Min­is­ter asked to meet over hos­pi­tal

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS -

TWEED MP Ge­off Provest has con­tacted NSW Health Min­is­ter Brad Haz­zard in a bid to se­cure a meet­ing for op­po­nents to the site of the new $534 mil­lion Tweed Val­ley Hos­pi­tal.

Mr Provest said on Fri­day he be­lieved it was im­por­tant for the group to meet with the min­is­ter in or­der to fully un­der­stand the gov­ern­ment’s po­si­tion on the new hos­pi­tal site.

“I know there are a num­ber of peo­ple un­happy with the cho­sen site, es­pe­cially with the amount of mis­lead­ing state­ments that have been put out in re­la­tion to it, which is why I think it is im­por­tant for a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the group to meet with the min­is­ter,” Mr Provest said.

“We need to get on with the job of build­ing this life­sav­ing hos­pi­tal, which is why it is im­por­tant to move for­ward as a com­mu­nity so that we can cel­e­brate the new fa­cil­ity to­gether.

“The min­is­ter has in­di­cated to me that a meet­ing would not be pos­si­ble in the time frame set down by the rep­re­sen­ta­tives, how­ever I am con­fi­dent that I will be able to ne­go­ti­ate some time with the min­is­ter within the next week.”

An an­nounce­ment of the pre­lim­i­nary works ten­der was made this week.

PHOTO: SCOTT POWICK

LET’S TALK: NSW Health Min­is­ter Brad Haz­zard has been asked by MP Ge­off Provest to speak with those against the hos­pi­tal site.

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