MEDIA RELEASE: Newtown MP calls on Premier to listen to City on WestConnex

Greens spokesperson on WestConnex and Member for Newtown, Jenny Leong MP, calls on Premier Gladys Berejiklian to seriously consider the City of Sydney’s alternate plan for WestConnex.

"What the city of Sydney plan shows is that there are genuine alternatives to the current WestConnex madness. Exploring these alternatives - that prioritize reducing congestion, sustainable transport options and much needed housing in our city - should be what the NSW state government is doing.

"Given the potential devastation WestConnex will have on our communities, it is crucial that Premier Berejiklian seriously consider this alternative plan. 

“This alternative plan appears to be a triple win, bringing less negative impacts to the inner west, saving Sydney Park and providing much needed housing, as well as delivering faster travel times to the Port and airport from the west.

“With the plans for the Sydney Gateway still on the drawing board, and the potential to halt work at St Peters to re-assess the madness of the LA-Style spaghetti junction next to our beautiful Sydney Park, now is the time to halt construction and take a step back.

"Anyone who has seen first-hand the huge site at St Peters would know that wasting this valuable land to build a toll road interchange is madness - especially when housing, recreational space, schools and sports fields are in such high demand.

"Failing to listen to genuine community concern was the downfall of Premier Berejiklian's predecessor Mike Baird, it would be foolhardy for her to not learn from that. 


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