Call to stay in Tweed
I DO not believe anyone is objecting to the much-needed upgrading and expansion of the Tweed hospital facility/services for the Tweed region, and indeed support the doctors and hospital staff in this endeavour.
To lend to an open transparent process, the government should have put out a short list of hospital proposals for consultation in the first instant.
It is of paramount importance the government gives priority consideration to its own, and council’s principal planning instruments, and not be swayed by the speculators land-banking, driving to have the Cudgen farmlands rezoned for development.
The Kings Forest site is fraught with risk. The proposal to move the university campus to the Cobaki development (same developer) eventually fell over. After a very long and extensive process the vision of council’s adopted
(LEP) is that Tweed Heads be the city hub, the centre for regional services, including health. To cater for this growth the LEP allows high-rise in Tweed Heads scaling down to Boyd’s DEBATE: Lindy Smith believes the current hospital should be expanded.
Bay. As per the government’s very own adopted North Coast Regional Plan, Tweed Heads is identified as a Regional City with the growth precinct for the Health
Services Precinct identified at the current hospital locality. Close to 8,300 housing lots are to be released under 3 approved developments north of the river. When the university was proposing to expand in Tweed Heads, work was undertaken on acquisitions within the current hospital locality which I understand had support. On twice asking NSW Health if they had sourced this information they did not answer the question. Also, it took some convincing NSW Health the original part of the current hospital is above flood level. And social impacts and the real issue of public transport is to be considered after the fact.
On inspection of the current hospital precinct, it has the capacity for redevelopment/ expansion with much improved land use planning concepts. Redevelopment and expansion of other hospitals is being undertaken, was this properly considered in the case of the Tweed Heads hospital?
What is coming to light is many people were unaware the Tweed Heads Hospital will close with the proposed relocation of the hospital. And precedents leave no doubt the Murwillumbah hospital will also close.
— Lindy Smith, Tweed