The Fifth Estate: The top 10 TFE articles of 2015

The Fifth Estate: The top 10 TFE articles of 2015 (22 December 2015)

2015 has been a huge year for The Fifth Estate. Reader numbers continued to grow; we clocked up our most read, commented upon and shared story in TFE history; and the number of special projects, events and ebooks we took on seemed to grow exponentially.

Following the success of COP21 and a renewed focus on cities from our federal government and indeed the world, we leave the year hopeful for an even bigger 2016 – hopeful that our leaders now finally understand the importance of a sector we’ve been talking about for close to seven years now, and hopeful that they will now implement some concrete actions to improve its sustainability.

As we head off for the Christmas break, we’ll leave you with the top 10 stories of 2015 – there’s some scandal, some hope, some “how-to”s and a little bit of old-fashioned sustainability ingenuity to boot. See you in 2016!

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Go slow over Hawkesbury Rail Bridge

HawkesburyBridgeABC NSW: Go slow over Hawkesbury Rail Bridge By Mary-Louise Vince (15 September 2015)

Public transport advocacy group, Ecotransit Sydney says rail travel times between Newcastle and Sydney are already too slow without safety concerns along the Hawkesbury River bridge on the New South Wales Central Coast. Continue reading “Go slow over Hawkesbury Rail Bridge” »

New pedestrian bridge for Moore Park

An artist's rendering of the Albert Tibby Cotter bridge

An artist’s rendering of the Albert Tibby Cotter bridge

AltMedia: New pedestrian bridge for Moore Park by Christopher Harris August 27, 2015

Plans to build another pedestrian bridge just a few hundred metres from the controversial Tibby Cotter Bridge near Moore Park have been slammed by transport lobbyists Ecotransit. Continue reading “New pedestrian bridge for Moore Park” »

Video: Gavin Gatenby & David Kirby on WestConnex & history repeating

david-kirby-gavin-gatenbyThe Fifth Estate: Video: Gavin Gatenby & David Kirby on WestConnex & history repeating (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 as far as EcoTransit Sydney’s Gavin Gatenby is concerned the fundamentals have not changed.

Gatenby, no stranger to agitation on behalf of more equitable and sustainable outcomes, has interviewed former NSW Supreme Court judge David Kirby, who conducted a thorough review of radial freeways on behalf of the NSW government at the time, starting in 1979. Continue reading “Video: Gavin Gatenby & David Kirby on WestConnex & history repeating” »

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[…]

Under way: Work has been undertaken to stabilise the rail embankment. Picture: Jessica Christodoulou

$17 million cost of Arncliffe pedestrian tunnel ‘shocks’ country cousins

Under way: Work has been undertaken to stabilise the rail embankment. Picture: Jessica Christodoulou

Under way: Work has been undertaken to stabilise the rail embankment. Picture: Jessica Christodoulou

St George and Sutherland Shire Leader: $17 million cost of Arncliffe pedestrian tunnel ‘shocks’ country cousins By Murray Trembath June 19, 2015

Roads and Infrastructure Minister Duncan Gay has defended the staggering $17 million cost of the Arncliffe pedestrian tunnel, saying comparisons with other projects are ‘‘simplistic’’. Continue reading “$17 million cost of Arncliffe pedestrian tunnel ‘shocks’ country cousins” »

The Cable car at Taronga Zoo, Sydney. Source: sydney.com

Locals slam cable car system

The Cable car at Taronga Zoo, Sydney. Source: sydney.com

The Cable car at Taronga Zoo, Sydney. Source: sydney.com

AltMedia: Locals slam cable car system June 18, 2015

Locals have criticised the proposal for a cable car system across Sydney Harbour as an ineffective plan to ease traffic in the Bays Precinct and city. The proposed 3.4 kilometre cable system would transport commuters to stations at Rozelle Bay, White Bay Power Station, White Bay cruise terminal, Pyrmont and Barangaroo in under five minutes. Continue reading “Locals slam cable car system” »

An artist's impression of the Newcastle light rail

Newcastle and UrbanGrowth NSW to sign MOU on urban renewal

An artist's impression of the Newcastle light rail

An artist’s impression of the Newcastle light rail

The Fifth Estate: Newcastle and UrbanGrowth NSW to sign MOU on urban renewal (2 June 2015)

The City of Newcastle will sign a memorandum of understanding with UrbanGrowth NSW that acknowledges the council’s role in the urban renewal of Newcastle and defines how the two bodies will work to implement the state government’s controversial Newcastle Urban Transformation and Transport program. Continue reading “Newcastle and UrbanGrowth NSW to sign MOU on urban renewal” »

Newcastle rail cut – a solution looking for a problem

Newcastle rail cut: a fake solution in search of a real problem

Newcastle rail cut – a solution looking for a problem

Newcastle rail cut – a solution looking for a problem

The Fifth Estate: Newcastle rail cut: a fake solution in search of a real problem. Gavin Gatenby, EcoTransit Sydney (26 May 2015)

Last Christmas Day I rode what might be the last train out of Newcastle station – a handsome heritage terminus alongside the historic core of NSW’s second-biggest city. It was 11:22 on a brutally steamy night, and the occasion had an air of unreality rather than sadness and inevitability. Continue reading “Newcastle rail cut: a fake solution in search of a real problem” »

Bankstown state Labor MP Tania Mihailuk at Chester Hill train station with angry commuters, protesting the Sydney Trains cuts to train timetables. Picture: Timothy Clapin

Light rail link from Bankstown to Parramatta would boost jobs but will WestConnex swallow all funds?

Bankstown state Labor MP Tania Mihailuk at Chester Hill train station with angry commuters, protesting the Sydney Trains cuts to train timetables. Picture: Timothy Clapin

Bankstown state Labor MP Tania Mihailuk at Chester Hill train station with angry commuters, protesting the Sydney Trains cuts to train timetables. Picture: Timothy Clapin

Canterbury-Bankstown Express: Light rail link from Bankstown to Parramatta would boost jobs but will WestConnex swallow all funds? James Beech (April 27, 2015)

More than 16,000 people who commute from Bankstown to Parramatta each day would benefit from light rail linking the two regions. Continue reading “Light rail link from Bankstown to Parramatta would boost jobs but will WestConnex swallow all funds?” »

Freeways contribute to the Los Anglisation of Sydney.

Westconnex latest attempt to ram through a thoroughly discredited freeway scheme

Freeways contribute to the Los Anglisation of Sydney.

Freeways contribute to the Los Anglisation of Sydney.

SMH: Westconnex latest attempt to ram through a thoroughly discredited freeway scheme Gavin Gatenby. (November 24, 2014)

Duncan Gay should get out more if he really believes Sydneysiders are overjoyed about WestConnex and that “our city is on the cusp of another quantum leap in growth” and that in the face of this “we can be crippled by timidity or inspired by action”. Continue reading “Westconnex latest attempt to ram through a thoroughly discredited freeway scheme” »

SMH Letters to the Editor: Words that are hollow

SMH Letters to the Editor: Words that are hollow (August 29, 2014) I watched Utopia on ABC TV on Wednesday and when I opened the Herald on Thursday, there was Les Wielinga channelling “Nation Building Authority” supremo Rob Sitch (“New body given job of ‘strategic vision’ for the harbour“, August 28). The spin is all there: Read more about SMH Letters to the Editor: Words that are hollow[…]

Sydney North West rail link ‘unfit for purpose’

The planned single-deck line would be the start of the privatisation of the city's rail system.

The planned single-deck line would be the start of the privatisation of the city’s rail system.

Green Left Weekly: Sydney North West rail link ‘unfit for purpose’ (July 7, 2014)

The planned single-deck line would be the start of the privatisation of the city’s rail system.

The NSW Coalition government’s proposed private North West rail link, from Chatswood to Rouse Hill, will be “unfit for the purpose” it is intended for, according to Gavin Gatenby, co-convener of EcoTransit Sydney.

Instead of being a more efficient mode of mass commuter transport, the planned single-deck line would be an “entry wedge for the privatisation of the city’s rail system”.

The central plank on the NSW budget, released on June 17, was a plan to sell-off the state’s electricity infrastructure, the “poles and wires”, in order to fund large-scale transport projects — principally the $13 billion WestConnex private motorway, and the private North West rail line, intended to be later extended through the Sydney CBD to Bankstown, at an estimated cost of $10 billion. Continue reading “Sydney North West rail link ‘unfit for purpose’” »

SMH Letter to the Editor: Spending $2 billion on south-west rail link is a rip-off

SMH Letter to the Editor: Spending $2 billion on south-west rail link is a rip-off (9 October 2013) So Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian thinks it’s good news that the south-west rail link will be open a year ahead of schedule and $100 million less than the predicted $2.1 billion (”South-west railway a year ahead of Read more about SMH Letter to the Editor: Spending $2 billion on south-west rail link is a rip-off[…]

A Millenium train at Museum Station / Photo: Marcus Wong/Wongm's Rail Gallery

New calls to complete Eastern Suburbs Railway

A Millenium train at Museum Station / Photo: Marcus Wong/Wongm's Rail Gallery

A Millenium train at Museum Station / Photo: Marcus Wong/Wongm’s Rail Gallery

AltMedia: New calls to complete Eastern Suburbs Railway May 9, 2013 

Controversy over the CBD and South East Light Rail project has reignited debate about the incomplete Eastern Suburbs Railway line, with Surry Hills residents claiming its completion could negate the need for the light rail project. Continue reading “New calls to complete Eastern Suburbs Railway” »