WestConnex is a 33 kilometre motorway announced by the NSW Government in 2012. Since that time, the project has increased in cost from $10 billion to $16.8 billion. There are a number of stages to the WestConnex project, but impacting directly on the electorate of Strathfield is stage one – the widening of the M4 motorway and the construction of the M4 East tunnel, from Homebush to Haberfield.
Traffic congestion is a significant issue in our area and while in principle I support this stage of the project, I have significant concerns with the way WestConnex is being managed and delivered by the NSW Government. This project is also continuing in the absence of a comprehensive public transport plan for our area.
Impact on residents:
There are more than 180 properties that have been acquired by the NSW Government. The process of compulsory acquisition has been difficult for residents and our office has worked with a number of homeowners.
The tunnel travels under around 500 homes in Burwood and Croydon. The Government continually promised the tunnel would be under Parramatta Road, but when the plans were revealed in 2015, it was discovered the tunnel would in fact travel under homes to allow high rise development on Parramatta Road.
The State Government has introduced a toll on the M4, which is costing commuters travelling between Parramatta and Homebush more than $2,000 a year for a road that is not new. The toll will be in place until 2060 and will increase at 4% or CPI which ever is greater. A separate toll will also be introduced on the new M4 East tunnel when it’s completed in 2019.
As the Member for Strathfield and Shadow Minister for Roads, I have been active in making comment about WestConnex and holding the Government to account on this project. You can access the media articles on facebook and read my Parliament speeches.
How can I help?
This stage of WestConnex impacts significantly on the Strathfield electorate. There are a number of ways you can seek information or assistance.
If you have concerns, contact the WestConnex Delivery Authority on 1300 660 248 or
If your questions are not answered and you still have concerns, then contact my office at or (02) 9747 1711.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to discuss this or any other State Government matter.