WRAP - No prison in Westbury
WRAP media release - 26 April 2021

Lyons candidate peddling false information to voters in Westbury

At the Liberal Party candidates' launch in Campbelltown on 18 April 2021, the Premier was asked by Sharon Webb of the Meander Valley Gazette whether he was seeking a mandate for the prison in this election result.

The Premier's response to this question was that no mandate was needed as the prison was "a done deal". In particular, he stated that:

"We've made a decision to have the prison there and it will go through the planning process".

At least one Liberal candidate for Lyons based in the Meander Valley has taken this message directly to the people of Westbury, conveying that a prison at the reserve is inevitable but if elected the candidate will nevertheless fight for the town to make the best of it.

"By conveying to the people of Westbury that a prison at the proposed nature reserve is inevitable this candidate is effectively lying straight to their faces.

Due diligence for the site is not yet complete. Federal Government agreement needs to be obtained. The whole process then needs to go through a planning process which is meant to be independent. It is fraught with legal impediments and WRAP is determined to fight it until the end. So this prison is very, very far from being a done deal.

This candidate is peddling a lie, but what's worse is seeking to promote themselves as a voice for the town on the back of that lie.

It's absolutely appalling that the Liberal party continues to play with people in Westbury like toys.

We have been through enough without one of our own telling us to give up fighting but still vote Liberal to try to make the best of an appalling situation."

Linda Poulton
Spokesperson, WRAP Inc


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