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NSW Health Infrastructure refuses to reveal how much it paid Shellharbour City Council for block on new hospital site

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The State Government is hiding behind a confidentiality clause and refusing to disclose how much it paid Shellharbour City Council with public money for a 3.93 hectare parcel of land on the new Shellharbour Hospital site at Dunmore.

More than 24 hours after a request for information as to how much it forked out for the land, a Health Infrastructure spokesperson responded late yesterday with a cut a paste job of a similar statement Shellharbour City Council provided Wave FM days earlier.

"The new Shellharbour Hospital site has been acquired under the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991.

"This remains subject to commercial in confidence agreements.

"NSW Health and Shellharbour City Council have held productive discussions about the site over the past 12 months, and both parties have carried out extensive due diligence through independent experts.

"We look forward to continuing our collaborative relationship as the new Shellharbour Hospital project progresses," the statement from the spokesperson said.

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Shellharbour City Council has also refused to tell ratepayers how much money it received for the sale of the land.

The Health Minister's office told Wave FM last night that Brad Hazzard was too busy to address the issue in this morning's breakfast news.

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