Site choice not made by Labor
IN RESPONSE to J King 22/12/18), Kings Forest was selected by Health Infrastructure, not the Labor Party, as a short-listed hospital site.
The Labor Party decided it would be better to use this site than lose the State Significant Farmlands.
They decided that Kingscliff’s three-storey height limit would be compromised by a large nine-storey building perched on the Cudgen plateau, in full view from most places in Kingscliff.
It is a direct threat to Labor’s longstanding commitment to preserve our three-storey limit should they be elected.
Designating Kingscliff as the Regional City of the Tweed is also not supported by Labor. This would result in a push for high-rise buildings in Kingscliff.
Tweed Heads was previously designated the City of the Tweed because of the hospital that already had its expansion being planned, and because of the existing zoning that allows high-rise buildings.
I must say that I shared the concerns of J King with respect to flooding at Kings Forest. I decided to check Tweed Shire Council’s flood maps and ask a few questions.
It turns out that flood levels are lower in the small Cudgen Creek catchment than in the Tweed River Catchment – several metres lower in the Maximum Probable Flood.
No filling is needed. The farmland site and the Kings Forest site have the same limited access from the north, west and south during the 1 in 100 year flood – none.
My long campaign to preserve Kingscliff’s three-storey height limit has now been added to by my support for the campaign to save the farmlands and to prevent Kingscliff being declared the Regional City of the Tweed.
Kick-starting high-rise on the Tweed coast is something we all want to avoid. It is a poor entry statement for the low-rise, relaxed character of our coast.
Kings Forest was selected by Health Infrastructure, not the Labor Party, as a short-listed hospital site, says Cr Ron Cooper.