Media Release: Community wins with WestConnex shelving Leichhardt tunnel dive site for M4-M5 link



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The Coalition Against WestConnex (CAW) is delighted that the chosen contractor for the WestConnex M4-M5 Link tunnel has abandoned the Darley Rd Dan Murphys site in Leichhardt and the Muirs site in Parramatta Road Haberfield as tunnelling dive sites for Stage 3 WestConnex.

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Media Release: 'Stop WestCONnex' protest at NSW Labor State Conference

Community advocacy group No WestConnex: Public Transport (NoW: PT) will be out in numbers this weekend at the NSW Labor state conference to urge the State Opposition to halt work on WestConnex, and instead work with residents and transport users to improve public transport options and reduce carbon emissions.

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Media Release: Parliamentary inquiry the beginning of the end for WestCONnex

Community advocacy group No WestConnex: Public Transport (NoW: PT) greatly applauds news this week that a NSW parliamentary inquiry will be held at long last into the secrets surrounding the scandalous WestConnex toll road project.

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Media Release: Gladys's budget - a WestCONnex sleight of hand

There are no pleasant surprises in this week's state budget concerning WestConnex. Just smoke and mirrors from the premier, states community advocacy group No WestConnex: Public Transport (NoW: PT).

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Media Release: Gladys totally addicted to tolls with new F6 tunnel just a sly underground road into unpopular WestConnex

It seems not a week goes by now without the Berejiklian government trying to pass a swift one over the public when it comes to Sydney's transport needs, say community advocacy group No WestConnex: Public Transport (NoW: PT), after it was revealed the new F6 underground tunnel would be tolled and would double-dip motorists by forcing them to pay tolls on WestConnex too.

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WestCONnex M4-M5 CONtractor Announced

The new WestCONnex CONsortium - Companies alleged to be involved in tax-dodging, bribery & corruption

 

The three companies selected by the NSW Government this week to build Stage 3 of WestConnex have a troubling recent history of alleged corruption, bribery and tax-dodging. But it seems their combined lack of ethics hasn't prevented Premier Gladys Berejiklian from handing over billions of dollars in taxpayers money to the consortium consisting of Lend Lease, Samsung C&T Corporation and Bouygues Construction (LSB).

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Media Release: The new WestCONnex CONsortium - Companies alleged to be involved in tax-dodging, bribery & corruption

 

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The three companies selected by the NSW Government this week to build Stage 3 of WestConnex have a troubling recent history of alleged corruption, bribery and tax-dodging. But it seems their combined lack of ethics hasn't prevented Premier Gladys Berejiklian from handing over billions of dollars in taxpayers money to the consortium consisting of Lend Lease, Samsung C&T Corporation and Bouygues Construction (LSB).

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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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