ROADS Minister Duncan Gay faces questions about whether he has misled parliament in relation to Sydney Park, which now faces savage cuts if the WestCONnex project continues.
Westconnex officials told City of Sydney councillors that around 11,000 square metres of the recently renovated park would be torn up for road widening that no one wants.
Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore moved a motion that the impacts on Sydney Park were “unacceptable”.
“Sydney Park, the significant regional park for increasing numbers of inner city families will be effectively surrounded by major four lane highways on all sides, potentially reducing pedestrian access from surrounding residential areas,” she said.
Cr Linda Scott said that this information could mean that the Minister for Roads, Duncan Gay may have misled parliament.
“In November, My Gay said that green space in Sydney Park would not be removed by the St Peters WestCONnex interchange project. In response to a Labor question that Sydney Park would be retained in its entirety as open space, Mr Gay responded ‘the short answer is yes’.
Local resident opposition to WestCONnex has intensified with a public protest in St Peters tomorrow, and more than 2000 people expected to converge on Simpson Park in Campbell St.
More than 17 local action groups representing 185,000 residents have joined forces in opposing WestCONnex, organising petitions, pop-up protests and rallies.
Local politicians and councillors are expected to attend tomorrow’s peaceful protest, which will block off Campbell St between Unwins Bridge Road and the Princes Hwy St Peters from 1pm.
A family friendly event with face painting and kids activities is planned, as well as 40 local DJs headlined by ARIA award winner Paul Mac.
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