Token consultation with Westbury community

Tasmanian Labor
  • Peter Gutwein
    wins no friends and no votes in Westbury
  • Community
    primed for a fight
  • Elise Archer
    must go back to the drawing board
  • Today’s visit by Peter
    Gutwein and Elise Archer to Westbury has done nothing to reduce distress in
    that community over the proposed location of the northern maximum security
    prison.

    Labor Member for Lyons Jen
    Butler said the Premier should have used his visit to announce that government
    will not proceed with its plans to build a prison at Westbury.

    “Instead he’s paid lip
    service to consultation, telling media in a hastily convened press conference
    that Westbury remains the government’s preferred site.

    “That’s in stark contrast to
    his comments just weeks ago that it’s not ‘Westbury
    or bust’
    – words that gave this community some hope the government will see
    sense and walk away from Westbury as a site for the prison.”

    Ms Butler said the
    government has been progressing the project by stealth, quietly undertaking
    geotechnical work on the proposed prison site.

    “At the same time, they use sloppy
    market research tactics
    in an attempt to prove there’s support for a prison
    at Westbury.

    “Make no mistake, this
    community is ready for a fight, and will take the government on in every forum
    available to put an end to their ill-conceived plan.

    “It’s time for Peter Gutwein
    to instruct Elise Archer to cut her losses, 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

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