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[…]
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?” »
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” »
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” »
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” »
Save Petersham Park Public Meeting – Intro & Speaker 1 (1 February 2015) Chairperson: Francesca Christie Mathew Hounsell – EcoTransit Sydney, NoW Public Transport
Rockdale Residents Unite: Gavin Gatenby of EcoTransit explains why WestConnex is BAD PLANNING (2 December 2014) Recorded at No WestConnex Meeting, Rockdale, 25 November 2014.
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” »
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[…]
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’” »
Green Left Weekly: The unholy convergence of interests around WestConnex By Kathy Fairfax (July 7, 2014)
About 120 Sydney residents, concerned about the impact of the proposed WestConnex motorway, met at the Annandale Neighbourhood Centre on June 25. Continue reading “The unholy convergence of interests around WestConnex” »
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[…]
SMH: How the light rail extension really got off the ground Gavin Gatenby (March 27, 2014)
The way Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian tells it, Thursday’s opening of the Dulwich Hill light rail extension is entirely the achievement of the O’Farrell Government. Continue reading “How the light rail extension really got off the ground” »
702 ABC Sydney: Does the new Inner West Light Rail deliver the best for users? By Matthew Bevan (27 March, 2014)
Some elements of the Inner West Light Rail Extension may leave a little to be desired, according to a transport expert. Continue reading “Does the new Inner West Light Rail deliver the best for users?” »
ALtMedia: Alternative light rail plan dismissed November 21, 2013
Transport for NSW has dismissed an alternative plan for the CBD and South East Light Rail project, but community group People Unite Surry Hills has vowed to respond by registering an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Continue reading “Alternative light rail plan dismissed” »
SMH Letter to the Editor: Spending $2 billion on south-west rail link is a rip-off (9 October 2013) So Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian thinks it’s good news that the south-west rail link will be open a year ahead of schedule and $100 million less than the predicted $2.1 billion (”South-west railway a year ahead of Read more about SMH Letter to the Editor: Spending $2 billion on south-west rail link is a rip-off[…]
Nick Greiner’s WestConnex proposal would cost at least $15 billion and take more than a decade to complete. In this video series EcoTransit Sydney will show that that would be time and money tragically wasted. Part 3 looks at Sydney’s east-west axis, whose major roads are the M4 and Parramatta Road. Modifications and additions to Read more about WestConnex: Greiner’s folly Part 3 – East-west axis – the problem & the solutions[…]
EcoTransit Sydney’s Gavin Gatenby shows that new rail infrastructure costs in New South Wales have spiralled out of control over the last decade … to the point where prices are several times greater in NSW than they are elsewhere in Australia and internationally.