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.