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Sydney: Together we can stop WestConnex

By incoming Greens MP for Newtown Jenny Leong

30 April 2015- This article first appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald


Jenny Leong heashot

The record-breaking support for the Greens in Newtown and re-election of Jamie Parker in Balmain demonstrates that communities in the inner city want to see world-class public transport – including light rail, accessible train stations, more frequent buses, and integrated cycleways.

Critics of the Greens say because we don’t have the majority of the numbers in the lower house we can’t deliver results. This misguided view doesn’t acknowledge the many strong community campaigns the Greens have been connected with that have shifted the government of the day, stopped the destruction of our heritage, protected our precious green space or seen a positive change in policy.

Jack Mundey – the living legend who led the Green Bans movement that saved The Rocks, public housing, heritage and green space from the developers’ bulldozers – was one of the people to support our Greens campaign for Newtown. Jack recognised the big challenges facing our area, including the threat of WestConnex.

We don’t have to go back to the 1970s to see examples of how strong community campaigns – supported by Greens MPs in parliament and local councillors – can make a difference.

A key tactic in the successful strategy to defeat the East/West Toll Link in Melbourne was to force the government to release details of its business case. When made public, the business case showed that not only was the tollway a bad idea from the perspective of transport but that it was also economically unviable.

That’s why from day one I will be pursuing the Baird Government to make public all details in relation to WestConnex. If they have nothing to hide and back the project, why won’t they make the business case public?

The lack of transparency is an issue that needs to be urgently addressed and something that the Greens at all levels of government will continue to pursue. Given construction is already underway, we can’t wait for the release of documents before we act. We saw the success of non-violent direct action and a grassroots community campaign that stopped the preliminary work in Melbourne and this is a tactic that we should not shy away from here.

Any successful campaign must build alliances – many of these have already started to form across local resident groups along the 33-kilometre West Connex route, collectives such as Reclaim the Streets, public transport advocates, local business associations, and local government. I look forward to working with these tireless advocates, as well as Lord Mayor Clover Moore and local government representatives who share our commitment to sustainable 21st-century transport solutions.

This project cannot go ahead without federal money. The federal election is 18 months away. It’s time for Labor to listen to the community and end their support of the Abbott/Baird obsession with roads.

Promoting and building support for world-class public transport and integrated cycleways will benefit people throughout Sydney. The Greens will continue to advance an alternative transport plan that delivers for the community.

Jenny Leong is incoming Greens MP for Newtown. To visit Jenny’s page go to http://www.jennyleong.org and check out the WestConnex campaign page.

To read about what your local Greens Councillors are doing to fight WestConnex visit the No WestConnex! campaign page on this website, or our Media page.

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


10 September, 2014

Exploratory drilling for the Westconnex motorway will take place at 18 different sites in Tempe, Sydenham, and St Peters this month, Marrickville Greens Councillor David Leary revealed today.

“When Councillors were advised early this month that drilling would commence in September  I wanted to know exactly where this drilling would be. So I asked questions on notice asking for these sites to be identified ”, commented Clr Leary.

“I was absolutely stunned to see drilling will take place at 18 different locations including St Peters Public School and Sydney Park” commented Clr Leary.

“While this may be dismissed by the State government as simply exploratory drilling, we can now start to see what the possible route for Westconnex may look like. No wonder the State government has wanted to keep this all secret” noted Clr Leary

“This is very disturbing news. I am especially concerned to see drilling will take place at St Peters Public School and Sydney Park. This is sheer madness. What on earth is this rotten state government thinking?” exclaimed Clr Leary.

Exploratory drilling will take place this month at the following locations:

  1. Kendrick Park, Tempe
  2. Princes Highway, Tempe near Kendrick Park;
  • Princes Highway, Tempe/Kendrick Park near Bay Street (west);
  1. 886-896 Princes Highway Tempe;
  2. Brooklyn street, Tempe, near no 10;
  3. Samuel street, Tempe near no 20;
  • Sydenham Green, Sydenham near Coptic Orthodox Church building;
  • George street, Sydenham, approximately 30 metres from Princes Highway
  1. Grove street, St Peters, approximately 30 metres west of Princes Highway;
  2. Berne Street, St Peters, approximately 30 metres east of Princes Highway
  3. In or near no 1 Canal Road St Peters;
  • In 314 Princess Highway, St Peters (Dial a dump site);
  • Roberts street, St Peters, near Roberts Lane;
  • Edith street, St Peters, near no 9;
  1. 93A Church street, St Peters (St Peters Public School);
  • 110 Campbell street, St Peters;
  • 4-16 Campbell Street, St Peters and
  • Barwon Park Road, St Peters (or in adjoining Sydney Park)

Some of these locations involve multiple boreholes. Transport for NSW has advised that the locations are approximate and will be dictated by conditions on site at the time of drilling.

This information is contained in next weeks Council business paper which will be available on Marrickville councils web site Wednesday.

Media contact: Clr David Leary 0409 421 323

WestConnex Public Meeting 10 Oct 2013

Map Proposed WestConnex Route 2013

Map Proposed WestConnex Route 2013

Join residents, public transport advocates & Greens Councillors at a public meeting to learn more about the NSW and Federal Government’s proposed WestConnex Sydney motorway. WestConnex is a $13 billion dollar 33km motorway project. In part, the proposed plan would extend the M4 from the Taverners Hill area to Strathfield and include the construction of a tunnel from Taverners Hill to St Peters via Camperdown. The Greens support investment in public transport not more roads and have released a comprehensive plan for Parramatta Rd (more information below).

Where: Leichhardt Town Hall, Cnr. Marion St and Norton St, Leichhardt

When: 6.30pm-8.00pm

Speakers: Dr Michelle Zeibots (Institute for Sustainable Futures), Gavin Gatenby (EcoTransit) and Tom Zubryzcki (Leichhardt resident and film-maker) and ABC science broadcaster Bernie Hobbs MC.

Light refreshments provided.

Public transport not motorways!

The Greens on Marrickville Council successfully moved for Marrickville Council to oppose the WestConnex project, which will redirect billions of dollars away from public transport and cut through residential areas including St Peters, Petersham and Newtown. However the State Government has recently announced it plans to being work on the first leg of the road, as the community campaign builds to prevent the project. For more information see the Media Releases section of this website or contact Greens Councillor David Leary.

The Greens support investment in public transport not more roads and have released a comprehensive plan for Parramatta Rd. For more information visit the website of Greens MP for Balmain Jamie Parker – http://www.jamieparker.org.au/Get-on-board-light-rail/.

Greens plan for light rail to solve Parramatta Rd transport problems 2012

Greens plan for light rail to solve Parramatta Rd transport problems 2012

Local Greens Councillors worked with the community to force the former State Government to scrap it’s earlier plans for the extension of the M4. For more information see the No WestConnex Campaign Page.

WESTCONNEX financial impact on Council grows

Marrickville Council may have to shelve plans to install billboards on land it owns and forgo up to $352,000 in rental income from those billboards because of the WestConnex Motorway, a report to be debated at Marrickville Council tonight reveals.

Over recent months Marrickville Council has been investigating the possibility of installing billboards on the ‘Tempe Lands’ which back on to the busy Qantas drive adjacent to Sydney Airport.

An initial estimate by council staff suggests these billboards could bring between $144,000 to $352,000 in net rental income to council over their lifetime.

However, this income is now in jeopardy because of the WestConnex Motorway which is likely to be built across the ‘Tempe Lands’.

“The staff report has advised councillors that because of WestConnex the RMS is not likely to allow council to go ahead with the proposed billboards. This news is yet another slug to Council’s budget and further vindicates the Greens calls for WestConnex to be abandoned” said Marrickville Greens Councillor David Leary today.

“In addition to the $23 million in rental income Marrickville Council will lose because of WestConnex revealed by the Greens last month, it now appears council will also lose a major commercial opportunity to install these billboards. How much more will this motorway cost council, local residents and ratepayers?” asked Clr Leary

“It is deeply disturbing that Labor and Liberal councillors on Marrickville council are prepared to put aside council’s financial interests and that of their own community to try and win support in marginal seats elsewhere in Sydney. Motorways are just a bandaid solution to our transport and infrastructure problems and WestConnex is going to have a disastrous effect on Marrickville residents. Councillors should be putting the interests of local residents and ratepayers first” commented Clr Leary.

The report to be debated tonight asks council to consider whether they wish to spend more money investigating the proposed billboards.

Rather than investing in more motorways the Greens have proposed the money to be spent on WestConnex instead be spent on improving public transport.

Media contact: Clr David Leary 0409 421 323

Map Proposed WestConnex Route 2013

Map Proposed WestConnex Route 2013

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