WestConnex Rozelle tunnel plan shifting the road chaos

Today’s confirmation of an additional one kilometre of tunnel under Victoria Road, Rozelle shows how planning for WestConnex is a shambles, says Greens Member for Balmain, Jamie Parker.

“This add on tunnel announcement is nothing more than a half-baked response to the traffic chaos that will occur around the ANZAC bridge,” he said.  

“The Sydney Motorway Corporation and the RMS know from the traffic modelling that they commissioned for the M4 East, that that the impact on Victoria Road and the ANZAC Bridge would be gridlock with or without the proposed Rozelle Interchange. 

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MEDIA RELEASE: Apology for Historical Homosexual Convictions Recognises State Responsibility

Member for Newtown and NSW Greens spokesperson on Sexuality and Gender Diversity Jenny Leong MP has welcomed the apology made by the Victorian Government to people with historical convictions for homosexual acts.

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MEDIA RELEASE: A Bleak Future for NSW Renters

NSW Fair Trading has released the Statutory Review of the Residential Tenancies Act 2010  in response to the 210 public submissions that suggested improvements to NSW rental laws earlier this year. 

The report signals a bleak future for NSW renters.

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Sydney Metro: Concerns for the Newtown Electorate

The Sydney Metro will be a privately operated metro line running from Chatswood to Bankstown. The southern part of the route from the CBD to Bankstown will replace the current Bankstown line on the Sydney Trains network – a functional line that is now in public hands.

The Bankstown line includes two train stations within the Electorate of Newtown – Erskineville and St Peters. The construction of the Metro will have significant impacts on services at those stations, as well as on services at nearby Sydenham and Marrickville stations that are also on the Bankstown line. 

There will also be impacts on residents who live near the Marrickville ‘dive tunnel’ that will join the existing terrestrial train line to the new underground section of the Metro.

A new metro station will be built in Waterloo, where around 2000 existing public housing residences will be demolished to make way for a large residential development. There will be impacts on residents around that area too.

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Inner West Council to maintain opposition to WestConnex

Some good news for our community from the Inner West Council regarding WestConnex.

The Inner West Council Administrator has included a major item on WestConnex on the agenda for the  2nd meeting which  will be held on Tuesday July 5 at 7pm at the  Ashfield  Service Centre, 260 Liverpool Road, Ashfield. 

The Administrator’s Minute (see full text below), states that the Inner West Council will formally adopt a position of continued opposition in the ‘strongest terms’ to the WestConnex project,  which is in line with the position of the previous three councils, Marrickville, Ashfield and Leichhardt which have been amalgamated. 

If you would like to speak on this item you are encouraged to preregister,  which will also mean you get a seat in the meeting.  You can pre-register up until 2pm of the day of the Meeting, via the Pre-Registration Form.  All those who have pre-registered will speak before those that haven’t pre-registered. 

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NSW Affordable Housing Fund Actually Funding WestConnex

A new analysis of the NSW budget reveals the Government's much-promoted "Affordable Housing Fund" is actually being directed to road projects, including the contentious WestConnex tollway. 

The analysis was revealed by peak housing body Shelter NSW. It shows that rather than paying for housing, the $262 million fund will pay for roads, with $140 million for a WestConnex off ramp at Lidcombe.


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Local students lose out with closure of Petersham TAFE

Last week's budget revealed plans by the Baird Liberal Government to shut down the Petersham TAFE West St Campus. The facility will be turned into a distance learning school for the Department of Education, a move that will have no benefit for inner west residents.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Art School Merger Risks Callan Park Heritage and Threatens Specialist Focus

The University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney have signed a Heads of Agreement for the Sydney College of Arts (SCA) to merge into UNSW Art and Design.


The college at Callan Park, Rozelle, is set to transfer to UNSW Art & Design, with students set to complete their SCA courses at the UNSW campus in Paddington.


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Breaking Down the 2016 NSW Budget

The 2016 NSW Budget brings bad news for public transport, housing affordability, TAFE, the Arts and our environment.

Here are some facts on where our public funds are being allocated.

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Media Release - Budget fails to deliver right infrastructure for Inner West

The largest single Roads and Transport Infrastructure budget item in the NSW Budget is WestConnex with $2.9 billion earmarked this financial year, with nearly $800 million for planning and pre-construction costs. 

"The Liberal government is committing billions to the wasteful and polluting WestConnex project but has failed yet again to deliver simple public transport improvements like accessible lifts at Redfern, Stanmore or Petersham railway stations, says Greens MP for Balmain, Jamie Parker. 

“The Liberal government is continuing its wasteful expenditure on this destructive 33 km tollroad which won’t solve Sydney’s congestion problems.

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