Save Sydney Park – Audit WestConnex!

The Australian Senate has called for an audit of WestConnex.

You can too. Continue reading

ARAG meeting Wednesday: ATP, WestConnex, Alexandria Sunday Fun Day

The next meeting of the Alexandria Residents Action Group is 7pm this Wednesday, 10 February, at Alexandria Town Hall, Garden St.

On the agenda:

The ‘westCONnex Payment Plan’

Just how much money is involved in paying for westCONnex?

The original business case for westCONnex stated a project cost of $10 billion.

An updated business case for westCONnex was released in November 2015.

So now, the stated project cost for westCONnex is $16.812 billion. That’s a massive cost blowout of 68.12%, and that’s before any project milestones have been achieved.

Expect the cost to blow out much further during the course of the project.

But how much, really, is $16.812 billion? Continue reading

ARAG’s Objection to the westCONnex ‘New M5’ EIS

ARAG today submitted its objection to the westCONnex ‘New M5’ Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Submissions to the Planning Department in relation to this debacle of a project – $16.812 BILLION of your taxpayer dollars – close today.

ARAG’s PDF submission is enclosed here for you to download here: ARAG Submission – westCONnex M5 EIS.

Here’s hoping that somebody is listening.

If you’re quick, you can still submit your own objection. Feel free to copy / adapt from the information here, or visit A People’s M5 EIS on the embedded link.

Both our site and the M5EIS.org site contain links to direct you to the Department of Planning’s submission portal.

M5 EIS objection

Vanessa and I have just submitted our objection to the westCONnex M5 EIS. It is based largely on the NOwestCONnex template but raises additional points.

The enclosed PDF may be of interest to others still preparing their submissions.

20160126 – M5EIS Submission – Speechley – Knight

How WestConnex Noise and Vibration will impact on Alexandria

noise_table_111_treatmentContributed by one of our co-ord group members.

On my reading of the EIS chapters, there are impacts on Alexandria both on the noise and vibration front, but the main impact on us is noise. The EIS generally dismisses vibration as an issue that won’t cause us problems. ( EG See, Vol 2D, App J Page 149 5.5.2 ).

There are a couple of points worth making Continue reading

Save Sydney Park from WestConnex

WestConnex, if it goes ahead, will be devastating for Sydney Park.

To see how to object, click here.

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It will take a large chunk out of the south eastern side, for a ‘construction compound’ that will reach almost to the large lake.

It will take off the southern corner, to create a massive intersection between Euston Rd, Campbell Rd and the tunnel ramps. (See the black line on Continue reading