Business Southern Highlands is obviously disappointed with the decision of the NSW State Government concerning the Berrima Gaol.

Business Southern Highlands had joined a consortium consisting of The Vault, Berrima Resident’s Association and a number of prominent locals to propose a community buy-back to operate the gaol as a commercial enterprise. An EOI was submitted by the group, based on a successful social enterprise model at Fremantle Gaol WA and Beechwood Gaol in Victoria.

However, despite being unsuccessful, the Business Chamber vehemently supports the winning tender and we look forward to seeing the positive economic, employment and social impacts that the development of the gaol will deliver to Berrima and the region.

Congratulations must go to the successful tender recipient Blue Sox Group owned by Joe Wehbe. We understand a boutique hotel is planned for the site.

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Carisa Wells
Kate Ingham