WRAP media release - 27 February 2020
WRAP calls on government to release interim report
The timeline for the Northern Regional prison project envisages that an Interim Social Economic Report on the prison proposal at Birralee Road, Westbury will be completed by the end of February 2020.
This Interim Report will capture the results from the phone survey conducted earlier in February by the State Governmentís consultants over the 7303-postcode area.
A mail out survey is scheduled to be follow in March 2020 with a final Social Economic Report to be completed in April.
"Now that the phone survey has been completed, we call on the State Government to release the results of it by releasing the Interim Social Economic Report. There is no need for us to wait until the end of April to be made aware of the outcome of this part of the survey" said Linda Poulton, President of WRAP.
"This was a survey which extracted information from people in Westbury and certain surrounding areas about their attitude to the proposed prison. People who were called generously gave their time and participated openly. The Government now needs to reciprocate this, and be open with those who participated in the survey" said Ms Poulton.
"If the outcomes of the phone survey via the Interim Social Economic Report are not released until April, this will add to the impression that the State Government intends to keep the residents of Westbury on tenterhooks about its decision. It also means that by May, the people Westbury will have waited 8 to 9 months for the State Government to make up its mind on this. If they take this course, it shows that they clearly donít care about the toll this is taking on us as a community."
President, WRAP Inc