Kings Forest site
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