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CALL FOR COMMUNITY FEEDBACK ON NEW HOSPITAL AND REZONING

Tuesday, 06 November 2018

The NSW Government is calling for feedback on the concept proposal and planning controls for the new $582 million state-of-the-art Tweed Hospital, Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, Health Minister, Brad Hazzard, and Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest, announced today.

From the 1st to the 29th November 2018, the Department of Planning and Environment is calling for community feedback on two separate proposals associated with the hospital:

  • An Explanation of Intended Effective (EIE) for the proposed State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) to introduce new planning controls on the proposed site of the new hospital, and
  • A concept proposal and Stage 1 development application from Health Infrastructure, which would guide future detailed development of the proposed hospital.

The NSW Government’s $582 million investment will deliver the new hospital, as well as interim upgrades at the existing Tweed Hospital.

“The Tweed-Byron region is forecast to grow 24 percent in the next 20 years and the number of people over the age of 65 is anticipated to increase by 31% by 2026,” said Mr Roberts. “We need this hospital sooner rather than later to cater for the health needs of the community.”

Mr Provest said the new hospital will bring an expanded emergency department, enhanced surgical and ambulatory services and additional inpatient capacity.

“Additionally, the new hospital will include an integrated cancer care service, including radiotherapy, as well as a diagnostic and interventional cardiology service,” he said.

“Development of the new hospital will mean that more than 5,000 patients each year will no longer need to travel outside of the region for life-saving treatments.”

Mr Hazzard said land west of Kingscliff opposite the TAFE has been identified as the preferred location for the new hospital following a comprehensive search that examined more than 50 sites.

“The government’s selection was informed by due diligence investigations undertaken by expert independent advisers and we looked at more than 35 sites,” he said.

The proposed changes to the site planning controls will enable the Department to run a merit-based assessment of the development application, however the planning controls do not automatically guarantee that the proposal will be approved.

Any future development applications for the hospital will be exhibited and assessed by the Department, and subject to the outcomes of our assessment of the concept proposal.

To have your say on the proposed rezoning of the Cudgen Road site: http://planspolicies.planning.nsw.gov.au/index.pl?action=view_job&job_id=9659

To have your say on the new Tweed Valley Hospital Concept Application: http://majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au/index.pl?action=view_job&job_id=9575

Media contact: John Macgowan 0409 403 773