Mayor calls on Premier to stop the ‘Los Angelesisation’ of the Inner West

Thursday, 22 August 2019


Following yesterday’s announcement by the NSW Government of yet another overpass linked to the WestConnex Project, Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne has called on the Premier to stop the ‘Los Angelesisation’ of the Inner West.

The amended plans for the Rozelle Interchange includes a two-lane overpass which would sit up to eight metres above the intersection of the City West Link and the Crescent. This comes in addition to the enormous above ground spaghetti junction at St Peters, which is currently under construction.

“The overpass belongs in LA – not the Inner West,” Mayor Byrne said.

“Not content with a spaghetti junction at St Peters, the Government now wants to build a massive concrete overpass in Rozelle.

“The multi-lane overpass will have the same damaging visual impact on the Bays Precinct as the Cahill Expressway has had on Circular Quay.

“The Government’s assertions that this gigantic interchange would be entirely built underground were always laughable.

“It is clear the road builders have been given carte blanche to amend or ignore conditions of consent – as has happened at every stage of WestConnex.

“The Government has treated the inner west community with utter contempt throughout the entire project – throwing people out of their homes, ripping the heart of precious heritage areas, and causing untold stress and destruction along the way.”

Inner West Council will formally object to the proposed overpass designs being put forward by the NSW Government.                         

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Page last updated: 22 Aug 2019