Greens MP and Transport Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has responded to the Environmental Impact Statement for the Sydenham to Bankstown phase of the Sydney Metro project.
Dr Faruqi said:
“A perfectly functional train line will be snatched away from the community, leaving them without a train service for months on end, all just for the sake of privatisation.
“This is not only poor planning, but a complete waste of money that should instead be spent on expanding the rail network to underserved areas
“We know from the EIS that the project will impact threatened ecological communities, and the biodiversity offset strategy is a complete joke. The Government has already shown its disregard for the Environment, and this is just more proof.
“The Government is using the Metro project as a ripe opportunity to massively overdevelop the area from Sydenham to Bankstown. This is nothing but a toxic mix of overdevelopment and privatisation.
“I urge communities who are concerned about this project to provide their feedback loudly and clearly, and make submissions to the EIS before the closing date of 8th November 2017.
“The Sydney Metro project has opened the door to massive overdevelopment, allowing them to bulldoze through heritage stations and local communities. The EIS tells us that at least two heritage listed stations will have to be de-listed as a result of redevelopment,” she concluded.