GP Super clinic waits on DA
A DEVELOPMENT application for the $7 million Tweed Heads GP Super clinic is still to be approved by the council, despite Federal MP for Richmond Justine Elliot turning the first sod more than a month ago.
The application was only lodged with Tweed Shire Council on Monday last week but Ms Elliot has called on the council "to fast-track the DA".
Yesterday Ms Elliot said the new GP Super Clinic would "deliver more doctors, more nurses, more allied health professionals and better access to health services for locals".
"I made and delivered on my $7 million election commitment for a GP Super clinic.
"The tender has been awarded to an outstanding group of local GPs.
"This GP Super Clinic needs to be up and running urgently so that locals can use this outstanding health service."
The council's director of planning and regulation Vince Connell said the council had "no formalised fast-tracking service for development applications".
But he added: "Council recognises the importance and wider community benefits of the Tweed Heads GP super clinic project and will, therefore, closely monitor and seek to process the DA in a suitably efficient manner."
In the development application, town planners Darryl Anderson Consulting Pty Ltd have said the proposal complex in Corporation Circ, Tweed Heads South is consistent with the zoning and permissible with the consent of the council.
"The development ... will provide significant social benefits to the community by introducing a GP Super Clinic for the residents of Tweed Heads with extended hours and integrated health services," they said.
"The proposal will also provide economic benefits for the local community by way of local investment and the increase of direct and indirect employment generation."