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Protesters clash with WestConnex workers

AAP logoAAP 3/01/2017 Miranda Forster and Andi Yu

Protesters have come face-to-face with WestConnex contractors who turned up at a Sydney park to mark the boundaries of an area to be acquired for the NSW government's multi-billion dollar road project.

Dozens of local residents were at Sydney Park in the city's inner west on Tuesday morning, when preliminary work was due to start for the clearing of trees and green space.

The Baird government has acquired hundreds of millions of dollars worth of land to make way for the $16.8 billion project designed to relieve Sydney's choked traffic.

Acquisitions have prompted fierce opposition from some members of the local community.

Westconnex Action Group spokeswoman Pauline Lockie said protesters asked the two employees who arrived to show proof of state ownership over the land.

"They couldn't do that so we said, 'look, well don't come back until you can produce that paperwork'," Ms Lockie told AAP.

Ms Lockie, a local resident whose family has been forced to move out of their new home to make way for the motorway project, said all of the parkland set to be cleared had not been acquired.

"It's pretty outrageous that they want to start these works when they actually can't prove ownership over much of the land," she said.

Roads Minister Duncan Gay said in a statement that the majority of land being acquired from the park was earmarked as a government-owned road reservation during the 1950s, well before Sydney Park was created.

Mr Gay said WestConnex would provide a much-needed upgrade of the road network and create 85,000 square metres of new open space by revitalising an old landfill in Alexandria.

"To do this we have had to acquire just 1500 square metres of Sydney Park land (equivalent of one bowling green).

"This small patch of land represents less than half a per cent of the 40-hectare Sydney Park."

On Monday night, Greens MP Jenny Leong issued a call on Facebook to concerned community members to come to Sydney Park, saying that some dedicated members were prepared to put themselves between trees and bulldozers.

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