Statement by Coalition against WestConnex
The Coalition against WestConnex (CAW), a network of community groups opposed to WestConnex, has launched the People’s M4/M5 EIS.
The People’s M4/M5 EIS is a website designed to help people make submissions to NSW Planning, which is currently assessing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for WestConnex Stage 3, a tunnel between St Peters and Haberfield and Rozelle in Sydney's Inner West. Despite calls for a longer period, the public has been given only 60 days to respond to an EIS of 7000 pages.
WestCONnex Action Group (WAG) has been told by the Minister for the Environment, and the Chair & CEO of the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), that the WestCONnex project is exempt from one of the EPA’s most powerful sanctions for breaches of environmental laws, a stop-work order or Prohibition Notice.
Professor Paul Torzillo, Executive Clinical Director and Head of Respiratory Medicine at Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) hospital, spoke out about the extensive physical, mental and social health impacts of WestCONnex at a recent public meeting in Camperdown. Here's the video along with the transcript of his talk.Read more
The Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) is currently in the process of conducting consultation sessions on its Concept Design for the WestCONnex M4-M5 Link. Wendy Bacon went along to the first sessions in Camperdown and Leichhardt, and has provided the following report.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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."Read more