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A private consortium is proposing to build a $250m health and education development on farmland next to the new Tweed Valley Hospital in Cudgen.

If approved, the ‘Cudgen Connection’ project would see a 5.7 hectare green field site turned into a major precinct complete with a new university campus, aged care facilities, essential worker housing, a private hospital, a ‘medi-hotel’ and allied healthcare.

There would also be a community hub and farmers’ markets, and a koala research centre.

But the proposal has already received a swift shot across the bows from Tweed Nationals MP Geoff Provest.

In a statement released today to coincide with the announcement of the proposed development, Mr Provest said: ‘proponents of a new private development should reconsider their position if they think they will be able to rezone any existing Kingscliff prime agricultural land’.

‘Whilst we are building a state of the art health facility at Cudgen that should not be seen as a green light to concrete additional Cudgen farmland. This is not welcome.

‘We committed to protect the remaining Cudgen farmland and that is what we are doing.’

Not to be deterred, the joint partners behind the proposed development, Centuria Capital Group and Digital Infratech, said the Cudgen Connection would ‘help deliver a standalone health, education and community precinct providing jobs and essential worker housing on the Tweed Coast….’

‘This is a significant opportunity to provide the Tweed community with its own health services, education facilities and job-creating infrastructure,’ said Andrew Hemming, Centuria Healthcare’s Managing Director.

‘In particular, the COVID-related border closures have highlighted the need for a health and community precinct within the region rather than relying on Queensland services.’

The developers say the Cudgen Connection would ‘create about 1,000 new long-term jobs in the health, education, training and service industries and hundreds more in the design and construction phases on the Tweed Coast’.

‘It would also employ world class sustainability features, childcare facilities, community and public spaces and a children’s playground.’

There would also be a community hub to house a Centre of Excellence for Koala Research, operated by the Koala Research Foundation Australia, a business incubator, and not-for-profit organisations that focus on providing much-needed services for youth, and in the fields of mental health and suicide prevention, as well as other services.

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  1. We have the population, we need services in the Tweed area, it’s a fast growing area, we have the space without having to build Highrisers.
    We also need to provide local employment.

  2. Looking at; https://cudgenconnection.com/ part of Digital Infratech seems like that this is going ahead. Apart from Tweed Nationals MP Geoff Provest quotation, ‘We committed to protect the remaining Cudgen farmland and that is what we are doing.’
    So many concerns for ‘all’ future farmland if, ‘Centuria Capital Group and Digital Infratech’ do get the blessing of the state government, in the long term do we become ‘locked in’ to health due to the ageing population of the Tweed or do we consider the future market farming to supply us with accessible produce?
    In conclusion, where do they envisage a suitable car park and why essential worker’s units be given prime location and land?

  3. Sigh! Just what those opposed to the use of state significant farmland for a hospital site said would happen. So dispiriting to keep fighting the same fights over and over.

  4. ” If approved, the ‘Cudgen Connection’ project would see a 5.7 hectare green field site turned into a major precinct complete with a new university campus, aged care facilities, essential worker housing, a private hospital, a ‘medi-hotel’ and allied healthcare.
    There would also be a community hub and farmers’ markets, and a koala research centre. ”

    What no baseball field , swimming school of excellence or even a space launch centre ?

    Try again .

  5. Anyone about my age would remember the verse from a Gene McDaniels’ song; “Chip, Chip”:

    Chip, chip you tell a little lie
    Chip, chip, you make your (voters) cry
    Chip, chip, you cheat a little bit
    Chip, chip, you quarrel over it
    Oh oh oh one day you’re gonna discover
    One little wrong leads to another
    Chip, chip, a-chippin’ away, chippin’ at (what farm land’s left)

    How appropriate. Don’t listen to Geoff Provost. He’s a politician.

  6. Mr Provest just celebrated his council’s approval of a pub with 30 poker machines in a lower socio economic area of Tweed…. yet they oppose a wellness centre next to a hospital…. and spend truckloads of rate payer cash on legal costs fighting developments and loose… badly…. who votes for these clowns……

  7. And here we go again… the big money, the spin, the complete disregard for local plans and years of effort by farmers and others to protect one of the few remaining areas of productive farmland ! Yes we need health facilities but not on land which is so fertile – build it closer to the M1 – much easier and on/off for traffic. There is a need for health facilities but not on this land … should not and can not be supported.

  8. Anyone that believes this development wasn’t initiated at the same time, as what should have been an extremely suspect illegal and court enforced NSW Govt hospital land rezoning is dreaming! Thats the trouble with dreaming, you have to be asleep to do it. And so many National and Lieberal party voters are asleep when they vote. Make no mistake, what is going on here on State protected farm land should be illegal and a criminal offence being investigated by the ICAC. Why the hell it isn’t beggars belief? Meanwhile the usual suspect National party developer cronies stand hunch backed salivating, drooling over the millions they will soon reap from the coming square kilometre avalanche of rezoning on the Cudgen Plateau the LNP Coalition will be serving up on silver platters? It will no doubt make Berejiklian’s Wagga Wagga “I don’t need to know that bit” corruption funding probe look like kids stuff. All we can hope is that one day these rezoning for all of these present and future rezoning will be investigated by a future ICAC?

  9. Sounds a wonderful idea. As the population keeps increasing the less we all have to go.over the border for facilities for our health.

  10. Why not build this in the area where the existing hospital is? Tweed Heads, on the other side of the river, is where the real town lies to this valley.

  11. And thank God new local council happens in two years.

    The citizens of the area are not listedened to by those elected.

    State farm land needs to remain that is not the vision for Tweed by those that actually want to live here.

    It’s a no, ist an exhausting battle again against development, greed and faux promises.

  12. We need development, services, jobs and to protect the environment. Everything in balance.

    COVID and border closures by Queensland’s Premier should have taught us some lessons. Our health needs, access to services to support our well-being should not be held hostage to unscrupulous politicians. I have noticed QLD hospitals do all they can to reschedule your appointments and dissuade from coming to their hospitals, access other health services.

    Let’s not let this happen to us again.


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