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 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[…]
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” »
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[…]
Originally published 15 June, this video mysteriously disappeared from EcoTransit’s YouTube channel on or about 28 June, by which time it had been viewed more than 1200 times. It has been reuploaded without alteration.
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” »
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” »
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” »
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” »
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[…]
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[…]
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?” »
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[…]
AltMedia: Baird’s new harbour crossing plan under fire. By Joe Bourke (April 16, 2015)
Co-convenor of EcoTransit Sydney, Gavin Gatenby has attacked Mike Baird’s plan for a second harbour rail crossing, calling the government’s recent announcement that drilling has begun on the project a “stunt”. Continue reading “Baird’s new harbour crossing plan under fire” »
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[…]
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” »
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![…]
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” »
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.