Over 150 residents have attended a street meeting held by Jamie Parker, Member for Balmain, calling on the government and the Inner West Council to back away from a plan to destroy dozens of trees in Annandale to make way for the Whites Creek Link.
The pedestrian and cycling link will be built as part of WestConnex and will connect Annandale with the current site of the Rozelle Rail Yards.
This proposal includes a plan to clear a whole parcel of trees that currently separate homes in Annandale from the traffic, noise and fumes of the City West Link. This is absolutely unnecessary.
Jamie Parker MP:
“The government is waging a war on trees and vegetation in the inner west.
“In just the past two months, they have removed a huge number of trees along the City West Link and cleared almost all the vegetation at Buruwan Park - including two magnificent Moreton Bay figs.
“While we need more cycling and pedestrian links in the inner west, they don’t need to come at the cost of hundreds of local trees.
“Most cities are growing their tree canopy to create cooler suburbs, provide habitat for local wildlife and fight the effects of climate change. But here in the inner west we’re going backwards.
“Less trees means less shade, warmer suburbs, less oxygen and a less liveable urban environment for our community.
“We understand that there is already approval to remove all these trees so we are calling on the government and the Inner West Council to urgently reconsider the design of this project to allow this vital green barrier to be preserved,” he says.