Who ben­e­fits most?

Tweed Daily News - - OPINION NEWS -

AMIDST all the emo­tive cor­re­spon­dence about the new hos­pi­tal site, lit­tle or noth­ing is said about...”who stands to ben­e­fit”?

Is it the ven­dors of the “prime farm­ing land” se­lected site?

Is it the own­ers of the al­ter­nate site who hope to make even more money from res­i­den­tial devel­op­ment?

Is it the peo­ple who hope to re­de­velop the ex­ist­ing Tweed Heads hos­pi­tal site or is it all of them?

Of one thing we can be sure, the in­ter­ests of the gen­eral pub­lic have a very low pri­or­ity if they have any pri­or­ity at all.

The ex­ist­ing Tweed Hos­pi­tal is, like the Austin Hos­pi­tal in Mel­bourne once was, be­ing stran­gled by a short­age of close park­ing space. One multi-level car park on some of the ex­ist­ing ground level park­ing would ex­tend its ef­fec­tive life and stymie the greed of the devel­op­ers who look for­ward to con­vert­ing ground-level car park­ing into high-rise, high priced apart­ments.

The same blind­ness seems to ap­ply to the new site. How much multi-storey, high-rise park­ing will it in­clude or will more and more “prime farm­ing land” be turned into car park­ing space?

Are there plans in place for, re­li­able 24/7 pub­lic trans­port which might, greatly re­duce the need for car park­ing space? The ex­ist­ing Tweed hos­pi­tal must be re­fur­bished and re­tained whilst the new hos­pi­tal must be pro­vided with trans­port ac­cess fa­cil­i­ties to meet its patients and staff load­ing re­quire­ments.

Any­thing less will be a gross dereliction of duty on the part of Gov­ern­ments at all lev­els.

— Peter Leith, Bo­gan­gar

Many dupes have been played out on the en­tire Tweed com­mu­nity — Bar­bara Roughan, Kingscliff

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