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Opinion: Just how corrupt is NSW?

By Peter Hehir Is the NSW Government simply incompetent? Or is it corrupt? Is it a mix of both? Is WestConnex the handiwork of the seriously impaired or is it just plain old graft? The Guardian’s Christopher Knaus states, “According to the most widely recognised measure of public-sector corruption – Transparency International’s corruption perception index […]

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 […]

A totally despicable act

by Peter Hehir Never before has a NSW Government shown such cynicism and contempt for democratic process. Glad the Impaler has announced the signing of the Stage 3 b contracts for the Rozelle Interchange and the Iron Cove Tunnel just one day prior to the release of the findings of the WestConnex Parliamentary Inquiry; an […]

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 […]

White Bay residents and Environment Minister in historic first meeting

  White Bay residents have called on the New South Wales Environment Minister for the first time about their air and noise pollution concerns from the White Bay Cruise Terminal. Residents met Rob Stokes in a meeting convened by Balmain MP Jamie Parker on May 27. A representative from the Environmental Protection Authority was also […]

Pollution data may be worthless

By Shami Sivasubramanian & Michael Koziol Sydney Ports has warned that data collected by additional air quality monitors at the White Bay Cruise Terminal may be compromised. The government body promised extra monitoring at or near residential properties close to the terminal, in response to complaints from residents about air and noise pollution. But in […]

Residents ship out of White Bay

A handful of Balmain residents intend to vacate their properties for up to six weeks to avoid the peak season at the White Bay cruise ship terminal. Since the facility’s inception in April last year, a small group of residents have lodged recurrent complaints with Sydney Ports about air and noise pollution at the site. […]

Shore power “not being considered”

EXCLUSIVE Sydney Ports has effectively ruled out using shore power as a means of reducing noise and air pollution at the White Bay cruise terminal. The technology, which nearby residents say is their preferred solution to the current impasse, would enable ships to off their diesel engines and electricity generators while berthed at the site. […]

White Bay access improved

Leichhardt Council has welcomed a plan from Sydney Ports to increase public access to wharves four and five at White Bay. The plan announced by Ports CEO Grant Gillifan promises local residents access to the precinct on non-shipping days, while continuing to affirm the commitment of the NSW Government to "maintaining White Bay for long […]

Unrest at White Bay over fumes

Residents of Balmain are demanding action from the Sydney Ports Authority on what they describe as "extreme pollution" emanating from ships at the White Bay cruise terminal. The Sea Princess, which docked on the recent long weekend, was the subject of particular grievance, with locals describing toxic fumes and a lingering smell detectable for more […]