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Why WestConnex consultations are toxic

OPINION:  WENDY BACON If you hold a community consultation session well away from the site of a massive development, on an early Winter’s evening in a registered club, it’s bound to affect the turn out. But if that’s what you want, the setting is perfect. My first memories of community involvement in planning go back […]

Residents remain in the dark over WestConnex plans

By Wendy Bacon Groups campaigning against the WestConnex motorway have complained that the WestConnex Delivery Authority (WDA) community feedback sessions for the motorway are a 'useless sham' and little more than a 'tick and flick' bureaucratic exercise. Last week, WDA announced that Cintra Hockey Park near Parramatta Road in Concord would be the mid tunnelling […]

New coalition forms against carcinogenic WestConnex

By Wendy Bacon and Elise Dalley With the NSW state election over, the future of WestConnex is set to become the focus of a huge community campaign over coming months. Lack of funding for public transport, secrecy surrounding the 33 kilometre tollway WestConnex project and its environmental and health impacts will be hot issues in […]

WestConnex was ‘aggressive’ says waste company

By Wendy Bacon A Sydney waste company has accused the WestConnex Delivery Authority (WDA) of behaving aggressively and secretly in its negotiations to resume its St Peters property in inner Sydney. As City Hub reported last week, the WDA compulsorily acquired the Dial A Dump waste site at the southern boundary of Sydney Park in […]

St Peters residents dumped for WestConnex

By Wendy Bacon St Peters residents are angry that the WestConnex Delivery Authority (WDA) quietly took possession of a major waste dump in the area without informing the community or requiring the company that owned it to clean it up. The WDA was set up to build a 33 kilometre toll road from Parramatta through […]

Extensive WestConnex drilling creates further confusion

The announcement of drilling sites for the revised WestConnex route through Sydney’s inner west has been met with controversy and has sparked more lingering questions from the community. The first stages of drilling commenced this week. WestConnex authorities announced a total of eighteen drilling sites spanning Tempe, Sydenham and St Peters. The sites focus around […]

Council hesitant on Parramatta Road urban renewal

Leichhardt councillors have flagged their suspicion of the state Government’s plan to redevelop Parramatta Rd. There is growing concern among residents the urban renewal project will see high-density development cut through Leichhardt and Annandale. The Parramatta Rd Urban Renewal Programme, by the state Government city planning body Urban Growth NSW, would involve a transformation of […]