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Why are Kingscliff locals calling on voters to ‘Put Provest last’?

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The controversial decision has split the Tweed community and has seen Labor weigh into the debate saying they would build the hospital at the Kings Forest site.

Keep it at Tweed

However, local resident Barbara Roughan has pointed out that many people don’t want the hospital moved at all and would prefer the current Tweed Heads site to be developed as was originally planned.

This is certainly the preference of the Greens-led Tweed Council who have repeatedly called for the current hospital site at Tweed to be expanded.

‘It does appear to that this whole thing has been rushed through with unseemly haste from the beginning,’ said Tweed Council Mayor, Katie Milne.

According to Mayor Milne in the July summary done by NSW Health Infrastructure they once again looked at the potential for expanding on the current site.

‘The fact is it came back as completely doable,’ she said.

‘At twenty per cent more expensive that is seen as well within the range of possibility when considered in the context of putting the hospital in the right place’.

Mayor Milne confirmed with Echonetdaily that during discussions with NSW Health Infrastructure they have raised the possibility of them buying the Tweed Council Chambers opposite the hospital to increase the viability of the site. 

Local opposition

‘We’ve been expecting this,’ said Ms Roughan.

‘We’ve known since last August when the planning minister appointed a consultant to encourage allied health businesses to cluster around the catalyst Cudgen site.

‘It was all decided then. It is similar to a dictatorship when the minister has the sole power to override a community objections.

‘No amount of community objections were going to make the slightest bit of difference,’ she said.

‘Put Provest last’

‘But the community haven’t given up,’ she said spiritedly.

‘We are encouraging everyone to make sure the are enrolled to vote and to put Provest last. Also for all the Greens voters remember to put Labor after the Greens [or vice versa, so that the vote doesn’t die] because Labor have promised not to build the hospital at Kingscliff (Cudgen).’

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  1. To put the Greens first will increase the chance of the Greens getting in and the hospital remaining and being expanded in Tweed Heads.

    To put Labor first will increase the chance of Labor getting in, and the hospital being relocated to Kings Forest.

    If the Greens don’t get in, your vote will flow on at full value to Labor. However, if Labor gets in, your vote will not flow on to the Greens. Putting the Greens first gives us a better chance of keeping the hospital in Tweed Heads.

    If a hospital is built at Kings Forest, the developer may want to be compensated for loss of residential land. To recover his losses, he is likely to apply for higher density housing. If the hospital is built at either Kings Forest or Cudgen, it will give the green light to Gold Coast style development and traffic chaos and our rural and beachside villages will be lost forever.

    The Greens will keep our hospital in Tweed Heads, save our state significant Cudgen farmland and stop over-development south of the river.

  2. Seriously, The Greens have absolutely no chance of gaining power in Tweed.
    Prefetencing Labor could see a hospital at Kings Forest. If you think there are protests now then wait for what will come if that happens.
    Do you want a hospital on developer controlled and environmentally sensitive land?

    • “… if you think there are protests now then wait for what will come…” Typical of the outlandish threats that the Nats trot out before every election. Really, after too many years of the invisible man Provest, these sort of hollow threats are all the Nats have left.
      To keep the hospital at Tweed Heads vote for Fenelon of the Greens. And by doing so you’re sending a strong message to Provest, and Mr. Elliott of the Labor party, that the people of Tweed electorate are sick of being dictated to by governments that treat us like we are just idiot peasants.

      • Bill Fenelon has no real interest in the Tweed hospital . It is just a means of getting elected so he can pursue his agenda as President of TOOTs, to shift funding from school and other buses, and from our roads, to the billion dollar dream of a train through the Northern Rivers. His train dream will not do anything a bus will not do now. The experience of the Greens in ACT shows a train will lead to cuts in direct buses to schools and hospitals, and force kids and the elderly to wait for connecting buses and trains; the experience in the Byron Shire is that train dreams come at the expense of roads. .

        Mr Fenelon is as focused on transport issue as I am, but has no understanding of who needs it, where they live and where they need ot go. Nor does he understand the main transprot concern in our region is the state of the roads. A vote for him is a vote for letting roads in the Tweed and across NSW to end up in the sorry state his Green mates have put the roads in Byron Shire. Like other Greens he has nothing to offer to make encourage cycling and cycle tourism cycling safer, in sharp contrast to the large parties.

        Anyone who cares about public and active transprot: kids getting to school , people getting to work and appointments, or active tourists getting around and spending in our area, should preference the Greens last .

  3. Why put the Nationals and the LNP last.
    Ask The former Liberal party PM’s Howard and Abbott and the dozens of LNP members and Senators and their extremest Media attack dogs that are supporting the convicted child molester Pell why we should put the LNP last.
    If this does not convince you of what the LNP stand for nothing ever will.
    Ask Provest and Fraser to get Howard and Abbott and all the other LNP Pell supporters to come up to the Tweed Richmond and campaign for them and explain why they are still supporting the convicted pedophile Pell?
    After this election these extremist former LNP leaders will be the elder statesmen the others “Members of Parliament” of the party, think about that when you vote?
    Some may say this is harsh, but they are the facts.
    Not once have I heard one of these former PM’s and members speak of the victims of this convicted child abuser Howard and Abbott still openly support, they still support a convicted pedophile.

    PS; You probably will not post this comment, but you know these are the facts, Would you vote LNP knowing this?

  4. A vote for Geoff is a vote for the landbankers and a gov. who will arrogantly trample over every established convention to achieve their ends. Three times Geoff has supported attempts to change the zoning on the plateau. Why? Well any look at the publicly available records and the connections will tell you. He knew full well what supporting a decision for the Trojan horse hospital site would do to the community and yet he just went on with the betrayal. He doesn’t deserve the right to represent this beautiful part of the world. Put Geoff last.


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