WRAP - No prison in Westbury

About WRAP

On 30 September 2019, the Tasmanian State Government announced the preferred site for the new maximum security Northern Regional Prison is at 135 Birralee Road, Westbury.

The location of the proposed prison is shown on the aerial photo on our home page. It can also be seen on this Google Map.

Prior to the announcement, the Westbury community wasn't aware that a Westbury property had been put forward as part of the government's Expression of Interest process. Following the announcement, it came to light that the Meander Valley Council had been involved in putting the property foward without proper consultation with the community.

Following a public meeting in Westbury during October 2019, the community action group, Westbury Region Against the Prison Inc (WRAP), was formed.

A survey was undertaken in December 2019 by WRAP. The survey was designed and analysed by an independent team at James Cook University. Over 80% of Westbury adults don’t want a prison in their village. (The remainder were split between ‘Unsure’ and ‘Yes’.) None of the 28 local businesses surveyed thought that a prison at Westbury would be good for their business.

Some politicians are now trying to use other Meander Valley towns against Westbury. They’re planning to ask, via their highly paid consultants, if other Valley towns are happy to force a prison on Westbury. They’ll probably subtly word their questions to avoid conveying that the prison is being forced on Westbury – and they probably won’t mention the alternative of locating the prison away from existing communities, which would be a fair, win-win option.

WRAP supports prisoners’ families. Some WRAP members are also families of prisoners.

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WRAP doesn't want places in Westbury like this Arrow down

Westbury Pharmacy
Westbury Pharmacy

... to become like this Arrow down

Risdon Vale Pharmacy
Risdon Vale Pharmacy