Roads Minister Melinda Pavey has said the Berejiklian Government is only now starting the “process of consultation” with hundreds of residents whose homes will be bulldozed under her plan to realign the Castlereagh Corridor.

In a video posted to Facebook on 26th March, Ms Pavey was filmed “jumping for joy”, saying that the new Castlereagh Corridor route was “finally determined”.

Ms Pavey contradicted that statement in Question Time today, now saying that the Government had “made no determination” and admitted that the Government has now “started a process of consultation”.

In Question Time today, Ms Pavey was asked if she gave any consideration to the hundreds of family homes that would be destroyed when she was “jumping for joy”.

In March, Ms Pavey, alongside the Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres, announced that the Government would realign the Bells Line of Road-Castlereagh Connection – a route that has been left vacant for a freeway since 1951.

Despite a complete lack of consultation with the community, hundreds of residents were handed letters informing them that their properties may be acquired.

Cranebrook resident Dianne Xiberras was in the Public Gallery today to hear Ms Pavey’s response. Ms Xiberras purchased her family home 26 years ago on official Government advice about the existing Castlereagh Freeway, but now faces the prospect of a motorway going through her kitchen.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“The community was abruptly told that their homes would be bulldozed while the Roads Minister was ‘jumping for joy’ about it. 

“It’s outrageous treatment of thousands of people who’ve bought homes, businesses and properties based on Government information that has been in place for 70 years.

“It’s unbelievable that the Berejiklian Government is only now starting community consultation.

“The Premier needs to listen to the community and drop this realignment.”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister Assisting the Opposition Leader on Western Sydney and Labor Member for Londonderry Prue Car

“The only choice left for the Government now is to revert back to the original corridor and apologise to the people of Western Sydney.

“This was an arrogant decision that the Roads Minister and Western Sydney Minister imposed on the community - without any consultation.

“After turning the lives of Western Sydney residents upside down by announcing a determined route, today the Roads Minister says the Government hasn’t determined the route – which is it?”