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City of Sydney Public Meeting at Alexandria Town Hall – Waterloo Development

The City of Sydney are holding a public meeting on the NSW Government’s plans for the redevelopment of the Waterloo Housing Estate and the Waterloo Metro Development.

The meeting will be on Wednesday 6 March at Alexandria Town Hall, from 6pm to 7.30pm.

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ARAG Meeting this Wednesday – Waterloo Towers

Waterloo is about to be redeveloped. Past proposals have included up six towers of between 33 and 40 storeys plus another 11 towers of between 16 and 32 storeys.

Come along and find out more about the latest round of proposals:

7pm Wednesday, 13 Feb,
Alexandria Town Hall,
73 Garden St, Alexandria.

Metro plans on exhibition – until Wednesday

Plans for the Waterloo Metro Quarter Precinct and the Waterloo Metro Quarter Over Station Development are both open for comment until Wednesday, 30th Jan:

It’s OK to make the same submission at both websites – although they are two parts of the same project, they each have their own separate review process.

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Christmas Meeting, this Wednesday – Community Strategic Plan, Sydney 2050

Our final meeting for this year is this Wednesday, the 12th of December.

The meeting will be at the usual time and place: 7:00pm, Alexandria Town Hall, 73 Garden St.

We’re lucky enough to have council in attendance, talking about the City’s Community Strategic Plan, Sydney 2050, and how we can have input into it.

Unless some urgent issue comes out of the woodwork, this will be our last meeting until February.

Meeting *6pm* this Wednesday: Council’s plan to protect our streets from WestConnex rat runners

Instead of the usual format, this month’s meeting will be devoted to Council’s plan to protect our neighbourhood from future WestConnex traffic.

Please note: the meeting will start at 6pm!

You may remember that Council presented us with several options in April/May, including full and partial road closures,traffic lights, turn restrictions, slow points and continuous footpath treatments.

They have received and analysed more than 700 submissions and produced a plan that tries to balance everything everyone wants.

Come along to find out what is proposed.

Following the presentation, ARAG will discuss the plan.

The meeting will be held at Alexandria Town Hall, as usual. Again, please note, it will start at 6pm.

ARAG Opening Statement to Upper House WestConnex Inquiry

On behalf of ARAG, I gave the following statement yesterday at the NSW Upper House Inquiry into the Impact of WestConnex:

Alexandria is at the junction of the new M5 and M4 – M5 Link. If WestConnex does not work in Alexandria, WestConnex will not work. The M4 – M5 EIS tells us that WestConnex will not work in Alexandria. Even with the airport gateway, speeds dropped to 20 kilometres an hour by 2033, 7 per cent of vehicles “do not reach their destination”. Without the airport gateway, the network is forecast not to be able to accommodate the forecast traffic demand. The forecast traffic demand caused the computer model to become “inoperable”. The modelling for this project rests on unrealistic assumptions. For example, exit blocking constraints — congestion outside the study area — was removed. The Sydney Gateway was modelled without having a route known. Traffic in Alexandria already crawls. On many streets it is literally faster to walk than to drive. For the WestConnex to work on Alexandria streets, which are already full, they need to carry an extra 60,000 cars a day in an area which is congested and experiencing a rapid increase in population. Funnelling more cars into gridlocked streets is the wrong prescription — RMS knows this; 40 years of traffic research shows this.
The Government is wasting our taxpayer dollars on the wrong solution. This is clear from the WestConnex business case. Why was this allowed to happen? This is what we want from this inquiry. As citizens of this State, we have not been able to find out. The Government has used and abused its powers to keep the project beyond scrutiny. Our submission lists some of the information the public should be able to access, but which has been denied to us. We urge you as the Committee to unearth this information on behalf of us, the citizens and taxpayers of the State, who are watching our health, our houses, our open spaces and our quality of life and our community fabric being destroyed for a project which the Government’s own documentation shows cannot work. The way we calculate costs and benefits is broken. If our democracy worked as a democracy should , with checks and balances, I would not have to be here today.

The full transcript (draft), including questions and answers is available here. The full and final set of transcripts will appear here over time.

There is one more day of hearings, this Monday. Witnesses to appear include Clover Moore, Michelle Zeibots, Dennis Cliche, and more. Hearings are open to the public, and will be streamed live.

ARAG October Meeting – Parking, Protecting Sydney Park

The agenda for this month’s meeting is:


  • Feedback from Council on our ideas to improve parking

Protecting Sydney Park: Continue reading