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April 13, 2021

Sod turned for new Tweed Valley Hospital

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After many months of very vigorous debate and mud-slinging, a sod-turning ceremony yesterday marked the countdown to the start of construction on the state-of-the art $534 million Tweed Valley Hospital.

Member for Tweed Geoff Provest was joined by Health Minister Brad Hazzard at the Cudgen Road site for the ceremony to mark the milestone.

‘Today’s event brings us one step closer to our new hospital, with early construction works given the green light to start next week,’ said Mr Provest.

‘Not only will our new hospital deliver world class healthcare services for the community closer to home, it will also bring hundreds of new jobs to the region and boost our economy.’

Mr Hazzard said the Tweed Valley Hospital is the cornerstone of the NSW Government’s more than half a billion investment in health for the Tweed-Byron region.

‘This new hospital will mean that more than 5000 patients each year will not have to travel outside of the region for life-saving treatments, he said.

‘Approval for this first stage of construction is the result of two years of detailed planning with clinicians, health staff, community members and local and state government agencies.’

The early works include preparation of the site for construction of the hospital buildings, including creation of permanent and temporary site access, bulk excavation, piling and retaining walls and in-ground services.

Local Tweed civil construction business, CD Excavations, has been awarded the first early works contract to carry out roadworks and the initial site preparation. This is one of more than 60 construction packages to be awarded to build the new hospital.

Health Infrastructure has now lodged a request with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to commence the Stage 2 State Significant Development application process. The request will seek approval for the detailed design, construction, and commissioning of the hospital buildings.

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  1. Sods is right. Bloody stupid place to put a major hospital!
    Traffic jams before and after school, and peak hours already, access will be a nightmare unless yet more prime agricultural land is used for roads in and out.
    Ambulances in emergencies will have no hope of quick access.

  2. The salivating National party members whom own the surrounding properties and their land banking developer cronies just intensified to extreme drooling?
    The only reason this site was selected was for them and for them only. There is not one other reason for this ridiculous site to have ever been selected.
    We see from just released Tweed Shire Council legal information, that LNP councillors frantically attempted to conceal from the public that the “previous pre-election pretence of work” on the site was illegal.
    Both Federal and State LNP Coalition Govt’s have refused to pay for the hundreds of millions in infrastructure costs required for this ridiculous site.
    The massive recession the country is now in makes this project completely unviable, it is extremely doubtful it will be completed in the near future if at all.
    Meanwhile hospital development promised by the LNP since 2011 remains stalled.

  3. I find it facinating to read people complaining about that LNP “previous pre-election pretence of work” on the site was illegal. In the ACT the Labor Green governemnt frantically started work on stage one of its light rail before caretaker period for the 2016 ACT elections so voters would believe they had little choice choice but accept the light rail as a fait accomplis. Wat goes around comes around. If it was ok for a Labor Green govenrment to shaft the publicyou cannot really complain if the LNP deos to!


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