Monday 4 September 2017
Just two weeks after consultation ended, the government has released the EIS on the Westconnex M4-M5 link, an eight lane, 7.5km tunnel that will bring more cars onto inner city roads, increase greenhouse emissions and increase air pollution. The government admits these plans are only ‘indicative’ with major changes likely during detailed design, so public feedback cannot be specific. Local communities will get years of construction noise, dust and traffic. The $1.8 billion cost is on top of the already mammoth Westconnex budget, which does not include flow-on changes to local roads such as those that will shave off more parts of Moore Park!
Billions of dollars allocated to motorways should be used for public transport instead. Westconnex will change Sydney in all the wrong ways and entrench car dependence for people in outer suburbs. Comment due 16 October, HERE.
Tuesday 29 August 2017
I welcome the government’s decision to increase the frequency of light rail services on the inner west line, although this won’t help in peak times when track and vehicle limitations prevent more services being added. This follows community complaints about overloaded services, review of Opal data and my questions in Parliament, HERE.
Tuesday 29 August 2017
RMS intends to proceed with removing some bus stops along the 389 route including Stanley Street East Sydney near Yurong Street and near Bourke Street, plus outbound and inbound stops at Hargrave Paddington Street near Taylor Street. Community feedback appears to have saved the Yurong Street stop and Brown Street near Macdonald Street Paddington. It is very disappointing that the roads authority drives changes that will reduce access for bus passengers. Details HERE.
Tuesday 18 July 2017
The proposed Sydney Metro West rail line due for completion in the late 2020s will include stations in the Bays Precinct and CBD. You can provide comment about the stations and how the Metro should integrate with other transport, HERE.
Tuesday 4 July 2017
The EPA is reviewing the Protection of the Environment Operations (Noise Control) Regulation but does not propose tightening rules about noisy vehicles. If you would like stronger controls, send your comments in before 7 July. Details: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/noise/noise-regulation-2017-consult.htm
Monday 19 June 2017
Macquarie Bank’s unsolicited proposal to develop two commercial towers over the planned Martin Place Metro Station is on exhibition. My submission calls for further work to prevent shadowing and wind impacts in Martin Place and shadowing in adjacent streets, particularly at bus stops. Martin Place provides vital open space for pedestrians seeking respite from the city that must not be eroded. My letter is HERE.Read more
Monday 19 June 2017
Macquarie Bank’s unsolicited proposal to develop two commercial towers over the planned Martin Place Metro Station is on exhibition. My submission calls for further work to prevent shadowing and wind impacts in Martin Place and shadowing in adjacent streets, particularly at bus stops. Martin Place provides vital open space for pedestrians seeking respite from the city that must not be eroded. My letter is HERE.
Tuesday 14 June 2017
I support Lord Mayor Clover Moore’s call for the government to bring forward the Western Sydney Metro and return Westconnex to the original plan to connect Western Sydney with the port and airport, not dumping tens of thousands of cars into already congested inner city streets. The government should stop Westconnex Stage 3 and invest this money in public transport – nearly 90 per cent of Western Sydney commuters travel into the city on overcrowded public transport. Details HERE.
Monday 29 May 2017
Changing the bus operator for the Inner West region does not address the underlying problems with traffic congestion and the government’s data justifying the decision ignores the number of bus services and usage. Analysis published by The Guardian shows that the worst region for complaints is Inner North Region 7, read HERE.Read more
Tuesday 16 May
In Parliament, I asked the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight to work with Woollahra Council, the City of Sydney and local businesses and residents to address the longstanding traffic concerns with Oxford Street. While she says that there has been a turnaround in business viability on this important high street, I’ve asked to meet with her about community proposals. My question is HERE or watch it HERE.