Tag Archives: St Peters

M5 East expansion will dump traffic on St Peters

Marrickville Greens – Media Release

4 November 2014

Marrickville Greens Councillor Max Phillips today criticised the M5 East expansion as a disaster for the Inner West, saying that current plans will see the motorway just end at St Peters with nowhere for the traffic to go other than clogging Inner West streets. He also expressed concern that Simpson Park may be ripped up to make way for a widened Campbell Street.

“The M5 East expansion will be a disaster for St Peters, with massive amounts of traffic dumped on streets that will be unable to cope, houses knocked down, and those that remain living in the shadow of a motorway interchange,” said Councillor Max Phillips.

“From the documents released today, it appears that the M5 East will simply finish at Campbell Street, dumping its traffic load, until the rest of WestConnex is built.

“The state government obviously does not know just how congested the streets of St Peters already are, and that they will be unable to cope with having a major motorway dump traffic into the area.

“Widening Campbell Street will impact on existing houses located there as well as Simpson Park. The Inner West already has a shortage of open space, so to lose open space to a motorway is tragic, while the probable compulsory acquisition will impact many residents hard.

“Building new and bigger motorways has been shown both in Australia and overseas to simply add to traffic congestion. WestConnex is a 1950s concept at a time when we should be improving public transport and looking at smarter options to reduce traffic congestion.”

Contact: Max Phillips 0419 444 916

Marrickville Council moves to prohibit coal seam gas at St Peters

Marrickville Greens – media release

9 May 2012
At last night’s Marrickville Council development meeting Greens Councillor Max Phillips moved an additional condition of consent that prohibits coal seam gas exploration and extraction for the Dial-A-Dump site at St Peters, where Dart Energy has controversial plans to drill for coal seam gas.  The additional condition was supported unanimously by the elected council.

The additional condition of consent reads:

That mining or gas exploration or extraction activities be prohibited on the site, due to the proximity to residences, the safety and health risks associated with gas extraction, and the uncertainty over the effect of coal seam gas extraction on the local environment and aquifers, and the potential to further contaminate the land

“This sends a strong signal to both the land holder and Dart Energy that Marrickville Council is united in its opposition to coal seam gas in the Inner West,” said Greens Councillor Max Phillips.

“Dial-A-Dump should rip up its landholder agreement with Dart Energy.  Its now crystal clear that the community and council do not want gas exploration or extraction at St Peters.

“The State Government should cancel the exploration licence that covers the Sydney Metropolitan Area.  No part of Sydney should become a dangerous coal seam gas field,” he said.

Contact:  Cr Max Phillips: 0419 444 916

Update: It has now been revealed that neither Dart Energy nor the gas exploration companies that held the licence for St Peters have ever negotiated a land access agreement with the Dial-A-Dump company that owns the land where they planned to drill for gas!  More at kateausburn.com

St Peters residents rally against coal-seam gas drilling

Several hundred local St Peters residents joined with farmers to rally against coal-seam gas drilling in NSW today at Sydney Park, St Peters.

Macquarie Energy’s Apollo Gas wants to drill for coal-seam methane under St Peters.  The first exploratory drill site will be on the ‘dial-a-dump’ site, but the nature of coal-seam gas extraction means that numerous other wells would have to be drilled in the surrounding area.

The methods used to extract coal-seam gas are potentially very destructive to the environment, water quality and human health.

Greens MP David Shoebridge addressed the rally calling for a moratorium on this type of gas exploration and extraction until it is proven safe.  He also said gas extraction should not happen under prime agricultural land, in important aquifers or under dense residential suburbs.  This is a sensible approach implementing the precautionary principle.

Liverpool Plains farmer, Tim Duddy

Liverpool Plains farmer, Tim Duddy of the Caroona Coal Action group, who are trying to save their black soil farms from coal mining and gas drilling by BHP and China government owned miner Shenhua also addressed the rally, warning residents that it would be a tough fight to stop the powerful petrochemical industry.  Famers and environmentalists are joining forces to oppose coal-seam gas mining with the ‘Lock the Gate‘ campaign.

Greens Councillor from City of Sydney said that although the city wanted to build cogeneration plants to reduce greenhouse emissions, they should not be powered by natural gas extracted in ways that are damaging to the environment.  He said eventually, City of Sydney wished to power its cogeneration plants through using gas extracted from the city’s waste.

Mayor of Marrickville, Fiona Byrne was in the crowd and was asked to say a few words.  She said that local residents must be informed and properly consulted before any type of drilling occurs and that she would raise the issue at the pending state election.

If you’d like to get involved in this campaign, join the facebook group Sydney Residents Against Coal Seam Gas or contact Peter Stahel in Greens MP Cate Faehrmann’s office peter.stahel@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Mayor of Marrickville, Fiona Byrne addresses the No Gas rally in St Peters

Mayor of Marrickville, Fiona Byrne addresses the No Gas rally in St Peters

John Thomson from the Hunter Valley speaks out against coal-seam gas at the rally today at Sydney Park, St Paters.