Leaked government documents have revealed White Bay has been identified as the main construction site where contaminated sediment will be temporarily stored and large tubes built for the Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link.
Commenting on the documents Jamie Parker MP, Member for Balmain says:
“This development will build a massive toxic waste dump in the middle of a densely populated residential suburb.
“Dredging up hundreds of thousands of tonnes of sediment contaminated with heavy metals, pesticides and dioxins will be disastrous for our local area.
“This site will run 24-hours a day, just a stone’s throw away from people’s homes. Local residents in Balmain, Pyrmont and Rozelle are going to be hit with industrial noise and vibrations as well as dust and air pollution from the site.
“The Western Harbour Tunnel is just a desperate attempt to funnel more traffic and revenue into the failing WestConnex project.
“The government wants to snatch up the White Bay site and transfer it into a dumping ground for a massive road project that this community is against. Residents in the Inner West don’t want spaghetti junctions and toll ways. They want clean, green and affordable public transport services.
“The plan for the West Harbour Tunnel demonstrates that this government is only about delivering for the roads lobby regardless of the impact on our local communities or the environment.
“I will be working alongside our community to send the government a clear message that this is unacceptable. I’ll be taking this issue up directly with the Minister for Roads in Parliament, pressing the government rethink this reckless proposal.”
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