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Lucy Turnbull stumped over WestConnex

AAP logoAAP 16/08/2016

The head of Sydney's main planning body, Lucy Turnbull, has stumbled over some controversial details about the city's WestConnex motorway.

When asked about whether she was disturbed that a number of heritage homes were being demolished in the innerwest suburb of Haberfield to make way for a part of the 33-km project, the prime minister's wife appeared stumped.

"Around Haberfield? I'm not aware that there are houses going to be demolished at Haberfield," Ms Turnbull said during an interview on ABC's 702 on Tuesday morning.

"I'm not aware of the loss of heritage at Haberfield, I have to tell you," she said.

The Greater Sydney Commission chair, who was appointed to the position in December, said she would "have to investigate" the issue before adding that the motorway project was going ahead.

At least 60 Federation-era homes have been compulsorily acquired for the project, making it hugely unpopular with locals.

Two people were also arrested after staging sit-in protests at one of the homes in April.

The M4 East section of the motorway, which links Homebush to Haberfield, will take 3000 trucks off Parramatta Road when it's completed in 2019, the state government says.

It will connect to a widened M4 motorway at Homebush and eventually link up to the M5, providing connections to Rozelle, Camperdown, St Peters and Sydney Airport.

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