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WestConnex activist to Deputy Mayor: Pauline Lockie hopes her road through Inner West Council continues

By EVA BAXTER Independent Deputy Mayor of Inner West Council Pauline Lockie never planned on becoming a political representative. As her first term on council comes to an end and she campaigns for re-election for Damun/Stanmore ward, she told the Independent it’s the work of local government that makes life in the inner city great. […]

Community consultation needed over Sydney Park Junction improvements

By EVA BAXTER The state government’s Sydney Park Junction project is a pedestrian friendly, traffic calming initiative aiming to extend the look and feel of the southern end of King Street into a new St Peters square. Transport for NSW proposes reducing traffic lanes and creating new walking and cycling links from Princes Highway to […]

COVID can’t crack community spirit in St Peters

By KATELYN MILLIGAN Life in lockdown is not easy, but one small community is making it just that little bit more manageable. With some creative thinking and a sprinkle of positivity, St Peters community members are making the most of their situation. Countless acts of kindness are being undertaken throughout the community; from gifting cookies […]

St Peters parklands meant to compensate for WestConnex are contaminated, says environmental scientist

By KATELYN MILLIGAN An environmental scientist is calling for an independent contamination assessment into landfill offered by the NSW government as potential parklands to ‘compensate’ for WestConnex to the St Peter’s community. The proposed hilltop park at the southwestern end of the St Peters Interchange was previously a highly polluted landfill site which contained contaminants […]

St Peters community demands school zone for their children

By KATELYN MILLIGAN The St Peters community has amplified calls for a school zone at the Campbell Street crossing after a vehicle running a red light almost hit two schoolchildren. Parents of St Peters Public School have lobbied for years to upgrade pedestrian safety and protect their children as they cross Campbell Street to attend […]

“At long last,” accessibility upgrade for Inner West stations

By ALLISON HORE After years of community campaigning, details have been released about accessibility upgrades for two stations in Sydney’s Inner West. As part of the Transport Access Scheme, Transport for NSW have started planning much needed accessibility upgrades at Erskineville and St Peters stations. The proposed upgrades at St Peters and Erskineville stations will […]

Silent Bingo

The iconic Town And Country in St Peters was first opened in 1881, in all those years many legends have walked through the door. In 1980, Australian country legend, Slim Dusty penned the song A Beer With Duncan that included the line 'We drink at the Town And Country, Where the atmosphere is great'. In 2021 […]

Westcon’s M8 dustup

By WENDY BACON There have been six air pollution exceedances on the WestConnex M8 tunnel since it opened in early July. Five of these involved the controversial unfiltered ventilation stacks.  Air pollutant readings above the limit were not caused by traffic congestion because there has been very little traffic on the M8 due to drivers […]

Risky high-rise faces fast-track approval

By WENDY BACON St Peters’ residents fear that the NSW Minister for Planning, Rob Stokes, is fast-tracking a development proposal that is based on outdated and misleading information about contamination, aircraft noise, pollution and traffic risks. The development, known as Precinct 75, is currently a ‘creative hub’ of 70 small businesses housed in old industrial […]

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 […]