Former rugby league player and community activist John Williams has launched a social media and petition campaign to save the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney River.
Williams, a member of the Sydney Rugby League Association (SRLA), said the Bridge’s construction was not on his radar.
“We’ve been told that it’s not worth the money to build the bridge,” he said.
“If you look at the Sydney waterfront and the harbour bridge, it’s been built at a cost of $1 billion, and there’s an enormous amount of infrastructure on it.”
The NSW Government has yet to approve a new tunnel for the Sydney Bridge, which was due to be completed in 2019, with the Government saying it would need to secure additional funding from the NSW Government.
“I don, frankly, think the government should be building it,” Williams said.
He said it was time for the Government to look at a wider range of options, including tunneling the River.
“It’s one of the reasons why we’re asking the government for a tunnel and I don’t know if the government can afford to do that,” Williams told Channel Seven’s The Bolt Report on Thursday.
“Because if they did, I think it would be very expensive and there would be no incentive for the government to do it because the city and the community would lose out.”
Williams is one of more than 600 people who have signed a petition to stop the construction of the Harbour Bridge.
He is also one of just six people to have joined a Facebook page that has been set up to support his campaign.
The Bridge is scheduled to open in 2021, and the $1.2 billion project is expected to create around 40,000 jobs.