Wollondilly Mayor writes to Minister for Corrections to oppose gaol
Posted on: 19.10.2016
Mayor Judith Hannan has written a letter to the Hon. David Elliot MP to advise him that Wollondilly Shire does not support a gaol in Wollondilly.
Council’s previous Mayor, Simon Landow, and General Manager, Luke Johnson met with Minister Elliott on 24 May 2016 and 12 September 2016 to discuss the proposal to house a “mega-gaol” in Wollondilly.
Council was assured that no decision regarding the preferred location has been made at this stage. Nevertheless Council raised concerns about the effect a gaol could have on Wollondilly’s rural character and community.
“Details regarding the new gaol are not being made available to us, so we will continue to maintain an open dialogue with the Minister and his team” said the Mayor, Cr Judy Hannan.
“Wollondilly takes pride in our rural setting. We are rich in farmland and natural settings with residents valuing this, irrespective of where they live.”
Whilst it can be argued that a gaol may provide local employment, Council is extremely concerned about the potential impact on Wollondilly’s rural character and its strong sense of community.
For further information on Council’s position on the proposed mega-gaol in Wollondilly feel free to contact Council’s Senior Communications Officer on P: 4677 9644, E: firstname.lastname@example.org