Mind the gap: Are we planning our major transport projects by a roulette wheel?

Ron Hoenig was standing up for Alexandria in parliament last week:

I call on the Government to reconsider its plans for the Sydney Metro. It has been almost two years since I first urged the Government to reassess its route and stations for the Sydney Metro Southwest project. I told the House then that the location of the Waterloo station was a mistake. It represented a missed opportunity to provide for the fastest growing and most densely populated urban renewal zone in Australia: Green Square east, between Zetland and Waterloo, near Danks Street. The New South Wales Government seems dead set on making yet another error with this project. Not only is the Waterloo stop in the wrong place, but the whole alignment through my electorate is wrong. Continue reading


March Meeting: Redfern Station, transport and trucks, residents’ forum

On the agenda for this month’s ARAG meeting:

  • Changes to Redfern Station – it’s started
  • Update on local transport issues from City of Sydney
  • Dangerous trucks in Alexandria: what can we do?
  • Residents’ forum: issues that affect you

The meeting will be at:

7pm, Wednesday 14 March
Alexandria Town Hall,
73 Garden St, Alexandria

ARAG Meeting this Wednesday

We’re back at Alexandria Town Hall, 73 Garden St, and our next meeting is 7pm, Wednesday the 14th(*).

On the Agenda:

  • Fix NSW Transport – what would really work?
  • Euston Rd/McEvoy St widening – an update
  • NBN coming to Alexandria
  • Local (over)developments

(*) And before anyone says that a residents’ group meeting isn’t romantic, remember that forewarned is forearmed, knowledge is power, and power is widely agreed to be the ultimate aphrodisiac. Bring your Valentine along!

Fix NSW Transport Rally – 17 Feb

There will be a rally next week calling on the Government to take a serious approach to fixing NSW’s transport:

17 February, from 14:00–16:00

March from Hyde Park north (Archibald Fountain) to Martin Place for speeches


Building a 20 billion dollar road to move a few thousand people an hour is madness. Either the tolls will be crippling for commuters, or the cost will cripple the state budget, or both.
Building a so called Metro with no more capacity than the rail line it replaces, that has stops 6 kilometres apart, where people are going to have to stand for 30km, complete madness.
Tearing up country rail lines that are vital to the continuing prosperity and even the survival of country towns and villages, worse than madness.
Come along to help the government understand, transport matters to us.

Alexandria Park Community School Redevelopment Updates

AlexSchoolVisionAerial.pngPlans for the Alexandria Park Community School Redevelopment are online, and they are accepting submissions until 31st January.

There will be four information sessions (although two are after submissions have closed):

  • Saturday 20 January 2018 at Carriageworks Farmers Markets – 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, 11:00am-1:00pm
  • Saturday 27 January 2018 at Woolworths Supermarket – 10 Fountain Street, Alexandria, 2:00pm-4:00pm
  • Saturday 10 February 2018 at Carriageworks Farmers Markets – 45 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, 11:00am-1:00pm
  • Saturday 24 February 2018 at Woolworths Supermarket – 10 Fountain Street, Alexandria, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Back in the Alex Town Hall – Wednesday

We are back in Alexandria Town Hall for this month’s meeting, which is Wednesday, the 13th, at the usual time of 7PM.

On the agenda:

  • City of Sydney – proposal for the Green Square to Ashmore Connector
  • Alexandria to Moore Park – update
  • The M4/M5 Environmental Impact Study Debacle – where to from here?
  • Land & Environment Court hearing for the 163-173 McEvoy St development
  • Have Your Say on ARAG’s priorities for 2018
Please join us to celebrate the end of a busy year.

Reminder again: we are back in Alexandria Town Hall and the meeting is on Wednesday 13 December.

10,000 objections to the M4/M5

At 11.30am today, the Coalition Against WestConnex hand delivered more than 10,000 written submissions on the M4-M5 Link EIS to the Dept of Planning.

ARAG has hand delivered a (smaller) number of submissions.

ARAG’s own submission has been lodged. A copy is available WestConnex Stage 3 EIS – ARAG Objection 20171016.

If you haven’t lodged a submission yet, today is the last day to do so.

We believe that online submissions will be accepted until midnight, either at Major Projects, or via WestConnex Action Group.