WestConnex public meetings

11 October 2017

FixWestconnex highlights
Lord Mayor Clover Moore, City of Sydney
Guest speaker – Elizabeth Farrelly, SMH columnist, Associate Professor UNSW Sydney
Keynote speaker – Professor Peter Newman AO, Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute
Community speaker – Councillor Pauline Lockie, Inner West Council
Community speaker – Professor Paul Torzillo AM, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Community speaker – Sunil Badami, parent's perspective
Community speaker – Louise de Plater, Transport Workers Union
Campaign champion – Tony Murphy
Welcome – Adam Spencer

Fix WestConnex and Sydney will do better

Lord Mayor Clover Moore joined forces with transport experts, health experts and community representatives at a public meeting on Wednesday 11 October 2017. 

Hundreds of concerned community members came together to call on the NSW Government to rethink WestConnex and deliver a better deal for all Sydneysiders.

WestConnex is Australia's most expensive road project ever and costs will keep rising to a staggering $50 billion – yet it will only support 2% of daily trips in Sydney. 

We share the community's concerns about this project that will:

  • Dump many tens of thousands more trucks and cars onto local roads, turning them into rat-runs.
  • Sting drivers with thousands of dollars in tolls each year. Those tolls are guaranteed to increase every year, for the next 43 years, even though the motorways will reach capacity in just 8 years. 
  • Locate smoke stacks near to schools and homes, producing a tenfold increase in airborne particulates that can cause heart and lung diseases. 
We urge the government to prioritise public transport and road upgrades that provide important connections across Sydney without burdening commuters with expensive tolls and threatening the health of local communities.

16 March 2015

WestConnex not the solution

The City hosted a follow up meeting about WestConnex on 27 July 2016. The meeting also discussed the future of the Central to Eveleigh precinct. 

WestConnex is a tunnel to a traffic jam. A $16.8 billion network of toll roads that will bring thousands more cars into Sydney’s already congested centre. It is the largest road project in Australia’s history.

It’s planned in 3 parts:

  1. M4 widening and extension – now approved
  2. M5 extension – now approved
  3. M4-M5 link.

WestConnex is funded by the state and federal governments, and by tolls on motorists. Commuters will pay more, including tolls on previously toll-free roads.

The third stage and a planned connection to Sydney Airport and Port Botany are not currently funded despite their critical role in delivering the project’s stated objectives.

The facts

WestConnex claims to link people with jobs, improve freight transport and allow urban renewal. But here are the facts:

  • It won’t improve access to city centre jobs as 90% of western Sydney workers commute to the city on overcrowded public transport.
  • It doesn’t align with the State Metropolitan Strategy to create job opportunities in Western Sydney and transport links to them.
  • It won’t help transfer freight from Port Botany and Sydney Airport to Western Sydney.
  • Critical linking roads are unfunded.
  • It doesn’t take into account Badgerys Creek Airport.
  • It won’t help the renewal of Parramatta Road.
  • It will funnel thousands more cars into Newtown, St Peters, Erskineville, Alexandria, Waterloo, Redfern and Green Square.
  • It will isolate Sydney Park with fast moving traffic. Tunnel portals, ramps and ventilation stacks will blight the park’s surroundings.

Last updated: Wednesday, 26 June 2019