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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 […]

Residents fed up with lack of feedback

BY LANIE TINDALE Residents have slammed WestConnex’s consultation and complaints processes at a NSW parliamentary inquiry. A key concern raised in the inquiry is the effectiveness and sincerity of the consultation process conducted by the NSW Roads and Maritime Services [RMS] and private company Sydney Motorway Corporation [SMC] that owns WestConnex. RMS told the Inquiry […]

Airborne carcinogens increase around kids

BY WENDY BACON Thousands of homes, community centres, worksites and open spaces will be exposed to increased health risks if NSW Planning approves WestConnex's M4/M5 tunnels between St Peters and Haberfield and Rozelle. These risks would arise from elevated concentrations of the fine particle carcinogen PM 2.5 exposing several child care centres and schools, including: […]

WestCon protestors snubbed

By JESSICA DE VERA Community groups in the inner-west opposing the WestConnex road development scheme have been denied funding following last Tuesday’s extraordinary meeting at the Inner West Council. Disruption descended in the meeting when residents grew angry after they waited over three hours to discuss the notified agenda. “The substantive motions put forward by the […]

Westconnex faces mounting opposition

BY KENJI SATO Protesters occupied a drill site at the Tempe Reserve on Tuesday morning, settling in with lawn chairs and picnic blankets in an attempt to block construction of the Westconnex New M5 road interchange. Drilling was delayed and police were called to the scene. A move-on order was issued and the protesters left […]