A survey undertaken for Council has found that 57% of our residents are opposed to WestConnex.

While Council continues to oppose WestConnex we are also working to protect our communities from the impact of the project as it rolls out over the coming years.

We know work on West Connex will impact the Inner West for the foreseeable future. The M4 tunnel portal in Haberfield is expected to open mid 2019, and the M5 portal at St Peters early in 2020, but the M4/M5 link, if approved, won’t be completed until 2023.

This means that decisions the State Government makes over coming months will have a massive impact on the final shape of the project.

You will find the Sydney Motorway Corporate's WestConnex web page here. It contains information about the various stages, how you can have your say, media releases, links to work notifications and other information. You can also subscribe to their email updates. 


Stage 1 - Ashfield, Haberfield Stage 2 - Beverley Hills to St PetersStage 3 - Camperdown, Rozelle, AnnandaleRead the WestConnex Weekly Update



What is Council doing on WestConnex?

 Council is taking steps to secure the best possible outcomes for the residents of the Inner West.

  • Engaging Experts to understand the impact of the work by conducting traffic modelling, analyse the M4/M5 Link design plans and investigate the proposed dive site in Leichhardt. Council has committed $500,000 to ensure we have the best possible analysis and advice.
  • Advocating for more green space and better use of residual lands.
  • Ensuring the project complies with its obligations to local communities.
  • Investigating improvements to the proposed Linear Park between Rozelle and North Annandale
  • Providing legal advice for residents whose properties are being acquired
  • Advocating against local dive sites
  • Holding a regular Council WestConnex liaison community forum
  • Commissioning legal advice

As a community we have a real opportunity now to make a difference to how the motorway will affect us all.

It’s up to all of us to stay informed about the project and get behind Council’s efforts to stand up for the Inner West.

Predicting traffic impacts

Inner West Council is funding a $250,000 traffic study to help us understand the impacts of WestConnex on inner west streets and protect our residents from the impacts.

It will look at the likely ‘rat runs’ on local streets in Haberfield, Ashfield, St Peters, Tempe, Rozelle and Leichhardt, as motorists try to avoid tolls and move between the portals or into the city.

The State Government says it won’t address this problem until a year after WestConnex opens – but steps can and must be taken before the motorway opens.

The traffic study will help us to protect our community. It will help us to identify traffic calming measures – street narrowings, angle parking, landscaping and slow points – which can be put in place before the impact occurs.

This is the proactive approach needed to increase pedestrian and cyclist safety, discourage rat runs and keep traffic on main roads by making it the easiest option.

Take a look at a map of likely rat runs across the inner west once WestConnex opens here.

What local outcomes can be improved?

More green space

Council has lobbied for residual WestConnex lands to become new green spaces or community facilities, and for playing fields over the Rozelle interchange. We will fight to ensure all lands benefit and can be used by our community.

Increased active transport

Council is advocating for new active transport (walking and cycling) routes, like parkland and a bike track alongside Victoria Road.

Fewer cars on surface roads

Council has successfully pushed for more of the motorway to be located underground, in particular the Rozelle interchange.

Increased public transport

Council is lobbying for a Guided Electric Transit system on Parramatta Road, which is cost effective, used globally and could be in place from day one of WestConnex.

Expert analysis

Council has committed $250,000 to have expert engineering, air pollution and transport consultants analyse the M4-M5 Link design and Environmental Impact Statement. It will help us to assess the documents quickly, propose real and practical improvements and have the evidence to lobby for better outcomes for our residents.

Increased enforcement

With work in Haberfield intensifying, Council has approached the State Government to enable us to help monitor construction crews, make sure they are complying with their construction conditions and using approved routes – and penalise those that are not.

Work with Council to protect our local community

With your help we can work together to protect our community from WestConnex

Public Meetings

Stage 3: Council will hold a Public Meeting (in March or April) on our review of the M4/M5 Link Design Plans. Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) will be asked to attend to answer your questions.

Darley Road: Council is calling on SMC to meet with residents about the proposed dive site in Leichhardt or other options under consideration. Contact SMC on info@westconnex.com.au or 1800 660 248 and tell them you want this meeting.

Compliance Officer

The WestConnex Compliance Officer's role includes:  

  • making sure construction crews are complying with their development consent including; breaches on noise or air pollution, out of hours work, salvaging of heritage items or vegetation removal; and  
  • if the Officer determines that a breach has taken place, he can take action ranging from warning letters to the issuing of fines as well as orders to rectify. He can also, if a breach is significant, recommend legal action.

Contact the Compliance Officer if you believe construction crews are not complying with their approval.

Phone 0429 782 853 or 9274 6306 or via email compliance@planning.nsw.gov.au(Attention WestConnex).

Council's WestConnex Unit

The WestConnex Unit’s role includes:  

  • ensuring resident concerns are addressed in current and future stages of the project;  
  • voicing resident objections;
  • ensuring Council is represented at WestConnex meetings;
  • allowing more coordinated and effective advocacy on the project;
  • undertaking key submissions that consider impacts on local communities; and
  • working to get the best outcomes for the community.

Contact the Unit with enquiries about WestConnex that matter to you.

Phone 9392 5329 or email westconnex@innerwest.nsw.gov.au     

Lobby the State Government

Contact your local State Member of Parliament, Minister for WestConnex, Minister for Roads or the Premier.

Gladys Berejiklian MP

Minister for WESTCONNEX
Stuart Ayres MP 02 8574 6500

Member for Balmain
Jamie Parker MP 02 9660 7586

Member for Newtown
Jenny Leong MP 02 9517 2800

Member for Strathfield
Jodi McKay MP 02 9747 1711

Member for Summer Hill
Jo Haylen MP 02 9572 5900

Member for Heffron 
Ron Hoenig MP 02 9699 8166

Contact the WestConnex Delivery Authority

Comment to WestConnex Delivery Authority: 1800 660 248 or info@westconnex.com.au
Stage 1 enquiries: M4 East community team, 1800 660 248, info@m4east.com.au
Stage 2 enquiries: New M5 community team, 1800 660 248, info@newm5.com.au
Stage 3 enquiries: 1800 660 248 or info@westconnex.com.au (Attention: Stage 3 enquiry)

Make a submission on the M4-M5 Link

You can let SMC know

  • your concerns about increases in traffic and traffic accessing the portals;
  • environmental concerns (air, water, noise);
  • what you want done with open space and residual land; or
  • opportunities to improve Victoria Road – wider footpaths, bike lanes, pedestrian improvements.

The Plans for online submission will be available at www.westconnex.com.au/projects/m4-m5-link when they are released by the State Government.

Join a community group

No WestConnex and No WestConnex Annandale:


WestConnex Action Group:

RAW (Rozelle Against WestConnex):


Leichhardt Against WestConnex

Every effort has been made to identify all of the local action groups. If you are involved in a group that is not included here, please email us at westconnex@innerwest.nsw.gov.au


Council is continuing to push the State Government to make open spaces around the WestConnex M4 East more attractive and better suited to the needs of the inner west community.

On 25 October 2016 Council resolved to make a submission to the M4 East.

Ordinary Council Meeting 25 October 2016, Item 5: WestConnex Stage 1 (M4 East) draft Urban Design & Landscape Plan (PDF 4.7MB).

In relation to this submission, the Administrator determined that Council:

  1. Receives and notes this report;
  2. Forwards to the WestConnex M4 East project team any comments additional to those made in the Council submission (in two parts at Attachments 1 & 2) as a late addendum to the submission; and
  3. Consistent with recommendation 2 above, forwards the following comments to the WestConnex M4 East project team:
    Council has concerns about construction and operational (traffic) noise impacts on properties on the western side of Wattle Street near its intersection with Parramatta Road, Haberfield. Council is particularly concerned about impacts on residents of dwellings at 14 to 24 Wattle Street, who currently endure significant construction impacts. They will also have no physical or other type of protection against noise from six lanes of traffic on Wattle Street when WestConnex is operational. It would appear these six dwellings will continue to suffer significantly greater noise impacts than others in the area as these dwellings (including bedrooms) are directly adjacent to heavy traffic – now and into the future. Council requests the WestConnex M4 East project team to re-examine the road alignment and landscape designs in this area to minimise construction and operational noise impacts on these dwellings. This could include physical or other forms of noise barriers between these dwellings and traffic on Wattle Street.

You can read all of the information and submissions of the previous councils at:

Further information will be provided on this website shortly.

Legal Advice

Advice from prominent Sydney barrister Tim Robertson SC has indicated that there is no chance of Inner West Council mounting a successful legal challenge against the unpopular WestConnex Motorway project.

Mr Robertson’s advice was considered at Council’s meeting on Tuesday 27 September 2016. You can view the advice below:

Given the expert advice received to date, Council will not proceed with any legal action.

Mr Tim Robertson SC is an Australian barrister who specializes in environmental, public, international, constitutional, property, native title and media law.  

Mr Robertson’s advice examined the three approvals currently granted to the Westconnex project, namely, the M4 widening, the M4 East and the New M5. Mr Robertson considered both the approval process and the approvals granted as a result of the process.

Due to the restrictive nature of the State Government legislation under which WestConnex approvals are given, legal appeals cannot address the merits of the project, but must instead rely on flaws in the legal process to have any prospect of success.

In Mr Robertson’s opinion, as outlined in the conclusion to his advice, “the decisions to approve the M4 widening, New M4 East and New M5 are… unassailable on legal grounds.”

Media Releases

For information on how Council has been lobbying to protect our residents from the effects of WestConnex, please see our media releases:

Meetings with Sydney Motorway Corporation

WestConnex Community Liaison Forum

The purpose of the WestConnex Community Liaison Forum is to:

  • Provide Forum members with a regular forum to raise issues of concern with WestConnex with the Administrator and senior staff to enable Council to respond to those concerns and/or seek responses from State Government.
  • Enable Inner West Council to share with Forum members and obtain member views on key initiatives being undertaken by Council to oppose WestConnex
  • Enable Forum members to raise traffic, environmental and other WestConnex construction concerns with Inner West Council to enable Council to pursue those issues with State Government
  • Enable Forum members to disseminate information to their constituent members regarding WestConnex.

Terms of Reference have been prepared and adopted for the WestConnex Community Liaison Forum and are available here: (PDF 68KB)

WestConnex Liaison Forum Minutes

Minutes 2 February 2017 WestConnex Liaison Forum (PDF 257.4KB)

Minutes 1 December 2016 WestConnex Liaison Forum (PDF 218.6KB)

Minutes 27 October 2016 WestConnex Liaison Forum (PDF 43.3KB)

Minutes 29 September 2016 WestConnex Liaison Forum (PDF 33.3KB)

Minutes 25 August Meeting 2016 WestConnex Liaison Forum (PDF 18.3KB)

Notes 28 July Meeting 2016 WestConnex Liaison Forum (PDF 20.4KB)




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