Tag Archives

Berejiklian Govt stomps on transparency

BY WENDY BACON Public accountability and transparency are often described as core principles of modern parliamentary democracy. However, it is one thing to set up accountability mechanisms, it is quite another for those mechanisms to deliver actual accountability by which is meant a willingness on the part of public officials to account for or accept […]

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 […]

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 […]

St Peter’s deafened by WestConnex

By Lanie Tindale A vacant Roads and Maritime Services-owned house in St Peters is receiving extensive noise abatement treatment, classified as Type 2, while residents on the same street struggle to get proper noise treatment. St Peters residents say noise amelioration is desperately needed. A video from last Friday night posted to a private St […]

Haberfield in a haze over WestConnex

BY WENDY BACON UPDATE: Today, we learned that WestConnex Stage 3 was quietly approved on April 17th without any public announcement until a media release was issued by the NSW Minister for Planning Anthony Roberts this morning. The approval includes the Rozelle Interchange for which there is not even a preliminary construction plan or design. […]