The commencement of early works marks an exciting milestone in delivering the Tweed Valley Hospital to support the healthcare needs of the growing population of the Tweed‑Byron region.
Following approval of the Stage 1 State Significant Development (SSD) application in June 2019, early construction works for the Tweed Valley Hospital have commenced to ensure the hospital is complete by the end of 2022 and opens its doors to patients in 2023.
Our region is growing and changing, and to keep pace with these changes, healthcare delivery needs to change too.
The 2018-19 State Budget confirmed a $582 million investment in health for the Tweed-Byron Local Government Areas, which will deliver a brand new, state-of-the-art public hospital on a greenfield site, as well as interim upgrades at the existing Tweed Hospital to help meet the needs of the community until the new hospital opens to patients in 2023.
The Tweed Valley Skills Centre is an exciting initiative for Health Infrastructure, Northern NSW Local Health District and TAFE NSW to partner together to improve health and education outcomes for the Tweed-Byron region.
This is the first of many joint initiatives that demonstrates the benefits of the adjacency of the new Tweed Valley Hospital site with TAFE NSW Kingscliff , and the vision of developing an integrated Health and Education Precinct across the two campuses over time.
From the funding announcement to the commencement of hospital services, there are numerous major milestones reached in a project such a the construction of a major regional referral hospital.
Tweed Valley Hospital has to date reached several major milestones, from site selection to lodgement of the Environmental Impact Statement to announcement of major tenders being awarded.
The New year will bring many more major milestones as we work towards project completion in 2022.
The Tweed-Byron region is growing and changing. To ensure we can provide healthcare services that meet the needs of the local community, the way that healthcare services are delivered also needs to change.
The Tweed Valley Hospital project will be assessed under Part 4 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, consistent with other State Significant Development (SSD) projects. The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Stage 1 SSD planning application for the new hospital has been lodged with the Department of Planning and Environment. The EIS is the first of two planning submissions for the Tweed Valley Hospital, and seeks approval for the hospital concept and consent to commence early and enabling works on the site.
The Health Administration Corporation (HAC) is acquiring land at 771 Cudgen Road, opposite Kingscliff TAFE for the new Tweed Valley Hospital. Once this land is acquired, HAC, through it's Health Infrastructure division, will undertake a number of immediate tasks to secure the site and ensure appropriate environmental control measures are in place.
These works will provide an immediate benefit to the environmental area that is being preserved along the northern boundary of the Project Site and completion is targeted prior to the wet season.
The term used for these activities is Preliminary Works.
An EIS is used to assess any potential environmental impacts of a major project to determine what mitigation measures should be implemented and inform the approval decision. The EIS is publicly exhibited for comment to ensure that feedback from the community, Tweed Shire Council and other government agencies is considered in the assessment process.