Greens MP and Health spokesperson, Dawn Walker has questioned the NSW Government over their plans to compulsorily acquire land for the new Tweed Hospital at Cudgen in State Parliament.
“The Liberal-National Government is failing to listen to regional communities like Tweed. They are pushing ahead, wasting millions of taxpayers money purchasing private land that the community wants to retain for agriculture, when they should be investing in re-developing the existing hospital site at Tweed Heads” said Dawn Walker MP.
“Of the 23 hectares to be acquired, the Government has admitted that approximately 70% is agricultural land, 20% is nature reserve and 10% is residential. It’s alarming that 90% of this acquired land is currently being used for growing food and protecting wildlife, including endangered species like the wallum sedge frog, Mitchell's rainforest snail, southern black-throated finch, grey-headed flying fox and koalas. It should not be concreted over simply because we have a short-sighted Government that doesn’t value State-Significant farmland or nature.
“I have grave concerns that locating the new hospital at Cudgen is the thin-edge of the wedge and will result in the massive over-development of Kingscliff and an economic down-turn in Tweed Heads, which should remain as our regional health precinct.
“If this project proceeds, the National Party will forever be remembered as the party who sold-out local farmers and pushed for intense development on our food producing land” said Dawn Walker MP.