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[…]

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” »

Saving Wolli Creek – Part 2: From the Fig Street confrontation to the Kirby Inquiry

In Part 2: From the Fig Street confrontation to the Kirby Inquiry, we look at the successful 1974 inner-city revolt against the NSW Department of Main Roads’ radial freeway plan for the Los Angelisation of Sydney, and the department’s subsequent attempt to restart their program by prioritising their 1945 plan for an 8-lane freeway down Read more about Saving Wolli Creek – Part 2: From the Fig Street confrontation to the Kirby Inquiry[…]

Saving Wolli Creek – Part 1: From Mussolini to the County of Cumberland Plan

In Part 1: From Mussolini to the County of Cumberland Plan, we trace the secret history of the freeway paradigm, see how freeways came to Sydney, how one of the world’s largest tramways systems was dismantled to favour the car and how the 1948 attempt by urban planners to create a compact city with open Read more about Saving Wolli Creek – Part 1: From Mussolini to the County of Cumberland Plan[…]

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[…]

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[…]

DD (Don’t Derail) Day

Wed 20th August departs Central Station at 09:15 Pru Goward the NSW Minister for Developers and her predecessor Brad Hazzard are planning to cut the Newcastle rail line on the 26th of December so the land can be handed over to foreign developer corporations. Funneling the sale through Urban Growth NSW this will improve the Read more about DD (Don’t Derail) Day[…]

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’” »

Don’t derail Newcastle!

Direct rail access between the central business districts of two major cities is the Holy Grail of intercity rail travel. It’s what governments around the world aspire to. But NSW’s Baird Government is planning to rip up two and a half kilometres of the Newcastle rail line between Wickham and Newcastle station, forcing intercity and Read more about Don’t derail Newcastle![…]

Save Newcastle Rail!

A video record of a Save Our Rail demonstration outside NSW Parliament House on 28 May 2014 against the proposed truncation of the intercity rail line currently terminating at historic Newcastle Station in the heart of the city’s historic core.

First dingo on the tram

Apart from guide dogs for the blind (and “seizure response dogs”) dogs haven’t been allowed on trains or trams in New South Wales, Australia, for decades. But suddenly and unexpectedly, since the opening of Sydney’s Dulwich Hill light rail extension, dogs are being allowed on the tram. It’s a beautiful thing. This is a video Read more about First dingo on the tram[…]

Dulwich Hill light rail – the opening

A record of the first services on, and official opening of, the extension of Sydney’s light rail service from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill on 27 March 2014. The extension resulted from a community campaign led by EcoTransit Sydney that began in May 2008. It pitted light rail supporters from across the political spectrum against the Read more about Dulwich Hill light rail – the opening[…]