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)
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
It’s certainly been a challenging 2018 for those of us committed to fighting the toxic toll road known as WestConnex. We have made our voices heard reporting as many of the WestConnex breaches of the law as possible and, in October 2018, WestCONnex Action Group (WAG) gave evidence to the NSW Upper House Parliamentary Inquiry into the Impacts of the WestCONnex Project.
But 2019 will be even busier.
As well as pressuring politicians for a Royal Commission into WestCONnex (and don't forget the NSW state election is on 23 March), WAG will be setting up a register of WestCONnex property damage, continuing to support the citizen scientists' air quality monitoring project, and be holding WestCONnex and its contractors to account over breaches.Read more
WestCONnex Action Group (WAG) welcomes the decision of the NSW Public Accountability Committee Inquiry into the impacts of WestConnex to hold an extra hearing day to recall Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) and the Dept of Planning to explain their earlier evidence.Read more
Stop Westconnex campaigners today occupied the NSW Department of Planning and Environment building in Pitt Street, Sydney, calling on the Department to reject the Environmental Impact Statement for Stage 3 of the Westconnex tollway network.
Stage 3 WestCONnex consists of twin tunnels between St Peters and Haberfield and Rozelle, several massive construction sites and a huge three level interchange at Rozelle.
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
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