On 17 April 2018, the NSW Minister for Planning Anthony Roberts approved Stage 3 of WestConnex – the biggest, most expensive transport infrastructure project in the history of Australia.
But it was not until 10 days later, on Friday 27 April, that this approval was made public, with a quiet upload to a government website. Even then, the planning minister, Anthony Roberts, was unavailable for media interviews.
WAG can understand why the Gladys Berejiklian government doesn’t want to front the public to explain its absurd approval of this massive project. As yet, there is no actual engineering plan for Stage 3, just a concept design. And there are persistent doubts that the proposed underground Rozelle Interchange, a crucial part of Stage 3 of WestConnex, can even be built without massive additional cost to the taxpayer.
But that’s not even the worst bit. As we have always argued, WestConnex will not fix the traffic snarls and will make local traffic flows much worse. Air pollution will get worse at schools and childcare centres including Sydney Park Childcare, The Infants Home in Ashfield, St Peters Public School, Erskineville Public School, Camdenville Public School – the list goes on.
Yet the Berejiklian government approved it anyway, ignoring the advice of experts, and putting the health of children at risk. The peer reviews attached to Roberts' approval spell out some of the failings of the WestConnex project.
THE COALITION Against WestCONnex (CAW), a network of community groups opposed to WestConnex, will today, 16 October 2017, submit more than 10,000 objections against the WestConnex Stage 3 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).Read more
After inflicting eight months of dust, noise and odours on St Peters, WestCCONnex has given its residents only 3 days’ notice that excavation works will continue next to their homes from 8am to 10pm on Saturdays, and 8am to 6pm on Sundays, for 3 weekends in a row, with no break at all for 18 days.Read more
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
RESIDENTS will be holding a protest at 95-125 Euston Rd in Alexandria from 7am on Wednesday, when WestCONnex contractors plan to start destroying over 70 trees as part of road widening works for the St Peters Interchange.Read more
HUNDREDS of residents attended a snap rally in Alexandria on Saturday to call on Premier Gladys Berejiklian to halt plans to turn Euston Rd into a seven-lane highway as part of work for the WestCONnex St Peters Interchange.Read more
RESIDENTS of 95-125 Euston Road in Alexandria will hold a snap rally at 12pm today to call on Premier Gladys Berejiklian to halt plans to bring a seven-lane highway within 2m of their homes as part of works for the WestCONnex St Peters Interchange.Read more
RESIDENTS of 95-125 Euston Road in Alexandria have organised a snap rally to call on Premier Gladys Berejiklian to halt plans to bring a seven-lane highway within 2m of their homes as part of road widening works for the WestCONnex St Peters Interchange.Read more