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Media Release 2014-02-10 — Westconnex

Inner West Local’s get organised to stop the WestConnex toll road.

The fight to stop the WestConnex toll road is gaining momentum across the Inner West. This week a public meeting will be held in Marrickville by the community.

NoWestconnex (NoW Public Transport), is an umbrella group of resident’s action groups and environmental groups from across the Inner West, it is hosting a meeting on Wednesday 12th February, at 7pm at Herb Greedy Hall, 79 Petersham Road Marrickville.

“The aim of this public meeting is to let the public know what the State Government is planning for WestConnex and what impact this will have on our communities and neighbourhoods. The public consultation for WestConnex has been a sham and the State Government refuses to tell the community the real impact of WestConnex” said NoW Public Transport President Mathew Hounsell.

“The Westconnex is a 33klm toll road that will rip through the communities of the Inner West including Summer Hill, Petersham, St Peters and Tempe ”

“Already the first stage of the toll road is seeing homes and public space taken by the Westconnex Authority so their tollway can enclose and pollute areas of the Inner West, especially around Strathfield and Concord ”

“Compulsory property acquisitions, smoke stacks, more pollution and a massive $14 toll for the motorway are all aspects of Westconnex that the government is trying to keep under wraps. It will suck money out of public transport for decades to come. We are trying to get all the information on the project and the alternatives out to the public”. said Mr Hounsell

Speakers at the Marrickville meeting will include highly regarded transport planner Dr Michelle Zeibots from the University of Technology, Sydney and Mr Gavin Gatenby from Eco-transit Sydney .

The Marrickville meeting follows a series of well attended public meetings in Leichardt, Haberfield and Ashfield before Christmas and a successful pubic rally at Ashfield on Sunday.