This morning I joined the community (including Balmain MP Jamie Parker MP and Inner West Councillor Clr Marghanita da Cruz, Gulgadya Ward, Inner West Council - Greens) in a protest at Buruwan Park.
The chainsaws are scheduled to arrive today, to destroy this green lung, cycle and pedestrian connection, and for what? For WestConnex: this time, a grossly over-engineered freeway off ramp from the Rozelle Interchange to The Crescent, where it will funnel traffic into the residential streets of Harold Park, Glebe, Forest Lodge and Annandale.
We’ll lose trees (some over 100 years old) and active transport connections (right at the Rozelle Bay tram stop), cut people off from the waterfront, and we’ll see thousands more cars pour past homes and our new skate park at Jubilee Park, the Tramsheds, and past kids trying to get to school at Forest Lodge Public School, just for a start.
If people question why #TeamClover opposes a project like #WestConnex, why we support the communities all over the city fighting against this toxic tollway - this is why. This backward 1950s project steals from our future: locking Sydney into car-dependence, limiting investment in public transport, destroying parks and trees, and carving permanent scars on our neighbourhoods.
Sydney deserves better and #TeamClover is proud to back our neighbours and residents in opposing this destruction. Thank you to the community groups who doing so much, continuing to organise and lead the fight.