New South Wales
While it is a relief that the underground ventilation facility will be placed underground and away from King George's Park and the previously proposed bio retention facility will not impact on playing fields and other much needed green space in the community, I still protest this development and the lack of filtration on the proposed stack so close to Rozelle Public School, Sydney Secondary College Balmain and a number of residential developments and preschools.
All these schools and educational facilities should be given double glazing to mitigate noise, shade cloths in playgrounds to prevent spoil and dust falling on children, and airconditioning to prevent toxic lead, dioxins and particulates from contaminated spoil entering classrooms and developing lungs during construction.
The use of imagery depicting the development after 10 years' of use, with few cars, is also misleading, as we know that Victoria Road, the Rozelle Goods Yard, the Crescent and White Bay will continue to look like the dusty, treeless, apocalyptic moonscape you have now made it. To show us what the project might look like in 2038 – after 3-5 years’ of non-stop construction and then 10 years’ of operation, is deeply misleading.
Given previous breaches by WestConnex contractors in spoil removal and truck movements in Haberfield and St Peters, I am extremely concerned about provisions for safe spoil removal through residential streets and so close to schools, and there is little detail about how this is proposed, or where residents can lodge complaints or reports of these breaches.
The impact of 24 hour noise as being akin to "a truck idling next to your house" sounds horrific and distressing — perhaps project managers, the Planning and Roads Ministers and the Premier might consider having a concrete mixer outside their homes 24/7 in solidarity with affected families? The suggestion that there will be no structural damage to homes, given the extensive damage to homes in Beverly Hills, St Peters, Strathfield, Concord and Haberfield by drilling and construction is fallacious.
All homes affected by drilling should be provided with double glazing and airconditioning to mitigate vibration noise and dust. Any householders in the immediate area affected by this should be given respite accommodation for the duration of drilling.
However, after long experience of "community consultations" in which any concerns are patronisingly and blithely dismissed by SMC, RMS and contractors, I know any objection is futile. You will do what is best for investors, contractors, the Government's political donors and fellow travellers, no matter the cost to us, our homes, our and our children's health, and our community's amenity. You will bulldoze our homes and concerns with relish and punish us for standing up for our homes and community. I imagine you will be laughing as you read this now, just as we have been regularly ridiculed, dismissed, condescended to and ignored in community meetings and "consultations".
That you should have called for submissions a week before Christmas, at the same time as submissions for the proposed egregious changes to the White Bay Cruise Terminal traffic and noise conditions, reflects that contempt for our community, hoping no doubt to "put the rubbish out" without anyone noticing.
I hope you sleep much easier than we or our children do now, and as apparently the Premier can now too. https://www.9news.com.au/national/gladys-berejiklian-labelled-a-hypocrite-over-smoke-stack-backflip/1558ddb0-b5fb-40c2-b441-bbb722eb84e4