven Regional Music Officers (RMOs) across the state.

Lambruk: Local gourmet providore

S Haslam Lambruk Pantry is a local gourmet providore based in the heart of the Byron Shire. They create a...

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the Week Begining 23 June, 2021

A dazzling array of talent to be seen live, in and around the Byron Shire

The fertile red soil of Cudgen. Photo supplied.

Tweed Shire council’s extraordinary meeting last night went straight into a closed session to discuss their ongoing concern over Health Infrastructure’s decision to build the new Tweed Valley Hospital at Cudgen near Kingscliff.

During the closed session the council resolved to refer the hospital planning process to the NSW Ombudsman for review rather than pursuing legal action at this stage.

‘We as a council are still not happy,’ councillor Ron Cooper told Echonetdaily.

According to the Relocate Tweed Valley Hospital team, the 2017 North Coast Regional Plan had identified the current Tweed Hospital site for re-development.

However, they claim that the health minister overruled this decision and pushed for a greenfield site that eventually turned out to be on state significant farmland at Cudgen.

Council obviously has been advised by its learned counsel that work is most probably illegal,’ said Relocate Tweed Valley Hospital president Haylee Paddon.

‘But we’ve heard they’ve also had warnings from health infrastructure (HI) that they (council) will be sued for delay caused to the project.

‘So you can’t blame them for being prudent with public funds – (they were) much more prudent than HI NSW have been.

‘Health infrastructure are spending away furiously on a development that doesn’t have consent from planning and the EIS submissions have not been addressed. But they continue to push on to try and get as much done before the next election in 64 days.’

Previous articleRoundabout art 4
Next articleRoundabout art 5

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. Our sick and vulnerable are once again the meat in the political sandwich! The National Party seems to have lost sight of what the real issue is here, which is about improving our public health system so that everyone has access to quality health care.

    However, it seems that all that really matters to the National Party is plonking a 9 storey building in the middle of state significant farmland in order to give the green light to development. If they really cared about the health needs of the community, they would not be taking the hospital away from everyone who lives north of the river.

    As for the Labor Party, they appear to be beholden to the Kings Forest developer, who gave the Labor Party a $50,000 donation. To return the favour, Labor is wanting to build a hospital at Kings Forest.

    Whether it be Cudgen farmland or Kings Forest, the impacts on the rural and beachside villages will be huge. 11,000 people going into Kings Forest is bad enough, but add the extra traffic generated by a hospital into the mix, and Tweed Coast Road will become a traffic nightmare. Another Gold Coast here we come!

    The only party which makes any sense is the Greens, who want to retain and expand the current hospital in accordance with the North Coast Regional Plan. The choice is clear at the next election – vote 1 Green to keep the hospital in Tweed Heads.

  2. There is no doubt that the Council has no jurisdiction in this State Significant Development (SSD). The NSW Minister for planning is the consent authority for SSD applications which are always assessed by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.
    So, any legal action seeking to make the matter subject to Council jurisdiction would be bound to fail and put the ratepayers at risk of having to foot a costs and damages bill for a frivolous legal case.
    Voting on this matter shows there is no Councillor solidarity for interfering in the SSD.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Community Byron announces Council ticket

Sitting independent Councillor, Cate Coorey, has announced her ticket for the 2021 Byron Shire Council elections, to be held September 4.

Tom Tabart and Sarah Ndiaye

Jenny Coman, Former Byron Shire Councillor, Bangalow I fail to see what part of Tom Tabart’s recent letter (2 June) to The Echo regarding Sarah Ndiaye’s AVO against...

Catchin’ the Writers Festival Train

Byron Writers Festival 2021 (6–8 August) has revealed a program of more than 150 celebrated authors and commentators, as well as powerful new voices to mark its 25th anniversary.

Linda Vidler Memorial Park Masterplan

Linda Vidler Park The Masterplan for the Linda Vidler Memorial Park, Suffolk Park, is currently on display with submissions closing in the first week of...