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The Northern Beaches Roadkill Prevention Committee and supporters, including Greens MLC, David Shoebridge, are holding a protest at 9.00 a.m. this Wednesday, 21 May, 2014 outside the Manly office of NSW Premier, MIKE BAIRD, against the proposed new Frenchs Forest hospital.

Our reasons are simple: 

  • We do not need a brand new hospital when Mona Vale Hospital could easily be upgraded to Level 5 at far less cost.
  • We do not need 900 more traffic movements during peak hour at the junction of Warringah Road and the Wakehurst Parkway, where it already takes commuters up to 35 minutes to get through the gridlock.
  • We do not need or want a privately run hospital replacing two public hospitals – Mona Vale and Manly.
  • We do not support the destruction of irreplaceable bushland to provide the site for the new hospital.
  • Five government agencies, ranging from those dealing with Environment and Heritage, to Transport and the Rural Fire Service have lodged submissions with the Planning Department indicating significant concerns with the project. We ask why those submissions have been ignored.
  • There has been little or no noise assessment of the site; parts of it are in a bushfire zone and there are asbestos issues.
  • There are insufficient protections for the students and learning environment at Forest High School which adjoins the site.
  • Public submissions on the hospital were received by the Government in November last year, 91 percent of which opposed it.

Spokesperson for the protesters, Dr. Suzanne Daley, a practising Newport GP says:  “We don’t need another hospital.  We have two functioning hospitals at either end of the Peninsula.  Mona Vale could easily become a Level 5 hospital with some upgrading, which would be at considerable less cost than that proposed for the new hospital.”

Shadow Health Minister, Dr. Andrew McDonald, says:  “The experiment of a fully privatized public hospital has only been tried once in the history of NSW.  That was the disastrous Port Macquarie privatization, which the auditor general referred to as the hospital that was paid for twice”. 

This ski season, please check pouches of all animals that you see lying by the side of the road, unless they are marked with a fluorescent cross.

Peep in a pouch. You could save an orphan's life!

 

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Last Updated (Monday, 19 May 2014 23:16)