HUNDREDS of people are expected to attend the Stop WestCONnex Community Rally in Rozelle this Sunday to call for a halt to the project and its Federal funding.
“We’ve always said WestCONnex has all the hallmarks of a dirty project – no transparency, escalating costs, corrupted planning processes, contracts signed before approvals are granted and more,” said WestCONnex Action Group (WAG) spokesperson Amanda Bull.
“And with over $2 billion of the $3.5 billion in Federal money committed to WestCONnex still yet to be paid, we’re calling on all parties to halt this funding while the Federal audit is underway.
“The Australian National Audit Office’s decision to investigate this funding shows that they recognise there are huge question marks over WestCONnex.
“Its audit of the East-West Link toll road condemned Tony Abbott’s decision to commit Federal funding to the project, which would have returned just 45c for every $1 wasted on it.
“We expect the ANAO will make similar findings when it comes to WestCONnex, which is bigger, more expensive, and even less transparent than that disastrous project.
“There’s still time to stop this horrific waste of our money – and redirect this funding into areas like health, education, and public transport.
“That’s why our communities are coming together on Sunday to call for a halt to the destructive WestCONnex, which will see people from western Sydney paying huge tolls to drive straight into traffic jams,” said Ms Bull.
What: Stop WestCONnex Community Rally, 1:30pm - 2:30pm, Sunday 26th June
Where: Easton Park in Rozelle (Burt St).
12pm: Picnic and music by Mic Conway, Mark Lucas & Dennis Albury
1:30pm: Rally begins. Speakers include Jamie Parker MP, Dr Michelle Zeibots (UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures), Jim Casey (Greens candidate for Grayndler), Pauline Lockie (WestCONnex Action Group).
Contacts: Amanda Bull 0416 052 330, Pauline Lockie 0414 470 106