Planning Phase Activities

The Integrated Project Team is currently focussed on the following activities:

Site acquisition

The site is privately owned and was put forward by the landowner in response to the publicly advertised expression of interest (EOI) process. Negotiations are continuing and the site acquisition process is being undertaken in accordance with the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991. 

On-site investigations and technical studies


Some on-site due diligence investigations have already been completed, including topographical and ecological surveys.
Detailed planning studies are underway, covering assessment reports on site contamination, bushfire, water impact, biodiversity, agricultural, traffic, heritage, noise and vibration, air quality, aviation, social impact, and infrastructure management.

Initial geotechnical investigations are now complete. This involved rigs on the site to take soil samples, with results informing the planning and design for the new hospital. 

Identifying and appointing a contractor

The major tender for construction of the Tweed Valley Hospital was released on 12 October 2018, seeking early involvement from contractors in the planning, design, and delivery of the new hospital.
Very early input to the design of the new hospital from the successful contractor will allow the experience and innovations 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.
Three major contractors had been invited to respond to the tender, after being shortlisted from a larger panel based on criteria which included innovation, maximising local industry participation and upskilling of local workforce, Aboriginal participation and apprenticeship performance targets.
The approach to invite input from contractors throughout the design process is an initiative that will lead to better clinical outcomes, patient experiences and cost outcomes through minimising delays and design changes during the construction process.
The tender process will continue through the coming months with the tender award scheduled to occur by the end of 2018.
For more information click here 

Designing the hospital

The hospital campus master plan and initial concept designs for the hospital buildings are now being prepared by the architectural and engineering design team, in collaboration with senior clinicians, other senior staff, and the Community Reference Panel. The internal architectural design of the hospital will be informed by the clinical planning, defined in the Service Statement for the new hospital, and also the early contractor involvement discussed above.

To learn more about the considerations and themes of the design process, click here  

Planning approvals

The Tweed Valley Hospital will be assessed as a State Significant Development (SSD) application. Hospitals that have a value of more than $30 million are classified as SSD.
The NSW Minister for Planning or delegate is the consent authority for SSD applications, which are assessed by the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE). At the same time as the SSD application, the DPE will also prepare a site-specific State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) which is required to allow the SSD application to be considered.
To ensure that the hospital is completed in 2022, and opens in 2023 to meet the critical health needs of the Tweed-Byron region, planning approval will be sought in two stages:
  • Stage 1 will seek an overall approval for the hospital concept and consent to commence early and enabling works on the site. These works consist of site preparatory activites such as clearing, bulk earthwoks, retention walls and other in-ground works to enable development of the hospital.
  • Stage 2 will seek approval for the design, construction and commissioning of the hospital itself.
The Stage 1 application has been lodged and is on public exhibition for 28 days. To view the application and find out how to make a submission click here

For more information regarding the planning approva process, click here

Development approval is targeted for late 2018.

Works on site will commence as soon as acquisition and planning is completed, with preliminary works to commence following transfer of ownership of the site. Early and enabling works are targeted to commence following planning approval by the end of 2018. The new hospital is targeting completion in 2022 and opening in 2023.

Community input


An important part of the planning process is consumer and community input.

A projects Community Reference Panel was established in August 2018 and has a diverse membership that represents a broad spectrum of the local community. Panel members are invited to attend working groups aligned with their experience and areas of interest to help shape the planning and design of the Tweed Valley Hospital.

The Panel is open to all members of the community and the opportunity to join the panel will remain open throughout the project. Find out more, and how to apply, by clicking here

The Council Reference Group provides a forum for the Mayor and all Councillors to participate in the planning of the project.  The Council Reference Group is supported by the Council technical advisory team, comprising the General Manager and senior planning staff.

Further community consultation will be undertaken by the Integrated Project Team in the lead up to, and during, the public exhibition of planning submissions (refer Planning approvals section above).