WRAP - No prison in Westbury
WRAP media release - 16 October 2020

Government needs to stop misleading the public

We have been informed that the Department of Justice proposes to commence geotechnical drilling on the proposed reserve at Westbury on Monday.

This comes just one day after the Government advised The Examiner that it would first undertake a survey later this month, to assess whether the wedged-tail eagles nest is currently being used.

"We are struggling to believe if anything the Government says is real anymore. At the moment they are misleading journalists and members of the general public with virtually every statement they release.

The Government needs to let the public know beyond doubt that the wedged-tail eagles' nest is unoccupied before it commences activity on the site. Unless the Government knows beyond doubt that the nest is vacant, then there is no way that vehicles and drilling activities should be allowed on the reserve, most of which falls within the 1,000 metre minimum non disturbance zone.

We call on the Government to release its environmental impact assessment and its understanding of the eagles' nest in order to give the community peace of mind. Failing to do so not only leaves people in the dark, it unnecessarily promotes distress.

We have been dealing with the stress of both the prison proposal and COVID-19 over the past 12 months. We do not need this unnecessary distress heaped on us by the Government. They need to stop playing games with peoples' lives."

Linda Poulton
President, WRAP Inc


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