In­vi­ta­tion to see Kings For­est

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS -

THE com­mu­nity will have a chance to set foot on Leda Hold­ings pro­posed Kings For­est hos­pi­tal site at a fam­ily in­for­ma­tion day on Mon­day.

Cud­gen farmer and Re­lo­cate Tweed Valley Hos­pi­tal leader Hay­ley Pad­don said the group would host the day so the com­mu­nity could make up their own mind on the site’s po­ten­tial.

“Ev­ery­one is seek­ing hon­esty and in­for­ma­tion, so why not get ev­ery­one to look at the site? I think our com­mu­nity needs to see the site be­fore they say no,” Mrs Pad­don said.

“No one has seen Kings For­est, so what bet­ter way than to get them out there so they can make up their own minds?”

She said the self-funded event would fea­ture lo­cal Cud­gen pro­duce in­clud­ing sweet potato chips and a sausage sizzle, while en­ter­tain­ment for the kids would in­clude a per­for­mance by lo­cal favourites Fat Al­bert, a jump­ing cas­tle, face paint­ing and more.

The day will be held from 10am-4pm at Depot Road, Kings For­est.

The in­for­ma­tion day comes af­ter a ramped-up ad­ver­tis­ing campaign by Leda Hold­ings and Villa & Beach Real Es­tate, which saw more than 30 signs put up from Cud­gen to Pottsville which read “Save Lo­cal Farms And Lives” and “Sup­port Kings For­est Hos­pi­tal”.

Full-page ads have also been placed in the Tweed

Daily News and other me­dia out­lets, while pam­phlets were hand de­liv­ered by con­cerned com­mu­nity mem­bers.

A Kings For­est Hos­pi­tal web­site, which al­lows vis­i­tors to di­rectly send com­mu­nity feed­back forms to the State Gov­ern­ment, was also built by key Gold Coast lob­by­ist Si­mone Holzapfel, who is work­ing as an ad­vi­sor for Leda Hold­ings and is a for­mer long-time ad­viser to Tony Ab­bott.

Ms Holzapfel said she had been asked by Villa & Beach Real Es­tate Agent Louise Bea­han to help de­velop the web­site.

Ms Bea­han, who holds ex­clu­sive rights to the Kings For­est devel­op­ment, said the up­com­ing project was per­fect for the new hos­pi­tal.

“This is an area where peo­ple could choose or choose not to live next to a hos­pi­tal. I feel the site was over­looked for the wrong reasons,” she said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

CAMPAIGN: More than 30 signs were put up around the Tweed sup­port­ing a new hos­pi­tal at Kings For­est, but have since been taken down.

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