Greens question Minister over Tweed Hospital

Greens Health spokesperson, Dawn Walker MP has ramped up pressure on the Liberal-National Government over their refusal to re-develop the new Tweed Hospital on its existing site in Tweed Heads in Parliament this week.

“The Government’s own North Coast Regional Plan identifies the growth precinct for the region’s health services at the current Tweed Hospital site, yet they continue to ignore their own strategy and build the new Hospital on the precious red soils of Cudgen Plateau” said Dawn Walker MP.

“In March 2017, less than three months before the announcement of the new hospital, there was no mention of the new development in the region’s Local Health District board meeting. The minutes note that they were awaiting formal confirmation of fully funding the redevelopment of the existing Tweed Heads Hospital. It’s clear that something has gone astray.

“The Greens have moved a motion calling on the NSW Government to redevelop the existing Tweed Heads Hospital at Tweed Heads, which is close to the regional population centre and will not needlessly destroy state-significant farmland.

“However, the Minister for Primary Industries has confirmed in Parliament that the Government are ploughing ahead with site acquisition and the planning application process for a new Hospital at Cudgen, despite acknowledging that it’s categorised as State Significant Farmland under the Northern Rivers Farmland Protection Project 2005.

“It’s appalling that the National Party have sold-out local farmers with their plans to concrete over the fertile farmland on the Cudgen Plateau and push for intense development on our food producing land” said Dawn Walker MP.

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