Hospital site may go under hammer
By NATALIE SMITH email@example.com
A FORMER quarry earmarked as a potential site for a Capri- corn Coast public hospital will be sold at public auction if Queensland Health does not want it.
At the Livingstone Shire Council general meeting late yesterday afternoon a motion was put to list the two blocks of adjoining freehold land on Tanby Road, totalling 10.527ha, for auction.
The sale would be subject to Queensland Health's decision on where the new hos- pital will be built.
Speaking against the motion, Councillor Glenda Mather said she did not believe it was the right time for the council to consider selling the asset.
"I think it's a very valuable block of land,'' she said. "I think we will be making a very big mistake to sell it off. We shouldn't sell it at this time, hospital or no hospital.''
Councillor Brian Dorey, how- ever, disagreed: "If ever there was a time to transfer land into assets, this is the time to do it.''
Mayor Bill Ludwig said he would be speaking to Premier Peter Beattie and writing to Health Minister Gordon Nuttall about the issue.