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Sleepless nights as WestConnex breaks curfew

By ELIZA SPENCER Turn off the Princes’ highway, and from Campbell Street to Stanmore Road, the sound of compression breaking, rattling trucks and booming horns sound the march of progress towards the competition of the WestConnex New M5 project. The controversial project has already caused the forced eviction of residents across the Inner West, and […]

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Westconnex out chopping again

By ALLISON HORE On Thursday 7 November, over 150 residents attended a meeting held by Balmain MP Jamie Parker, calling on the government and the Inner West Council to back away from a plan to fell trees in Annandale for the Whites Creek Link section of the Westconnex project. “The government is waging a war […]

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Is your house being acquired for Westconnex? What you need to know

Opinion By PETER HEHIR Now that the RMS are sending notices in relation to the compulsory acquisition of the land beneath properties in Rozelle and Lilyfield – which includes almost all of the homes in SW Rozelle, most of Lilyfield and a good percentage of NW Rozelle – it’s timely for homeowners to consider how […]

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WestConnex takes its toll in Annandale

By WENDY BACON WestConnex contractors chopped down scores more trees in Annandale late on Monday night, just hours after residents protested against the destruction of Buruwan Park, which will make way for road widening and a giant overpass across to Rozelle. Since 2016, 8000 trees have been chopped down across Sydney's Inner West by WestConnex, […]

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WestCONnex dodges air quality conditions

By WENDY BACON The M4 East Tunnel has been allowed to open last week, although several important conditions imposed by NSW Planning have not been fulfilled. The failure to meet these conditions exposes Inner West residents to potential health risks. After a number of concerns about gas leaks and other safety concerns slowed progress, the […]

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WestConnex class action

BY JOAN HENSON The world’s largest law firm may lead the first class action on property damage related to WestConnex tunnelling.​ Claims of severe cracking have been routinely rejected by the M4 East contractor.​ But for residents who are waiting to be impacted by Stage 3 construction, and are suspicious of the existing compensation claims […]

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WestConnex mould found in ear

BY WENDY BACON The Fair Work Commission has recommended that the WestConnex M4 East tunnel employ a full-time hygienist to ensure safe work on the remaining sections of the M4 East tunnel construction. The order was made in late March after a worker was found to have toxic mould growing in his ear. Tests showed […]

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Upgrade dumped for WestConnex Tolls

BY ROYDON NG As the State Government pushes ahead with the controversial toll-road, despite community opposition, WestConnex is likely to become a lasting reminder of how good public transport was sidelined. With Western Sydney’s growing population there was no question that something had to be done to improve transport to and from the City. The […]

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WestConnex dirty secrecy games

BY WENDY BACON AND LUKE BACON Fresh evidence of poor air quality in St Peters has been actively hidden from parents and the community by WestConnex. This includes higher levels of fine particulate matter which is known to be dangerous to health, especially that of small children, pregnant women, older people and those with heart […]

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Opinion: Is WestConnex in the shite?

BY PETER HEHIR Perhaps the title of this article refers to the public perception of WestConnex? The fact that many people are aware that WestConnex won’t solve Sydney’s traffic problems, that it will actually worsen the chaos, is something that is now accepted by an ever-growing number of Sydneysiders. Or maybe it’s the fact that […]

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