Australian South Sea Islander consultation

Health Infrastructure is committed to ensuring current and future generations have access to, and can appreciate, the local history and South Sea Islander heritage that the dry-stone walls represent on the Tweed Valley Hospital site.

There are more than 750 metres of dry-stone walls located on the new Hospital site, believed to have been built circa 1900 by South Sea Islanders, when the site was part of a large sugar plantation.

The walls are not heritage listed but hold historical significance for the South Sea Islander community.

Over 80 per cent of the length of the walls can be retained in their current location.  Two sections of wall and a small section of a third wall need to removed, as they are impacted by the approved Stage 1 Works to prepare the site for the Hospital buildings.

The project team has hosted site tours and held a number of consultation workshops with the local South Sea Islander community to explore opportunities for the relocation and preservation of the history associated with the walls.

Information sheets about the dry-stone walls, the program of consultation and a summary the concept proposals, including a historical walk and incorporating the stones in a series of walls as part of the landscaping for the new Hospital can be accessed via the links below.

If you have any feedback on this matter or would like to part of the ongoing consultation on the Tweed Valley Hospital project, please email: tweedvalleyhospital@health.nsw.gov.au 
 

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