The Northern prison project remains on track, the state government says.
Corrections Minister Elise Archer said due diligence work at the Brushy Rivulet Crown Land Site, about five kilometres from Westbury, was ongoing , and that a new environmental consultant on the project would coordinate the "continued assessment of natural values for the site".
Ms Archer said a request for tender process, whereby a lead designer and sub-consultancy team would be appointed, was expected to begin "later this year".
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"Further exploratory drilling will also occur on site as part of the proper due diligence process for planning as well as an analysis of site services, bushfire, traffic and site access - all of which will be incorporated into the lead designer request for tender process," she said.
"It has been determined that the most appropriate approach to seek approval for the project moving forward will be to prepare a joint Particular Purpose Zone (PPZ)/development application (DA) for submission to the Meander Valley Council.
"We expect the development application to be submitted later this year."
Ms Archer said the council and the Meander Valley community would receive "a significant level of accurate information and detail about the project" via the DA.
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