PEOPLE POWER SAVES WESTERN SYDNEY HOMES AND BUSINESSES: BEREJIKLIAN GOV’T SET TO BACKFLIP ON CASTLEREAGH CORRIDOR REALIGNMENT

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The Berejiklian Government is set to backflip on its plan to realign the Castlereagh Corridor, following community outrage.

In March, the Liberals and Nationals announced they would realign the Bells Line of Road-Castlereagh Connection – a route that has been left vacant for a freeway since 1951.

Without community consultation, the Roads Minister and Western Sydney Minister realigned the route leaving hundreds of homes in Sydney’s north-west including in Castlereagh, Cranebrook and Llandilo in the firing line.

Today more than 30 local residents met with NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley, Shadow Roads Minister Jodi McKay and Londonderry MP Prue Car to deliver another 4, 500 submissions collected by the community against the proposed corridor.

The backflip is extremely embarrassing for Minister Pavey, who was filmed ‘jumping for joy’ at the announcement despite residents being told they would lose their homes- last month she was forced to admit community consultation had only started well after the announcement.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“This is people power in action - thousands of residents mobilising against threats to their homes, their businesses and their farms.

“This is purely and simply another example of the Berejiklian Government’s rampant overdevelopment and rezoning that will see market gardens and small farms turned into evermore suburban development.

“It is only the heroic efforts of the local community that will put a stop to this.” 

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

“I’m so proud of this community who collected thousands and thousands petitions against this arrogant government’s plan to ruin their lives by bulldozing their homes and businesses for a road that no one even has the funding to build.

“While Minister Pavey was jumping for joy about the Bells Line of Road, the NSW Government was knocking on these people’s doors saying “we are going to take your homes”. At the end of the day, I’m confident that people power will win.

“This community won’t give up the fight until we have a guarantee signed, sealed and delivered to residents of Western Sydney that the Castlereagh freeway will be reverted back to the 1951 corridor.”