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“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residents fear that the NSW Minister for Planning, Rob Stokes, is fast-tracking a development proposal that is based on outdated and misleading information about contamination, aircraft noise, pollution and traffic risks.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 […]

Westconnex bottoms out

Inner West residents learned for the first time last week that the WestConnex Stage 3 tunnel between Haberfield and St Peters would be less than 20 metres under some of their homes. NSW Planning approved the project in April with only an ‘indicative route’. Since then residents have been waiting for a map. The final […]

No reprieve for the Inner West

By Peter Hehir In spite of huge resident opposition, in just a few days – while the bulk of the NSW population embraces holiday mode, the black shirts who form the NSW Government, will seal the fate of the Inner West. The Minister for Planning will again scrawl an illegible signature across the bottom of […]

Opinion: Public toilets are crap

By ALEC SMART Ask the average Sydneysider about the universal Emerald City experience and you will inevitably have to listen to rhapsodies about the beaches and the harbour, then several rants about real estate prices, traffic and rude people on the inadequate public transport. Almost everyone in Sydney can regale you with rat tales - […]

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 […]

WestCONnex pollutes primary school

By Wendy Bacon An air quality consultant company reported to the NSW Planning Department that WestConnex M4/M5 construction would have no ‘significant effect’ on air quality at the same time as its own monitoring reports found that unusually high levels of fine particulate matter (PM) at St Peters school were likely to be caused by […]