Prof. Phil McManus1, Prof. Graham Haughton2
1University Of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
2The University of Manchester, Manchester, England
WestConnex is a 33km motorway currently being built in Sydney. By law it has to be sustainable. This presentation explores how the use of the term “sustainable infrastructure” and the requirement to use specific rating systems enabled the proponents of this project to get it rated as “excellent”, despite many opponents believing it adds to climate change impacts, the destruction of urban heritage and that it perpetuates a culture of automobility.
Phil McManus has a background in urban and regional planning, environmental studies and geography. He as written extensively (including with his current co-author Graham Haughton) on urban transport infrastructure and environmental concepts. He has recently stepped down as the Head of Geosciences at the University of Sydney after four and a half years.