Selling off WestCONnex: What does it mean?

WestCONnex was meant to be funded using a combination of taxpayer dollars, tolls, and the sale of the roads' toll concessions. But the Berejiklian government has just announced its intention to sell off the company tasked with building it - the Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC). This was first announced as the sale of a 51% stake in the SMC, but it's now been confirmed that the government is considering selling off the SMC in its entirety. So what does this mean for the people of NSW - and the future of WestCONnex? Commercial lawyer and WestCONnex Action Group (WAG) spokesperson Rhea Liebmann explains.

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"If we design cities and regions for cars, they fail for everyone, including drivers"

We found this snippet of an interview with leading urban planner Brent Toderian online. In just a few minutes, he explains why building new roads like WestCONnex fail to solve congestion - and what cities and suburbs can do instead.

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LISTEN: WestCONnex and the Bushwackers Family Bushdance

WestCONnex Action Group's Janet Dandy-Ward speaks to Col Hesse on Radio Skid Row about the Bushwackers' big family bushdance on Saturday 27 May 2017, which will raise money towards the legal costs of residents who were arrested at WestCONnex protests. Have a listen, and buy your tickets for the bushdance here.

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LISTEN: Pauline Lockie on WestCONnex health, safety and construction breaches

On 22 March 2017, WestCONnex Action Group's Pauline Lockie spoke to Amie Bransgrove on RadioActive 2RRR about WestCONnex's shocking safety breaches and construction errors - including botched asbestos removal, road accidents involving defective trucks, cracking houses, roofing flying off part-demolished houses, and more. Have a listen.

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LISTEN: WestCONnex, the Federal audit and safety breaches on Radio Skid Row

On 23 February 2017, WestCONnex Action Group's Pauline Lockie spoke to Col Hesse on Radio Skid Row about WestCONnex's damning Federal audit and shocking safety breaches, and how these "red flags" show how the tollway's being planned on the fly - and at any cost. Have a listen.

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How WestCONnex will hit western Sydney: Dannielle's story

Premier Gladys Berejiklian Penrith MP Stuart Ayres has just been appointed as the Minister for WestCONnex, a move the Sydney Morning Herald described as a "clear attempt to reset the conversation on WestCONnex [to] the government's claim it will benefit western Sydney families." So we thought we'd share Dannielle's story about how the tolls will affect her and her husband in the Blue Mountains, and why she says "WestCONnex is a CON."

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Can you help ramp up the pressure to stop WestCONnex?

One of the key factors in Mike Baird's downfall was the growing opposition to WestCONnex. And with your help, we can keep up the pressure on our new Premier.

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LISTEN: Sharon Laura on WestCONnex protests, police and anti-protest laws

On 19 January 2017 - just hours before Mike Baird announced his resignation - Sharon Laura spoke to Colin Hesse on Radio Skid Row about WestCONnex protests, the use of police as private security, and Baird's draconian anti-protest laws. They also touched on the secrecy, waste of taxpayer dollars and failure to listen to communities that led to Baird's downfall. Have a listen.

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Letter sent to Premier Berejiklian on WestCONnex

On 23 January 2017, Gladys Berejiklian was sworn in as the new Premier of NSW. We immediately wrote to her to request an urgent meeting to discuss WestCONnex, and our call for halt to and full review of the project. Here's a copy of our letter.

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"This blue is our blue": MUA joins the fight against WestCONnex

Last week, members of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA)'s Sydney branch pledged the union's support to the fight against WestCONnex. Here's a quick wrap-up of what that means, and where we go from here.

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