Today’s confirmation of an additional one kilometre of tunnel under Victoria Road, Rozelle shows how planning for WestConnex is a shambles, says Greens Member for Balmain, Jamie Parker.
“This add on tunnel announcement is nothing more than a half-baked response to the traffic chaos that will occur around the ANZAC bridge,” he said.
“The Sydney Motorway Corporation and the RMS know from the traffic modelling that they commissioned for the M4 East, that that the impact on Victoria Road and the ANZAC Bridge would be gridlocked with or without the proposed Rozelle Interchange.
Jamie Parker MP today met with the Administrator of the Inner West Council Richard Pearson and residents of the Leichhardt community concerned about the irresponsible and overzealous trimming of trees in their streets.
Channel 9 News last night revealed that the State government is getting ready to bulldoze another chunk of homes in the Inner West – news which came as a surprise to the people currently living in them.
Home owners and residents living in Victoria Road had no indication their homes were to be acquired and demolished until the government’s secret plans were revealed in a TV news report yesterday evening. Once the news broke, a hastily-written letter was delivered to them from Sydney Motorway Corporation late last night regarding ‘possible impact’ to their properties.
Residents whose homes have been compulsorily acquired for the WestConnex road project are paying thousands of dollars in rent to the acquiring authority, Roads and Maritime Services, for the privilege of staying while pondering or being forced to appeal to the courts.
Jamie attended a meeting with the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Professor Stephen Garton last Friday to voice opposition to the closure of Sydney College of the Arts (SCA).
Mr Parker met with constituents who work in the Government’s department for Aging, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) to discuss their concerns about the forthcoming abolition of the department under the NDIS.
“Our staff – who provide specialist care, sometimes for decades, to people with complex needs – are distraught at the idea that they may be forcibly removed from their jobs and transferred to private employers,” said Michael Kennedy, a Public Services Association spokesperson, Balmain resident and ADHC employee.