THE NEW TWEED Valley Hospital will be built on a parcel of land at Cudgen, after the Coalition was returned to power in New South Wales.
Incumbent Nationals member Geoff Provest was re-elected to the seat of Tweed in Saturday’s state election.
As at 9am on Sunday, initial counting has Mr Provest, who was first elected to the seat in 2009, leading his Country Labor rival, Craig Elliot by around 15% (47.12% to 32.20%).
In an exclusive interview with myGC, Mr Provest said that the election had been a ‘referendum on the hospital’, the location of which had been the cause of much debate for the local community.
“The site, picked by Health Infrastructure NSW, is going to go down south at Cudgen,” Mr Provest confirmed.
“There was a lot of debate, for and against, and the people made a wise decision, I believe.”
The parcel of land, on Cudgen Road opposite Kingscliff TAFE, will allow space for the $534 million facility to undergo future expansion as necessary.
It will house 450 beds on seven-and-a-half hectares of land, leaving 10 hectares around the site vacant.
“Some believe it should have been protected as state agricultural land. But if the choice became between a sweet potato and a hospital bed, a hospital wins it for me every day of the week,” Mr Provest told myGC.
“We will virtually see a doubling of the staffing numbers (from the old hospital) and during construction, there will be 900 jobs.
“The big thing now, is just get on and build the hospital.”
The hospital is due to be completed in 2022.