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The dreamworld of WestConnex PR

By WENDY BACON This week WestConnex launched what the Federal and NSW governments boasted was an “interactive, world-first online community event” to promote Transurban’s WestConnex M8, the tollway from Kingsgrove to St Peters that will open soon. It’s an interactive video with lots of places where you can click to immerse yourself in the tollway […]

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All you wanted to know about WestConnex

By ELIZA SPENCER Drought, fires and floods have not stopped one of the NSW State Government’s most malignant projects from trundling towards completion. Even a pandemic cannot halt the efforts of the venture, as underground drills grind through stone and silt less than 30 meters below homes, roads, and businesses across the Inner West. The […]

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Rozelle calls for WestConnex noise reprieve

By ALEXI DEMETRIADI With Sydney on lockdown, the city has been forced inside their homes. Everyone who is not employed in an essential service have readjusted their lives to adapt to the new work from home environment. That begs the question as to why WestConnex, the huge underground highway construction, is seemingly exempt from the […]

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WestConnex privatisation likely

by ALEC SMART The NSW Govt is planning a scoping study to consider divesting its remaining 49 per cent stake in WestConnex toll roads and sell it to the private sector. NSW Treasury will seek to appoint advisers to conduct the scoping study with a report expected to be handed to the Government in the […]

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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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