Hos­pi­tal site tar­geted

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS -

VAN­DALS de­stroyed all the ge­o­log­i­cal equip­ment at the $582 mil­lion Tweed Val­ley Hos­pi­tal site and stole a tool­box on Thurs­day night.

The at­tack on the largest in­fra­struc­ture project the shire has ever seen fired up NSW Health Min­is­ter Brad Haz­zard as he toured the tired Tweed Heads Hos­pi­tal last week.

“Who­ever did dam­age to all of the ge­o­log­i­cal equip­ment should hang their head in shame,” Mr Haz­zard said.

“It is time for peo­ple to put aside their po­lit­i­cal ba­tons and get on the field to start play­ing in the one di­rec­tion.”

The de­ci­sion to build the hos­pi­tal on a Cud­gen sweet po­tato farm has di­vided the com­mu­nity.

Farm­ers have protested against los­ing arable land, Kingscliff res­i­dents ral­lied against it lead­ing to overde­vel­op­ment, La­bor promised to build it at the nearby Kings For­est Es­tate and the Greens want the old hos­pi­tal up­graded.

The van­dal­ism is the lat­est set­back for Health In­fra­struc­ture as it an­nounced on Fri­day Tweed Coastal De­mo­li­tion and Ex­ca­va­tions won the re­me­di­a­tion work con­tract.

Tweed MP Ge­off Provest said any fur­ther de­lays to the construction put lives at risks and were ex­pen­sive.

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