Clarence Valley Community Unions Welcomes Upper House inquiry into closure of Grafton Gaol
It has been announced that there will be a NSW Upper House inquiry into the closure of Grafton Gaol and it is thanks to the hard work by the whole of the Clarence Valley Community that we have achieved this outcome. The Clarence Valley Community Unions have been pushing for a comprehensive review of this decision since it was announced.
The Clarence Valley Community Unions have been pushing for a comprehensive review of this decision since it was announced and this is another win for our community.
This is the scrutiny that communities deserve when the NSW Government makes a decision without any consultation or consideration of the impact on the community.
The Clarence Valley Community Unions will be making a submission and also requesting that the members of the Inquiry Committee visit the Clarence Valley so they can see for themselves the impact the decision has on the local community.
We need this inquiry to ensure that the impact on the local community is taken into account if and when the government moves to downsize public sector operations in regional and rural NSW in the future.
The Clarence Valley Community needs to be satisfied that final decisions are going to take into account all the consequences and not focus purely on the need to cut budgets for short-term political gain.
What happened in Grafton could easily happen in other communities across NSW. That’s why we need this inquiry to ensure that other towns don’t suffer from the same flawed decision making process.
We will keep you informed about the Inquiry once the information is available and the process.