Who benefits most?
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