The Tweed Hospital Debate (TDN, June 9). What an absurd proposition to state that folks who object to the proposed site at Cudgen-kingscliff are causing delays and have vested interests. The paid planners who want to plonk this behemoth on rare farmland just metres to the beach are to blame for this mess. Farmers are heroes for championing the protection of State Significant Farmland. Locals who protest could benefit from higher land values but also are defending access to the beach and creek for everyone to enjoy. The planned precinct is gargantuan so gridlock would hem in this tiny village and turn it into a Gold Coast ghetto.
Big companies like BHP are now investing billions in potash mining for fertiliser for a global food shortage that is predicted to cause more calamity than an energy crisis or rising flood waters. Politicians in Australia who sell off our farmland to foreign countries are like ancient Emperor Nero who ‘fiddled while Rome burned’.
Similarly, concreting over rich soil – by dozens of hectares necessary for the ever-expanding medical and educational precincts in the pipeline - would be just as tragic.
The recent ABC rural report stated that 99 per cent of NSW is in drought except for three areas, of which the Tweed farmlands is one. Belittling significant farmland throws doubt on the ability of our state National state rep Mr Geoff Provest and NSW Health Minister Hazzard to protect the overall health of our nation. — Ann Bailey,
Kingscliff — No to protestors I cannot believe the amount of protesters regarding the hospital site. I wont mention names whom are the greatest protesters, but I would like to know their reason why they don’t want the Hospital near Kingscliff?
What I am curious to know, is how long have these campaigners been living in the Tweed area?
I was transferred here in my work with a major bank in 1992 I am now almost 80 years old but have all my faculties, unlike a lot of the protesters.
f your relative was offered $4.5 million for his land by a delevoper, would you tell him not to sell as the land is a viable farming land, especially when he signed papers 10 years ago to say it isn’t? — Noel Francisco, Tweed Heads