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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 […]

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 […]

That sinking feeling…

BY PETER HEHIR The banner below the Sunday Telegraph masthead screams “YOU DECIDE. SPECIAL EDITION”. Yeah right… Shorten has been torpedoed. And News Corp and the right-wing media had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with polluting the hearts and minds of the voting public. Given the extent of fact distortion in the media, the misrepresentation […]

Parliament digs up WestCONnex dirt

By Wendy Bacon WestConnex may be Australia’s biggest infrastructure project but according to Reverend Fred Nile, who chaired a Parliamentary Inquiry into its impacts, it’s also the worst example of lack of transparency in NSW. The report,which was released this week, is a devastating critique of the 34-kilometre tollway network. The Committee found the NSW […]

It’s your home. You fix it

By Peter Hehir It’s now abundantly clear that the Sydney Motorway Corporation and the RMS have absolutely no intention of repairing any family homes damaged by WestConnex construction, despite this being a legal obligation. The Department of Planning and Environment have also failed the community, in not enforcing compliance of this requirement. The SMC and […]

Berejiklian’s silent assassin

By Peter Hehir The biggest killer worldwide is air pollution. The WHO hosted its first global conference on air pollution and health in Geneva last week, including a high-level action day at which nations and cities are expected to make new commitments to cut air pollution. This barely caused a ripple here in NSW however. […]

Tunnel vision used for business case

BY WENDY BACON The NSW government has squandered the opportunity to properly cost infrastructure projects by omitting substantial costs from the equation, Associate Professor Glen Searle told the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into the impacts of WestConnex. Professor Searle’s evidence came near the beginning of three days of evidence in which the the government’s defence of […]

Smokescreens instead of filters

BY WENDY BACON A professor of respiratory medicine and a specialist doctor who has researched air pollution told the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into WestConnex last week that they do not accept NSW Roads and Maritime Services’ claim that unfiltered stacks are world’s best practice. The Inquiry has published hundreds of submissions from groups and residents […]

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 […]

WestConnex dumps dive sites

By Wendy Bacon Two dangerous WestConnex dive sites have been dumped by Lendlease, the lead contractor appointed to build the Stage 3 WestConnex tunnel between St Peters and Haberfield. This is a big win for residents but leaves open a serious question. Why were these two sites approved by NSW Planning in the first place? […]