The state government has confirmed that the Social Economic Impact Study of the $270 million Northern Regional Prison has been received.
Corrections Minister Elise Archer said late on Friday: "The Tasmanian Government has only just today received the Social and Economic Impact Study and will now consider it thoroughly and then release it in full, as promised."
Earlier last week, Ms Archer said the government expected to receive the SEIS later than had been previously indicated. The government originally expected the SEIS to be released by mid-April.
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"The government remains committed to publicly releasing the SEIS," Ms Archer said.
Government plans to locate the proposed prison at Westbury have been opposed by a group known as WRAP (Westbury Region Against the Prison).
A survey of about 9000 Meander Valley residents, which was to be incorporated in the SEIS, was delayed by two weeks from March 30 to April 15 because of the effects of coronavirus.
The survey came under fire because a number of Meander Valley residents, including Meander Valley Mayor Wayne Johnston, apparently did not receive a survey form.
Former Rowallan MLC Greg Hall called on SGS Economics to redo the survey.
WRAP president Linda Poulton last week called on the government to release the study saying that the uncertainty was causing stress for many Westbury residents.
WRAP will today present a petition to the Meander Valley Council calling for a public meeting to be held on the issue.
Ms Poulton said the group had fulfilled a condition under s 59(ii) of the Local Government Act by collecting signatures from five per cent of people on the municipalities electoral roll.