Thursday 17 May 2018
Yet another disgraceful road expansion associated with the WestConnex has been submitted, with the Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link project, which includes a new tunnel beneath Sydney Harbour to link WestConnex at Rozelle with the Warringah Freeway. I understand that this proposal includes a construction site for the huge concrete tubes to build the tunnel and store dredged contaminated sediment at White Bay. The proposal will soon be on exhibition and I encourage people to keep informed Information HERE.
Thursday 17 May 2018
‘Special interests’ continue to get government favours with approval for Macquarie Bank’s two towers over the Martin Place Metro Station despite planning breaches for excessive floor space and shadowing of Hyde Park and the public domain. To deal with the breaches the planning minister just changed the Local Environment Plan to make the development compliant – a process known as spot rezoning that encourages a culture of development deals for mates. Meanwhile the minister has been sitting for two years on the City of Sydney’s proposed amended LEP that would protect CBD open space while setting aside areas for higher development.Read more
(Bills - Second Reading Debate, May 2 2018, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
The Transport Administration Amendment (Sydney Metro) Bill establishes Sydney Metro as a statutory corporation to deliver the metro project and develop land around metro stations, depots and stabling yards. The metro is an important public transport project that runs through my electorate. It will add much needed heavy rail capacity at a time when investment in sustainable transport is essential. But I share the concerns of the Opposition that the changes to Sydney Metro are about privatising metro planning.Read more
(Bills - Second Reading Debate, May 1 2018, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
The Road Transport Legislation Amendment (Road Safety) Bill adds cocaine to the list of drugs for which it is an offence to drive with a detectable amount in one’s system. The bill also increases offences for driving under the influence of drugs, gives police greater powers to stop someone driving their vehicle if they are suspected of driving under the influence, and provides for the adoption of enforcement measures for the offence of using a mobile phone while driving. I will limit my brief contribution to the addition of cocaine to what is known as the “presence offence”.Read more
Tuesday 1 May 2018
The most destructive part of the WestConnex project – Stage 3 – has received planning approval despite clear community objection and evidence that it will result in disastrous traffic congestion and air pollution.Read more
Monday 19 March 2018
National Ride to School Day is Friday 23 March, including an event at Bourke Street Public School where a huge number of students ride using the Bourke Street cycleway. Details HERE.
Tuesday 13 March 2018
In Parliament, I called on the government to withdraw plans to expand roads and intersections between Alexandria and Moore Park (A2MP), proposed to deal with new traffic spilling into the streets from the WestConnex. When all associated road changes are factored in, WestConnex will cost a staggering $50 billion, when what we need and people want is more public transport options.Read more
(Private Members' Statement, 6 March 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
I rise to condemn road changes between Alexandria and Moore Park, planned to deal with new traffic spilling into the streets from the WestConnex Motorway project.
WestConnex is one of the biggest risks to Sydney’s sustainability, liveability and future economic viability.Read more
Monday 19 February 2018
Cycling is clean and healthy and can reduce traffic and public transport congestion but this government has shown contempt to cyclists, with its biggest moves to massively increase penalties and remove one of the most used safe cycleways. In Parliament, I called on the government to follow other cities’ lead and make cycling a safe option, see HERE.Read more
Monday 12 February 2018
A coalition of groups has organised a rally calling on the NSW Government to invest in public transport instead of private motorways.
It’s on Saturday 17 February 2-4pm at the Archibald Fountain Hyde Park, information HERE.