The Sydney rail costs rip-off

Radio 2UE’s Stuart Bocking talks to EcoTransit Sydney Convenor Gavin Gatenby on 19 June 2012 about overcosting of rail projects in NSW. The interview covers the South West Rail Link and North West Rail Link projects and compares them to other notable rail projects.

Media coverage continues with Elizabeth Farrelly covering the overcosting issue

SMH: Developers won’t save Parramatta Road alone (21 June 2012)

Cynicism, when it comes to developer motives, is usually just realism – especially when it’s gangs of developers and those motives miraculously coincide with a green agenda.
The Urban Taskforce is such a gang and its Parramatta Road proposal – 100,000 jobs, 100,000 apartments – is such a coincidence. Quentin Dempster, moderating last week’s launch, noted in that soft, lovely way he has of slipping the stiletto in, ”you, the development industry, have a big problem as far as winning back public support is concerned”. ”Why wouldn’t a community be deeply suspicious?” Dempster asked. ”Urban Growth NSW is just Landcom on steroids.” To which a wag at my table retorted, ”on steroids? Or with a lobotomy?”