The Tweed Valley Hospital redevelopment will become a centre of construction activity after New South Wales committed more than half a billion dollars to its construction last month.
The state announced it would invest an extra $91.2 million in the new hospital's development, to expand clinical services and beds to serve the Tweed and Byron communities.
The additional funding is on top of the $582 million, already announced.
Tweed Valley hospital's stage two development is one of the 24 projects announced by the state, and the second wave of fast-tracked projects unveiled, as the New South Wales government pushes ahead with its mission to reignite the sector, announcing $13 billion in projects within months.
The hospital's construction on the appointed site had been voted against by the Tweed Shire Council in 2018. When contacted with regards to the state's fast-track announcement, a council spokesperson described the news as "complicated".
“The community has been desperate for improved hospital facilities for many years but we are very keen to ensure that proper processes are followed,” Tweed Shire Mayor Katie Milne told The Urban Developer.
“This is a particularly prominent, sensitive and controversial development for the Tweed and with significant cultural heritage issues.
“We were assured that architectural and sustainability aspects would be at the forefront of the design so would be extremely disappointed if these are sacrificed in any way.”
The 23-hectare site at 771 Cudgen Road, which sits opposite the Tafe in Kingscliff, was acquired by the state in November 2018, after announcing plans mid-2017 to develop the new hospital on a greenfield site in the Tweed shire.
“We specifically pushed for a new greenfield site, so we could actually build a hospital from scratch,” Dr Rob Davies, co-chair of the Medical Staff Council, at Tweed Heads Hospital, said.
“With all of the modern infrastructure, and without building around a core of old buildings and older infrastructure.”
Lendlease was appointed in December 2018 to deliver the planning and early works for the hospital.
Construction on the fast-tracked hospital, which will comprise a total of 545 beds when complete, is slated for 2022 subject to approvals.
Under the fast-tracked program, a determination on stage two is expected to be made this month, by 18 June.