Labor says ‘no’ to West Dapto jail

Labor's corrections spokesman Guy Zangari (left), Shellharbour MP Anna Watson and NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley with members of the Residents Against Dapto Jail committee at Parliament House on Tuesday. Picture: Supplied
Labor's corrections spokesman Guy Zangari (left), Shellharbour MP Anna Watson and NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley with members of the Residents Against Dapto Jail committee at Parliament House on Tuesday. Picture: Supplied

NSW Labor has revealed its opposition to a jail being built in the fast-growing West Dapto area.

Labor leader Luke Foley, the party’s corrections spokesman Guy Zangari and Shellharbour MP Anna Watson used the first sitting day after the NSW Parliament’s winter break on Tuesday to finally state their position.

A NSW Labor government won’t build a prison at West Dapto, they said.

The announcement came more than two months after Ms Watson and Mr Zangari held a media conference at Kembla Grange, during which neither of them had a firm position on whether or not Labor would support the proposal.

At the time, Ms Watson said she was “backing my community on this”.

On Tuesday, the Labor MP tabled a 14,000-signature petition, opposing the prison, in the Parliament.

“The Dapto community has made their feelings undeniably clear – West Dapto is not an appropriate place for a prison,” she said.

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