Kings For­est site

Tweed Daily News - - OPINION/NEWS -

C.H. Ainsworth/bar­bara Now­land (TDN, May 9). Your ar­gu­ments are on the slide when you re­sort to name-call­ing. Peo­ple com­mit­ted to se­cur­ing the Tweed’s fu­ture food pro­duc­tion de­serve bet­ter than be­ing la­belled nim­bys and whingers.

The Com­mu­nity Re­source Pool of in­de­pen­dent en­gi­neers and plan­ners have been as­sess­ing al­ter­na­tive sites for the new hos­pi­tal. Kings For­est is emerg­ing as an op­tion worth con­sid­er­ing.

As per TDN ar­ti­cle (April 25), a spokesman for Leda Hold­ings, the owner of Kings For­est, said “we be­lieve Kings For­est was an ideal lo­ca­tion”. The spokesman went on to say, “Our vi­sion is to cre­ate a res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial hub for an es­ti­mated pop­u­la­tion of 10,000 plus. There is no doubt hav­ing a mod­ern hos­pi­tal in­volved in the es­tate would have been an ad­van­tage and this could well have been the cat­a­lyst for a mod­ern health precinct...”

And it’s just 1km down Coast Rd from the red-soil site. This is a unique plan­ning op­por­tu­nity to in­te­grate the plan­ning of the new hos­pi­tal and the plan­ning for the new town­ship.

Retro-fit­ting this large hos­pi­tal into an ex­ist­ing vil­lage and its al­ready con­gested re­tail/busi­ness cen­tre seems a poor op­tion.

The em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties that will flow from the hos­pi­tal con­struc­tion and the town­ship de­vel­op­ment will be the great­est that has ever been ex­pe­ri­enced in the Tweed. The preser­va­tion of our prime agri­cul­tural farm­lands is our lo­cal in­sur­ance against food short­age in a global warm­ing world. It’s time for some for­ward think­ing from the pow­ers that be.

It all started with a protest by ded­i­cated farm­ers.

Their heart-felt com­mit­ment has been em­braced by the wider com­mu­nity. What could have been just ex­cited sup­port for a hos­pi­tal has be­come in­formed sup­port for the farm­ers.

On be­half of our chil­dren, grand­chil­dren and oth­ers who fol­low us, I thank Hay­ley Pad­don and the farm­ing com­mu­nity for tak­ing us to an­other level of ap­pre­ci­a­tion of one of the Tweed’s tra­di­tional in­dus­tries.

— Cr Ron Cooper, Kingscliff

❝ This is a unique plan­ning op­por­tu­nity to in­te­grate the plan­ning of the new hos­pi­tal and the new town­ship.

— Cr Ron Cooper

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