Update on Proposed Prison
Posted on: 25.05.2016
The Mayor of Wollondilly, Cr Simon Landow and General Manager, Luke Johnson met with The Hon. David Elliott MP, Minister for Corrections in Sydney yesterday regarding recent media reports of a proposed prison being built in Wollondilly.
The Minister confirmed that no decision has been made in relation to the size and location of the proposed new prison, he also advised that details on the preliminary options being assessed are not yet available. However he confirmed that multiple sites are being considered in Sydney’s outer south west. He also noted the pressing need for a new prison to address capacity requirements and the compelling need for a more modern facility in NSW.
Mayor Simon Landow stressed the importance of community engagement as part of the decision making process and sought an assurance that Council’s views would be taken into account.
Mayor Simon Landow said: “It is important for our community to carefully consider the range of potential impacts a prison could have on Wollondilly. As soon as we have more detailed information we will be undertaking a process to establish a firm policy position on the proposal and we will be putting that to the Minister and State Government. However, at present we clearly need to await the outcomes of the current assessment of options being considered by the State Government”
General Manager, Luke Johnson said: “It’s important that any proposal for a prison in Wollondilly be considered in a thoughtful manner with careful assessment of social, economic and environmental considerations. Clearly there are presently a range of positive and negative views regarding this matter. Having detailed information will enable us to fully consider the proposal and establish a clear policy position.”
The Minister confirmed that he was very open to maintaining dialog with Council on the matter. The Mayor and General Manager thank the Minister and his advisors for meeting with them and will be meeting with the Minister again in July to obtain a further update.