As families near WestConnex construction sites take their young children to start the 2019 school year, they are confronting evidence that the Berejiklian government has lied to them about the threat posed by one of the most deadly forms of air pollution, PM 2.5.
A report compiled using the NSW government’s own figures – collected by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and WestConnex monitors – shows extraordinary levels of exposure to PM 2.5. This is a form of pollution known to cause heart disease, strokes and respiratory illness and, in Sydney alone, is responsible for 520 premature deaths each year according to the NSW Environment Protection Authority.Read more
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
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
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
On 22 March 2017, WestCONnex Action Group's Pauline Lockie spoke to Amie Bransgrove on RadioActive 2RRR about WestCONnex's shocking safety breaches and construction errors - including botched asbestos removal, road accidents involving defective trucks, cracking houses, roofing flying off part-demolished houses, and more. Have a listen.Read more
On 23 February 2017, WestCONnex Action Group's Pauline Lockie spoke to Col Hesse on Radio Skid Row about WestCONnex's damning Federal audit and shocking safety breaches, and how these "red flags" show how the tollway's being planned on the fly - and at any cost. Have a listen.Read more
Last week saw Mike Baird step aside as Premier of NSW, with many citing his failure to listen to communities devastated by WestCONnex as one of the key reasons for his demise. Back in May 2016, when Baird's popularity was starting to plummet, WestCONnex Action Group's Pauline Lockie spoke at the massive March Against Baird rally about why WestCONnex was just one more way for Baird to achieve his ultimate goal: to sell us out to his mates in big business.Read more
THREE women, including journalist and activist Wendy Bacon, were arrested in St Peters on Friday morning during a peaceful protest against the demolition of forcibly acquired homes for the WestCONnex toll road.Read more