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.



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