Share This

Grayndler

Tuesday, 11th September 2018

Constituency Westconnex




Federation Chamber 




Mr ALBANESE (Grayndler) (11:23): I rise to once again condemn the lack of appropriate planning and the lack of proper community consultation by the New South Wales Liberal government when it comes to the WestConnex project. The fact is that this project will be studied in history as how not to plan a project—a project that began with the recommendation from Infrastructure New South Wales to increase access to the port at Botany by duplicating the M5, as the No.1 priority that they identified.



We now have a road costing $16.8 billion on the surface—but, of course, a lot more than that in reality—which doesn't go to the port, doesn't go to the airport and doesn't go to the city. It is becoming a road to more roads and, what's more, a toll road which will impose severe financial hardship on people in Western Sydney and other people who use this road.


Half the share of this road was last week, extraordinarily, sold off to a consortium led by Transurban, for some $9.3 billion. It is extraordinary that a road that is still halfway through construction, for which the Rozelle Interchange has still not been approved and properly planned, has been sold off to a private consortium for that price. What that does is ensure that there will have to be compensation for the private owner of WestConnex if any changes are made.


Today we find that the New South Wales government have announced that $2.6 billion will be required to build the Sydney Gateway project from the St Peters Interchange through to the airport. That's further taxpayers' money going towards this project. We know that it's also proposed to have an F6 through to the Sutherland Shire, and a Northern Beaches Tunnel from the Rozelle Interchange, under Sydney Harbour, at the cost of many more tens of billions of dollars, if you add all this up. This is why the planning has been so appalling for this project, with real consequences for all of the people of Sydney.


Sign up to get the latest news from Anthony

See the latest News
About Anthony
Meet AnthonyAnthony's Story

Electorate Office

334a Marrickville Road
MARRICKVILLE NSW 2204

Phone: (02) 9564 3588
Fax: (02) 9564 1734
Email: A.Albanese.MP@aph.gov.au

Parliament House Office

PO Box 6022
CANBERRA ACT 2600

Phone: (02) 6277 4022
Fax: (02) 6277 8562

Phone: (02) 9564 3588
Fax: (02) 9564 1734
Email: A.Albanese.MP@aph.gov.au

DisclaimerPrivacyTerms

Electorate Office

334a Marrickville Road
MARRICKVILLE NSW 2204

Phone: (02) 9564 3588
Fax: (02) 9564 1734
Email: A.Albanese.MP@aph.gov.au

Parliament House Office

PO Box 6022
CANBERRA ACT 2600

Phone: (02) 6277 4022
Fax: (02) 6277 8562

Phone: (02) 9564 3588
Fax: (02) 9564 1734
Email: A.Albanese.MP@aph.gov.au

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which our offices stand and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge the sorrow of the Stolen Generations and the impacts of colonisation on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We also recognise the resilience, strength and pride of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Authorised by Anthony Albanese. 334a Marrickville Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204.