Westconnex not worth community damage, says Homebush social worker

This week, the People’s EIS interviewed Aurelia Roper-Tyler who after nearly two years of anxiety is moving from Homebush, the community she has enjoyed living in for ten years. Aurelia’s home was compulsorily acquired by Westconnex in July. She is relieved as she was worried about the drastic impacts the tollway construction and operation could have on her family and community. But she is still anxious about those she will leave behind.

Aurelia could accept some community damage if the social cost was justified, but in the case of Westconnex she says the claims that it will solve Sydney’s traffic congestion don’t add up.

Westconnex comes to Underwood Road Homebush – Aurelia’s story

By Wendy Bacon and Nicole Gooch

(The People’s EIS interviewed Aurelia Roper-Tyler on October 12. Aurelia’s story is just one of thousands across the 33 kilometre Westconnex route. Her story adds some depth that is entirely missing from the EIS Social Impact study. Indeed the GHD consultants who did the social impact study did not interview affected residents for their report. You can draw on individual stories for your submission or tell your own story. The People’s M4 EIS welcomes contributions.)

Aurelia lives in Underwood Road, Homebush. Continue reading