Land sale sickens – letter to the editor – North Shore Times, October 31, 2014

“Once it’s gone, the land is gone for good. Yet no one knows what the future holds” – C Thompson, Mosman in a letter to the editor published in the North Shore Times, today (31 Nov, 2014) #saveRNSHScreen Shot 2014-10-31 at 3.19.52 pm

More than 3,000 petition signatures to date – October 31, 2014


Pre qualification for call for Expressions of Interest – Statement of Requirements & EOI Conditions

Pre qualification for call for Expressions of Interest – Statement of Requirements & EOI Conditions

RNSH Zone 8 Call for EOI Phase 1

Expressions of Interest Phase 1 Response Form


Purchase or ground lease of Site 4a and 4b, Reserve Road and Herbert Street, St Leonards

Responses shall include information that is clearly set out and in sufficient detail to allow assessment to be made as to how the Response meets the EOI Prequalification objectives.

In order to receive appropriate consideration, Responses must contain the information requested in this section. Responses which do not contain this information may, at the discretion of GPNSW, not be considered.


  1. Registration of Details
Company name: [Insert response]
ABN/ACN: [Insert response]
Address of registered office [Insert response]
Contact name and position: [Insert response]
Status (private company, listed company, trust etc): [Insert response]
Particulars of directors and shareholders [Insert response]
Phone: [Insert response]
Facsimile: [Insert response]
Email: [Insert response]
Purchaser’s preferred proposal: [Insert response i.e: purchase of one or both sites – freehold or leasehold]


Financial Strength:
Please provide suitable information to permit GPNSW to assess the financial strength of your organisation to deliver developments > $100M.
[Insert response]




Financial Capacity:
Briefly describe your sources of funding for property acquisitions and property developments.
[Insert response]







Purchaser’s Solicitors:
Name: [Insert response]
Address: [Insert response]
[Insert response]
[Insert response]
Attention: [Insert response]
Phone: [Insert response]
Facsimile: [Insert response]
Email: [Insert response]


  1. Development & Property Ownership Experience
For Site 4a
Provide brief details of at least three (3) recent development projects that you have undertaken including address, type, end value and uses of the development.
[Insert response]


Provide brief details of at least one (1) development of a facility under an Agreement for Lease including address, size, end value uses and Lessee.
[Insert response]


Provide brief details of at least three (3) commercial office buildings you own including address, building size and number of tenants.
[Insert response]



For Site 4b
Provide brief details of at least three (3) recent mixed use development projects that you have undertaken including address, type, end value and uses of the development.
[Insert response]





Signed for by the Purchaser


Company Name:




The parties to this Agreement are Government Property NSW (GPNSW) and the party named in Schedule 1 (Receiving Party).


This Agreement relates to the disclosure of Confidential Information by GPNSW to the Receiving Party in the context the Project.

  1. Interpretation
    • Definitions

In this Agreement:


Confidential Information means:

  • any information GPNSW Disclosed to the Receiving Party that:
  • is Specific Confidential Information;
  • is marked as confidential;
  • is by its nature confidential; or
  • the Receiving Party knows or ought to know is confidential;
    • the subject matter of the Project and the existence of, or the content of, any discussions or negotiations between the parties relating to the Project; and
    • the terms, and subject matter, of this Agreement,

but excludes information that, without breach of this Agreement or other breach of confidence by the Receiving Party:

  • the Receiving Party already knew or had before receiving the information from GPNSW; or
  • has been independently developed or acquired by the Receiving Party; or
  • is, or becomes, generally available.


Disclose means disclosure by any means, including in writing, by discussion or any other communication.


Permitted Person means any director, or adviser of the Receiving Party to whom it is necessary to Disclose the Confidential Information in whole or in part in order to achieve the Permitted Purpose.


Permitted Purpose means the purpose listed in Schedule 1.


Project means the project described in Schedule 1 to this Agreement.


Related Corporation in relation to a body corporate means any body corporate that, under section 9 of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), is a related body corporate of that body corporate.


  1. Confidential Information
    • Duty of confidence

The Receiving Party agrees:

  • to keep confidential all Confidential Information;
  • not to Disclose or allow to be Disclosed any Confidential Information of GPNSW to any person except as permitted under clause 2.3; and
  • to submit any report generated in relation to the Project to GPNSW for prior written approval before disclosing it to any third party.


  • Use of Confidential Information

The Receiving Party may use the Confidential Information of GPNSW for the Permitted Purpose only.


  • Permitted Disclosures
  • The Receiving Party must not Disclose Confidential Information other than as follows:
  • with the prior written consent of GPNSW;
  • to a Permitted Person for the Permitted Purpose only; or
  • subject to clause 2.3(b), to the extent required by law, regulation or statutory, judicial or administrative body, the rules of any stock exchange, the rules or orders of a regulatory or self-regulating authority, body or committee or any applicable accounting standards or in connection with legal proceedings.
  • If the Receiving Party becomes subject to a disclosure obligation of a kind described in clause 2.3(a)(iii), then before making any disclosure it must first:
  • immediately notify GPNSW after it becomes aware that it may be required to Disclose Confidential Information; and
  • consult with GPNSW to ensure that as far as possible the Disclosure made is limited to that required.


  • Receiving Party and its Permitted Persons
  • The Receiving Party must ensure that each Permitted Person to which Confidential Information is disclosed complies with the terms of this Agreement as if references to “the Receiving Party” were references to “the Permitted Person”.
  • Any breach of an obligation concerning Confidential Information by a Permitted Person will be treated as a breach of this document by the Receiving Party.
  • Prior to Confidential Information being Disclosed to a Permitted Person the Receiving Party must inform the Permitted Person that:
  • the information being Disclosed is confidential; and
  • the information must not be Disclosed to any other person and must not be used other than for the Permitted Purpose; and
  • the Permitted Person is subject to an obligation of confidentiality that is legally enforceable by the Receiving Party.
  • The Receiving Party must obtain an executed confidentiality undertaking from any Permitted Person in the form set out in Schedule 2.


  • Security of Confidential Information

The Receiving Party will:

  • maintain effective security measures to protect all Confidential Information of GPNSW that it has received, from unauthorised use, copying or disclosure by Permitted Persons and third parties;
  • notify GPNSW immediately in writing if the Receiving Party becomes aware of any possible or actual breach of this Agreement and take all reasonable steps required to prevent or stop that breach at the Receiving Party’s expense;
  • reasonably assist GPNSW in connection with any action, proceeding or investigation by GPNSW relating to any suspected, expected or actual, unauthorised disclosure, unauthorised copying or misuse of the Confidential Information by the Receiving Party; and
  • comply with any direction issued by GPNSW regarding enforcement of this Agreement or the obligations of confidentiality under this Agreement.


  • No unauthorised copies

The Receiving Party must, except as contemplated by clause 2.3(a) or in connection with any routine back-up of data in the Receiving Party’s usual operations:

  • only make copies of the Confidential Information to provide a sufficient number of working copies necessary for the Permitted Purpose;
  • obtain GPNSW prior written consent before making any other copies of the Confidential Information;
  • ensure that all copies of the Confidential Information are treated in confidence; and
  • comply with any reasonable directions of GPNSW concerning both the protection and disposal of any copies made by the Receiving Party.


  • Destruction or return of Confidential Information
  • Subject to clause 2.7(b), if requested to do so by GPNSW in writing, the Receiving Party must:
  • destroy or return all Confidential Information;
  • erase Confidential Information contained or recorded in any computer, electronic or similar such system under the Receiving Party’s control or in its possession; and
  • certify in writing to GPNSW that such action has been taken.
  • The Receiving Party may retain any Confidential Information if the Receiving Party is required to do so by law, its insurance policies or any professional standard applicable to the Receiving Party, but must keep that information confidential.


  • Obligations to continue

The obligations of the Receiving Party under this Agreement will continue indefinitely from the date of this Agreement and will be enforceable at any time in law or in equity by GPNSW.


  • Conflict of Interest

After receiving information relating to the Project, the Receiving Party will declare any actual,  perceived or potential conflict of interest relating to the Project, and will declare to GPNSW any conflicts of interest should they during the Project process.


  1. Injunctive relief

The Receiving Party acknowledges that:

  • the Confidential Information of GPNSW is commercially and or otherwise sensitive, proprietary and valuable to GPNSW;
  • damages may not be available, or if they are, may not be an adequate remedy for GPNSW; and
  • in addition to seeking any other remedies available at law or in equity, GPNSW is entitled to seek injunctive relief as a remedy for any breach or threatened breach of this Agreement.


  1. Indemnity

The Receiving Party will at all times release and indemnify and keep indemnified GPNSW (and its officers, employees, agents, advisers, contractors and consultants) from and against any loss or liability (including reasonable legal costs and expenses) incurred by any of these indemnified arising from any claim, demand, suit, action or proceeding by any person against any of those indemnified where the loss or liability arises out of, in connection with, or in respect of:

(a)      any breach of the terms of this Agreement by the Receiving Party or its employees, contractors, agents or officers;

(b)      any negligent or wrongful act or omission by the Receiving Party or its employees, contractors, agents or officers in relation to matters dealt with by this Agreement;

(c)      any reliance upon and use of the Confidential Information by the Receiving Party; or

(d)      any breach of any intellectual property rights by the Receiving Party or its employees, contractors, agents or officers.


  1. Termination of discussions
  • This Agreement and the disclosure by GPNSW of Confidential Information to the Receiving Party is not an offer or acceptance of an offer to proceed with the Project.
  • Neither party is under any obligation to proceed with the Project and either party may cease evaluating or pursuing the Project without giving any reason for doing so.


  1. Ownership and intellectual property rights
  • GPNSW is the owner of its Confidential Information.
  • The Receiving Party acknowledges that it does not have, and this Agreement does not confer on it any intellectual property right, title or interest in the Confidential Information.


  1. General
  • This Agreement contains the entire understanding between the parties on the subject matter of this Agreement.
  • If the whole or any part of this Agreement is void, unenforceable or illegal in a jurisdiction, it is severed for that jurisdiction. The rest of this Agreement remains in effect and the validity or enforceability of that provision in any other jurisdiction is not affected. This clause has no effect if the severance alters the basic nature of this Agreement or is contrary to public policy.
  • This Agreement may only be varied in writing executed by the parties to it.
  • Neither party may assign any right under this Agreement without the other party’s prior written consent.
  • A single or partial exercise or waiver of a right under this Agreement does not prevent any other exercise of that right or the exercise of any other right.
  • A party is not liable for any loss, cost or expense of any other party caused or contributed to by the waiver, exercise, attempted exercise, failure to exercise or delay in the exercise of a right.
  • This Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts. All counterparts together will be taken to constitute one document.
  1. Governing law and jurisdiction

This Agreement is governed by the law of New South Wales and each party submits to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts exercising jurisdiction in New South Wales and any court competent to hear appeals from any of those courts.


Executed as an agreement





Executed by ______________________



Company Secretary/Director




Name of Company Secretary/Director (print)







Name of Director (print)



OR where executed by an individual

………………………………………………………Signature of witness



Name of witness (print)










Signature of Receiving Party



Name of Receiving Party










Schedule 1

Receiving Party Name: ______________________________________________


Address: ____________________________________________


Contact name: _______________________________________

Contact phone number(s): _____________________________

Email address: _______________________________________

Government Property NSW Name: Government Property NSW

ABN/ACN: 91 840 597 406

Address: Level 9, 4-6 Bligh Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Contact name:   Raymond Karslake

Contact phone number(s): 02 9273 3982

Email address:

Permitted Purpose Investigation, assessment and evaluation for the potential submission of an Expression of Interest Response.
Project Royal North Shore Hospital Masterplan Zone 8 land





I,___________________________________________ of ________________________________________

(the “Permitted Person”)


Hereby undertake as follows:


  1. I have read and understood the Confidentiality Agreement between GPNSW and ______________________________________(the “Receiving Party”) dated _________ (the “Confidentiality Agreement”);


  1. In particular, I have read and understood the definitions in clause 1 and the obligations of confidentiality in clause 2 and clauses 3, 4, 5 and 6, and I undertake to be bound by the obligations of the Receiving Party under those clauses.


  1. Without limiting the foregoing, I understand that this means that:
  • I must keep the Confidential Information (as defined) confidential;
  • I must not use the Confidential Information (as defined) except for the Permitted Purpose (as defined);
  • I must not disclose the Confidential Information (as defined) except to another Permitted Person (as defined);
  • I must return the Confidential Information (as defined) to GPNSW when requested to do so by the Receiving Party or GPNSW; and
  • My obligations of confidentiality shall continue after the termination of the Confidentiality Agreement.


………………………………………………..           ……………………………………………….

Signed                                                                  Witnessed by:


………………………………………………..           ……………………………………………….

Name and Title                                                      Name and Title:


Date:                                                                   Date:



Health Minister Jillian Skinner seeking money from the sale of Royal North Shore Hospital land to recoup costs of hospital redevelopment – October 28, 2014

Health Minister Jillian Skinner seeking money from the sale of Royal North Shore Hospital land to recoup costs of hospital redevelopment

Dr John Vandervord speaking at a public forum last Thursday.

Dr John Vandervord speaking at a public forum last Thursday.

The State Government is seeking $97 million from Royal North Shore Hospital to recoup some of the cost of the hospital’s recent redevelopment.

A spokeswoman for Health Minister Jillian Skinner said the plan to sell or provide a 99-year lease for the hospitals’ southern campus was to fund some of the cost involved in the redevelopment, which included the acute services building opened in December 2012.

The Kolling Institute auditorium was full for a public meeting on the sale or long term l

The Kolling Institute auditorium was full for a public meeting on the sale or long term lease of the southern campus of Royal North Shore Hospital.

Senior emergency department worker Dr Justin Bowra said it was a “ridiculous” funding method.

“If the State Government is short of money, this is not what hospitals are about,” he said.

“Hospitals are there for the benefit of the community and chopping off the hospital bit by bit is going to kill the hospital stone dead.”

“Would you sell your backyard to pay one month’s worth of household bills?”.

A spokeswoman for Health Minister Jillian Skinner said a plan to part-fund the hospital redevelopment through a land sale was approved in 2006.

Health Minister Jillian Skinner speaks to Royal North Shore Hospital staff as they march

Health Minister Jillian Skinner speaks to Royal North Shore Hospital staff as they march from Hyde Park to Parliament House in 2011 to protest against the sale of hospital land.

The decision provide unpopular among hospital staff, who mounted a campaign against the plan, culminating in a rally at Parliament House.

Minister Skinner then placed a moratorium on the sale or lease of the site until the revised master plan was completed.

“The NSW Government has funded the project cost to date and is now recovering the

sales proceeds as intended in the original government decision,” the minister’s spokeswoman said.

“The sales proceeds will be applied to rebuilding hospitals in NSW.”


Senior surgeon Dr John Vandervord said the funding method was “unusual”.

“I think it’s unusual for Treasury to be asking for money back from a hospital,” he said.

“The expressions of interest process was a surprise to use we weren’t consulted and were unable to see the paperwork done related to the decision.”

Royal North Shore Hospital senior doctors John Vandervord, Tony Joseph and Adam Rehak.

Royal North Shore Hospital senior doctors John Vandervord, Tony Joseph and Adam Rehak.

Meanwhile details on plans to develop the hospital’s southern campus have emerged, revealing two buildings on separate lots are being offered.

The details were revealed at a public meeting on the issue, held last Thursday at the hospital.

A building for commercial uses has been earmarked for the larger site fronting Reserve Rd with views to Gore Hill Oval.

The southern campus of Royal North Shore Hospital in St Leonards.

The southern campus of Royal North Shore Hospital in St Leonards.

A building of third of the size has been planned for the smaller site fronting Herbert St, containing a mix of commercial and hospital-related uses such as staff, patient and carer accommodation and a child care centre.

Carparking is planned to be included in both buildings.

The expressions of interest process has now been extended to close on November 20.


The expressions of interest offer was for two buildings on separate parcels of hospital land:

■ Land fronting Reserve Rd: 4,725sq m of land for a commercial building and car parking with 34,700sq m of floor space

■ Land fronting Herbert St: 3,389sq m of land for a mixed use building with carparking, commercial and health-related uses in 11,645sq m of floor space

ABC News Video – Senior doctors have spoken out over plans to privatise part of the Royal North Shore Hospital

Community Forum Media Kit – Media Invite, Media Alert & Media Release – October 23, 2014



RNSH staff & community uniting against divestment of hospital land – THURS, OCT 23, 2014

Community Forum Media Kit – Patient & Supporter Profiles – October 23, 2014

PROFILE – Dr Linda Samera

PROFILE – Frank, 51, Glen Alpine

PROFILE – Peter Watts, RNSH patient burns unit

PROFILE – Joy Stephen – RNSH Pink Ladies

PROFILE – Mr Jim Sanderson, Independent Candidate for Lane Cove








Community Forum Media Kit – Doctor Profiles – October 23, 2014

PROFILE – Dr Adam Rehak

PROFILE – Dr Tony Joseph

PROFILE – Dr John Vandervord

Profile – Dr Bruce Cooper

PROFILE – Dr Stella McGinn

PROFILE – Dr Justin Bowra




Meeting Tomorrow to save RNSH from sale or long-term land lease

SaveRNSH Cmty Forum-A3Poster[1]Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) Medical Staff Council and local residents will stage an urgent meeting tomorrow (Thursday, October 23) to oppose the sale or long-term lease of the hospital’s southern campus.

The Community Forum will be held at 10am at the Kolling Auditorium, RNSH.

RNSH is a major tertiary referral hospital and one of the few national Burns and Trauma Centres, servicing 1-in-17 Australians and 1-in-6 people from NSW. There are currently 5,000 staff within the medical, surgical, nursing, research, allied health and support service departments employed at RNSH.

Dr Adam Rehak, Chair of the MSC, says land previously flagged for health support services is likely to be sold to developers and re-zoned for the construction of commercial office blocks and that the Ministry of Health plans to occupy the newly created office space. This is once the NSW government has recouped approximately $98 million from construction of the new RNSH, planned to be fully operational by December, 2014.

“The intent to sell the land has been deliberately withheld from staff and the local community. This subterfuge is unacceptable and we believe the community needs to be made aware of the planned sale.

“This is a short-term financial solution for the government, but one that has long-term implications for the functionality of the hospital, and the wellbeing of patients who use it,” said Dr Rehak.

“It clearly gives no consideration to the current population growth which will soon see the hospital bursting at the seams.

“Furthermore, having initially been led to believe the land would be used for support services that assist with clinical care delivery, we’ve now been told the Ministry of Health plans to occupy the newly created office space,” Dr Rehak said.

The Community Forum will be held between 10am to 10:45am tomorrow, with doorstop interviews available with RNSH Drs and patients from 10:45am or before the Forum.

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