CUDGEN PLAN IN LABOR’S SIGHTS
Opposition’s pledge to retain Tweed Heads health precinct:
TWEED Heads will retain a health precinct if Labor wins the 2019 NSW Election.
New Opposition Leader Michael Daley visited Tweed on Thursday to reconfirm Labor’s promise of building a hospital at Kings Forest, instead of the site chosen by the Berejiklian government on state-signficant farmland at Cudgen.
Mr Daley also committed to keeping the site of the current Tweed Hospital in “public ownership” to be used for health services.
“(If elected) we will set in stone our commitment to build the new hospital at Kings Forest,” Mr Daley said.
“We will put the Cudgen plan to death, and more than that, we will also be committing today to keeping the existing hospital in public ownership.
“We will make a start on the (new) hospital within the first term of government.”
Since the government announced the $534 million Tweed Valley Hospital project in April, many community members have been questioning what will happen to the hospital at Tweed Heads.
“(Tweed Hospital) will remain in public hands even
❝ We will make a start on the (new) hospital within the first term of government.
— Michael Daley
after the hospital at Kings Forest is built,” Mr Daley said.
“This will be retained in public hands for health and community use ... We will not sell it to developers and stick a 20-storey hotel on it.”
But Tweed MP Geoff Provest hit back at the plan, saying building the hospital at Kings Forest would be delaying vital services the region needed now.
“Based on their previous 16-years in government, it’s clear Labor will never build a Tweed hospital,” Mr Provest said.
Labor candidate for Tweed Craig Elliot said building the hospital at Kings Forest while also keeping health services at Tweed would ensure residents across the shire would have access to medical care.
“We take on board what the demographers are saying that all the future growth will be south of the river from Kingscliff to Pottsville, but that shouldn’t come at the expense of north of the river,” Mr Elliot said.
“Labor will get that land at Kings Forest and build the hospital and there’s no chance of delays.”
HEALTH SERVICES TO STAY IN TWEED: Labor candidate for Tweed Craig Elliot with NSW Opposition Leader Michael Daley outside Tweed Hospital.