23.9 C
Byron Shire
February 27, 2021

Jail protesters expect riot police

Latest News

Mt Warning ban

Chris Gee, Byron Bay Indigenous readers be advised that the following letter contains references to persons deceased. I read with some...

Other News

CWA getting their facts right on the Far North Coast

Members of the Far North Coast Group of the Country Women’s Association of New South Wales (CWA) gathered in Lismore on Saturday for their Group Facts Day.

Amber alert for blue-green algae at Lake Ainsworth

An amber alert has been put in place for Lake Ainsworth near Lennox Head in relation to the presence of blue-green algae.

Final stage of Lismore Base Hospital gets underway

The redevelopment works commenced in late 2016 and the final stage is now getting underway to complete the Lismore Base Hospital refurbishment.

Ministers misbehave

Keith Duncan, Pimlico Accusations of appalling behaviour by the Liberal Party in covering up misdeeds within its ranks just keep...

Coal scuttle

Alan Veacock, Cumbalum After some serious arm-twisting from the rest of the sane world, led by Joe Biden, the ‘marketing...

Letting go

Mary McMorrow, Mullumbimby I respect the parents forgiving the drunk driver who killed their four children (one a cousin) as...

Staff reporters

About 200 protesters are surrounding the Grafton jail this morning, where they expect to encounter riot police escorting prison transport vehicles as the winding down of the jail moves closer to reality.

Picketers have surrounded both the front and back entrances of the prison and have been joined by local Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis, who is protesting against his own government’s policy of downgrading the jail and sacking 100 workers.

Police have denied the rumours that riot squad forces have been dispatched to assist with the removal of prisoners to other jails. Other rumours circulating include that police despatched to the Grafton Cup could be used to guard prison transports after the event.

A spokesperson for the demonstrators, Sharon Usher, told ABC radio this morning that premier Barry O’Farrell ‘rang Chris Gulaptis yesterday while he was on the picket line and said he wasn’t interested in speaking to the people of the Clarence Valley’.

‘We’re a small regional town, we’re represented by the National Party – who are supposed to be looking after the bush – and quite frankly they’ve walked away from us and abandoned us completely,’ she said.

 


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

3 COMMENTS

  1. We can only hope another National about to join all the other former National party independents. We all know Barry O’Fraud O’Farrell thinks the Tweed electorate is in QLD and our National rep is on permanent holiday but he must think Grafton is in QLD as well, he does not seem to give a shit?

  2. Despite it costing jobs in Grafton, it’s good to see a reduced need for prisons and I can only assume there are similar cutbacks planned for the privately owned prisons in the state.

    • Would it were true that they need less prisons but there’s more of them than ever as far as possible from population centres (Glen Innes, out near Wellington, and other places). Grafton’s old and hard to refit with modern surveillance technology and sending North Coast people south or west away from family support ensures they will suffer their punishment all the more.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

‘The Great Reset’

Gary Opit, Wooyung I appreciated the letter by Lucas Wright (17 February) on the Great Reset conspiracy fantasy. With our privileged, western, simplistic understanding of...

Letting go

Mary McMorrow, Mullumbimby I respect the parents forgiving the drunk driver who killed their four children (one a cousin) as their way of dealing with...

Ministers misbehave

Keith Duncan, Pimlico Accusations of appalling behaviour by the Liberal Party in covering up misdeeds within its ranks just keep on keeping on. The last...

Transparency needed

Janelle Saffin MP, State Member for Lismore. I read with interest Mia Armitage’s front page article in last week’s Echo ‘Electorates miss out on bushfire...