Westbury prison opponent Heather Donaldson has this message for the Tasmanian community: how would you feel if there were plans to build a prison in your town or neighbourhood?
Twenty Westbury residents traveled to Parliament House in Hobart on Thursday to protest against the government's plans for a $270 million prison in the village.
The government has attempted to reassure residents opposed to the project that the Westbury site is just a proposal at this stage and it would continue to consult with the community over its concerns.
But Mrs Donaldson said she believed the consultation process was hollow and the government had no intention to change sites.
Westbury resident Phil Giles moved to the village in March, attracted to its historical charm.
He said a prison would impact this and might dissuade visitation from tourists which, in turn, would impact small businesses.
Mr Giles said the government's claim that the prison would improve the local economy was shortsighted as much increased economic activity was likely to only last during the facility's construction.
Corrections Minister Elise Archer will hold a series of private consultation sessions in Westbury this month and attend a public meeting on Monday, December 16 at 5.30pm.