WestConnex’s collision course into communities

Story by Patrick Overs  The production of the $17 billion motorway through Sydney has done a lot more than create one big construction site of a city.  As the motorway’s construction has become more potent, local communities and residents have been increasingly seriously affected. The Inner West suburb of Haberfield is known for its early 20th Century architecture and history. Despite this, large parts of the suburb are affected by WestConnex developments, as homes have been demolished to make way for construction.  Local resident Mr John Fletcher has lived in Haberfield for more than 20 years and has witnessed the effects of WestConnex on the suburb. “They closed Ramsey Street, which split the suburb in half for months. It made Haberfield particularly quiet, inconvenient, and really affected the local businesses.”  John Fletcher, of Haberfield … WestConnex will create, not solve, problems. Photo: Patrick Overs Continue reading

Blog: WestCONnex poised to destroy Euston Road

You might remember a few weeks back I did a post on the plight of the residents of Euston Rd Alexandria. A seven lane highway will be built just 1.8 metres from this block of apartments. That post was about an afternoon wrapping the trees threatened by WestCONnex. Since then fences have enclosed the trees and we hear they will be destroyed on Wednesday the 26th from 7am…… Continue reading... Speeches by Lord Mayor Clover Moore, Jamie Parker MP for Balmain, Cr Jess Miller and local resident Paul Davies. MC'd by Rhea Liebmann from Westconnex Action Group, watch the video. Local residents gather on Euston Rd next to the site where a 7 lane highway is due to pass within 1.8 meters of people's homes Continue reading

Blog: Penrith Rally at Tolls Inquiry

About a dozen protesters turned up to Penrith Library yesterday to oppose the NSW government's plan to charge Western Sydney residents $75 a week in tolls to access Inner Sydney. We need public transport, not another toll road to a traffic jam.  Watch the video Continue reading

Blog: Legal Fundraiser

It was standing room only at the Stop Westconnex Legal Fundraiser last night. More than 250 people turned out to support the dozens of protesters arrested under the NSW government's punitive anti-protest laws. We raised more than $6000 for the incredible community activists arrested throughout the campaign and heard great speeches from Wendy Bacon and Elizabeth Farrelly who have been huge supporters.  Organised by Westconnex Action Group and No Westconnex: Public Transport Continue reading

Blog: Sign Up Your Street Leichhardt

A great group of locals and supporters took to the streets of Leichhardt and Lilyfield today to ask for signatures to our to letter to Premier Berejiklian and Stuart Ayers - Minister for Westconnex. Hundreds of signatures obtained and many conversations with concerned residents are evidence of the opposition to this proposal. Thank you to our volunteers for your commitment and support. Organised by LAW - Leichhardt Against Westconnex Continue reading

Blog: Grand Theft Westconnex Rally at NSW Parliament

Two hundred people gathered outside of NSW Parliament yesterday to demand NOT ANOTHER CENT and NO NEW TOLLS for this toxic toll road. Thanks to Jenny Leong MP for Newtown, Jodi Mckay MP for Strathfield, Cr Jess Miller from City of Sydney Council for your support.     White Elephants terrorise Sydney residents Jenny Leong MP for Newtown   Jodi Mckay MP for Strathfield Cr Jess Miller from City of Sydney Council Continue reading

BLOG: CRAW Public Meeting

A very successful community meeting on WestConnex organised at the Sydney University School of Nursing by Camperdown Residents Aware of WestConnex on April 2. Great selection of speakers: Jenny Leong, Greens MP for Newtown; Jozefa Sobski, resident of Haberfield where residents have been greatly impacted by the demolition, tunnelling and construction of WestConnex; Professor James Weirick, Director of the Master of Urban Development and Design (MUDD) program, Faculty of the Built Environment, UNSW; Christina Valentine, Co-Convenor Leichhardt against WestConnex (LAW). Organised by Camperdown Residents Aware of Westconnex Continue reading

BLOG: Leichhardt P&C Rally

Thank you for inviting us today Leichhardt High - and for your spirit and determination.  LAW welcomes the decision of the Minister in ruling out the offensive proposal to locate a dive site directly next to our local high school. Now our attention must turn to ensure the equally offensive Darley Rd site is ruled out.    Continue reading

Blog: WestCONnex about to make life unbearable for……….

The residents of Euston Road Alexandria are about to have all of the trees in front of their apartments removed. The beautiful old figs over the road will probably be destroyed as well. We spent yesterday afternoon wrapping the trees in blue to show the potential destruction. Continue reading... The action was organised by Save Sydney Park, Westconnex Action Group, and Save Newtown - Stop Westconnex. Continue reading

Blog: No Westconnex at March in March

A few shots of the stop #westCONnex contingent at March in March. It was fitting to see Tony Abbott there. It was his decision to flush $3.5 billion of our money down the #westCONnex toilet bowl. As was revealed in the Federal Audit released earlier this month, most of this money is still sitting unused in the state governments coffers. It's not too late to redirect this to money to public transport and solve, rather than exacerbate, Sydney's traffic woes.  Continue reading