Two days, two cities, one struggle

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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 next day, in Newcastle’s biggest demonstration in decades, thousands marched against the government’s insane determination to close down the rail line serving the city’s central business district and sell the corridor to their developer mates.