Works ten­der an­nounced for new Tweed Val­ley Hos­pi­tal

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THE State Gov­ern­ment has an­nounced a pre­lim­i­nary works ten­der for the $534 mil­lion Tweed Val­ley Hos­pi­tal site at Cud­gen.

Tweed MP Ge­off Provest said the ten­der was an im­por­tant step in de­liv­er­ing the hos­pi­tal on sched­ule, but con­firmed the land had not yet been pur­chased.

“This brand new pub­lic hos­pi­tal is needed as soon as pos­si­ble in or­der to meet the in­creas­ing health­care needs of the Tweed, Mur­willum­bah and Byron com­mu­ni­ties,” Mr Provest said.

“Once own­er­ship of the site is trans­ferred, Health In­fra­struc­ture will un­der­take a num­ber of im­me­di­ate tasks to pre­pare the site.

“Ne­go­ti­a­tions over the land are still con­tin­u­ing and part of the plan­ning process is you have to lodge the in­tent.”

The pre­lim­i­nary works in­clude stormwa­ter man­age­ment and re­moval of nox­ious weeds to “pro­tect the en­vi­ron­men­tal area that will be pre­served along the north­ern bound­ary of the project site.”

Prin­ci­paleen­vi­ron­ment Con­sul­tant Dr Damian Li­cari said the works would re­duce the amount of sed­i­ment and other pol­lu­tants that cur­rently wash into the en­vi­ron­men­tal area.

“That will help im­prove the wa­ter qual­ity for this im­por­tant wildlife habi­tat,” said Dr Li­cari.

Other works in­clude site es­tab­lish­ment, road­works, in­ter­sec­tion up­grades, re­moval of ex­ist­ing build­ings and re­me­di­a­tion of as­bestos-con­tam­i­nated land.

Mr Provest said the works would be ten­dered to a panel of ex­pe­ri­enced con­trac­tors.

He said the works would pro­mote lo­cal in­dus­try par­tic­i­pa­tion, Abo­rig­i­nal par­tic­i­pa­tion and ap­pren­tice­ships.

PHOTO: RICK KOENIG

STEP FOR­WARD: A drill used to take soil sam­ples on the site of the new $534 mil­lion Tweed Val­ley Hos­pi­tal at Cud­gen.

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