THE State Government has not ruled selling excess land used for WestConnex on to developers, despite earlier pledges the sites would be returned to the community.
Residents who packed a recent Sydney Motorway Corporation forum were left without answers on what would happen to parcels of land at Homebush that were resumed for construction of the $16.8 million motorway.
In January last year, the SMC told the Courier it intended to give land used for the M4 East tunnels over for "local purposes, recreation and community infrastructure" and sought feedback from the residents.
But Homebush local Todd Hillsley, who attended last month's forum for an update on the pledge, said officials offered "no promises" on the future of the sites, which include large blocks at Ismay Ave, Allen St and Underwood Rd.
State Opposition Transport spokesman Jodi McKay described any move to sell off the sites would constitute a "land grab". She questioned whether housing targets for Homebush have affected the process.
"In every other part of WestConnex there's been a guarantee to residents that land will be returned but not in Homebush," she said.
"This space was taken from the community and should be returned. It should not be sold to the highest bidder."