Drilling at Sydney Park

The below map identifies the announced WestConnex borehole locations.


We’re think there may have been drilling at other locations as well.

We’ve been told that drilling is to be completed this week.

Timings for the WestConnex geotechnical investigations in Sydney Park were given as:

  • City Farms site (BHP5): Thursday, 18 July 2019 to Thursday, 8 August 2019. The WestConnex contractors were unable to change the borehole location due to a short notice
  • South of kiosk (BHP4): Monday, 22 July 2019 to Monday, 5 August 2019
  • East of kiosk (BHP3B): from Monday, 22 July 2019 to Tuesday, 13 August 2019
  • South of skate park site (BHP2A): from Monday, 22 July 2019 to Tuesday, 13 August 2019. This borehole was relocated by 66 metres away from the skate park construction site
  • Alan Davidson Oval location: from Thursday, 25 July 2019 to Thursday, 15 August 2019
  • West of Euston Road: from Thursday, 25 July 2019 to Thursday, 15 August 2019

As discussed, it’s not clear to us why they are drilling in some of these places. We don’t think it’s because they are considering tunnelling under these locations. The path for the M4-M5 Link tunnel was originally supposed to be where the blue dashed lines on the left hand side of the map are.

The stub for the Stage 3 ramp (Haberfield to St Peters) constructed during Stage 2 (New M5) goes under the intersection of Campbell Street and Barwon Park Road. The main tunnel from Kingsgrove to Haberfield is further west. The proposed line of the Stage 3 ramp tunnel is along Barwon Park Road.

It’s possible the route will be changed, but hard to see that it could be changed by so much that it would be brought near the drill sites, especially the more eastern ones.


How to comment on the Redfern Station Bridge proposals

Thank you to everyone who came to yesterday’s meeting.

As discussed, the project web page is https://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects/current-projects/redfern-station-upgrade-new-southern-concourse.

There’s an online survey at https://yoursay.transport.nsw.gov.au/RedfernNSC.

Feedback can also be sent to projects@transport.nsw.gov.au.

The consultation period closes 31 August.

We encourage you to have your say using one of the above links.

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August Meeting – new Redfern Station bridge

The agenda for the August ARAG meeting is:

  • Redfern Station – we have a speaker coming from Transport for NSW to talk about the new proposed bridge (AKA concourse)
  • Euston Road Widening (Alexandria to Moore Park, or A2MP) – a short update
  • Drilling in Sydney Park – what’s going on?

The meeting will be at:

  • 7pm, Wednesday 14 August
  • Alexandria Town Hall, 73 Garden St, Alexandria.

July Meeting Wednesday – AGM, new southern entrance to Redfern Station, Alex to Moore Park road expansion

The agenda for this month’s meeting is:

  • AGM
  • Alexandria Residents taking action – learn from some of our stars who are working make a difference

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A great turnout at our June meeting

At our June meeting, Sydney City Council came to speak to us on two very important issues:

  • Mitigating the increased traffic from WestConnex
  • Parking, including a proposed trial of meter parking.

The meeting was very well attended, which shows the importance to the community of those issues. Continue reading

Redfern Station New Southern Concourse – comments close today (2 June)

You’re possibly aware that the NSW Government has committed to upgrading the capacity of Redfern Station by building a new concourse (bridge) over the southern end of the station platforms.

Comments formally close tonight (2 June), and may be sent to projects@transport.nsw.gov.au (sorry for the late notice).

There will also be one more public consultation session:
Counterpoint’s Factory Community Centre,
67 Raglan Street Waterloo,
Thursday 6th June 6:00pm – 8:00pm

The proposal is for the concourse to have one entrance on Little Eveleigh Street and one entrance on Marian Street, between the WaterTower apartments and the current southern entrance to platform 10. The concourse will have connections to platforms 1 through 10, but not platforms 11 and 12 (the Bondi Junction Line).


For more information, see:

ARAG will discuss this at a future meeting, possibly July. (The June meeting will discuss the Traffic Management Survey and parking.)

Come and Meet the Federal Candidates for Sydney – Wednesday 10/4

As we did for the State election, ARAG, REDWatch and Friends of Erskineville are holding a Federal election candidates forum for the seat of Sydney:

  • Wednesday, 10 April, from 7pm to 8pm
  • Alexandria Town Hall, 73 Garden St, Alexandria.

We will ask candidates to begin by answering three questions, and then go to questions from the floor. Continue reading