Media release – Concerned Residents Opposed to the Westbury Prison Site (CROWPS), 7 May 2021 Prison Riots won’t happen at Westbury Repeated assurances from Department of Justice representatives and Elise Archer, Minister for Justice and Minister for Corrections, that a maximum security prison on the proposed Brushy Rivulet Crown Reserve site will have no effect […]
Media release – Concerned Residents Opposed to the Westbury Prison Site (CROWPS), 7 May 2021
Prison Riots won’t happen at Westbury
Repeated assurances from Department of Justice representatives and Elise Archer, Minister for Justice and Minister for Corrections, that a maximum security prison on the proposed Brushy Rivulet Crown Reserve site will have no effect on the surrounding neighbours’ livelihoods and lifestyle has left CROWPS members and the wider Westbury community cynical following the Risdon Prison fires on 5 May 2021.
Reports from the Risdon Prison fires detail police swarming the site, multiple police vehicles stationed around the jail’s border and dozens of officers patrolling the perimeter following the fires. This is exactly what both Tasmanian Government representatives and Elise Archer have said will not happen in Westbury.
Should an unfortunate event such as the fires at Risdon occur at the proposed Northern Regional prison, it could potentially mean Birralee Road would be blocked off with residents cut off from their homes, livestock and family. The breaches to bio-security and potential disruptions in the forms of noise and light (for eg helicopters), and government personnel on the ground could potentially have a huge detrimental effect on endangered flora and fauna as well as on lambing and calving (potentially causing animals to abort) while spooking animals could be sent through fences, possibly causing accidents on the Birralee Road.
Our group has been told events like riots, escapes and fires ‘will never happen’. The latest events at Risdon Prison shows the overwhelming lack of government transparency towards the Tasmanian public with the proposed Northern Prison project. Is it fair on prisoners and Tasmanian taxpayers alike to create a Risdon copy?
CROWPS members are baffled at the government’s lack of common-sense in insisting that a federally recognised Nature Reserve without any services on a narrow dangerous road, is suitable for a prison.
It appears our government is unable to step up to 21st century practices to control recidivism and find more appropriate solutions to an overcrowded, understaffed Risdon prison. Taxpayer money is still being wastefully thrown at researching a site which is simply and obviously just inappropriate.
Instead the government is trying to bully Tasmanians into thinking their proposed site is acceptable by continued statements of ‘we’re having it’ without any due diligence findings transparently shared with the taxpayers.
The government simply isn’t big enough to admit ‘we didn’t follow our own processes, we made a mistake’!
Source: Tasmanian Times https://www.tasmaniantimes.com/2021/05/prison-riots-wont-happen-at-westbury/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=prison-riots-wont-happen-at-westbury