Pieces of a puzzle
THIS letter is not a cynical assessment, it is to awaken people of Tweed to look at the bigger picture, particularly when these issues have such a big impact on our lives.
The specific pieces referred to are from published articles in Tweed
Daily News. It is easy to think and act on one piece of the puzzle as if that held the final picture.
The Daily, over many months, published articles related to the Cudgen hospital saga as if pieces in a jigsaw puzzle that we need to see – how they may all fit together in order to reveal a complete picture – an end result. Here’s a recollection of these pieces but don’t hold me to the exact numbers.
The land was purchased by two gentlemen for around $2m who engaged a contractor to grow crops.
This land was offered to the NSW Government for around $33m with final purchase price set behind closed doors and so far not for public consumption. So much for transparency.
Previous owners of land next door, used for plant nursery and hothouse production, sold well before the hospital site was chosen. Did the owners believe the rumour I have heard from a number of sources that preordained the hospital would be going in next door, years before the site was officially chosen?
The newspaper reported on conflict between two NSW Government departments over the Cudgen site selection and the precedent risk of SSF land rezoning required for this site – that it would open opportunities for related developments.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to then ask the proverbial question of just who stands to gain from this Cudgen site hospital – and ask who are the owners of all the lands between the M1 BP station and the approved Leda petrol station development adjacent to Kings Forest along the eastern side of Tweed Coast Road – and what are their political affiliations?
Of course we welcome modern, efficiently-run health services and supportive infrastructure, so Penny and the protagonists, please don’t use the Donald Trump like plays on human fear and emotion with projected dire outcomes for sick and infirm citizens if this hospital is not built at Cudgen.
My final comment is this, given the importance of SSF zoning and protection, what controls are in place to prevent speculative investors using SSF zonings who are not committed to creating world class farming production on such high quality fertile lands?
THE BIG PICTURE: There is much to consider when it comes to the new Tweed Valley Hospital site at Cudgen.