Greens NSW Transport Spokesperson Calls on Roads Minister to Immediately Stop Work at Historic Thompson Square Precinct

Friday, December 15, 2017 | David Shoebridge

Greens NSW MP and Environment & Transport spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has visited the historic Thompson Square and the Community Action for Windsor Bridge camp in Windsor. The Greens support the community against the new Windsor Bridge Project.

Dr. Faruqi said:

“Despite literally years of community activism to save Thompson Square from this poorly thought through project, it is disappointing to see it proceeding. It makes no sense from a transport point of view.

“There is community concern that not enough is being done to protect heritage, and the Government has failed to allay these concerns. Work needs to stop immediately and the community genuinely consulted.

“It’s heartbreaking to see the excavators digging up a site as historic as the Thompson Square precinct, and undoubtedly doing irreversible damage to the area.

“You see truck after truck lining up on local roads. The solution is a bypass, not sending them right through the heart of Windsor and digging up this historic square,” she concluded. 

Greens Councilor, Danielle Wheeler, said:

“This project is a shameful, destructive waste of money.  It will do nothing to improve traffic flow, will destroy precious Colonial and Aboriginal heritage and will lock Windsor into noisy traffic congestion for decades.  

“At a time when Council is trying desperately to promote economic activity and tourism in Windsor and save our heritage, the State Govt seems hell-bent on destroying the heart of our town. 

“If Dominic Perrottet is unwilling to save the oldest public square in Australia, to listen to a community that has protested for 5 long years, and to provide any long term traffic solution, he is not worthy of the title of the Member for Hawkesbury.  He does not represent the people who care about this place,” she concluded.

Get in touch: 

Media Contact: Maliha Aqueel for Mehreen Faruqi  (02) 9230 2194 /  0474 437 111 maliha.aqueel@parliament.nsw.gov.au