• The raucous full house at the Public WestConnex Meeting, held at Enmore Theatre, inspired many promises from the WestConnex managerial team. Here are some commitments to keep an eye on that came straight from the horse’s mouth:
“There are no plans to extend the existing clearways on King St”
“The widening of Campbell Street in St Peters will not encroach on Simpsons Park.”
“There will be little or no additional traffic [to local streets] when the St Peters Interchange goes in.”
“Affected homeowner and business will be compensated according to the Just Terms Act.”
“High quality and direct pedestrian connection from Mascot town centre will bring Sydney Park in easy walking distance for the first time.”
• And the best heckles from the audience were:
“Can we put the exhaust in your place?”
“What does PPP even mean?”
“You don’t need to build motorways to create cycle paths.”
“Please put your hands together if you don’t support WestConnex!”
“How about a tram!?”
“This information session is pretty light on information.”
• In other news up and coming Sydney rockers (who share their band name with a Rolling Stones’ album) have been filming their latest music video on Maddox Street, Alexandria. If all goes to plan the video should be released this year featuring some very funkalicious animations.
• A petition is circulating requesting the Sydney Vegan Festival (held in Marrickville) withdraw their headline act – Thug Kitchen. The pair behind the vegan food blog and cookbook ‘Eat Like You Give a F**k’ have been accused of performing ‘The digital age’s version of blackface’, for their stereotyping of African American phraseology. The petition currently has 250 signatures.