Media Release: Berejiklian's fire sale of Westconnex means NSW public lose out

The controversial toll road project is not only causing pain to residents across affected suburbs, but the continued, rushed, policy of selling off the 51% majority of the project before its completion is set to dud the NSW tax payer out of monies that would have been raised.

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Media Release: Federal Budget’s tax breaks will be swallowed instantly by WestCONnex

NSW’s low and middle income earners were promised a miniscule tax break in last night's budget that would return up to $10.50 per week.

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Explainer - what is WestCONnex Stage 3?

WestCONnex has been deliberately planned in stages not only to mask the cumulative impacts, but also to create the impression that each successive stage is necessary to 'link' the project together. As such, Stage 3 is an $8 billion road from the M4 at Haberfield to the M5 at St Peters, with the virtually unbuildable Rozelle interchange tacked on. The government is hoping to create the illusion that this will 'keep the traffic underground'. But if this were the case then WestCONnex would merely act as a giant u-turn.

The reality is that Stage 3 is a western bypass of the CBD, whose purpose is to allow north shore drivers to get a bit closer to the airport before they reach the next bottleneck. The shameful thing is that regardless of whether western Sydney drivers use it, this most expensive stage of WestCONnex is being paid for by forcing them to pay new tolls on previously free public roads.

You can learn more about WestCONnex Stage 3 in this talk by Terry Lee-Williams, the City of Sydney’s Chief Transport Advisor.

We hope this graphic captures some of the absurdity of the entire scheme.

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Media Release: SNAP PROTEST AGAINST ILLEGITIMATE WESTCONNEX M4-M5 LINK APPROVAL

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30.4.2018

 

SNAP PROTEST AGAINST ILLEGITIMATE

WESTCONNEX M4-M5 LINK APPROVAL

 

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Media Release: Berejiklian Government approves Stage 3 of WestCONnex without publicly informing the residents of NSW

Berejiklian Government approves Stage 3 of WestCONnex without publicly informing the residents of NSW.

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Media Release: Rozelle Rally April 14 2018

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Tuesday April 10 2018

Rally to protest Berejiklian’s continued desolation of the Balmain peninsula.
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Media Release: Rozelle Rally

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Tuesday, April 10 2018

 

Rally to protest Berejiklian’s continued desolation of the Balmain peninsula.

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Fix NSW Transport

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Thanks to everyone who participated in the Fix NSW Transport rally and made it such a big success.

We had over a thousand people from over 25 community groups and unions attend. Our message to stop the tolls and put public and active transport first was heard loud and clear and we received prime time coverage on Nine, Seven and ABC news. A number of follow up articles appeared in the Blue Mountains Gazette, the Newcastle Herald, the Mosman Daily, the Inner West Independent, the South Sydney Herald and Australasian Bus & Coach.

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Happy Fighting New Year

Happy New Year and thanks for all your support through 2017. It was our biggest year of activity so far and no doubt our movement will continue to grow in 2018.

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(cartoon by Cathy Wilcox for SMH)

Here's a blow-by-blow account of the significant events of 2017 that have contributed to exposing westCONnex as the toxic scam that it truly is.

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Residents Demand End to 'Fake' Approval Process

COALITION AGAINST WESTCONNEX

Media Release - 15/12/2017 12.20 pm

RESIDENTS DEMAND END TO ‘FAKE’ APPROVAL PROCESS.

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Anti Westconnex campaigners today occupied the NSW Department of Planning in Pitt Street, Sydney, calling for NSW Planning to reject the Environmental Impact Statement for the Stage 3 Westconnex tollway between St Peters, Haberfield and Rozelle and for an end to ‘fake’ approval processes.

“The community is sick of being pushed aside while decisions driven by the road lobby are being made behind closed doors,” said Paul Jeffery spokesperson for the Coalition against WestConnex, a network of anti-WestConnex community groups involved in today’s protest.

A chanting chorus of activists in 'faceless' masks (stamped REJECT EIS!) and a trio of White Elephants demanded an end to Gladys' FAKE approval process.

NSW Planning received more than 12,000 submissions, including submissions from City of Sydney and the Inner West Council, documenting hundreds of flaws in Sydney Motorway Corporation’s EIS. NSW government departments have also been strongly critical of the EIS which is based only on a concept not an actual design. (http://www.altmedia.net.au/epa-rejectswestconnex-
eis/128946).

“Despite the evidence, we’re worried that political pressure will be exerted to override expert concerns so that the Gladys Berejiklian government can move ahead with privatising WestConnex. The Stage 3 project would impose more intolerable impacts on residents and waste a further $7 billion on a solution that will worsen, not solve, traffic congestion.”

“For Planning to approve an EIS based on a vague concept would show utter contempt for communities whose lives have been made intolerable by WestConnex projects, for the people of NSW who’d bear the cost and for the very idea of independent planning,“ said Paul Jeffery.


Contact: Spokesperson for Coalition against WestConnex : Paul Jeffery 0410 636 663

The CAW network includes No WestConnex: Public Transport, Rozelle Against WestConnex, Westconnex Action Group, Leichhardt Against WestConnex, Save Newtown and other groups.

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