Monthly Archives: July 2013

Bandicoot concerns about biodiversity package

Trees cleared for the Taverners Hill stop near Parramatta Rd

A rare opportunity to improve the ongoing habitat of the inner-west’s threatened long-nosed bandicoot population has been lost due to a disappointing biodiversity compensation package put forward by the NSW Government.

As part of the planning condition for clearing about 1.1 hectares of bushland to create the inner-west light rail, Transport for NSW was required to develop a Revegetation and Biodiversity Compensation and Monitoring Package.

Some two and half years after this condition was imposed, the exact terms of the package are now being  thrashed out between local councils and Transport for NSW. The Planning and  Infrastructure Department is responsible for signing it off.

The Friends of the GreenWay group supports the joint response from the Ashfield, Leichhardt, Marrickville councils pointing out the deficiencies in this package.

The government might be spending at least $176 million building the light rail but is being stingy meeting  its own approval conditions and creating a truly sustainable and green corridor. Read our media release to find out more.


SMH exposes GreenWay inaction

Many thanks to Jake Saulwick at the SMH, who on Saturday July 6 exposed the government’s inaction on the progressing the GreenWay. Jake has pointed out that two years after the government “deferred” the GreenWay and announced it would be instead looking at an “integrated transport masterplan” to progress the project nothing has been announced.

Jake’s story can be read here and the government’s 2011 media release referring to the masterplan here.

Jake has dug up a series of internal government documents which show how the transport bureaucracy has been trying to progress the project, including through doing patronage surveys and urging the government’s planners to require a GreenWay contribution from the Summer Hills flour mill site. Clearly the transport bureaucracy is keen to progress a Cooks River to White Bay link but at this stage, Transport Minister Berejiklian has not supported anything going out publicly.

The Friends of the GreenWay are an apolitical group and genuinely keen to constructively work with the government to progress plans for this important active transport route.