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
Jo Haylen, MP
Member for Summer Hill
Ph. 9572 5900
Jamie Parker, MP
Member for Balmain
Ph. 9660 7586
Ron Hoenig, MP
Member for Heffron
Ph. 9699 8166
Alex Greenwich, MP
Member for Sydney
Ph. 9360 3053