Goodbye to Precious Farmland

The campaign to save this critical piece of State Significant Farmland is over.  The government and its development push have prevailed. The hilltop farm will soon become a signature high rise development towering over the former villages of Kingscliff and Cudgen and totally redefining their character.

However the next  campaign to prevent the predicted cascade of adjacent rezonings to enrich nearby land-bankers is only beginning. The fight ahead is no longer over just one site, but the whole Cudgen Plateau, which is now put at risk.  The 2020 pro-development “Take Back the Tweed” Council candidates know the rule book has been torn up, and are already ramping up their campaigns to exploit this contrived window of opportunity.  Only concerted community action can resist further loss of farmland, of habitat and of village lifestyles.

The previous information is being left here as a resource and reminder of what is still at stake, and the lengths that a government will go to undermine its own policies, despite community opposition.

The reasons for concluding the Relocate campaign may be read in the full media release here.

Irreplaceable – amongst the best farmland in the country.

 

Click picture to watch the video.

The “Relocate” campaign is about informing the community of the real consequences of a regional hospital health precinct on Australia’s richest farmland.  You can use this website to discover the undisclosed facts behind the plans and decisions so far, and form your own conclusions.

Who was the “Relocate Team”?

Relocate Team members were drawn from concerned farmers and local residents, drawn from supporters of all political parties, but the group was allied to none.  Nor was it aligned to any land developer.  Members were simply united by a common positive goal – to obtain a new regional hospital for Tweed on a site that respects a decade of Government public consultation and is consistent with the Government’s own published plans.

The Relocate Team totally supported the Government’s well overdue hospital funding announcement which is so important for this community. It did not, however, support the destructive site choice of protected, fertile, red soils of the Cudgen Plateau, designated as State Significant Farmland in 2007. This location contradicts all previous hospital and land use planning established by State and Local Government public consultation over the past decade.

Our MP Geoff Provest and Health Minister Hazzard told us this prime farmland is definitely the best and only site for our new hospital. Of course that’s equivalent to saying Sydney’s Centennial Park is definitely the best and only site for a new M1 Motorway corridor.  Despite insisting it existed, they never disclosed the so-called “chosen-by-experts” detailed report with their 2nd and 3rd choices and secret explanations of why they couldn’t possibly work.

By demanding residents choose between either “a hospital bed or a sweet potato”, they  deliberately & divisively set up a false choice.  Yet with a sensible site choice we could have easily had BOTH.

What can be Done?

  • Not a lot, since all avenues of protest are blocked or exhausted
  • Keep up to date with community feedback on Facebook.
  • Read the other pages on this website recording the decades of assaults on the protected farmland status and its final demise under LNP rule.
  • Email your friends a link to this site to access the facts the State Government desperately wants to keep hidden until they have the Hospital project locked in on irreplaceable precious farmland. (NO development consent for a hospital has ever been obtained. (as at May 2019))
  • Phone email or write to your local MP,  the Premier and The Health Minister with your concerns. (addresses on SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN page)
  • At the coming 2020 Local Government Election, make sure your vote is given to a candidate standing up to resist development on farmland and conversion of Kingscliff/Cudgen to a satellite mimic of the high-rise City of Tweed.

…. and remember that “divide and conquer” is a policy meant to set neighbour against neighbour in our community.  Resist this, and show mutual respect for the opinions of the good well-intentioned fellow citizens deliberately driven to take sides in this debate.

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