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Public transport – the train in the room

By Andrew Herington. The total lack of discussion about public transport in the LMA evidence was a glaring omission. Six presentations by community members on day 22 highlighted a range of transport issues. The common theme was the lack of planning for complementary public transport and bicycle facilities and the narrow focus on a one tunnel solution. […]

LMA property acquisition tactics come under scrutiny

Tell them they’re dreaming  By Andrew Herington The theme for Day 21 was the rights of homeowners and the shocking disregard LMA have had for fair process.  As Ben Hardwick from Slater and Gordon pointed out  – it seems like nothing has been learned from the shambolic property resumption process followed for the Regional Rail […]

EPA doesn’t stand in the way of East West Link

By Andrew Herington.  It was a bad day for local residents wanting protection from increased pollution. Despite all the evidence, it seems the EPA has shut its eyes and wants to give the green light for the EWL to proceed with no variation to the conditions. On noise, the EPA argued against having any improved […]

Preview of Week 5 – Time for the community to have their say

By Andrew Herington The East West Link hearings move into their third phase this week with the community groups and individuals finally getting their turn to present their views. On Monday the EPA finish their evidence with a series of speakers on noise, energy, greenhouse gas emissions, water, groundwater and contaminated waste. The City of […]

Map showing Eastern Freeway meeting tunnel

SEVEN TRIES BUT STILL NO CLEAR ANSWERS

By Andrew Herington The LMA were given extra time on Thursday to have another go at trying to explain their traffic model predicting the Hoddle St intersection. The new figures are the seventh set of numbers for Hoddle St/ Alexandra Pde provided by the LMA (CIS Chap7, Question 21, Doc 44, Doc 59, Doc 93, […]

SYDNEY WESTCONNEX BUSINESS CASE RELEASED

By Andrew Herington   In a major development, 38 boxes of documents related to the WestConnex Business Case were delivered into the safekeeping of the NSW Clerk of Parliaments on Tuesday evening. 16 of the boxes are privileged (only MLCs can look) but the contents of the other 22 boxes can be viewed by the […]

CALLING ALL SUBMITTERS – TIME TO FINALISE YOUR SUBMISSION

There is only one week to go until community groups and individuals take centre stage to sell their case for why the East West Link should remain just a poorly conceived and badly researched plan. It is important that all 190 submissions impress the panel and with the sort of detailed arguments that they are looking for. […]

CITY OF YARRA

Yarra has wound up the second third of the hearings with a powerful set of legal arguments highlighting the flaws in the CIS and the lack of evidence presented by the LMA It is fairly legal and a bit of a hard read – but it sets out the key arguments clearly. City of Yarra […]

A STRANGE LULL AT HALF TIME

By Andrew Herington The tempo of the hearings dropped markedly today as the last of the council witnesses were heard. Michelle Zeibots, a Sydney academic who has specialised in induced traffic gave a strong performance explaining in detail the numerous factors that result in overall traffic increases when new road space is provided. The LMA has […]

THE RUBBER HITS THE ROAD AS YARRA SETS OUT THE CASE AGAINST

By Andrew Herington Week four started with a distinct change of tone.  Adrian Finanzio, counsel for the City of Yarra delivered a comprehensive analysis of the merits of the LMA case for the freeway and the weakness of the legal arguments on which they have relied. Summarising the arguments presented over the last 15 days, […]