WATSON SLATES COMMUNITY CONSULTATION
The Member for Shellharbour has today given a private members’ statement in the NSW Legislative Assembly condemning the NSW Government’s approach to community consultation for the Kembla Grange prison proposal.
Yesterday an announcement was made by the Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra stating that the NSW Government will be providing three short community consultation sessions for the proposal, in public spaces over a period of three days in nearly two months’ time. No evening sessions have been announced to cater to the needs of commuter residents.
The NSW Government has not organised a community meeting regarding this proposal.
The Member for Shellharbour has used this speech to highlight her concerns regarding the lack of information that has so far been provided to residents, the nature of these ‘drop in centres’, and the Member for Kiama’s approach to this issue.
Quotes Attributable to Anna Watson MP:
“If the NSW Government’s ‘community consultation sessions’ consist of a trestle table and some pamphlets in Dapto Square then they should be down here right now, listening to residents and answering their questions - not in two months’ time.
“This issue needs to be discussed at a community meeting or forum. We need to get every stakeholder and resident in the same room at the same time voicing their opinions. It’s the only way to ensure the entire community is on the same page.
“If the Member for Kiama really cared about every resident in our region, not just those in his own electorate, he would be fighting for real community consultation.
“I am sick and tired of this Government always giving the Dapto area the short end of the stick, and I will not stand for it.”