Sydney residents up in arms over Westconnex

HUNDREDS of residents in Sydney's inner-west suburb of Balmain have turned out for a community meeting on the controversial Westconnex road project.

Many of the residents at the Thursday night gathering wanted the project cancelled or delayed, citing concerns about the $3.5 billion development's effects on the community, including home demolitions, the ABC reported.

It follows the federal Auditor-General's confirmation earlier this week that an audit of the project would be undertaken to investigate whether the Turnbull government applied due process to the proposal before committing funding.

Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese, whose Grayndler electorate would be affected, asked in February for the audit to be done.

Federal Minister for Major Projects Paul Fletcher has criticised Mr Albanese for changing his tune on the project, saying Labor had also committed funds to the huge roads project when in power.


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