Save Newtown from WestCONnex meeting – Mat Hounsell

Save Newtown from WestCONnex meeting – Mat Hounsell (part 4 of 12) Video by Andrew Chuter (10 August 2015) On 10 Aug 2015, Save Newtown from WestCONnex hosted a public meeting in the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre. Speakers: Jenny Leong MP, Celia Morris, Mathew Hounsell, Professor Paul Torzillo, Mark Ely

The dinky little bridge that cost more than a real one

The Albert “Tibby” Cotter Pedestrian Bridge (aka the Albert “Tibby” Cotter Walkway), over Anzac Parade in Moore Park, cost the taxpayer a staggering $38 million. The bridge was a “captain’s pick” by Baird Government Roads Minister Duncan Gay. Like Gay’s tiny pedestrian tunnel in Arncliffe – the one that cost more than a high school Read more about The dinky little bridge that cost more than a real one[…]

Rail Against Rail Cuts meeting with Mathew Hounsell

Friends of Erskineville: Rail Against Rail Cuts meeting with Mathew Hounsell (14 July 2015) Mathew explains issues facing Sydney public transport, major land use rezoning via urban activation, Metro faction vs CityRail faction, Rodd Staples,  North West Rail Link and behind story the push for driverless trains.

Unfinished Business – The Kyeemagh–Chullora Road Inquiry and the future of Sydney

Video: Gavin Gatenby & David Kirby, QC, BA, LLB. on WestConnex & history repeating. The Fifth Estate: Unfinished Business – The Kyeemagh-Chullora Road Inquiry and the future of Sydney (2 July 2015) In the late 1970s in Sydney it was the South-West freeway, now the M5, that drew heavy opposition. Today it’s the WestConnex, but Read more about Unfinished Business – The Kyeemagh–Chullora Road Inquiry and the future of Sydney[…]

Saving Wolli Creek trailer

The Wolli Creek Valley is inner south-west Sydney’s environmental gem but might have been an 8-lane freeway. It was saved by Sydney’s longest conservation fight. For 40 years a struggle over Sydney’s future has been fought out here, a struggle that isn’t yet over. It’s been a battle between freeways and public transport; between open Read more about Saving Wolli Creek trailer[…]

rAlien – North West Rail Link

The O’Farrell government intends to build the  with 15 kilometres of double small-diameter tunnels (around 6m). These will fit only single-deck metro-style rolling stock. Compared to the standard-sized tunnels of the Epping-Chatswood line, which have walkways 850mm wide, the NWRL’s planned narrow tunnel size allows only very narrow and height-constrained escape walkways. They will be Read more about rAlien – North West Rail Link[…]

Saving Wolli Creek – Part 4: A tale of two tunnels

In Part 4 we see how the fight against a surface freeway through the valley led to the construction of the Airport Rail Line and eventually pushed this section of the M5 East into a tunnel that avoided the valley’s open space east of Bexley Road. The Wolli Creek Valley might have been an 8-lane Read more about Saving Wolli Creek – Part 4: A tale of two tunnels[…]

Saving Wolli Creek – Part 3: The Greiner Government’s cruel and cynical hoax

In Part 3 we take the story from the formation and early years of the Wolli Creek Preservation Society, through the 1988 state elections, in which the Liberals, led by Nick Greiner, promised to remove the freeway reservation through the valley, to the subsequent cynical manoeuvre by which the proposed freeway was returned to the Read more about Saving Wolli Creek – Part 3: The Greiner Government’s cruel and cynical hoax[…]

Save Wolli Bushland! Stop WestCONnex!

A pop-up demonstration against the Baird Government’s controversial WestConnex motorway proposal organised by the Wolli Creek Preservation Society and held on Saturday 14 March 2015 beginning at 3.30pm. The location was on Bexley Road, Bexley North, at the M5 onramp, one of many local actions against WestConnex currently proceeding in Sydney. Around 100 Preservation Society Read more about Save Wolli Bushland! Stop WestCONnex![…]

The King Street Crawl

On Sunday 1 February 2015, 3,000 people marched down King Street in Newtown (from Newtown Station to Sydney Park) calling for the scrapping of the WestConnex motorway proposal. This is a brief record of that march. Includes speeches by Chris Lego from Reclaim the Streets and UTS transport expert, Dr Michelle Zeibots.

Two days, two cities, one struggle

It was the weekend the Baird Coalition Government – three months out from the NSW state elections – ran into a rising tide of community opposition. On Saturday 13 December, inner Sydney residents gathered at Simpson Park, St Peters, and blocked Campbell Street in a protest against the madness of the WestConnex motorway proposal. The Read more about Two days, two cities, one struggle[…]

Rockdale Residents Unite: No WestConnex Meeting

Rockdale Residents Unite: No WestConnex Meeting – Tuesday 25 November 2014 Michelle Zeibots, Research Principal at the Institute for a Sustainable Future at UTS, outlines why WestConnex is NOT the solution to Sydney’s transport problems.

Saving Wolli Creek – Part 2: From the Fig Street confrontation to the Kirby Inquiry

In Part 2: From the Fig Street confrontation to the Kirby Inquiry, we look at the successful 1974 inner-city revolt against the NSW Department of Main Roads’ radial freeway plan for the Los Angelisation of Sydney, and the department’s subsequent attempt to restart their program by prioritising their 1945 plan for an 8-lane freeway down Read more about Saving Wolli Creek – Part 2: From the Fig Street confrontation to the Kirby Inquiry[…]

Saving Wolli Creek – Part 1: From Mussolini to the County of Cumberland Plan

In Part 1: From Mussolini to the County of Cumberland Plan, we trace the secret history of the freeway paradigm, see how freeways came to Sydney, how one of the world’s largest tramways systems was dismantled to favour the car and how the 1948 attempt by urban planners to create a compact city with open Read more about Saving Wolli Creek – Part 1: From Mussolini to the County of Cumberland Plan[…]