Has Brad Hazzard forgotten that it was he as Planning Minister who signed the 16 October 2012 Order designating French Forest as the site for the new hospital? Does he now regret not reviewing or updating the NSW Health 2005 Development Options Business Case on which the choice was based, whose “robust qualitative analysis” ranked Frenchs Forest a poor third of the six sites considered, and calculated that the roading upgrades would cost $21.3 million, a far cry from the current figure of $500 million? It was he who put the hospital in the location he belatedly realises is unsuitable.
Has he also forgotten the public meetings he attended in 2010/11 when the community vociferously rejected the 'Frenchs Forest State Significant Site Proposal’, the “second Chatswood” concept he seems determined to impose on us?
Can I point out to him that those who chose to live in this “peaceful back-yard environment” were here first? Telling us that we can simply piss off and go somewhere else is not the appropriate attitude for an elected representative. Perhaps we will leave, Brad, but not until we’ve got our own back at the next State election.
There aren't too many ways available for venting one's anger or frustration at some of the things happening in the world around us. One such escape valve is the good old Letter to the Editor, even if only a small proportion of them gets published. It is often well-nigh impossible to keep the discussion short enough for the newspapers. So rather that have them expire in some Editor's Trash bin, we'll preserve them for posterity here. Inevitably, though, some nuances will be lost for those unfamiliar with the background or the letter or article to which we are responding. But each is undoubtedly a miniature literary masterpiece, though you may find the themes become somewhat repetitive.