The federal election issue for Kingsford and Kensington voters should be the extra cars that will exit into the eastern suburbs via Gardeners Road and Lenthall Street (via Epsom Road) when the St Peters interchange is built as part of the WestConnex motorway.
Greens candidate for Kingsford Smith James Macdonald warns that:
“The Labor and Liberal supported WestConnex motorway will double the capacity of the existing M5 East but no one really knows what the impact will be from the extra vehicles that will be dumped into Kingsford and Kensington.
The Greens candidate wants a Federal Government rejection of the State Government idea. He says,
“I call on all Federal candidates for Kingsford Smith to save Kingsford and Kensington from rat running drivers exiting the WestConnex and to resist federal funding and approval for it.”
Local Green Councillors have already successfully moved that Randwick Council call on local Federal MPs to press for holding off final funding and approval for the NSW State government-initiated project until there has been traffic modelling. Under Federal law, if proposals are likely to have a significant impact on matters of National Environmental Significance, approval needs to be also sought under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act (source Wendy Bacon).
Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson points to past community resistance to the idea of extra traffic in the Randwick local council area.
“In 2005 The Kensington and Kingsford communities successfully united to oppose the previous state Labor Government’s proposal to build ramps on and off South Dowling street because it was clear that there would be more rat running through their local streets. Without accurate traffic modelling who can say that the WestConnex will not have even worse impacts?”
The Greens have gone further and pushed the Council to explore a legally challenge on the grounds that there will be a breach of the Project’s consent condition that traffic must not “adversely” impact on the road networks of Kensington, Kingsford and Randwick