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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, […]

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 […]

An Infrastructure Royal Commission?

By Peter Hehir Governments are elected to act in the best interests of not only those who have voted for them but to ensure that legislation is enacted that serves the needs of the community as a whole. Unfortunately here in NSW exactly the opposite has happened. NSW infrastructure planning has evolved over recent years […]

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. […]

Sydney Park to be tunneled

By Wendy Bacon and Lanie Tindale Electricity company Transgrid plans to dig a deep three metre wide trench across Sydney Park to install a cable that is part of a project to increase available power to central Sydney. If approved by NSW Planning, the project would involve digging into contaminated landfill, removing trees, intruding into […]

RMS thumbs its nose at NSW EPA

OPINION BY WENDY BACON NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has thumbed its nose at the NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), NSW Health, City of Sydney, the Inner West Council and the authors of 13,000 submissions, nearly all objecting to the Stage 3 WestConnex interchanges and tunnels between St Peters, Haberfield and Rozelle. Last week, […]

WestConnflicts of interest

BY WENDY BACON AND CHRIS NASH An apparent conflict of interest has arisen in the choice of the company Pacific Environment to do research for a committee, chaired by the NSW Chief Scientist and required to provide independent advice to the NSW Planning department for its assessment of the WestConnex Environmental Impact Statement. The committee […]

Airborne carcinogens increase around kids

BY WENDY BACON Thousands of homes, community centres, worksites and open spaces will be exposed to increased health risks if NSW Planning approves WestConnex's M4/M5 tunnels between St Peters and Haberfield and Rozelle. These risks would arise from elevated concentrations of the fine particle carcinogen PM 2.5 exposing several child care centres and schools, including: […]

EPA rejects WestConnex EIS

BY WENDY BACON The NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has strongly criticised the Sydney Motorway Corporation's environmental assessment of the proposed Westconnex Stage 3 M4/M5 tunnels between St Peters and Rozelle. The EPA charges that the assessment is so lacking in detail that it is not possible to "determine whether mitigation measures proposed are appropriate." […]