CUDGEN PLAN IN LA­BOR’S SIGHTS

Op­po­si­tion’s pledge to re­tain Tweed Heads health precinct:

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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.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

HEALTH SER­VICES TO STAY IN TWEED: La­bor can­di­date for Tweed Craig El­liot with NSW Op­po­si­tion Leader Michael Da­ley out­side Tweed Hos­pi­tal.

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