Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said he was delighted that the search for a greenfield site for the brand new $534 million Tweed Valley Hospital was generating strong interest.

A public expression of interest process to find a suitable site for the new Tweed Valley Hospital has attracted a strong response, with around 20 sites identified for further consideration. Each site is being evaluated to assess its potential as a major referral hospital.

“With this number of sites we are in a good position to select the right site to deliver a new state-of-the-art hospital that serves our growing and ageing population,” Mr Provest said.

“I am proud to be part of a Liberals & Nationals Government which has got NSW’s economy back on track – which is why we are able to fund a record building program for hospitals, not only in the Tweed but across the state.”

Minister for Health Brad Hazzard said the health needs for the community were being guaranteed into the future.

“This new Tweed Valley Hospital will give us the opportunity to create over time a first-class health and education campus,” Mr Hazzard said.

The site selection process is led by Health Infrastructure in partnership with Northern NSW Local Health District, and is overseen by an independent probity advisor. A team of property and technical specialists will review each site over the coming weeks as part of due-diligence investigations.

The expression of interest process targeted an area from Tweed Heads to Pottsville between 10 to 15km inland, with developable land between 8 and 16 hectares, close to major road connections and available for development from late 2018.

The evaluation process will consider each site’s ability to provide the best value for the community against a range of criteria including:

  • Location, access and traffic
  • Urban context
  • Built forms and landscaping
  • Environment, heritage and culture.

It is expected the preferred site or sites will be identified in the next three months.