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Transport advocacy groups and other protestors will rally in Sydney on Saturday to lobby the State Government over a range of projects.
The Fix NSW Transport city lantern walk is expected to attract over 1000 people including actions groups, council and union members, students and concerned residents.
Speakers will include Bronwyn Batten from Illawarra Rail Fail, John Lozano from No WestConnex: Public Transport and Steve O'Brien (Newcastle Hunter Urban Planning Transport Alliance).
Also speaking is 13-year-old Nicholas Naumov.
“My biggest concern is greenhouses gases and how the government is encouraging more drivers to be on the roads,” Nicholas said.
“The government is ripping up trees, parks and houses, just to make way for a useless motorway upgrade,” he said.
Nicholas said people his age could also help spread the message by talking to their parents and school about the issues.
“I really want the government to realize that they have made a bad decision and to at least, stop the future of WestConnex,” he said.
Monette Lee, a member of No WestConnex: Public Transport said it was time for the government to listen to the demand for more efficient and inexpensive public transport.
“It’s terrible what they are trying to do and the waste of funds they want to spend on WestConnex which isn’t even going to fix the problem,” Ms Lee said.
“I’m against tolls, tunnels and not doing trains. If they are going to spend billions on roads, we don’t have any money left to do underground trains, high speed rail and more light rail,” Ms Lee said.
There have been lantern making workshops ahead of the event to encourage people of all ages to participate.
Bronwyn Batten, Coordinator of Illawarra Rail Fail said that many people have personalised the lanterns with their own messages and designs.
Ms Lee said that there must be pressure placed on the government to change that happens with WestConnex in the future.
“We have to do it together and keep increasing in numbers because people power can make a difference and then they will have to listen,” she said.
The event will commence with speeches at 5.30pm at Town Hall, followed by the march from 6.30pm onwards.