Who will pay?

Mercury (Hobart) - - LETTERS -

WHAT the pow­ers-that-be fail to see is the hid­den gem in front of them. Amid the prison de­bate and the plat­i­tudes of in­vest­ment, jobs and plans of fu­ture ex­pan­sion, who is go­ing to pay? It won’t be a one-off cost, it will be an on­go­ing bur­den. I am not con­vinced West­bury or any place de­serves to be the pre­ferred site. It will stand as an ed­i­fice of fail­ure to ad­dress the un­der­ly­ing prob­lems of over­crowd­ing and a sys­tem that needs to be over­hauled. Pe­nal Re­form In­ter­na­tional rec­om­men­da­tions in­clude: in­vest­ing in non-cus­to­dial al­ter­na­tives both pre-trial and post sen­tenc­ing; di­vert­ing mi­nor cases out of the jus­tice sys­tem; in­vest­ing in long-term crime pre­ven­tion; re­duc­ing pre-trial de­ten­tion by im­prov­ing ac­cess to jus­tice; mak­ing al­ter­na­tive ar­range­ments for vul­ner­a­ble groups such as chil­dren, mothers with de­pen­dent chil­dren and peo­ple with men­tal health is­sues.

Mean­while, vis­i­tor es­ti­mates for West­bury Vil­lage from the Tas­ma­nian Vis­i­tor Sur­vey: 55,590 vis­i­tors; stopped and looked around but did not stay, 21,965, up 11 per cent; passed through, 27,366, down by 19.7 per cent; stayed overnight, 6259, up by 55 per cent; av­er­age nights, 5.7 up by 2 per cent; nights stayed, 35,975, up 141 per cent. A great ef­fort for a small com­mu­nity pro­mot­ing its his­tory, way of life and con­tribut­ing to the econ­omy.

Marama Eruera West­bury

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