Interview with Dr Anthony Joseph – Nov 10, 2014

“You’ll find that the Lane Cove Council is seeking community input into this development, in this area, yet we’ve got the State Government wanting to sell off an acre of land from the southern campus at Royal North Shore, to put in high rises with no community consultation, it makes you wonder what’s going on in the world really.”

Interview with Harvey Porter, President of the Lane Cove RSL – Nov 10, 2014

“If they sell the land in the medical precinct, they’ll never be able to afford to get it back to build the bigger hospital that they will need in the future.”

The cost of childcare – Edward Makepeace, Secretary NSW Nurses & Midwives Association, RNSH – Nov 10, 2014

The cost of childcare – Edward Makepeace, Secretary NSW Nurses & Midwives Association, RNSH

“The hours are friendly, and staff understand what it’s like working in a hospital. If you don’t show up on the dot of closing time or if there’s an emergency, they’ll stay and look after your kids.

“At a private centre, they’ll bill you if you don’t show up and that’s just not going to work.”



RNSH campus size – setting the record straight – Nov 10, 2014

The current campus is 14.2 hectares.

After the proposed sale, and excluding the private hospital, it is 11.0 hectares. The private hospital is not strictly a part of the public hospital campus.

After exclusion of the heritage area, it is 9.8 hectares. The heritage buildings have very limited development potential for the site.

The area being divested is approx 1.1 hectares.

The master plan claims the campus is 16.1 hectares, but this includes St Leonards Oval, which is council property. The North Sydney Council has identified St Leonards as an area with inadequate open space. It will therefore not be available for hospital expansion.

This is the Master Plan document made available to the public – Factsheet

The Master Plan gives the impression that the campus can be expanded to 33.1 hectares.

Highlights of the Master Plan include:

  • The 9 zones allow for future expansion of all services from their current area of 164,040m2 to a future clinical support areas of 331,380m2 – an increase of 100%.
  • Complete future replacement of the ASB
  • Significant expansion of ambulatory care, sub-acute, mental health and research and education spaces
  • Space for support activities such as patient and carer accommodation and family services
  • Extensive green spaces and a heritage precinct around the Vanderfield building
  • Significantly improved access to public transport with better connections across the campus to St Leonards railway
  • New opportunities for other clinical service providers.

To say that the current site is 16.2 hectares and can be expanded to 33.1 hectares is EXTREMELY MISLEADING.

The maximum size including the private hospital and heritage building is 14.2 hectares. The space available for the hospital to fulfil its clinical role as the major tertiary referral centre is closer to 9.8 hectares.

If the current divestment occurs, our generation will have sold off the best part of the campus. Flat land immediately accessible to public transport.

Please see RNSHCampusSize to find out more.



Greens move to protect public hospital land from NSW government’s $97m cash grab – Greens MP John Kaye – November 5, 2014

printGreens move to protect public hospital land from NSW government’s $97m cash grab

Media release: 5 November 2014

The Greens are calling on Health Minister Jillian Skinner to immediately halt the sale or lease of the southern campus at Royal North Shore Hospital. The community and staff must be provided with the opportunity to be involved in the decision-making about the future of the site.

A motion moved by the Greens in the NSW Upper House this afternoon expressed concern about the impacts of the proposed land divestment on health service provision and the lack of consultation with RNSH staff (see full text of motion below).

Consideration of the motion was blocked by the Government whip.

Greens NSW MP John Kaye, who moved the motion, said that the Expressions of Interest process announced by Health Infrastructure in September showed that the Liberals and Nationals government has failed to learn from the mistakes of their Labor predecessors.

Dr Kaye said: “This is history repeating itself, with appalling consequences for the Royal North Shore Hospital staff and the community.

“Health Minister Jillian Skinner’s 2011 temporary moratorium on any sale or long term lease of land at the site has come to a crashing halt.

“Predictably the Minister is blaming Labor for the decision to commence the EOI process. Through a spokesperson the government has argued that the approval for a land sale or lease to pay for the hospital’s much-needed upgrade was granted in 2006.

“The RNSH redevelopment has been one disaster after another because both governments of both sides have not adequately consulted with the people who actually work there and know what it is required.

“If there has been any budget blow-out in the RNSH re-development it certainly is not the fault of the people of NSW, but they will bear the costs of this short-sighted grab for cash.

“Selling or leasing a significant portion of public hospital land as the state faces growing health challenges made no sense in 2011 and it still doesn’t in 2014.

“Jillian Skinner will repeat her line that doctors and staff have been involved in the Masterplan discussions but she is merely obfuscating.

“The real issue is that the Medical Staff Council were not told about plans to pillage the hospital’s lands to pay for the redevelopment until the EOI process was unilaterally announced by Health Infrastructure in September.

“Doctors involved in discussions about the future of the Southern Campus were aware that commercial activity may be involved, but land divestment is a vastly different story and it should have been disclosed much earlier.

“The EOI proposal will block any future expansion of the delivery of health services on this section of the site. It will restrict further redevelopment of the site when the existing buildings reach the end of their serviceable life.

“The 2011 RNSH land sale proposal triggered community outrage. A petition of more than 14,000 signatures was debated in the Legislative Assembly of the NSW parliament.

“The Greens felt it was vital that the NSW parliament consider this latest attempt by a greedy state government to hive off sections of publicly-owned land at RNSH.

“The Greens will continue to support the Medical Staff Council’s bid to stop the EOI process from progressing and to work with the community to keep the whole of RNSH land in public hands.

“We will be calling on the Minister to stand up to NSW Treasury and its shoddy attempt to force RNSH to sacrifice its future to pay for its own redevelopment,” said Dr Kaye.

For more information: John Kaye 0407 195 455


Notice of Motion: Royal North Shore Hospital Divestment

5 November 2014

Dr John Kaye to move:

1.    That this House notes that:

a.    In September 2014 Health Infrastructure announced an expression of interest process for the sale or long term (99 year) lease of the southern campus at Royal North Shore Hospital to a private developer.

b.    The call for expressions of interest sought private developers and service providers to provide office space for NSW Health and operate the support services listed in the hospital redevelopment’s masterplan including childcare and accommodation for patients, relatives and staff.

c.    The hospital’s Medical Staff Council was not informed of the expression of interest process

d.    Land divestment was not discussed with doctors during the development of the  masterplan.

e.    The Local Health District Board was not informed of the timing of the EOI process, according to a Sydney Morning Herald article dated 5 September 2014.

f.     Health Minister Jillian Skinner has indicated that

                                          i.    the NSW government is seeking $97 million from Royal North Shore Hospital to recoup some of the cost of the hospital’s redevelopment, and

                                         ii.    the plan to sell or provide a 99-year lease for the hospitals’ southern campus was approved in 2006 under the former Labor government.

g.    This is the not the first time that the Medical Staff Council at RNSH has been sidelined by a state government intent on privatising a part of the site for short-term financial gain.

h.     In 2011, RNSH staff, patients and relatives marched on NSW parliament and delivered a petition to the current Liberal Government with 14,962 signatures requesting that there be no sale of land at RNSH.

i.      The Minister responded to the 2011 petition by announcing a “freeze on land sale until a campus plan at Royal North Shore Hospital had been developed”.

j.      The Medical Staff Council at RNSH has objected to the latest proposed divestment and is calling for the EIO process to be stopped in order to keep all of the RNSH site in public hands now and into the future.

k.    NSW Treasury’s requirement that the RNSH redevelopment be paid for by selling off or divesting a portion of the site to a private developer appears to be unique to RNSH. Other upgrades to NSW public teaching and referring hospitals including Westmead and Liverpool have not been subject to the same demand.

2.    That this House expresses its opposition to the proposed divestment because:

a)    The proposal hands over a significant portion of public hospital land and vital support services to the private sector

b)    The proposal will block any future expansion of the delivery of health services on this section of the site;

c)    The NSW government has refused to listen to the community’s wishes that no land divestment take place at RNSH as expressed by the 14,962 signatures tabled in the NSW parliament in 2011; and

d)    medical and other staff at RNSH have not been consulted about the EOI process.

3.    That this House calls on Health Minister Jillian Skinner to provide the opportunity for the community to be involved in the decision-making about the future of the provision of health services at RNSH by immediately halting all processes to sell or lease the southern campus.

John Kaye

Greens NSW MP

P: (02) 9230 2668 | F: | T: @johnkgreens | W:

John Kaye’s office is proudly 100% unionised and union-active.

This office pays respect to the Gadigal and the other Aboriginal peoples of NSW and acknowledges their ownership of this land.


Government is planning to make a quick buck – Dr Adam Rehak

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: