A sod-turning ceremony has marked the countdown to the start of construction on the state-of-the art Tweed Valley Hospital.
Health Infrastructure’s Chief Executive and project team joined Northern NSW Local Health District, hospital staff and political representatives to celebrate the major milestone.
Following extensive community and government agency consultation on the Tweed Valley Hospital, the project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), the overall hospital concept, and consent to undertake early works on the site, has been approved.
The NSW Government approved the Stage 1 State Significant Development (SSD) application for the new Tweed Valley Hospital last week.
A free workshop for local businesses wanting to work on the Tweed Valley Hospital project will be held in Kingscliff on Tuesday 4 June.
An exciting joint initiative between TAFE NSW and the Tweed Valley Hospital project for the new ‘Tweed Valley Skills Centre’ has been announced by the Minister responsible for TAFE NSW, Adam Marshall, with Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest.
The initiative demonstrates the long-term benefits of the new hosptial's location immediately adjacent to the TAFE NSW Kingscliff campus.
A Prototype and Simulation Suite, in addition to a Skills and Employment Hub, will see the new Tweed Valley Skills Centre provide education, training, and employment opportunities for the local community and ensure that the benefits of the new hospital extend beyond the delivery of new hospital buildings.
Lendlease our early works contractor will shortly be going to tender for the next round of work packages associated with the Tweed Valley Hospital development, including the construction of worker’s accommodation and offices, bulk earthworks, road and civil works, piling and services infrastructure.
The tender will include the opportunity for local businesses to apply.
Tweed Shire and Northern NSW businesses are set to benefit from the construction of the new Tweed Valley Hospital when early works commence in the coming months, with an industry briefing being held next week to inform locally businesses of the packages and opportunities that will be available.
Health Infrastructure is a government agency responsible for delivering public health infrastructure on behalf of NSW Health. This includes the Tweed Valley Hospital Development.
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The project team has provided a report that responds to submissions from community members, as well as Government departments and agencies, during the extended public exhibition of the Stage 1 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the new hospital.
The report has been lodged with the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) and will be published on their website.
Residents of the Tweed can take their first look at the concept plans for the $534 million Tweed Valley Hospital, which have been shaped by clinicians, staff and the local community.
Today I am excited to share the concept designs for our new Tweed Valley Hospital. This is the first glimpse of what our new hospital may look like when it opens in 2022.
Our new hospital will be nearly double the size of the current Tweed Hospital and will provide and extended range of medical and surgical services, as recommended through consultation with clinicians, hospital staff and the community.
Health Infrastructure (HI) understands that the Relocate organisation may have publicly issued the attached statement, entitled “The Half Billion Dollar Cover-up” dated 18 January 2019.
The Statement makes incorrect allegations regarding the Tweed Valley Hospital site selection process, works presently being carried out at the site, and the conduct of HI project team members and other people involved in the project.
Happy New Year and welcome to the first in a series of updates about the progress of the Tweed Valley Hospital. It’s an exciting year ahead with work underway on our new hospital for the Tweed-Byron region.
A hospital with state-of-the-art facilities built on a carefully selected site, it presents a rare opportunity for clinicians, staff and the community to design something special from a blank canvas.
NSW Health notes that Tweed Shire Council intends to refer the planning pathway for the essential environmental protection works on the Tweed Valley Hospital site to the NSW Ombudsman.
Health Infrastructure complies with all relevant State and Commonwealth planning, building and environmental regulations on all its projects, and it is no different for the Tweed Valley Hospital project.
Extensive investigations conducted by independent experts are categoric that there will be no significant impact on matters of national environmental significance from development of the Tweed Valley Hospital or the essential environmental protection works currently underway on the site.
There is therefore no basis or requirement to refer the project to the Commonwealth under Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999.
Site contamination investigations conducted by independent experts in 2018 identified some small areas of pre-existing surface contamination on the Tweed Valley Hospital site.
These areas have been temporarily capped and securely fenced off from the rest of the site to make them safe and the work site has been inspected by an independent environmental consultant.
Remediation Action Plans have also been developed for these areas and this work will be carried out under strict controls and independently audited following approval of the State Significant Development application.
The principal contractor currently in control of the Tweed Valley Hospital site, Woollam Constructions, notified Health Infrastructure on the 16 January 2019 that the CFMEU (Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union) had raised safety-related concerns around the generator serving the site amenities.
Woollam Constructions have confirmed that all matters raised by the CFMEU at the site visit on the16 January were immediately reviewed and have been appropriately addressed. The essential environmental protection works currently underway on the site are continuing.
Health Infrastructure would like to thank the community and stakeholders for lodging submissions and providing feedback during the public exhibition period for the Tweed Valley Hospital Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and site-specific State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP).
The project team is busy reviewing the submissions and working through solutions to address concerns raised by the community and government agencies.
A key priority of the Tweed Valley Hospital Project Team is to ensure our staff, stakeholders, and the community are kept fully informed.
Throughout the consultation process, many rumours and misinformation surrounding the Tweed Valley Hospital are coming to light. Our goal is the ensure staff, stakeholders, and the community are informed with the facts, and that myths are dispelled, to avoid unnecessary confusion.
To fact-check some of the rumours surrounding the project, click here
The public exhibition period for the Tweed Valley Hospital Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and the site specific State Environment Planning Policy (SEPP) has been extended to 13 December 2018 to ensure that all members of the community are able to have their say during this significant milestone in the project process.
The Department of Planning and Environment extended the exhibition period for an additional two weeks.
The NSW Government is calling for feedback on the concept proposed and planning controls for the new $582 million state-of-the-art Tweed Hospital.
From the 1st November to 13th December 2018, the Department of Planning and Environment is calling for community feedback on two separate proposals associated with the hospital.
Another major milestone in the delivery of the brand new state-of-the-art Tweed Valley Hospital has occurred, with ownership of the site opposite Kingscliff TAFE transferred to the NSW Government on 2 November 2018. Preliminary site works have commenced with the immediate taks being to ensure appropriate environmental control measures are in place.
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A further milestone in the Tweed Valley Hospital planning process has now been achieved with the lodgement today of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Stage 1 State Significant Development (SSD) planning application.
The EIS is the first of two SSD planning submissions for the project, and seeks an overall approval for the hospital concept and consent to commence early and enabling works on the site.
A major milestone in the delivery of the Tweed Valley Hospital occurred on 12 October with the release of the major tender seeking early contractor involvement in the planning, design and delivery of the new hospital.
NSW Health are seeking very early input to the design of the new hospital from the successful contractor. This will allow the experience and innovative ideas from the building sector to work together with Health Infrastructure, Northern NSW Local Health District and the community to ensure every step, from the design to the commissioning of the hospital, reflects best-practice.
Preparations are underway for the new $534 Tweed Valley Hospital, following the announcement this week of the preliminary works tender being placed for the hospital site.
This is an important step in delivering the Tweed Valley Hospital at 771 Cudgen Road, opposite Kingscliff TAFE, on schedule.
The Tweed Valley Hospital project has appointed a community panel to help shape the vision for the new state-of-the -art hospital.
The Community Reference Panel (the Panel) consists of about 50 community members and will play an important role in the planning and design of the regional referral hospital.