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Bingo plans major expansion while still under investigation for foul odours
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A new documentary by Mandy King and Fabio Cavadini about the environmental struggle to save Kosciuszko National Park
Last week was the fiftieth anniversary of the first Green Ban in Sydney. In this piece for City Hub, I reflect on the Green Ban period and report on this week's events at 'Willow Grove' Parramatta, the site of the most recent Green Ban.
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The NSW EPA ordered Bingo Industries to install a gas plant to remove unhealthy hydrogen sulphide odours. Two gas flares were lit but the odours continue. Western Sydney residents, backed by local Labor MPs, are calling on the EPA to close the plant down. In this blog post, I reveal long term weaknesses in the landfill's environmental record, management and regulation.
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Bingo Industries is still causing terrible odours in Western Sydney. The EPA has not used its powers to shut the site down but has restricted Bingo's landfill licence and ordered it to install a gas burning plant. Local MPs, Blacktown Council and residents say they won't stop campaigning until the odours are gone for good.
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Bingo has passed its deadline for cleaning up terrible odours affecting thousands of residents in Western Sydney.
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Behind the Greater Sydney Parklands spin - part one
Through his pioneering role in the green bans movement, the union leader made environmental concerns mainstream
On January 31st, hundreds of people protested outside News Corp Australia in Holt Street Sydney. Here's an edited version of my speech.
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Global warming was already a story by the late 1960s. So why are parts of the Australian media still spreading disinformation about climate change?
An introduction to my contributions to EXTRA!EXTRA! newspaper, which was part of the Art Gallery NSW exhibition, Making Art Public'.
After visiting the site of the first Green Ban, Kelly's Bush, I wondered if it might be time for some new public art in that location.
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This story is about WestConnex builders CPB Contractors who last week pleaded guilty to offences that caused serious harm to Inner West Sydney residents.
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Here are 2 stories and one video that I want to share before the NSW election. Abortion -It's Time; Selling NSW -Berejiklian style; and a video about tolls
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What sort of operation deliberately hides air monitoring results from parents with sick children? You guessed it. Transurban which controls SMC
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Sydney Stadium court case reveals the NSW government can cancel its contract with Lendlease to demolish Sydney Stadium for about $1 million.
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WestConnex Strathfield monitor was the only Sydney monitor to breach both PM 10 and PM 2.5 national limits in 2018.
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PM 2.5 annual average levels 2018 : A comparison of WestConnex M4 East monitors with results for NSW OEH monitors
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The NSW government could face serious questions from a NSW parliamentary committee about the Sydney Gateway project.
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WestConnex contractors handling of complaints about a dust storm near Haberfield School on April 9, raises questions about the governance of WestConnex.
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A WestConnex St Peters public school monitor recorded the highest average levels of PM 10 of any monitoring site in Sydney in the first 3 months of 2018
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WestConnex blames NO2 spike on faulty monitors and denies there is a problem with PM 2.5 levels at Haberfield School
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How can the community trust WestConnex air monitoring when NO2 spikes over several days and then disappears without explanation?
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NSW Planning approved WestConnex Stage 3 despite receiving formal advice from the NSW EPA that a more detailed environment assessment of impacts was needed
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Parents need answers from the NSW Gladys Berejiklian government about why pollution levels at Haberfield Public School have been so high this year.
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“We have never before observed such high values for negative air pollution concentrations as we see in the Westconnex data” – Dr James Whelan, EJA
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Westconnex construction sites expose residents to dangerous levels of particulate matter.
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Air monitoring around WestConnex M4 East shows pollution levels above national standards & raises serious health concerns.
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Last week RMS submitted its massive Response to Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report on behalf of Sydney Motorway Corporation to NSW Planning.
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Homes, community centres, worksites and open spaces will be exposed to increased health risks if NSW Planning approves WestConnex’s M4/M5 tunnls.
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The NSW EPA has strongly criticised the Sydney Motorway Corporation’s environmental assessment of the proposed WestConnex Stage 3 M4/M5 tunnels.
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The NSW Berejiklian government announced last week that it plans to tear down and rebuild Sydney Cricket Ground Allianz stadium.
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Newtown residents weren't surprised when the NSW government broke its promise that there would no clearways on King St.
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When the first tollway fails to reduce traffic congestion, your next project comes into play. Tollways are the gift to the road lobby.
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The Westconnex planning process is ridden with conflicts of interest. The recent Federal audit report provides more disturbing examples.
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The Crown Land Alliance is calling on NSW MPs to defer the passing of the Crown Land Bill until 2017
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Lucy Turnbull supports the NSW government's development agenda including WestCONnex. If she didn't, she wouldn't be head of the Greater Sydney Commission
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On January 7, I laid a complaint against the NSW Department of Planning & Environment for its inequitable & sloppy handling of submissions to the M4East
AECOM was paid millions for the Westconnex M4 East tunnel EIS. Its critics are asking whether gaps & flaws in the EIS are due to conflicts of interest.
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Westconnex's 'community information' kiosk at Marrickville Metro might be better described as publicly funded misinformation
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An edited version of Wendy Bacon's submission to Federal Department of Environment on NSW RMS referral of a threat to endangered species from Westconnex
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A brief introduction to the Westconnex EIS process
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A coalition of community groups campaigning to protect public land called for a full parliamentary inquiry into the management of Crown land last night.
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A review of Crown Land dealings with the Paddington Bowling Club has found evidence that an ex-senior Crown Lands officer may have acted "corruptly"
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Inner West residents packed into Leichhardt Town Hall in June to call for a halt to the Westconnex project a parliamentary inquiry has been held.
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NSW government is paying millions to global company AECOM to prepare an EIS for the Westconnex motorway. The same company is already helping build it.
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Campaigners against the Westconnex motorway say feedback sessions are a 'sham'; Newtown MP Jenny Leong moved a motion to suspend Westconnex
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As evidence mounts against the case for the Baird government's Westconnex Motorway, Roads Australia guests face mock tollway protest at corporate dinner.
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A new coalition of community groups & health professionals has formed to campaign against hidden health impacts of the Westconnex and Northconnex tollways.
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The Abbott and Baird government continue to keep our community in the dark about Westconnex.
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An infographic on Westconnex policies for the NSW state election March 28, 2015
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On March 16, City of Sydney Council organised a meeting to discuss the Westconnex. It ended with a vote to stop the project. Here's my edited speech
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When I tried to unravel the story behind WestConnex, Tony Shepherd threatened to sue me. Here is my reply.
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Welfare Street residents lodge objections to a developer's application to subdivide land on which their Homebush homes stand.
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Dial a Dump accuses Westconnex of being aggressive and secretive in its dealings
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For six months, Westconnex secretly negotiated to buy a waste dump for a giant interchange, without informing the local residents of their plan.
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Dealings between the Paddington Bowling Club, CSKS Holdings and the NSW government are under investigation but some important evidence has gone missing.
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The NSW government is involved in a land deal organised by a lawyer who hid controversial Obeid family investments.
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A Homebush block was reported in the media as subdivided when sold as 12 properties .When Wendy Bacon investigated she found no subdivision had occurred.
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Who are the private investors 'sold' Welfare St when the NSW government still owned it. Lance Rosenberg is involved but who else? It's hard to find out.
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How developers keen for quick returns moved in on affordable housing on Welfare Street in Western Sydney. Part One: The auction and the media.
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The NSW Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing is taking action against the Paddington Bowling Club to remove its licence. But the noise goes on.
A transcript of a confidential hearing in an inquiry into possible corruption in affairs of the Paddington Bowling Club is missing.
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NSW Land and Environment Court rules Woollahra Council was right to put CSKS Holdings DA on hold until NSW ICAC investigates land deal
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The NSW government has referred a report into a Paddington crown land lease to ICAC and is considering withdrawing its development consent.
In July 1975, Kings Cross anti-development campaigner Juanita Nielsen was disappeared. She was murdered as a result of her opposition to the development of Victoria Street. This post includes some shots of her newspaper and two others that were produced in protest against her disappearance.
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Natalie Lowrey, a Sydney-based environmental defender, remains in Malaysian police custody after a weekend anti-mining protest.
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A Sydney lawyer has accused the NSW LNP government of misleading the NSW parliament about its knowledge of a legal opinion from a renowned trust lawyer.
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NSW Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner has announced a review of dealings between NSW Crown Lands and the Paddington Bowling Club
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First media report of the 2008 Inquiry into Paddington Bowling Club
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How Developers took over Prime Crown Land in Paddington
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Australia has the most concentrated press ownership in the world. What does that mean for significant issues such as climate change?
Why I support the Greens and voted for them in the September 2013 election
Today's a sad day for many in our neighbourhood because a Woolworths supermarket, which many in our community didn't want, has opened its doors at the end of my street on the boundary of Newtown and Erskineville in inner Sydney.
StopLynas activists visited Sydney in 2012. Wendy Bacon met them at a meeting organised by Greens MP Jamie Parker.This led to a New Matilda investigation.
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Scientists and community leaders are concerned about radioactive waste from Lynas' Malaysian plant but the company representative who took Wendy Bacon's questions brushed off the criticism.
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Australian-owned company Lynas is quietly shipping rare earth to a processing plant in Malaysia - without a firm plan in place to dispose of dangerous radioactive waste. Wendy Bacon reports.
A big issue in the NSW state election in 2011 was the Part 3A planning law which handed development consent for many major projects over to the Minister for Planning backed up by selected panels of experts. Councils and communities felt betrayed by Labor and hoped for something better from the Liberals, who promised to return rights to the community. Now eighteen months later, those same communities and Councils are fighting proposals put forward in an O'Farrell government Green Paper that look even worse.
A promised overhaul of NSW's planning framework has drawn the ire of resident and environment groups, whose contributions have been scrapped in favour of cosier relations with developers.
No Coal Seam Gas Mining In Sydney spokesperson Jactinta Green applied for documents under Freedom of Information laws ( called the Government Information (Public Access) Act) relating to the NSW drilling license approval process for coal seam gas, .
Documents obtained under FOI show that the NSW Government allowed coal seam gas drilling exploration in Sydney while 'uncertain' about the risks, reports Wendy Bacon.
I first heard about Dart Energy when I was told anti-CSG activists were campaigning against Dart Energy drilling for gas in the Inner West of Sydney where I live. I was equally surprised to learn that the NSW government had given permission to Dart to drill near the NSW village of Putty, just near a World Heritage listed wilderness area.
Dart Energy will start drilling for coal seam gas close to a World Heritage listed wilderness area this week - and local residents aren't happy. Wendy Bacon reports.
Dart Energy are planning to drill for coal seam gas near two National Parks in the lower Hunter. Nicole Gooch and I continue our investigation into the coal seem gas industry in NSW.
An update to my investigation with Nicole Gooch into the coal seem gas industry.
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When I first heard that there were plans for a coal seam gas company was planning to drill a short way from where I live in Inner City Newtown, Sydney, I could barely believe it but I found out that it is deadly serious.
This NSW election New Matilda story by Nicole Gooch and I was about a Hunter Valley lobby group Newcastle Alliance which declared itself as a 'third party organisation' and ran print and radio ads urging voters not to vote Labor. The Non- Labor candidates included Mayor John Tait and Liberal Party candidate, Tim Owen, previously the deputy commander of Australian forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In the lead-up to the NSW 2011 State election, Nicole Gooch and I published a number of stories about the notorious Part 3 A leglislation which took power of planning decisions away from Local Council and gave it the Minister for Planning and panels appointed by the Minister. After the election, the new Liberal and National Party government is repealing Part 3A but it is not yet clear what form its replacement will take.
Read the full article on Crikey.