NSW Greens MP and North Coast spokesperson, Dawn Walker has called on the State Government to release information on the 30 sites considered for the construction of the new Tweed Valley Hospital following a community backlash over the Government’s selected location on fertile farmland in Cudgen.
"The NSW Health Minister is on the record saying that the Cudgen Road site was selected from more than 30 potential locations across the region. Well it’s time the Liberal-Nationals came clean and revealed to the community where those alternate locations that they investigated are and why they weren’t selected for the new hospital site.
“The Greens have long supported and campaigned for an upgraded Tweed Hospital, but believe that the proposed site at Cudgen Road is not appropriate due to the loss of state significant farmland and concerns that it may unleash further development on the precious red soils across Cudgen Plateau.
“As a Tweed local, I know this area is home to prime agricultural land and a strong farming community. Building the new hospital on this parcel of land will have potentially detrimental effects on the surrounding land and negatively impact farmers. I do not want to see us lose our fertile red soil.
“There is no doubt that the Tweed community need and deserve the new hospital they have been promised. But fertile farmland is too precious to lose - surely there is a more appropriate location in Tweed Shire than the Cudgen Road site.
“I’ve lodged questions with the NSW Government relating to the new Tweed Valley Hospital and they have a month to answer and I’ll be letting the community and concerned farmers know their response” said Dawn Walker MP.
Dawn Walker’s questions to the NSW Government regarding Tweed Hospital can be found here: www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/lc/papers/pages/qanda-tracking-details.aspx?pk=238762