WestConnex Peoples Inquiry

The NSW Liberal government consistently refused to hold an inquiry into the serious concerns that have been raised about the WestConnex tollroad project therefore Jenny Leong, MP, Member for Newtown and NSW Greens spokesperson on WestConnex convened the Peoples WestConnex Inquiry to put many of these concerns on the public record.



INTRODUCTION - Jenny Leong MP, Member for Newtown  

Message of support from Lord Mayor Clover Moore presented by City of Sydney Clr Jenny Green  

SESSION ONE - Liveable cities - the impact of WestConnex on our suburbs and city 


Jude Page, President NSW Branch, Public Health Association of Australia 
Jude Page is President of the NSW Branch of the Public Health Association of Australia. Jude has been involved in research and policy on the health impacts of urban planning and development focussing on the effects of pollution and impact of tolls on communities.

Mark Ely, CEO Newtown Business Precinct Association  
President of the Newtown Precinct Business Association, local business owner with two businesses located on King Street, and a long term resident of Newtown.

Ms Pauline Lockie, spokesperson, WestConnex Action Group  
A spokesperson for the WestCONnex Action Group. Pauline had lived in St Peters less than 2 months before WestConnex told her they'd be forcibly acquiring her new home. Since then, she's worked tirelessly to highlight the negative impacts of the tollway, not only on her own neighbourhood, but also in terms of the liveability of our city.


Clr Alex Lofts, Deputy Mayor, Ashfield Council
Alex has lived in the Inner West since 1999 and is actively involved in resident action groups, community groups and sports groups.  He the Chairperson of Ashfield council’s Aboriginal Consultative Committee and the Ashfield Youth Committee and Deputy Chairperson: Planning & Environment Committee.


SESSION TWO - Transport - WestConnex modelling, transport issues and alternatives


Simon Lowe, Strategic Transport Planner, Marrickville Council
Simon is currently Head of Transport Strategy at Marrickville Council, and has previously worked in the fields of transport and land use planning in both the private & public sector in London.  Simon has most recently been involved in various major projects and delivering these projects primarily in the context of promoting low carbon growth, encouraging healthier travel choices, reducing congestion and developing more connected communities.

Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, Greens spokesperson on Transport
Greens MLC, Dr Mehreen Faruqi joined the NSW Legislative Council in June 2013.  Since migrating from Pakistan to Australia in 1992, Mehreen’s work has focussed on developing real solutions to social and environmental challenges. Mehreen has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, and a Master and PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). 

Chris Standen, Transport Analyst University of Sydney
Chris Standen is a transport analyst at The University of Sydney, and an expert in transport-land use planning, traffic modelling and forecasting, transport and welfare economics, discrete choice analysis, and geospatial analysis. In addition to numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, he has written for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Conversation on transport issues.

Colin Schroeder, Co-convenor EcoTransit
EcoTransit Sydney is a public transport advocacy group operating out of Sydney. They are a not-for profit organisation made up of volunteers dedicated to the promotion of EcoTransit development. They advocate improving Sydney’s local environment by shifting transport from invasive modes like the private motor car that produce high levels of air, noise and water pollution to the less polluting public transport modes.


SESSION THREE -  Environment  - ecological impacts and loss of green space

Daisy Barham, Campaigns Director, Nature Conservation Council

Daisy Barham is the Campaigns Director with the Nature Conservation Council of NSW, the state’s peak environmental organisation. NCC works on many issues including land clearing, forests, coal and gas, climate change and marine conservation.

Grant Webster, Post graduate scientist, specialist on Green and Golden Bell Frog
Has been involved with frog research for the last decade and has a background working in Ecology. He has worked specifically with the Green and Golden Bell Frog population in Kogarah and Sydney Olympic Park.

Kathy Calman, WestConnex Action Group Kingsgrove

Kathy Calman is a long time resident and community activist based in Beverly Hills who has worked over many years to mitigate the negative impacts on the first M5 and lead community action to develop and maintain green spaces and critically endangered bushland in Kingsgrove and Beverly Hills. 

Kerry Barlow, Save Ashfield Park, No WestConnex: Public Transport

Kerry is a political economist and educator – now retired.  Kerry previously worked at Macquarie Uni, Uni of Sydney and TAFE NSW. She is an resident of Ashfield and has worked with the community to fight WestConnex and it's impacts.  Save Ashfield Park successfully fought to stop the destruction of the park from WestConnex.

SESSION FOUR - Governance
  - WestConnex planning, contracts and business case

Jo Haylen MP, Member for Summer Hill

Jo is the Labor State Member for Summer Hill. She has always been a strong opponent of Westconnex both in her former role as the Mayor of Marrickville and as the State Member representing Haberfield and Ashfield residents devastatingly impacted by the M4 East.

Dr Bill Dunbar, Infrastructure, Policy and Governance specialist

Bill Dunbar is an infrastructure policy, financing and procurement expert with executive-level experience in both the public and private sector. He has worked throughout Australia and globally. He is also a resident of Stanmore in the Westconnex catchment.

Professor Wendy Bacon, Investigative journatist and member WestConnex Action Group 

Wendy is an investigative journalist and academic. She worked at the University of Technology for 21 years and then as Honorary Professor at the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism. She has also worked for independent, alternative and mainstream media and is a contributing editor to New Matilda.  Her reports have been published in Crikey, the Sydney Morning Herald , The Conversation and Guardian AUS  in recent years.

Jamie Parker MP, Member for Balmain

Jamie was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing  the seat of Balmain for the Greens in 2011. He was the first Green to represent his party in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly and is a powerful and experienced advocate for the local community who also served for over 12 years on Leichhardt Council including two terms as Mayor.  


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