Wollondilly Council Responds to the “Mega-jail” Proposal Wollondilly Shire
Posted on: 06.05.2016
Wollondilly Shire Council was disappointed today to hear via news media of possible plans to
locate a major prison within Wollondilly.
News media have reported that Corrective Services Minister David Elliott is considering three possible sites within the Wollondilly Shire for the construction of a “mega-jail”.
The Mayor of Wollondilly, Councillor Simon Landow said “we are extremely concerned that Council has not been consulted at all about this. We always go to great efforts to consult with our community about major proposals. We have sought an urgent meeting with the Minister to discuss this matter”.
General Manager Luke Johnson commented that “before today we were entirely unaware of any
such proposal. This is particularly disappointing as we have been working closely with the State
Government on plans for a major new town and land release areas within our Shire.”
“A prison of this size within Wollondilly would represent a major change in direction for our Shire
and our community, and there has been no dialogue or consultation”, said Mr Johnson.
Wollondilly Council needs to find out more about these proposals and the potential locations before any further comments can be made. Nevertheless the Council will expect the State Government to be fully consultative and open about the proposals and to carry out genuine consultation with Council and the community of Wollondilly.