Two Masked Lapwings sit in the area marked for the WestConnex Motorway with the crowd gathered behind.

Two Masked Lapwings sit in the area marked for the WestConnex Motorway with the crowd gathered behind.

Yesterday afternoon we joined around 300 other people at the Save Ashfield Park rally organized by the Save Ashfield Park residents group.

There were speakers from the community & local members Charles Casuscelli (Liberal) & Jamie Parker (Greens), Mathew Hounsell President of NoW (NoWestconnex) Public Transport, Robert Borsak Member of the Upper House & Shooters Party, Lucille McKenna Mayor of Ashfield Council & Jo Alley of Save Ashfield Park group.

Mature trees in this heritage-registered park that will be chopped down had yellow ribbons tied around their trunks & the area of the park that will be claimed by the motorway was marked out.  Four percent of the park will be lost.  I counted 38 trees that will need to be removed.  There is also serious concern & a lot of conflicting messages that the park will be used as a depot for anywhere from six to seven years.

Other issues that trouble residents are traffic volumes, loss of people’s homes, pollution, multiple 12-storey towers for housing & unfiltered smoke stacks through the suburbs along the route.

The deadline for submissions regarding this section of WestConnex is 17th February 2014.  http://www.westconnex.com.au

You can watch an edited version of the speeches here –  http://bit.ly/1iDRcsm

Looking towards the speaker's tent

Looking towards the speaker’s tent

View of the rally from the footpath on Paramatta Road.  The box hedge sign that has been here for as long as I can remember says 'Ashfield Park.'

View of the rally from the footpath on Paramatta Road. The box hedge sign that has been here for as long as I can remember says ‘Ashfield Park.’

 

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