A small group of people gathered last Friday at Ben Jones’ farm, which is the site of the proposed Grafton correctional centre.
Mr Jones’ farm is being acquired by the NSW Government to facilitate the project, as reported in a story in last week’s paper, Seeking ‘fair’ compensation.
A spokesperson for Mr Jones said the group was not protesting against a gaol being established near Grafton.
“It’s about the way Ben and other land owners are treated when land is acquired by the government – they don’t have a choice,” she said.
Mick Franklin, who organised the gathering, said he was against the land acquisition, “especially as some of Ben’s land had already been acquired for the highway upgrade; and being an 84-year-old having his future ripped out from under him.”