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Government to sell off remaining WestConnex stake

By ALLISON HORE While all eyes were on the USA late last week and over the weekend, the NSW Government announced their intention to sell off their remaining stakes in the WestConnex project. Treasurer Dominic Perrottet announced on Friday that the government would offer its 49 percent stake in the controversial motorway up for sale. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

WestCONnex. A done deal?

By Peter Hehir Not according to Professor James Weirick from the University of NSW. Sure the Stage 1 tunnels between the M4 and Haberfield do exist and are soon to open; and construction of the Stage 3 disaster is about to get underway; however Professor Weirick and a great many others believe that the tunnels […]

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 […]

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 […]