NSW Government steals Western Sydney’s future with over-priced light rail

EcoTransit Sydney – Media Release: NSW Government steals Western Sydney’s future with over-priced light rail (8 December 2015)

Ecotransit Sydney today welcomed the government building one quarter of the Parramatta light rail network. However the community is staggered by the massive cost of such a small start. With a massive initial estimate and so little detail, taxpayers are left concerned that this is yet another open ended honey pot for the construction industry.

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There are likely to be an extra 20,000 cars on weekdays on the Anzac Bridge when WestConnex is built.

EcoTransit News: WestConnex – $15 billion down a hole!

EcoTransit News: WestConnex – $15 billion down a hole! (October 2015) If it were ever completed, WestConnex would be the biggest underground motorway system anywhere in the world, and certainly, per kilometre, the most expensive. This gigantic project, which would take at least 10 years to finish, is being forced on the NSW taxpayer at a time when the Read more about EcoTransit News: WestConnex – $15 billion down a hole![…]

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

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[…]

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?” »

The transport system we really need

South Sydney Herald: The transport system we really need (15 March 2015)

Every time you walk around the “hood” you may very well meet one of the 50,000 new residents moving to southern Sydney. The newly planned Southern Growth Area is loosely defined from the Eastern Distributor to the Southern Railway and from Cleveland Street to Gardeners Road. The City is being redrawn dramatically, with the old Waterloo Swamp now transforming into the dense heart of the city. This ambitious venture deserves all the attention it can get from the community. Continue reading “The transport system we really need” »

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![…]

About 3000 people march down King Street in Newtown on February 1 to protest against the WestConnex tollway. Photo: WestConnex Action Group/Facebook

Community campaign against WestConnex tollway builds

About 3000 people march down King Street in Newtown on February 1 to protest against the WestConnex tollway. Photo: WestConnex Action Group/Facebook

About 3000 people march down King Street in Newtown on February 1 to protest against the WestConnex tollway. Photo: WestConnex Action Group/Facebook

Green Left Weekly: Community campaign against WestConnex tollway builds By Andrew Chuter March 13, 2015

The stop WestConnex campaign is intensifying heading into the NSW state election. Continue reading “Community campaign against WestConnex tollway builds” »

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.

WestConnex: the road to ruin is paved with more roads

FreewaySMH: WestConnex: the road to ruin is paved with more roads. Elizabeth Farrelly (January 29, 2015)

Wherever you look it seems the boofheads are back in charge. And I don’t just mean Abbott’s bizarre elevation of militarists and monarchs. (Defenders of Sir Prince are conspicuously absent, yet I should point out in his defence that his single spoken syllable in my presence thoroughly befits an Aussie knight, being an imperative, “beer!”) Continue reading “WestConnex: the road to ruin is paved with more roads” »

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.

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” »

Prime Minister Tony Abbott – Liberal-Nationals Coalition

It gives us no pleasure to say this, but the Prime Minister of the Liberal-Nationals Government – Mr Tony Abbott has repeatedly and emphatically restated that his government would not fund public transport. Moreover he has committed $1.5 billion dollars to build the WestConnex Motorway without even a completed concept or a thorough economic assessment. Read more about Prime Minister Tony Abbott – Liberal-Nationals Coalition[…]