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Inner West Next in Line for Deep Excavation Risks

By DANIEL LO SURDO Deep excavation set to take place in the Inner West has raised concerns with the Rozelle community about the ramifications to their lives and properties. Excavation as part of the Rozelle Interchange, a three-storey spaghetti junction connecting the M4-M5 Link Tunnels and the City West Link, began last month after 60 […]

St Peters parklands meant to compensate for WestConnex are contaminated, says environmental scientist

By KATELYN MILLIGAN An environmental scientist is calling for an independent contamination assessment into landfill offered by the NSW government as potential parklands to ‘compensate’ for WestConnex to the St Peter’s community. The proposed hilltop park at the southwestern end of the St Peters Interchange was previously a highly polluted landfill site which contained contaminants […]

Perilous Petersham pedestrian crossing dubbed “the most dangerous” in the Inner West

By GEMMA BILLINGTON  Community concerns about a perilous Petersham pedestrian crossing culminated in the Inner West council’s unanimous decision to enhance the safety at the West Street and Railway Terrace intersection.  In a meeting last month, the Inner West council voted to alert Transport for NSW and the Minister for Transport, Andrew Constance, of the […]

Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne calls for Rozelle Parklands to become NSW’s premium sporting precinct

By DANIEL LO SURDO Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne has petitioned the NSW Government to make Rozelle Parklands the best sporting precinct in NSW. The Rozelle Parklands project aims to be opened in 2023, with up to 10 hectares of land offering a rectangular sporting field, an oval, play equipment, picnic areas and a wetlands […]

The Billy Lids picnic

Opinion by PETER HEHIR Residents have until the 18th June 2021 for submissions to the NSW Upper House inquiry into the Western Harbour Tunnel. My take on this ecological disaster, one year from now, borrows from the ‘Teddy Bears Picnic:’ Don’t’ go down to the harbour pools today Or you’re sure of a big surprise […]

The Magic Lane: How Sydney’s “favourite story” will become an official community site

By LUCINDA GARBUTT-YOUNG Through the winding lanes of Annandale, there is a long-reigning community spirit. Paths bloom with seasonal foliage, and small front yards have rambling verge gardens. Much of this can be traced back to Kathy O’Donnell, who took over a dilapidated alleyway in 2015. Almost six years later, her now well-known project is […]

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 […]