La­bor’s pledge on hos­pi­tal

Kings For­est cho­sen site on Tweed

The Northern Star - - NEWS -

TWEED Heads will re­tain a health precinct if La­bor wins the next NSW elec­tion in 2019.

The new NSW Op­po­si­tion Leader Michael Da­ley vis­ited Tweed on Thurs­day to re­con­firm La­bor’s prom­ise of build­ing a new hos­pi­tal at Kings For­est in­stead of the site cho­sen by the Bere­jik­lian Govern­ment on state-sign­f­i­cant farm­land at Cud­gen.

Mr Da­ley also com­mit­ted to keep­ing the site of the cur­rent Tweed Hos­pi­tal in “pub­lic own­er­ship” to be used for health ser­vices.

“(If elected) we will set in stone our com­mit­ment to build the new hos­pi­tal at Kings For­est,” Mr Da­ley said.

“We will put the Cud­gen plan to death, and more than that, we will also be com­mit­ting to keep­ing the ex­ist­ing hos­pi­tal in pub­lic own­er­ship.

“We will make a start on the (new) hos­pi­tal within the first term of govern­ment.”

Since the NSW Govern­ment an­nounced the $534 mil­lion Tweed Val­ley Hos­pi­tal project in April, many com- mu­nity mem­bers have been ask­ing what will hap­pen to the cur­rent hos­pi­tal site at Tweed Heads.

“(Tweed Hos­pi­tal) will re­main in pub­lic hands even after the hos­pi­tal at Kings For­est is built,” Mr Da­ley said.

“This will be re­tained in pub­lic hands for health and com­mu­nity use.

“We’ll sit down with the com­mu­nity and the ex­perts and see what use we can put it to. We will not sell it to de­vel­op­ers and stick a 20-storey ho­tel on it.

“Peo­ple of this area want in­vest­ment in schools and hos­pi­tals.”

But Tweed MP Ge­off Provest hit back at the plan, say­ing build­ing the hos­pi­tal at Kings For­est would de­lay vi­tal health ser­vices the re­gion needed now.

“Noth­ing hap­pened dur­ing La­bor’s 16 years, and now they are back and want us to be­lieve they have changed,” Mr Provest said.

“Well, the peo­ple of Tweed de­serve more.”

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