Don’t sit on Westbury report

Tasmanian Labor
  • Peter Gutwein must release report as promised
  • Westbury community doesn’t want prison
  • Government must go back to the drawing board
  • Labor has called on Peter Gutwein to honour his promise to release a key report into the proposed northern prison.

    Shadow Minister for Corrections Ella Haddad said the government has confirmed it’s taken delivery of a Social Economic Impact Study of proposed $270 million prison.

    “The Premier promised the Westbury community during a visit in February that he would release this report, which will ‘feed into decision-making’ on whether the government will push ahead with Westbury as the site. He needs to waste no time in doing that.

    “Peter Gutwein has two simple tasks: release the report as promised, and tell the Westbury community how much longer his government will prolong their distress.

    “After getting the initial consultation process very badly wrong, the government has dragged out a series of surveys it says will inform its final decision.

    “The community has made it clear they will not support a prison in their town. Peter Gutwein is delaying the inevitable.”

    Labor Member for Lyons Jen Butler said while Labor supports development of a northern prison, it’s not appropriate to force a decision on a community.

    “Westbury is a small rural town, and residents are concerned the prison will dominate the town, destroy its heritage values, and take Westbury off the map for tourists.

    “The government must concede they’re looking in the wrong place.

    “They need to go back to the drawing board, release the shortlist of potential sites, and start over with a genuine consultation process with the Tasmanian community.”

    Jen Butler MP

    Labor Member for Lyons

    Ella Haddad MP

    Shadow Attorney General

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