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Concern over further expansion of new Tweed Hospital site

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The selection of the site at Kingscliff split the local community and was opposed by the Tweed Shire Council on the grounds that it not only changed the character of the seaside town but was also placed on State Significant Farmland (SSF).

Historically there have been proposals for over 200 housing lots, a large supermarket and a fire station, a police station and seniors housing on SSF at Cudgen that were fought off by locals. However, the state Liberal/National government has seen fit to override the need to preserve farmland and determined that the site should be used as the site for the new Tweed Valley Hospital.

A key concern for residents is that this will open up the rest of the area for future development. However, in early 2019 local member for Tweed Geoff Provest told the Sydney Morning Herald that ‘the hospital will not open the floodgates to further development.’

Fears of development expansion

The increasing population and need for either expansion of the current Tweed Hospital or a new hospital had never been in dispute. But opponents said that the original plan had been to expand the hospital at its current site and that there were better options for a Greenfield’s site in the region than SSF.

Further concerns have been raised by locals when a suggestion was made at the Kingscliff Residents and Ratepayers Association meeting on June 3 that the new Kingscliff Fire and Rescue station could be located at the new Tweed Valley Hospital site.

Some residents were extremely concerned that this would require the state to purchase more SSF in the area.

‘The sites next to and diagonally opposite the new Tweed Valley Hospital site have been purchased by developers,’ said one local couple who also wrote a letter detailing their concerns following the meeting to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.

‘If either of those sites are sold for further development it would that take this area of SSF below the 500 hectares required for SSF recognition.

‘The inclusion of the Fire and Rescue/Emergency Services hub as part of the proposed hospital development, on a site that is already shrinking due to buffer zones and other planning requirements, leads us to believe that further State Significant Farmland is under threat… in direct contrast to the NSW government’s assurances and our local state member’s “iron clad guarantee” that no further development would occur on SSF.’

Site big enough

A spokesperson for Health Infrastructure NSW, who are in charge of the new Tweed Valley Hospital development, responded to enquiries from Echonetdaily stating, ‘The large size of the Tweed Valley Hospital site provides a range of future opportunities for co-locating complementary services, in addition to significant expansion and redevelopment of the Hospital, without the need for additional land.

‘Future planning for any developments on the site will include community consultation and public exhibition of documentation explaining and providing details of each particular proposal.’


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5 COMMENTS

  1. Of course Community consulting will happen over futher development.
    Just like we were consulted over the taking of our State Significant farmland.
    These people especially the mouth that let slip over the fire station, are all for destroying Kingscliff and want to get involved in decisions to do with council. None of them can be trusted.

  2. There is a two lane roadway on which Ambulance Vehicles and the Medic People who are incident response team members under stress – always – have the right of access on a busy roadway.

    I have tried to cross this road to rescue or check out a bird victim.

    It took me about five minutes to cross the two lane road during an afternoon road cram.

    What is going to happen here??

    I am sure Polglase has some vital say in this – as he had when the Queen wished him an administrative birthday.
    You serve whom Warren??

    Koalas were in the trees that were being cut down approx ten years ago at Cobaki.

    The landmarks still remain.

    Piles of loose gravel to connect roads to Boyd St near John Flynn Hospital.

  3. Consultation, it appears, is a hollow word when it comes to our State Government.
    Consultation on the proposed site for Tweed Valley Hospital in fact was a disclosure that this was going to be the only option. Consultation, was just going through the motions probably because legislation dictated this must take place.
    The people who live and work on this highly fertile and productive plateau have continued to back an alternative site.
    As there are alternative sites available, the Cudgen State Significant Farmland status should be reinstated before it’s too late.
    After all, State Significant status can only be removed if there is no alternative and, in this case there are plenty of alternatives.
    Rectify this wrongdoing now!!!

  4. Chinderah Railway Station, (on the new Condong to Coolangatta NR Line extension) located next to the new hospital, and with direct access, will significantly reduce the need for parking, & waste of land at the hospital.

  5. It is baffling the level of ignorance still lingering after all these months. The article even states what most accept – the Cudgen site is big enough for the development and potentially complementary services. The decision on site was made months ago and no longer is SSF. The DA approval this week shows buffer zones etc etc are all no impediment to the hospital ‘fitting’ the land now and in the future. Significant roadworks are also included. Claiming more SSF will be taken is ludicrous. Especially i
    Given 1. If it goes on the hospital site no extra land is taken, including SSF. 2. There is residentially zoned land adjacent hospital that was included in original submission. 3. As part of the Kingscliff locality plan there is an industrial/business estate planned in close proximity. Could well be an option.

    If, in the land of pixies and unicorns, more SSF was acquired then it would be one hell of a massive fire station (bigger than the hospital) to take the SSF in Cudgen below the 500ha minimum.

    Just more storms in coffee cups.

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