The NSW Government’s proposal for WestConnex would change Newtown forever.

As it stands, WestConnex cannot and should not proceed – the impact on Newtown and surrounding communities would be too great.  Our diverse and unique business and residential community is at risk if the State Government’s current proposals go ahead.

The extension of clearways would turn King Street into Parramatta Road and one of Sydney’s premier shopping, entertainment and eating precincts will be choked with traffic.  No parking along King Street will crowd out our narrow local streets and kill local retailing.

The governance of the WestConnex project rests entirely with the NSW State Government.  The WestConnex Delivery Authority and the Sydney Motorway Corporation are both statutory bodies created by the NSW State Government.  These authorities are in the process of being merged.

Every element of the project’s delivery including the preparation and approval of the business case; the planning of the route; compulsory acquisitions; community consultation and the placement of ventilation stacks reside with what will soon be one State authority.  Likewise all planning approval rests with the State Government.

So it is inexcusable that the government has rejected the well placed concerns of residents, businesses and transport experts.

There is no clear plan for how ventilation and safety concerns would be addressed.

The Government has failed to produce a business case or any traffic modelling to show how this proposal will not be detrimental to Newtown.

In addition, the Baird Government’s lack of good governance and public transparency around the Westconnex has prevented an informed public debate about infrastructure planning, the need for high quality public transport and a sustainable future for our city.

Public transport must be a major and integrated part of any infrastructure strategy. 

As your local Federal Member I stand alongside the Newtown community and urge residents to lobby the State Government and its representatives directly.

Like me, you should contact our state government representatives to let them know about your concerns:


Jenny Leong, MP

Member for Newtown

Ph. 9517 2800

Em. newtown@parliament.nsw.gov.au


Jo Haylen, MP

Member for Summer Hill

Ph. 9572 5900

Em. summerhill@parliament.nsw.gov.au


Jamie Parker, MP

Member for Balmain

Ph. 9660 7586

Em. Balmain@parliament.nsw.gov.au


Ron Hoenig, MP

Member for Heffron

Ph. 9699 8166

Em. heffron@parliament.nsw.gov.au


Alex Greenwich, MP

Member for Sydney

Ph. 9360 3053

Em. sydney@parliament.nsw.gov.au

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  • Andrew Chuter
    commented 2015-10-10 11:50:33 +1100
    Tanya, your emphasis on Newtown suggests that the problem is isolated. It’s not. The whole project is wrong. It’s the central idea of radial motorways into urban centers that needs to be challenged.

    Back in 1980, Neville Wran commissioned the Kyeemagh-Chullora road inquiry which concluded as much. You can see an interview with Justice Kirby here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16zL7h2jh-g
    Similar studies and experts will tell you the same thing.

    By stating “As it stands, WestConnex cannot and should not proceed” you leave open the possibility that WestConnex should proceed in a modified form. Well, that is just a restatement of Labor policy. That policy merely removes stage 3 of the motorway but leaves the M4 and M5 extensions intact. In fact the ALP supports running the M4 all the way into the CBD which is absurd. The approximate cost would probably be only a little less than the current $15 billion. Let’s not forget it was Julia Gillard who first funded WestConnex when she did her listening tour of western Sydney:

    It’s clear you are not deviating from the party line, in contrast to Jo Haylen or Linda Scott.

    You say “Public transport must be a major and integrated part of any infrastructure strategy.” That is a total apple-pie statement that no-one would disagree with. The point is to back it up by opposing WestConnex and putting up a detailed public transport alternative, such as community groups like Ecotransit have done. Labor’s recent big announcement of federal support for public transport should have included this.

    Finally, you deflect attention from Federal support of WestConnex by urging the community to lobby State government. Although clearly State Government undoubtedly plays a major role, it’s what you are doing at the Federal level that we are interested to know.

    Labor should support the withdrawal of all federal funds for WestConnex and campaign actively against the whole project, particularly in the senate where cross-bench support may get a majority. Labor electoral success in inner Sydney will depend on it.
  • Andrew Chuter
    followed this page 2015-10-10 11:10:07 +1100