Greens NSW MP and Transport spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has today given notice of a motion that would establish a NSW Upper House inquiry into the potential air emissions from major toll roads and tunnels, in particular, Westconnex, Northconnex, and the proposed Northern Beaches Link, Western Harbour Tunnel and F6 extension.
Dr Faruqi said:
“Motorways, toll roads and tunnels are dangerous and polluting infrastructure. Communities have a right to know the extent of air pollution and health risks associated with toxic emissions from toll tunnels and motorways.
“With the ever-increasing tentacles of motorways and toll tunnels in Sydney, our city will be dotted with smoke stacks billowing toxic pollution. Air pollution related deaths in most OECD countries have declined, but in Australia there was a 68% increase between 2005 and 2010 – and at least half of these deaths are due to road pollution.
“Smoke stacks are being proposed within metres of schools, homes and hospitals; and now doubt will have an impact on the health of our communities, our children, and our environment.
“I call on Labor and members of the crossbench to get on board to establish this inquiry. Communities deserve to know what the impacts of air pollution will be, and how they are being measured and mitigated, this inquiry will bring these issues to the table and find a way forward,” she concluded.