MEDIA RELEASE: Peoples WestConnex Inquiry Hears Damning Evidence

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NSW Greens spokesperson on WestConnex and Member for Newtown Jenny Leong MP, today chaired the Peoples WestConnex Inquiry in the NSW Parliament. The Inquiry seated close to 100 participants and heard presentations from 20 expert speakers as well as multiple testimonies from affected members of the community who took the opportunity to put their views against WestConnex on the public record.

“The purpose of this Peoples Inquiry was to highlight the lack of transparency, good governance and community consultation surrounding the $16.8 billion WestConnex tollroad and today’s Inquiry exposed many of the extremely problematic impacts that this project will have”, said Ms Leong.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Greens Call for Civil Disobedience to Stop WestConnex in Light of Latest Planning Approval

NSW Greens spokesperson for WestConnex Jenny Leong MP has condemned the approval of the New M5 Stage 2 plans for WestConnex.  Labeling the process a sham, she will be conducting an urgent People’s WestConnex Inquiry and is encouraging the community to engage in civil disobedience to stop this private tollway disaster.

“The Baird government’s approval of this next stage of WestConnex is a slap in the face for the community who have tried to engage in good faith with the planning process but have been ignored at every turn,” she said.

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NEWS: Local residents arrested trying to protect Haberfield homes from WestConnex

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Two Haberfield residents were arrested this morning for occupying a home in Haberfield which is one of hundreds to be bulldozed by WestConnex.  The residents, Sharon Laura and Bill Holliday, had joined other locals in the home in an effort to stop the demolition of homes for the highly controversial tollroad. 

“Given the way the Baird government is ramming through this highly flawed project despite the masses of evidence showing that it won’t work and that it will be a social, environment and  economic disaster, the community has had to resort to this to protect their homes and environment, said Jenny Leong, Greens MP and spokesperson on WestConnex.

“Communities have a right to non violent resistance and to insist that the government spends our money on projects that are sustainable, clean and economically viable  - WestConnex is none of these  - it’s just a cashcow for developers and tollroad operators, said Greens candidate for Grayndler, Jim Casey who joined local residents and No WestConnex and WestConnex Action group campaigners in front the home that will be demolished.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Marrickville Council Refusal Another Blow to Construction of WestConnex

Following a motion moved by Greens Councillor Sylvie Ellsmore, Marrickville Council last night refused a request by WestConnex 
sub-contractors to access local roads to install underground electricity mains for the proposed St Peters Interchange.

Greens NSW WestConnex spokesperson and Member for Newtown Jenny Leong said:

“Clr Ellsmore and Marrickville Council last night showed strong solidarity with all the members of the community opposing the WestConnex tollroad project.

“Residents and community groups made over 12,000 submissions concerning the New M5 Stage 2 WestConnex plans and most universally condemn this project. Many call for the St Peters component of the works to be completely reshaped.

“The only reason contractors would be applying to dig up streets and lay cables before any formal planning approval has been granted is if the Baird Liberal Government has no intention of genuinely considering the submissions from the community about this stage of the project,” she said. 

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NEWS: Legal cloud over toxic waste handling at WestConnex site

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(Protestors outside the former Alexandria Landfill site Aug 2015)

Marrickville Council last night voted to release confidential legal advice which suggests that WestConnex has been operating for months without any legal approval, including in the handling of toxic waste and asbestos.

Greens Marrickville Councillors and Greens WestConnex spokesperson Jenny Leong MP have called on the Minister to issue an immediate stop work or to produce evidence of the legal authority issued for the works and what environmental protections have been put in place.

Greens WestConnex spokesperson Jenny Leong MP said, "When large scale excavation and removal of landfill began in October last year at the Alexandria Landfill site in St Peters, we were originally told that this work was not excavation and that no asbestos contaminated fill was being removed. It was only through the consistent complaints by the community that an asbestos safety regime was instituted for all the trucks leaving the site.

"With the release of this information, we can now see that there's significant doubt as to the legality of the work that was done last year and it's time for some serious scrutiny of what Westconnex has been doing without consent," Ms Leong said.

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MEDIA RELEASE: WestConnex to Decimate More of the Inner West

With detailed reports of two new WestConnex interchanges in Camperdown and Rozelle due to be released soon as part of the recent approval by Planning Minister Stokes of the M4 East,  NSW Greens spokesperson on WestConnex, Jenny Leong MP, called for a complete review of the project.  

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“Again we see this mega road tearing into the fabric of local communities bringing untenable numbers of vehicles and dangerous levels of concentrated pollution from tunnels directly onto RPA hospital and Sydney University at Camperdown.  

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