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.

Geotechnical investigations are currently underway. This involves rigs on the site to take soil samples, with results informing the planning and design for the new hospital. 

Designing the hospital

Master planning of the hospital campus and initial concept designs for the hospital buildings are now being prepared by the architectural and engineering design team, in collaboration with senior clinicians and other senior staff. The internal architectural design of the hospital will be informed by the clinical planning, defined in the Service Statement for the new hospital.

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

Planning approvals

The master plan and concept designs and technical studies will inform an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The EIS and its supporting technical studies forms the core of the detailed planning approval submissions, which will be placed on public exhibition as part of the approvals process for State infrastructure.

Development approval is targeted for late 2018, to enable early works to commence on site by the end of the year.
Site works will commence as soon as acquisition and planning processes are completed, with the target of commencing early and enabling works by the end of 2018 and having the new hospital completed in 2022 and open in 2023.

Further information is available in the Planning Approval Process Factsheet

Community input


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

A Consumer and Community Reference Panel is being established, and members will be invited to participate in various planning groups throughout the life of the project, providing valuable input to the planning for the new hospital.
The Tweed Valley Hospital Project invites applications from healthcare consumers and community members to be part of various planning groups. 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).