Save our park from the super clinic

Nowra Park, which Shoalhaven Historical Society says is the nation’s “first gazetted public recreation area”, has been the focus of resident concern since a hospital was built there almost two decades ago and was more recently named as the location of a new cancer clinic.

But after local MPs confirmed the much-needed super clinic would be built on the park too, residents have vowed to fight it, saying the park should be protected under laws that protect tidal river banks – which are on the land – and as a site of Indigenous importance.

“It’s as though the government has the total right to occupy that site despite the fact it is...  extremely significant for a number of reasons, not least of which is its connection with the Aboriginal population for probably many thousands of years,” society president Lynne Allen told MO.

“It seems terribly shortsighted to build the cancer clinic there and now