About WRAP (continued)
Tourism and local businesses
Tourists, home buyers and anyone thinking of opening a business in Westbury who search online for ‘Westbury’ currently read websites hailing Westbury as a ‘charming heritage village’.
The proposed prison site has a Westbury address, so online news about riots or staff / inmate conditions will start linking Westbury to a prison.
The State Government cannot guarantee this won’t harm tourism and business. Locating the prison further away from any existing town will avoid risks like this, while maintaining any benefits.
Studies of rural prisons show that most jobs go to contractors in the bigger centres not to small rural towns.1
However, if there are economic benefits, they’ll still be there if a prison site is further away from small towns. That way, nobody loses; it’s a win-win.
Note that the proposed Westbury site is a high-grade industrial site. A prison at the site would reduce the opportunities for other industries to be based there.
Thank you to our recent sponsors:
- Animal Magic
- Westbury Rural Services
- Hair Now @ Westbury
- Westbury Hotel
- The Green Door
- Westbury IGA
- Verde Cafe
- Westbury Pharmacy
WRAP doesn't want places in Westbury like this
... to become like this
"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders... and millions have been killed because of this obedience... Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves... (and) the grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem." - Howard Zinn
1 Besser TL and Hanson MM (2004), ‘The Development of Last Resort: The Impact of New State Prisons on Small Economies’, Journal of the Community Development Society