IS NSW INC deaf to Rozelle Residents Plea for a little respite from WestCONnex?

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CAAN Photo: Callan Street Rozelle on a Saturday afternoon.

Matt Bungard a Journalist at the Sydney Morning Herald reports in ‘Respond to the new reality: Rozelle residents plead for WestCONnex reprieve’ from the noise pollution created by the construction of the Rozelle interchange for WestCONnex

WITH so many now working from home due to the CoronaVirus how come there is no letup for this?

IT’s clearly not of any benefit for Rozelle … but for shareholders … and is it to serve the wants of future foreigners acquiring more Australian housing and permanent residency … ?

‘Residents held a meeting on Wednesday afternoon on video conferencing service Zoom, chaired by state MP Jamie Parker.

Balmain MP Jamie Parker and residents discuss WestConnex issues in Rozelle via a meeting on Zoom.
Balmain MP Jamie Parker and residents discuss WestConnex issues in Rozelle via a meeting on Zoom.

The member for Balmain said that residents weren’t under the illusion that roadworks could stop completely, but were hopeful that, with most people working from home at the moment, there would be more periods of respite.

“Residents recognise that there will always be some noise, but the impact day and night with people in their homes is just driving people to breaking point,” he said.

Mr Parker said that, in the short-term, there needed to be an end to night works, as well as proper noise and air quality monitoring, and advance notice of particularly loud and disruptive processes such as jackhammering.

WestConnex workers busy on Callan Street in Rozelle. 
WestConnex workers busy on Callan Street in Rozelle. CREDIT:ROSLYN DUNLOP

“It’s intolerable for people to endure this – it only takes some flexibility from WestConnex,” he said.

“They need to respond to the new reality. People are at home, with their kids, 24/7. You can’t have them exposed to dust and noise all day and night.”


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COMMUNITY RIGHTS appear now to be a thing of the past … with the people having to get out of the way of property and infrastructure developers … there is no letup from trucks, concrete pours … early in the morning …

And in Rozelle there is no break due to the nearby works on Victoria Road.


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The locals are unable to leave their windows open because the dust permeates. Despite it being a COVID-19 lockdown recommendation to leave the windows open at night when sleeping … this Rozelle community cannot!

The people are locked in as the Transurban project advances around them.

The NSW Government through its Spin Doctors dresses up this Transurban project as ‘an essential service because it employs lots of people’. Who are these 3500 people? How many are citizens, or are the majority of them Visa workers working across the Rozelle Interchange, the M4-M5 Link and the new M5 sites?

MEANWHILE many Australians in a vast range of occupations have lost everything! And question what is special about Westconnex?


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Further ‘newspeak’ from Transport for NSW …

Transport for NSW and our teams are following strict hygiene and appropriate social distancing measures as we deliver the major infrastructure to keep motorists, including freight, moving across our state now and into the future,” the spokesperson said.

“Unfortunately our work will be disruptive for some local residents now working from home.

“We understand these impacts and will continue working on potential solutions to help mitigate the effects.”

One solution already in the works is the ordering of noise-cancelling headphones for residents who are directly impacted by noise for a long period of time.

The Rozelle interchange is the most technically complex part of the 33-kilometre project because it will comprise three levels of tunnels and scores of entrances and exits.‘ NIICE!