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WestConnex substrata acquisition cheats residents out of receiving fair compensation

By KATE RAFFERTY Permanent acquisition of underground land due to WestConnex construction has left property owners in the Inner West battling the government for compensation. Under the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991, governments can permanently acquire underground land, or substratum, without compensation if it is in the path of project plans. In the […]

Parliamentary committee to investigate Western Harbour Tunnel project

By ALLISON HORE An inquiry into the suitability of the Western Harbour Tunnel project has been launched in the NSW Upper House.  The Public Works Committee, who are responsible for scrutinising public works of the NSW Government, will inquire into and report on the impact of the Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link Project. This […]

The toxic threat confronting Inner West residents

Opinion by PETER HEHIR This Guardian article highlights the bleak future that faces all inner west residents who live within the fallout zone associated with any of the unfiltered WestConnex exhaust stacks. In concert with the aggressive position taken by the fossil fuel lobby, reminiscent of that last ditch stand by the cigarette companies, the […]

“WestConnex and I hate each other’s guts”: community concerned WestConnex will make harbour pools unusable

By EVA BAXTER Community around Balmain fears the looming construction of the controversial Western Harbour Tunnel will make the harbour west of the Harbour Bridge unfit for human use. Marine scientists have reported construction of the tunnel risks disturbing hundreds of years of toxic pollution on the harbour floor. The Western Harbour Tunnel route connects […]

WestConnex blasting scrapped, concern over roadheaders grows

By DANIEL LO SURDO A proposal by the WestConnex’s joint-venture contractor to undertake tunnel blasting beneath Leichhardt’s 36th Battalion Park and Pioneers Memorial Park has been abandoned.  The decision was made formal in last month’s construction update after a WestConnex spokesperson revealed to City Hub on February 16 that blasting was “highly unlikely” to occur […]

The coming storm…

Opinion by PETER HEHIR Toxic soup in the harbour, poisoned air, the amalgamation debacle, the huge debt the Inner West Council has incurred and the inevitability of increased rates begs the question.  What is it that you, as a concerned individual, can do? Send the report and the SMH article to as many of your […]

WestConnex: Blasting underneath Leichhardt ‘highly unlikely’ to occur

By DANIEL LO SURDO The WestConnex contractor’s proposal to blast underneath Leichhardt’s 36th Battalion Park and Pioneers Memorial Park has been deemed “highly unlikely” to occur.  City Hub understands a final decision on the proposal will be made by the joint-venture contractor, Acciona Samsung Bouygues, in the coming days.  “The contractor has advised that it […]

WestConnex blasting property damage concerns Leichhardt locals

By DANIEL LO SURDO Leichhardt residents are growing increasingly concerned with potential property damage resulting from the WestConnex tunnel blasting that could begin as early as next month.  WestConnex contractor Acciona Samsung Bouygues (ASBJV) applied to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment in November seeking permission to break rock under areas between Leichhardt’s 36th […]

WestConnex blasting threatens Leichhardt residents

By RIDA BABAR The WestConnex project’s joint-venture contractor has applied for permission to blast under Leichhardt’s residential streets. The Acciona Samsung Bouygues joint venture (ASBJV) submitted the application to break rock for excavation on a segment of Leichhardt’s Norton and MacKenzie Streets last month after abandoning the procedure in Annandale earlier in the year. The […]

Inner West roads not two-wheel ready

By BRIANNAH DEVLIN Sydney CBD cycleways constructions connecting the Inner West to Sydney CBD are just the tip of the iceberg for cycling connections in the Inner West. The construction of “two-way” cycleways on Saunders and Millers Street in Pyrmont will help link Sydney’s central business district to the Inner West. Construction began in October, […]