Her­cu­lian drama

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS -

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

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