Green light for $9m prison
By RACHEL SCOLLAY
A $9 MILLION prison will be built at Tabulam, the State Government announced yesterday.
Justice Minister John Hatzistergos confirmed the $1.6-million purchase of a 534 hectare property on Welsh Road, half-an-hour's drive from Tabulam.
The prison farm for young, low-risk Aboriginal offenders will house 30 males and 20 females in separate locations on the site. A development application has yet to be submitted to the Clarence Valley Council.
However, $9 million has been committed over a period of three years to develop the property, including buildings, water supply, upgrading the electrical supply, sewerage and telecommunications.
But locals say they have security concerns.