Hospital site targeted
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.