The selected site of the $534 million Tweed Valley Hospital at Cudgen.
The selected site of the $534 million Tweed Valley Hospital at Cudgen.

UPDATE: Poll withdrawn after vote manipulation

UPDATE: 

Unfortunately, we have been forced to withdraw this poll after an investigation by our platform development experts, using geolocation mapping techniques, revealed several attempts by separate IP addresses to try and manipulate the vote (we had IP addresses from as far afield as Saudi Arabia and Italy attempting to vote more than once).

To ensure the integrity of our survey is not compromised, we have decided to withdraw the poll.

Our IT experts will be looking into ways of stopping networks - like Tor - from doing this again in future polls.

At the time of our decision, the poll was sitting at 40% in favour of the Cudgen site with 824 votes, while 58% of responders or 1205 people, had voted against the site. Fifteen people (0%) said they had a different opinion.

We also received some reports of users unable to vote. Our experts believe this may be due to them having a dynamic IP address. 

We apologise for any concern this may have caused.

Nikki Todd, Editor

 

EARLIER: 

AS protests continue over the decision to locate the $534 million Tweed Valley Hospital on State Significant Farmland at Cudgen, we've decided to ask our readers what they think.

The 16-hectare Cudgen site opposite the Kingscliff TAFE was originally announced on April 4, but outcry over a lack of community consultation resulted in an extended six-week Expression of Interest phase.

In June, Cudgen was again confirmed as the final site.

In its site selection summary report, Health Infrastructure said Cudgen was "the best site for major new referral hospital serving the Tweed-Byron region".

"(The site is) capable of achieving the best possible outcomes for patients, consumers and clinicians with regard to hospital design, amenity and future expansion," the report read.

But fears the new hospital could open up the area to further development and ruin the charm of Kingscliff, along with environmental issues, has led to a severe backlash from concerned farmers and community members.

A major tender announcement for the design of the hospital was announced by Tweed MP Geoff Provest last week, while on Saturday around 350 protesters rallied against the site choice at the Cudgen Leagues Club.

Do you believe the new hospital should be located at Cudgen or not? Our readers poll will be open until Friday morning. Vote below.

Note: Only one vote per device will be recorded. Clicking on the article via external links such as Facebook may result in the poll saying you have already voted or appear to give you the ability to vote more than once. Please note only one of these votes will be registered.



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