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)
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
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
NEWTOWN resident Glenys Waddell, 70, faced court at Downing Centre today after being arrested protesting the destruction of Sydney Park trees for WestCONnex.Read more
On 19 January 2017 - just hours before Mike Baird announced his resignation - Sharon Laura spoke to Colin Hesse on Radio Skid Row about WestCONnex protests, the use of police as private security, and Baird's draconian anti-protest laws. They also touched on the secrecy, waste of taxpayer dollars and failure to listen to communities that led to Baird's downfall. Have a listen.Read more
On 23 January 2017, Gladys Berejiklian was sworn in as the new Premier of NSW. We immediately wrote to her to request an urgent meeting to discuss WestCONnex, and our call for halt to and full review of the project. Here's a copy of our letter.Read more