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Tweed Hospital botched since 2007

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‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

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Lennox Head thrash Ballina at cricket

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Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault acquitted

Magistrate Michael Dakin has ordered a common assault charge against a former Byron-based policeman be dropped after an altercation involving a naked youth in Byron Bay three years ago.

Letting the love light SHINE in Lismore

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David Lloyd,  Kingscliff

A new Tweed Valley Hospital will be a much needed piece of infrastructure for residents of the Tweed. It is a pity the entire process has been botched since a need was identified as early as 2007. It has been accepted and part of long term planning that the current hospital would be redeveloped on the current site where the surrounding infrastructure is in place. Instead at the last minute the decision was made to shift it to Cudgen without adequate community consultation and with very little transparency regarding the process. What is more disturbing is the purchase of a neighbouring property by a developer. That property is also state significant farmland.

At a time when responsible governments not only in Australia but worldwide are increasingly protecting quality farmland from urban encroachment it seems the rich farmland of the Cudgen plateau is under serious threat from those sworn to protect it.

 Hopefully common sense and responsibility to future generations will win out over poor planning and self interest.


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