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Tweed Daily News - - NEWS - City Cen­tre Lo­cal En­vi­ron­men­tal Plan 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

Heads

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