The WestConnex project was wholly rejected by locals who filled the Enmore Theatre to capacity. WestConnex Delivery Authority executives faced overwhelming hostility as they went through the motions of so-called community consultation with an information night that was farcical at best.
Christopher Swann and Dennis Cliché under fire from our community’s questions. Photo by: Martin Brady.
Westconnex boss Dennis Cliché was barricaded on stage and flanked by an army of private security. Cliché and WestConnex executives endured 90 minutes of heckling, booing and signs from audience members that said LIES and ANSWER THE QUESTION.
Photo by: Martin Brady.
“If this is truly community consultation, then they should cancel this project because the community has spoken and don’t want it,” said Westconnex Action Group organiser Emma Pierce.
“No one wants this toll road, no one wants the lack of alternatives that it leaves commuters, and no one wants the congestion or the poison stacks or our community torn apart by this.
“The community expressed strong concern about how we would cope with the tens of thousands of cars they’re expecting to be dumped in St. Peters, and how the poison stacks would affect our air.
“This will be a dangerous toxic soup for the Inner West and the cardio respiratory problems will be felt for year in what could be a next generation James Hardie-style batch of asbestos claims by residents.
“To cite Northconnex as a benchmark is worrying because the local doctors group is still fighting against it and the poison stacks near the schools still don’t have filters.
Marrickville Mayor Mark Gardiner and Greens candidate for Newtown Jenny Leong were loudly cheered when they stood to reiterate their opposition to Westconnex, which is also supported by the City of Sydney Council.
Marrickville Mayor Mark Gardiner. Photo by: Martin Brady.
“Tonight achieved nothing and was a disaster for WestConnex as they realise they have to try a lot harder to get this over the line because this community clearly won’t lie down.
“They said that the tender process is now complete, so they should now show us exactly what went out for tender because there has been no transparency around this at all,” said Ms Pierce.
EcoTransit consultant Mat Hounsell said the information presented by WestConnex was contrary to Department of Planning reports on traffic modelling for the M4 widening.
“The Dept of Planning environmental assessment report for M4 widening shows Parramatta Rd will be clogged with 15,000 extra cars, Victoria Rd will suffer an extra 10,000 cars and the M4 will drop to a service rating of F – the lowest rating possible. The Silverwater Rd intersection is expected to have a 7km queue with traffic speeds of 28 km per hour. They lied about that tonight, so what else are they lying about? The community is right to be highly sceptical of WestConnex,” Mr Hounsell said.
WHAT THE NEWS IS REPORTING:
KEEP UP THE PRESSURE!
WestCONnex are holding an information session on Thursday 5th March, 2pm-7.30pm
Will they answer any of the questions they DIDN’T answer at their “community consultation” on 23rd Feb at the Enmore Theatre? Go along and find out!
WestConnex Pop Up Shop – Unit B2, 238 Princes Highway, St Peters
(near the KFC on the Princes Highway)
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.
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
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
RESIDENTS will be holding a protest at Sydney Park at the corner Campbell Rd and Euston Rd from 7am on Saturday, when WestCONnex contractors plan to destroy more trees for the St Peters Interchange.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