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Tweed hospital a political football Dear politicians, do the words ‘pot’, ‘kettle’ and ‘black’ have any significance for you? How can you call Labor’s choice of Kings Forest as their site for the new Tweed Valley hospital bizarre? It is a greenfield site that fulfils all the criteria, the most important one being above the probably maximum flood level for the hospital site. The fact that a complete health precinct can be planned around it, rather than inappropriate ad hoc development at the Kingscliff site, is a real bonus. How can you continue to mislead the public by saying the choice by Health Infrastructure NSW has been transparent with community consultation. To the health minister Brad Hazzard: at the meeting last Monday night you heard that a total of 600 submissions had been received, and a further 600 conversations had happened in local shopping centres and markets.

What a miserable consultation this has been, when our Tweed population is over 90,000! Tweed Heads residents still don’t realise that their hospital is closing as a hospital because you and your staff refuse to state this, but indulge in obfuscation to fool them, by saying that such decisions are way into the future. How can you plan a hospital for the next 30 to 40 years if you can’t plan for the next four years. Sorry, I’ve just seen your latest press release which states 60 to 70 years into the future! My apologies... Your choice of the Kingscliff site (and yes it is in Kingscliff as well as a bit of Cudgen) is bizarre. Why try to ruin a wonderful seaside village and significant farming land forever? You know what a huge impact a major referral hospital will have on the surrounding environment. Don’t you care that over

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flict is one of the standard canards routinely promulgated by Israel’s apologists. But tit fails to recognise the glaring power disparities involved. It is quite obvious that Israel has no intention of ever letting the Palestinians achieve a viable state and for as long as that remains the policy of the Zionist regime, prospects for the Palestinians will remain bleak.

7,000 residents in the immediate vicinity, who have chosen to live here for the peaceful coastal atmosphere, will have their quality of life severely affected by traffic gridlock and noise pollution? It is bizarre that such a huge development will occur within one kilometre of our pristine beach at Kingscliff. Are there any other hospitals this close to prime beachfront anywhere in Australia? At least Luke Foley and Walt Secord have listened to the community on this, and have acted decisively. You shouldn’t underestimate the depth of community anger about your bizarre choice of site for our new hospital. Barbara Roughan Kingscliff Q The outcome of any war, political or otherwise, is always determined by a decision made long before the results come in and those in-

volved rarely if ever know it. The decision by Justine Elliot and the current NSW Labor Opposition leader to trade our future $340 million hospital for perceived political gain to Leda Developments’ Kings Forest development is just another classic example of this principle. They have deliberately made the much-needed new hospital a political football for the coming state election. Like Lily Tomlin says, ‘no matter how cynical you become, it’s never enough to keep up’. Even the dimmest political wit would know this is utter folly, strategically silly and an unnecessarily tenuous position to put yourself and your side in. It proves Justine has been in power way too long. The famous political saying remains true. Oppositions don’t win elections, dumb incumbents lose them. T Sharples Tweed Heads

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Govt hypocrisy It is funny how the Australian coalition government thinks its Kill Bill strategy is an ap-

propriate tactic yet is highly offended when the Australian Labor opposition reciprocates with a strategy focused on the prime minister. The proverb ‘what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander’ has resonance here as does the idiom ‘those who claim the high moral ground have the furthest to fall’. Meg Pickup Ballina

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floating in the ocean. The issue is close to the heart of Southern Cross University’s National Marine Science Centre where leading researchers focus on maintaining healthy marine ecosystems and sustainable marine resources. In keeping with this view, the National Marine Science Centre has now become ‘plastic neutral’. ‘In an effort to minimise our plastic consumption and to show leadership in mitigating the impacts of plastics in our environment, we are ‘plastic neutral’ from 1 July,’ said NMSC director Professor Steve Smith. ‘Basically, this means that we will avoid single-use plastics in our operational purchasing wherever possible and identify ways to recycle unavoidable plastics before we purchase them. ‘We will also implement some simple procedures to

facilitate more effective collection of discarded plastic for transformation and repurposing in a “closed loop economy” approach.’ Professor Smith has been researching marine debris for more than a decade, documenting the quantity and impacts of plastics in Australia and the broader region (Indonesia, Papua New Guinea). His team is currently working with the NSW Government to measure the success of the Container Deposit Scheme in reducing the volume of debris in coastal ecosystems. Professor Smith said the initiative had the support of NMSC staff and students. ‘Ultimately reducing the sheer volume of plastics is about improving the health of the planet and humans, given the tiny bits of plastic entering the food chain starting with the fish and shellfish we eat.’

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The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 33.04 – July 4, 2018  

Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire in northern NSW, Australia.

The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 33.04 – July 4, 2018  

Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire in northern NSW, Australia.