In December 2018 details of the latest WestConnex M4-M5 route and tunnel depths were published on an interactive map which showed a large number of locations where the proposed tunnel depths would be far shallower than previously indicated.
Depths of between 16-25 metres under many residential streets in St Peters, Camperdown, Annandale and Leichhardt are unacceptable given the severe impacts which have already been seen on homes in other areas at deeper tunneling depths.
The Greens and affected community members are calling for the following:
- Scrap WestConnex and redirect money into public transport
- Deeper tunnelling
- Community representative on the RMS damage assessment panel
- Expand the zone of influence to 250m
- Vibration monitoring at homes within zone of influence
- Deploy ground movement detection technology to confirm causation of property damage
- Commit to compensating property owners for compulsory underground acquisitions
In April 2019 the WestConnex Action Group held a large community meeting to look at options for compensation for damage caused by the M4-M5 tunneling.
You can find information about this meeting here.Read more
The NSW Greens have condemned the newly released M4-M5 Link Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), criticising the plan’s lack of substantive detail, and called on the Planning Minister to immediately halt this ‘farce of a process’.Read more
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.Read more
Acting Federal Greens leader Scott Ludlam, Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens NSW Transport spokesperson, Mehreen Faruqi MP, joined campaigners and community members at the SaveSydneyPark anti-WestConnex protest camp in Alexandria today.Read more
WestConnex plans to expand Euston Road in Alexandria to 7 lanes leaving a mere 1.8 metres between the increased traffic and hundreds of residents living in apartments on Euston Road between Sydney Park Road and Maddox St.
This means all the trees and verges along this section of Euston Road will be destroyed and already the barriers and construction fences are in place.
Sydney Park Road will be widened as well with more trees and verges removed on both sides. The expected 60,000 extra vehicles on Euston Road per day will severely impact on the health and well being all of local residents.
We have written to the Minister for WestConnex, Stuart Ayres about this unacceptable situation, asking that he intervene to stop the destruction of local residents amenity and safety.
Watch the Ten EyeWitness News report which covered the impact on a young family living in Euston Road.
NSW Greens spokesperson on WestConnex and Member for Newtown, Jenny Leong MP, spoke in Parliament on Wednesday 4 April 2017, to challenge the myth that WestConnex is a done deal.Read more
Member for Newtown Jenny Leong MP has questioned the Minister for WestConnex on his inaction regarding the foul, toxic odour emanating from the WestConnex construction site in St Peters.
“What is the point of the Minister for WestConnex, if he is failing to take proper oversight of the serious concerns around the construction of this tollroad.Read more
What a week it has been for WestConnex – with the release of a damning report by the National Auditor General, the arrival of the Minister for WestConnex in the NSW Parliament, and Labor supporting a Greens motion in the Senate condemning the Federal Government for lack of governance in expending federal funds for the project.
Meanwhile on the ground the cowboys at the Sydney Motorway Corporation continue to bulldoze through without any regard for safety or compliance.
If there was ever a time to step up our efforts to stop this private polluting tollway from destroying our neighbourhoods, polluting our air and slugging us with exorbitant tolls it is NOW.
Here’s three things you can do right now to support the ever-growing community campaign against WestConnex:
Contact the new Minister for WestConnex. We have written to the Minister raising serious concerns about the safety and compliance breaches, to make sure the Minister knows about the serious safety concerns, for which he is now responsible.
Read and share the Greens motion, supported by Labor, which passed in the Senate this week. Following the damning report for the National Auditor General Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon moved a motion condemning the Government. You can read more about this and the report here – and be sure to share it with your friends so more people know about it.
- Support the ever-growing local community campaigns. Inspiring community activists, concerned residents and local businesses are at the centre of the action standing up against the destructive WestConnex. Take a minute to connect with a campaign group - and if you can offer some support.