WestConnex Weekly Update

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WestConnex Weekly Update - 19 May 2017

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M4 EAST 

M4 East tree replacement program

Council has recently commented on a request by Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) to modify M4 East Condition of Approval (CoA) B47 to allow for flexibility in the pot size of replacement trees and to allow for a consistent definition of “tree”.

M4 East CoA B47 currently states: “The SSI [State Significant Infrastructure] must be designed to retain as many trees as possible and provide a net increase in the number of replacement trees. In the event that trees are to be removed, then replacement trees are to be planted within, or in close proximity to, the SSI boundary. The location of the trees must be determined in consultation with the relevant council(s). The replacement trees are to have a minimum pot size of 75 litres.”

It is proposed that CoA B47 be modified to read as follows: “The SSI must be designed to retain as many trees as possible and provide a net increase in the number of replacement trees. In the event that trees are to be removed, then replacement trees are to be planted within, or in close proximity to, the SSI boundary. The location of the trees must be determined in consultation with the relevant authority.”

Council staff have met with project and Department of Planning & Environment (DP&E) staff on this matter, have reviewed the modification request and have made a submission to the DP&E. The submission states that although Council opposes WestConnex it supports the M4 East tree replacement program and raises no objections to the proposed modifications. Council notes the modifications will continue to maintain the intent of the condition while providing the flexibility required to achieve a more effective outcome. This matter will be reported to Council’s 23 May 2017 meeting.

NEW M5 

Road Closure – Campbell Street, St Peters

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised that further to previous notifications, property clearing work is being carried out to accommodate the widening of Campbell Street and Campbell Road. For more detail, refer to Local updates. The following locations will have changed traffic conditions on Saturday 20 May and Monday 22 May 2017: Campbell Street between Unwin’s Bridge Road and Princes Highway; Florence Street at the Campbell Street intersection; and Brown Street at the Campbell Street intersection.

Environmental Protection Licence Monitoring Data April 2017

SMC has released the Environmental Protection Monitoring Data report for April. It reports on factors such as water discharge, dust and odour. Of particular interest to residents in the St Peters and Tempe area is a detailed map showing St Peters Interchange odour monitoring stations. This, along with daily monitoring results of odour provides detail on what days the odour was at unacceptable levels, when the EPA were informed and when use of the masking agent was required. To view this document, refer to Local Updates.

M4-M5 LINK 

Public exhibition of M4-M5 Link Concept Design

As previously reported, the WestConnex Stage 3 (M4-M5) Link Concept Design was placed on public exhibition on 12 May 2017 - available from the SMC website. Council’s media release on this matter - Juggernaut Set to Hit Rozelle & Camperdown – is available on Council’s website. Council staff have undertaken an initial assessment of the document and have identified the following key issues for the community. These issues will be reported to Council’s 23 May 2017 meeting:

  • potential for increased traffic on Johnston Street and The Crescent - particularly as these streets would provide direct access from the Inner West to a future Western Harbour Tunnel – and possibly increased traffic on connecting streets Booth Street, Mallet Street and Northumberland Avenue;
  • truck traffic, noise, dust and other impacts from mid-tunnel construction dive-sites at Darley Road and Annandale/Camperdown on local residents, businesses, pedestrians, cyclists and bus operations – noting that the document briefly states that Rozelle Rail Yards (western end) will be considered as a possible alternative to Darley Road;
  • truck traffic, noise, dust and other impacts from other construction sites in various locations including Haberfield, Rozelle, Lilyfield and St Peters on residents, businesses, pedestrians, cyclists and bus operations;
  • traffic safety and noise impacts from stabling and queuing of construction trucks wherever this may occur;
  • increased traffic on the eastern section of City West Link with only two pedestrian access points to the new linear park from the south;
  • no consideration of heritage for the Rozelle Rail Yards site;
  • bulk, scale and air quality impacts of ventilation facilities – particularly proximity of the Iron Cove ventilation facility to medium-density residential development at and around Balmain Shores and Terry Street; and 
  • general impact of increased operational traffic volumes in the area around the Rozelle Interchange on local amenity, accessibility and pedestrian/cyclist safety.

Council is now in the process of engaging consultants and is seeking comments from specialist Council staff to draft a submission on the Concept Design. A similar process will be undertaken for Council’s assessment of the M4-M5 Link Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), expected in coming months. Progress on Council’s assessment will be reported to meetings of Council’s Local Representation Advisory Committee (LRAC), WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF), and in WestConnex Weekly Update Reports.

GENERAL 

March Compliance Report - Department of Planning & Environment

The DP&E compliance team works with communities across NSW to ensure projects meet conditions of their approvals. Information on DP&E enforcement activities is on the DP&E website. The DP&E monthly compliance report (March 2017) released this week includes the following points relevant to WestConnex:

  • Penalty Notice issued to State Road Constructions Pty Ltd for M4 East (heavy vehicles on local roads);
  • Official Caution issued to RMS for M4 Widening; and
  • Official Caution issued to Joint Venture for M4 Widening (out-of-hours work notification).

WestConnex information & enquiries

Up-to-date notices about WestConnex-related activities in affected suburbs and streets are available from the site’s Local Updates page: https://www.westconnex.com.au/local-updates. Enquiries to the WestConnex project can be directed to SMC on 1800 660 248 or info@westconnex.com.au. Enquires to the Department of Planning & Environment’s WestConnex Compliance Officer can be directed to compliance@planning.nsw.gov.au. Enquiries to Council’s WestConnex Unit can be directed to westconnex@innerwest.nsw.gov.au. Council’s Weekly WestConnex Update Reports and other information on Council activities in relation to WestConnex is available from: http://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/westconnex 

WestConnex Weekly Update - 12 May 2017

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M4 EAST 

Utility diversion work – Ashfield and Haberfield

Further to Sydney Motorway Corporation’s (SMC’s) 15 February 2017 notice, SMC has advised that work to relocate utilities and to identify services in the Ashfield and Haberfield area will continue from 5 May 2017. Most work will be undertaken during daytime hours on Monday to Saturday, but some night work is required. Works will take approximately three months to complete. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Ground monitoring wells installation – Parramatta Road, Ashfield

SMC has advised that in order to monitor ground water levels associated with M4 East tunnelling activities, monitoring wells will be installed across the project. Works will be undertaken during daytime hours on 13 & 14 May 2017. For more information refer to Local Updates.

NEW M5 

Night work– Campbell Road, Alexandria

SMC has advised that night work will be undertaken on Campbell Road, Alexandria (within the City of Sydney) to facilitate power adjustment work. This work is being undertaken at night under traffic management for safety considerations. Works will be carried out from Monday 15 May 2017 it is expected it will take four night shifts to complete these works, weather permitting. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Night work – Mary Street and Bedwin Road, St Peters

SMC has advised that night work will be undertaken along May Street and Bedwin Road to carry out power adjustment work and to facilitate the installation of a sewer line into the site office at the Camdenville Basin. Works will commence on 15 May 2017 and will take place intermittently over three weeks, weather permitting. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Odour diary – St Peters Interchange area

At the 4 May 2017 meeting of Council’s WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF), Environment Protection Authority (EPA) representatives agreed to distribute an ‘odour diary’ for use by affected residents for monitoring of landfill leachate odour from the St Peters Interchange site. The diary is attached to this update report. Scans or photos of the completed diary sheets should be emailed to info@environment.nsw.gov.au. The address information on these diary sheets is important, as it enables EPA to cross-check the odour information on the diary with other types of odour information, wind direction and activities on site. EPA will keep the name and address details confidential.
If any member of the community has any concerns about a significant odour event, they can:

  • contact the EPA’s Environment Line on 131 555 (24/7) or email info@environment.nsw.gov.au
  • email SMC at info@westconnex.com.au with the details and specifically request that it is put on SMC’s complaints register;
  • cc Department of Planning and Environment on compliance@planning.nsw.gov.au attention WestConnex; and 
  • contact the Sydney Local Health District Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055 (business hours) for advice on any health concerns associated with odours.

M4-M5 LINK  

Public exhibition of M4-M5 Link Concept Design

On 12 May 2017 the M4-M5 Link Concept Design was placed on public exhibition. Background information and the Concept Design document are available from the SMC website. The Concept Design does have a number of significant implications for the Inner West and Council is currently reviewing the documentation as well as finalising engagement of independent consultants to review. Information on Council’s assessment of issues will be reported in subsequent Weekly Update Reports.

GENERAL

Geotechnical investigation works for Western Harbour Tunnel

Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) representatives recently met with Council staff to give a briefing on planned geotechnical drilling for the proposed Western Harbour Tunnel motorway. Council staff were informed that harbour-based geotechnical works have already commenced and geotechnical works on land between Rozelle and Birchgrove were proposed to commence soon. Approximately 20 geotechnical investigation sites within the Inner West LGA have been identified. Similar to equivalent works undertaken for WestConnex, drilling sites will be occupied for 5-7 days, while cone penetration sites will be occupied for 24 hours. Each site will be returned to its original condition. Residents will be notified no less than 5 days in advance of work commencing at each site. RMS has undertaken initial notification via letterbox drop. As was reported in last week’s update report, RMS will convene two drop-in sessions on this project at Balmain Town Hall –at 2-6pm on Thursday 25 May and at 10am–2pm on Saturday 27 May 2017.

WestConnex information & enquiries

Up-to-date notices about WestConnex-related activities in affected suburbs and streets are available from the site’s Local Updates page: https://www.westconnex.com.au/local-updates. Enquiries to the WestConnex project can be directed to SMC on 1800 660 248 or info@westconnex.com.au. Enquires to the Department of Planning & Environment’s WestConnex Compliance Officer can be directed to compliance@planning.nsw.gov.au. Enquiries to Council’s WestConnex Unit can be directed to westconnex@innerwest.nsw.gov.au. Council’s Weekly WestConnex Update Reports and other information on Council activities in relation to WestConnex is available from: http://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/westconnex 

WestConnex Weekly Update - 05 May 2017

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M4 EAST

Northcote Street construction site - tunnelling progress update

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised that as per the conditions set out by the project’s Environmental Protection Licence, tunnelling activities including excavation will now occur 24/7. Eight roadheaders are currently excavating the mainline tunnels as well as the Wattle Street and Parramatta Road entry and exit ramps and the M4-M5 Link tunnel stubs. For more information on excavation near properties and what to expect during this period, refer to Local Updates.

Martin Street Haberfield – temporary car park

SMC has advised that from 4 May 2017 a temporary car park near the corner of Martin Street and Ramsay Street, Haberfield will be constructed for the project. As previously reported the site is owned by Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) and will be used by project personnel throughout the duration of construction (until early 2019). Once work is completed the area may be accessed 24/7, although it is expected to be utilised predominately during the day. For further details refer to Local Updates.

Dobroyd Parade Haberfield – installation of a permanent variable message sign

SMC has advised that on 6 May 2017 work will commence to install a permanent variable message sign (VMS) on Dobroyd Parade. This sign will provide road users with up-to-date information on traffic conditions and planned/unplanned incidents and events. For further information refer to Local Updates.

Ongoing pedestrian diversions – Haberfield

Further to the SMC notification dated 17 August 2016, a number or pedestrian diversions remain in place throughout Haberfield. Alternate routes (due to footpath closures) are in place for pedestrians and cyclists as follows:

  • the pedestrian footpath along the northern side of Dobroyd Parade (eastbound), between Martin Street and the pedestrian footbridge opposite Crane Avenue will be closed until 2019;
  • the pedestrian footpath along the Iron Cove Creek in Reg Coady Reserve continues to be closed;
  • the pedestrian footpath along the southern side of Wattle Street (westbound), between Parramatta Road and Ramsay Street will be closed until 2019; and
  • the pedestrian footpath along Ramsay Street between Wattle Street and Walker Avenue will be closed until May 2017.  

Further information (including route maps) is available from Local Updates.    

NEW M5

Temporary Road Closure – Silver Street St Peters

SMC has advised that due to reinstatement work which involves replacing sections of road, footpath and driveways along the cable route and replanting 38 replacement trees, Silver Street will be temporarily closed on 8 May 2017. Works will be undertaken on Silver Street near Edith Lane to replace the concrete slab where the cable route crossed the road, and the road will be closed from 7:00am to 6:00pm. Drivers who want to access Princes Highway from Silver Street will be detoured onto Florence Street. Vehicles from Silver Lane will still be able to access Princes Highway. Further information (including maps) is available on Local Updates.

Community & Social Management Plan

This week Council staff met with social planning consultants engaged by SMC to commence discussion of the above plan. This plan, required according to New M5 Consent Condition B66, will focus on partnerships with local schools and councils on potential initiatives or programs that contribute to community cohesion in precincts affected by the New M5. For Inner West Council, the plan will cover the suburbs of Newtown, Enmore, St Peters, Sydenham and Tempe.

Urban Design & Landscape Plan (UDLP)

Council officers recently attended a meeting of the Urban Design Review Panel (UDRP) to discuss the exhibited draft New M5 UDLP. This Panel is established according to New M5 Consent Condition B60 to oversee development of the UDLP, a requirement of Conditions B61 and B62. Council staff have made a submission on the UDLP and its sub-plans, and Council’s Administrator has written to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SMC indicating that the 27-day exhibition period is inadequate, seeking an extension of the period to 60 days. SMC’s CEO has responded, but no extension has been granted. In the submission, Council’s position of opposing WestConnex is reiterated. One of the key design issues raised is the need to create a slower/safer traffic environment along Campbell Street, St Peters for all road users - as required by New M5 Consent Conditions B47 and B62cii. Council’s Local Representation Advisory Committee (LRAC) will consider a report on this submission at its 9 May 2017 meeting.

M4-M5 LINK

Dobroyd Parade and Alt Street Haberfield – geotechnical investigations

SMC has advised geotechnical investigations will be carried out for the M4-M5 Link within the M4 East construction area between Alt Street and Dobroyd Parade from 8 May 2017. To access the site, the use of the driveway at 222 Alt Street is required. The equipment will be bought in and lifted over the fence onto the site over a two-hour period, and resident access will be maintained. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

GENERAL

WestConnex Residual Lands

The Minister for WestConnex announced this week that all WestConnex residual lands would be made available for public use. Council has been seeking this outcome for some time and welcomed the surprise announcement in a media release.

Western Harbour Tunnel & Beaches Link

In March 2017, the NSW Premier and Minister for Roads announced early planning for this project, including the preferred route and the start of geotechnical drilling. The Western Harbour Tunnel will connect to the M4-M5 Link at the Rozelle Interchange. On 27 April 2017, RMS staff briefed Council’s Administrator and relevant staff on the project. A key point from the discussion is that whilst the tunnel would pass beneath Balmain, there would be no mid-tunnel construction dive site in Balmain and no spoil trucks travelling through Balmain - spoil would be removed by barge at a mid-tunnel site in Sydney Harbour.  A number of community feedback sessions are planned. Of relevance to the Inner West community are two sessions at Balmain Town Hall – one at 2-6pm on Thursday 18 May, the other at 10am-2pm on Saturday 20 May 2017. LRAC will consider a report on this project at its 9 May 2017 meeting. For more information, or to have your say on the project, refer to the RMS website.

WestConnex Community Reference Group (WCRG) & WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF)

The WCRG met on 2 May 2017 - background information and meeting minutes for this committee are available on the SMC website. Council’s WCLF met on 4 May 2017 - background information and meeting minutes for this committee are available on Council’s website.

WestConnex information & enquiries

Up-to-date notices about WestConnex-related activities in affected suburbs and streets are available from the site’s Local Updates page: https://www.westconnex.com.au/local-updates. Enquiries to the WestConnex project can be directed to SMC on 1800 660 248 or info@westconnex.com.au. Enquires to the Department of Planning & Environment’s WestConnex Compliance Officer can be directed to compliance@planning.nsw.gov.au. Enquiries to Council’s WestConnex Unit can be directed to westconnex@innerwest.nsw.gov.au. Council’s Weekly WestConnex Update Reports and other information on Council activities in relation to WestConnex is available from: http://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/westconnex 

WestConnex Weekly Update - 28 April 2017

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M4 EAST 

Orpington Street Ashfield – road closure

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised that Orpington Street, Ashfield will be closed at the intersection of Parramatta Road from Sunday 30 April for a period of six months. This closure is stated to be necessary to assist with the construction of the new alignment of Parramatta Road westbound. Motorists are being advised to use Loftus Street, Ormond Street/Pembroke Street or Hume Highway/Pembroke Street to access other parts of Orpington Street. Bus route 406 southbound (towards Hurlstone Park) will be diverted from Dalhousie Street, via Parramatta Road, Liverpool Road, Pembroke Street, and then onto Orpington Street as normal, whilst bus Route 406 northbound services (towards Five Dock) will not be affected. For more information refer to the WestConnex website.

Haberfield – groundwater monitoring wells

SMC has advised that in order to monitor ground water levels associated with M4 East tunnelling activities, monitoring wells will be installed across the project. From Thursday 27 April 2017 service investigation will be undertaken within the property at 252 Parramatta Road, Haberfield. Once installed, monitoring equipment will remain in place for a minimum of three and a half years. Following completion, the site will be restored to its original condition. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Construction Traffic & Access Management Plan (TAMP)

SMC has recently released this plan, which aims to describe how the M4 East Joint Venture (JV) will safely manage vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic movements and access during the construction of the project and to satisfy condition of approval D579(a). To view this document, refer to the WestConnex website.

Construction Heritage Management Plan (HMP)

SMC has recently released this plan, which forms part of the Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) for the M4 East project. It describes how the JV will manage Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal heritage and minimise heritage impacts during the construction of the project. To view this document, refer to the WestConnex website.

Flood Mitigation Strategy

SMC has recently released an M4 East technical report - Flood Mitigation Strategy. This document provides a summary of flood assessments undertaken for permanent works in all project zones to meet Consent Condition B14. Of particular interest are the Wattle Street and Parramatta Road interchanges. To view this document, refer to the WestConnex website.

Traffic & Transport Liaison Group (TTLG)

Council Staff attended a meeting of the M4 East TTLG this week. The main items discussed were:

  • further delay of the proposed closure of Bland Street, with a new date to be advised;
  • Orpington Street closure (as detailed above). The arrangement of bus Route 406 and bus stop operations can be found on the Sydneybuses website . At Council’s request, the JV has provided to a detailed Traffic Management Plan for Council’s reference;
  • the Ramsay Street / Martin Street intersection is due to open in early May, while the other end of Martin Street at Wattle Street will be closed for further construction; and 
  • Ramsay Street is scheduled to reopen in late May.
          

NEW M5

Heritage Salvage – salvage catalogue now online

More than 460 salvaged items, including fireplaces, window frames, front doors, chimney pots and veranda railings have been recently made available to the local community free of charge. The heritage catalogue can be viewed on the WestConnex website. Anyone can register their interest in an item, although preference will be given to residents who own or have had properties acquired in St Peters. Registrations forms are available online.

Campbell Street – road closure

SMC has recently advised that utilities adjustment work is continuing to accommodate the widening of Campbell Street and Campbell Road. A full road closure of Campbell Street between Unwins Bridge Road and the Princes Highway took place on Saturday 29 April 2017.

Sydney Park – shared path closure

Due to excavation works being carried out along Euston Road at Alexandria (within the City of Sydney Council area), a section of the shared path in Sydney Park leading out onto Euston Road will be closed for two weeks from Wednesday 26 April, weather permitting. Further information can be found on Local Updates.

M4-M5 LINK

City West Link & The Crescent – site investigations

SMC has advised that site investigations, including soil and sediment sampling, will be undertaken in the park adjacent to the Rozelle Bay Light Rail Stop from Monday 1 May 2017, and this work is expected to last up to one week (weather permitting). Works will be undertaken between 7:00am and 6:00pm from Monday to Friday and 8:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Rozelle – geophysical investigations

Non-invasive geophysical investigations will be undertaken in Easton Park from Monday 1 May 2017, and this is expected to take two days to complete (weather permitting). Works will be undertaken between 7:00am and 6:00pm from Monday to Friday and 8:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday. The park will remain open for general use - however, access to the immediate area around the work site will be restricted while work is underway. For more information refer to Local Updates.

WestConnex information & enquiries

Up-to-date notices about WestConnex-related activities in affected suburbs and streets are available from the site’s Local Updates page: https://www.westconnex.com.au/local-updates. Enquiries to the WestConnex project can be directed to SMC on 1800 660 248 or info@westconnex.com.au. Enquires to the Department of Planning & Environment’s WestConnex Compliance Officer can be directed to compliance@planning.nsw.gov.au. Enquiries to Council’s WestConnex Unit can be directed to westconnex@innerwest.nsw.gov.au. Council’s Weekly WestConnex Update Reports and other information on Council activities in relation to WestConnex is available from: http://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/westconnex 

WestConnex Weekly Update - 21 April 2017

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M4 EAST

Martin Street road works & traffic changes

Further to Sydney Motorway Corporation’s (SMC’s) notice on 15 March 2017 work will continue to keep Martin Street open to traffic at the intersection of Ramsay Street, Haberfield. The opening has been extended due to delays from adverse weather conditions. Upon completion of works, Martin Street will be temporarily closed on the northern side of its intersection with Wattle Street. Residents will be notified separately of this work prior to the closure. Works will take place between 7.00am and 6.00pm Monday to Friday and 8.00am and 1.00pm on Saturday. Some night work is required between 9.00pm and 5.00am Sunday to Friday. Works are expected to take up to one month to complete. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Ancillary facility at former RMS Motor Registry, Five Dock

SMC has advised that from Tuesday 18 May 2017 the project will be utilising the existing buildings and car park on the corner of Ramsay Road and Henley Marine Drive, Five Dock. The site is within the Canada Bay Council area, but close to the Inner West Council area. It is owned by RMS and will be used by project personnel for parking and other purposes throughout the duration of construction. Work on this site will take place between 7.00am and 6.00pm Monday to Friday and 8.00am and 1.00pm on Saturday. For more information refer to Local Updates.

NEW M5

This week Council staff met with SMC, Joint Venture (JV), Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) and Department of Planning & Environment (DP&E) staff at a New M5 general update meeting (held monthly). The main items discussed were:

  • commencement of works to create a project construction compound in an area of land between the Camdenville Basin and the railway line next to Camdenville Park, St Peters;
  • temporary noise wall to be installed to shield dwellings adjacent to the Camdenville Basin on May Street from noise from the abovementioned construction compound;
  • Campbell Street design matters, including: Council’s request for signalised pedestrian crossings on all legs of the St Peters Street intersection; Council’s request for a 40kph school zone and 50-kph speed limit on Campbell Street; whether or not a car park is needed or is desirable adjacent to St Peters Street; whether Campbell Street will retain its existing 3 tonne night-time load limit; and the impact of the proposed centre-median on local traffic movements;

Council’s final views on Campbell Street design matters will be included in its submission on the New M5 UDLP;

  • details of the truck haulage route proposed at Bellevue Street, St Peters;
  • potential impact of tunnel grouting works on access to Tempe Reserve netball courts – SMC is currently discussing this with netball organisations with a view to a suitable arrangement;
  • Council update to RMS on progress of procurement of consultants for its traffic modelling study;
  • Council informing the meeting of the main New M5 issues raised at the April 2017 WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF) meeting, including a request for an extension of the exhibition of the New M5 Urban Design & Landscape Plan (UDLP); and 
  • a general discussions between Council, SMC, JV and DP&E about complaints being received and complaints handling procedures.

M4-M5 LINK

Exhibition of design plans

As has been reported previously, public exhibition of M4-M5 Link design plans is expected shortly, and Council staff are preparing to engage consultants to assist its assessment of these plans. Council will consider a report on the consultant procurement process at its 26 April 2017 meeting.

GENERAL

Traffic modelling study

Council is preparing to engage consultants for its traffic modelling study – known as the Local Area Traffic Improvement Strategy (LATIS). The strategy is designed to identify and treat - through traffic calming measures - roads affected by additional traffic generated by WestConnex ahead of its opening. Council will consider a report on the consultant procurement process for this strategy at its 26 April 2017 meeting.

Civilising WestConnex exhibition

This week Council staff met with University of NSW Professor James Weirick to view an exhibition by urban design students called Civilising WestConnex. The exhibition shows that with a transit line along the centre lanes of WestConnex Stage 1 and 2, 14 stations could be constructed along the route which could act as a nucleus for transit-oriented development.

WestConnex information & enquiries

Up-to-date notices about WestConnex-related activities in affected suburbs and streets are available from the site’s Local Updates page: https://www.westconnex.com.au/local-updates. Enquiries to the WestConnex project can be directed to SMC on 1800 660 248 or info@westconnex.com.au. Enquires to the Department of Planning & Environment’s WestConnex Compliance Officer can be directed to compliance@planning.nsw.gov.au. Enquiries to Council’s WestConnex Unit can be directed to westconnex@innerwest.nsw.gov.au. Council’s Weekly WestConnex Update Reports and other information on Council activities in relation to WestConnex is available from: http://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/westconnex.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 13 April 2017

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M4 EAST

Alt Street & Dobroyd Parade - geotechnical investigations

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has posted a notice regarding geotechnical investigations that will be carried out in the M4 construction site, between Alt Street and Dobroyd Parade, Haberfield from Tuesday 18 April 2017. Work is expected to take up to two weeks, weather permitting. Generally works will take place between 7.00am and 6.00pm from Monday to Friday and between 8.00am and 1.00pm on Saturday. There will be no work on Sundays. For further information refer to Local Updates.

NEW M5  

St Peters/Newtown – Geotechnical Investigations

SMC has advised that geotechnical investigations will be carried out within the St Peters Station rail corridor, adjacent to Lord Street. Access to the work site will be via the rail corridor gate on Lord Street, between John Street and King Street. Works are expected to take up to two weeks. Works will not affect access or operation of St Peters station. Generally works will take place between 7.00am and 6.00pm from Monday to Friday and between 8.00am and 1.00pm on Saturday. There will be no work on Sundays. For further information refer to Local Updates.

M4-M5 LINK

Proposed modification of Secretary’s Environmental Impact Assessment Requirements (SEARs) for the Stage 3 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

On 17 March 2017, Council was notified by the Department of Planning & Environment (DP&E) that a proposal by WestConnex proponent RMS to modify to the Secretary’s Environmental Impact Assessment Requirements (SEARs) for the Stage 3 EIS will be on public exhibition until 3 April 2017. Council has lodged a submission, which expresses its continued opposition to WestConnex and preference for public transport solutions to Sydney’s traffic problems. A summary of issues raised for each of the proposed modifications is as follows:

  • Removal of traffic interchange at Camperdown – Council generally supports this change, as traffic impacts in the densely developed Camperdown area would be avoided – however, it is noted that this may result in additional traffic impacts at the Rozelle and St Peters interchanges.
  • Realignment of mainline tunnels – Council generally supports this change, mainly on the basis that tunneling would not affect Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
  • Refinement of the Rozelle Interchange design – Concerns are raised about the increased tunneling area (and consequently increased number of properties at risk of cracking) and possible impact on future light rail to White Bay and Balmain.
  • Increasing the mainline tunnel configuration from three to four lanes – Council opposes this modification because increasing road capacity will lead to greater car use and ultimately increased congestion. Council is also concerned that the increased capacity was not a consideration for the planning of Stages 1 and 2, and as a result traffic at Stage 1 and 2 portals will be at higher levels than forecast. The added capacity will also increase construction timeframes, the area subject to risk of subsidence and likely reduce the area of open space available around the traffic portals within the Rozelle Rail Yards.   

Removal of Easton Park from the project construction footprint – This is supported, but Council notes that there may be indirect impacts from construction activities within the nearby Rozelle Rail Yards.
It is planned that this submission be reported to Council’s 26 April 2017 meeting with a recommendation that if Council has further comments, these be forwarded to the DP&E as a late addendum to the submission.

WestConnex information & enquiries

Up-to-date notices about WestConnex-related activities in affected suburbs and streets are available from the site’s Local Updates page: https://www.westconnex.com.au/local-updates. Enquiries to the WestConnex project can be directed to SMC on 1800 660 248 or info@westconnex.com.au. Enquires to the Department of Planning & Environment’s WestConnex Compliance Officer can be directed to compliance@planning.nsw.gov.au. Enquiries to Council’s WestConnex Unit can be directed to westconnex@innerwest.nsw.gov.au. Council’s Weekly WestConnex Update Reports and other information on Council activities in relation to WestConnex is available from: http://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/westconnex.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 7 April 2017

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M4 EAST

Ramsay Street closure, Haberfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has posted a notice about the Ramsay Street closure (between Walker Avenue and Wattle Street) being extended to May 2017 due to wet weather. The closure is needed to facilitate completion of the Wattle Street interchange.

Traffic & Transport Liaison Group (TTLG)

Council staff attended a recent meeting of the M4 East TTLG. The main items discussed at this meeting were:

  • delay of the proposed Bland Street closure, with a new closure date to be advised;
  • extension of the Ramsay Street closure until May 2017 due to wet weather (also reported above);
  • closure of Orpington Street (adjacent to Ashfield Park) between May and October 2017 (also reported in last week’s Update Report); and
  • Ramsay St / Martin St intersection is due to open at a date later in April 2017, while access to Martin Street from Wattle Street is to be closed on the same day

Haberfield businesses

Council’s Economic Development Unit (EDU) staff recently met with members of the Haberfield Chamber to discuss a number of issues. This included the impact of M4 East road closures and other construction activities on Haberfield businesses and ways to address these impacts. The Chamber was shown examples of precinct activation actions the EDU had undertaken elsewhere in the Inner West Council area, with a view to generating ideas to assist with the amelioration of the impacts upon the Haberfield Village businesses from the closure of Ramsay Street. EDU and SMC staff have also discussed a proposal to place information inserts in the Inner West Courier promoting the message that ‘Haberfield Village is open for business’. EDU staff will be meeting with the Chamber again soon to discuss further actions they may wish to undertake with support from Council.

NEW M5

Draft Urban Design & Landscape Plan (UDLP)

SMC has recently placed the draft M4 East UDLP on public exhibition until 30 April 2017. This plan, required according to project Consent Conditions B61 & B62, comprises the four sub-plans:

  • Campbell Road Crossing and St Peters Interchange (SPI) Recreational Area Sub-Plan;
  • Campbell Street Green Link Sub-Plan;
  • M5 Linear Park Enhancement Sub-Plan; and
  • Noise Barrier Location and Design Sub-Plan.

These plans are available from the WestConnex website. SMC will be convening UDLP community information sessions at St Peters and Kingsgrove during the exhibition period. Council urges residents to make a submission, which can be completed online. Council will also be making a submission.

Council staff UDLP workshop

This week SMC convened a Council staff workshop on the New M5 UDLP. Issues raised at the workshop included:

  • preference for constrained intersections without slip-lanes;
  • questioning the need for a car park at the Campbell / St Peters Street intersection;
  • detailed design improvements to the proposed walk/cycle path along Campbell Street;
  • an additional signalised pedestrian crossing leg across Campbell Street at St Peters Street;
  • advocacy for a 40kph school zone and 50kph general speed limit on Campbell Street;
  • tree issues in and around Simpson Park; and
  • issues associated with the establishment of the Camdenville Basin works compound.

A separate Council staff workshop will be convened shortly for discussion of Campbell Street and the Camdenville Basin drainage/flooding issues.

M4-M5 LINK

Mid-tunnel construction dive-sites

As was reported last week, the Minister for WestConnex announced that investigations into a potential mid-tunnel construction site at 29 Derbyshire Road, Leichhardt will not continue following successful Council and community advocacy. This week, SMC has posted a community notice stating that a mid-tunnel construction site is still required between Haberfield and Rozelle, and SMC will continue to investigate 7 Darley Road as the alternative site. The notice advises that more dive-site details will be released in the coming weeks as part of the exhibition of the M4-M5 Link Design Report. This report will also include information on the latest tunnel route, urban design plans, active transport and proposed ventilation outlet locations. Further information is available from Local Updates. This announcement does not alter Council’s position of opposing all M4-M5 Link construction dive-sites in the Leichhardt/Lilyfield area, nor does it mitigate the need for Council to further investigate the Rozelle Rail Yards (western end) as a dive-site option. A summary of outcomes of Council’s RRY investigation is being reported to Council’s 11 April 2017 Local Representation Advisory Committee (LRAC) meeting.

GENERAL

Council submission on the draft District Plan

Council recently lodged a submission with the Greater Sydney Commission on the draft Central District Plan, which includes a section on WestConnex. The submission confirms Council’s position of opposing the project. It explains that, notwithstanding this position, Council continues to work with the project’s proponents, the Inner West community and other relevant stakeholders to seek to ensure that construction and operational impacts are minimised and that every opportunity is taken to achieve improved outcomes from the project. The submission also explains how Council is continuing to advocate for public transport solutions to Sydney’s traffic problems. An example is the Guided Electric Vehicle System proposed by Council for further consideration by the NSW Government for the Parramatta Road corridor.

Legal advice on validity of Stage 1 & 2 consents

In late 2016 Council requested legal advice from Tim Robertson SC about the validity of consents for WestConnex Stages 1 and 2 given changes to the design of WestConnex Stage 3. This advice (recently received) explains that there is no known legal basis for an approval retrospectively invalidating a prior approval. Council does not therefore foresee any legitimate basis to challenge the validity of the WestConnex Stage 1 and 2 approvals based on a Stage 3 approval. Council will nonetheless continue to advocate for the best possible outcomes from Stage 3.

WestConnex information & enquiries

Up-to-date notices about WestConnex-related activities in affected suburbs and streets are available from the site’s Local Updates page: https://www.westconnex.com.au/local-updates. Enquiries to the WestConnex project can be directed to SMC on 1800 660 248 or info@westconnex.com.au. Enquires to the Department of Planning & Environment’s WestConnex Compliance Officer can be directed to compliance@planning.nsw.gov.au. Enquiries to Council’s WestConnex Unit can be directed to westconnex@innerwest.nsw.gov.au. Council’s Weekly WestConnex Update Reports and other information on Council activities in relation to WestConnex is available from: http://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/westconnex.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 31 March 2017

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M4 EAST 

Footway works & road direction sign on Parramatta Road, and Orpington Road closure

This week Council staff and the Department of Planning & Environment’s (DP&E’s) WestConnex Compliance Officer met with Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) M4 East project staff to discuss three forthcoming M4 East actions:   

  • night-time trenching by telecommunications utilities along a section of the Parramatta Road footway adjacent to Ashfield Park - Council’s and DP&E’s main concerns were to ensure that there was no impact on Ashfield Park (as required by a condition of consent) and that adequate pedestrian access was maintained; 
  • proposed installation of a ‘standard’ RMS directional sign on the footway adjacent to Ashfield Park - SMC stated that this sign was necessary at this location due to the alignment of the road and distance to the nearest decision point. The main concerns raised in the discussion were ensuring there were no alternative locations options, and ensuring the sign’s support stem did not block the footway; and
  • an explanation of timing and procedures around the forthcoming closure of Orpington Street, adjacent to Ashfield Park - it was noted that access to all Orpington Street properties would be maintained, and traffic impacts would not be significant due to low existing levels of traffic.

All affected stakeholders will be notified of these actions in coming weeks.

Damage to roads in Alt Street, Haberfield

Residents of Alt Street, Haberfield have made SMC, Council and the DP&E’s WestConnex Compliance Officer aware of WestConnex-related damage to the Alt Street surface. SMC has responded by immediately filling potholes to ensure roads are safe. SMC is now preparing a scope-of-works and will in the near future pay Council to undertake permanent road surface works.

NEW M5

St Peters interchange recreation area

The New M5 Urban Design Review Panel (UDRP) met recently to discuss design and recreational options for the St Peters interchange (SPI) recreation area. This Panel, established according to Consent Condition B60, is responsible for the development of the New M5 Urban Design & Landscape Plan (UDLP). The SPI Area Sub-plan (defined by Condition B62 (b)) is a component of the UDLP. Inner West Council and the City of Sydney are represented on the UDRP for the eastern section of the New M5. Key comments from Inner West Council on the design and recreational options presented at the meeting include: a preference for active recreation with two large sports grounds; need to relocate (or place underground) the detention basin to accommodate the sports grounds; and need to clarify ownership arrangements (between RMS and the two councils) for the ‘land bridge’ across Campbell Road and recreation area.

M4-M5 LINK   

Construction dive-site options

At its 28 February 2017 meeting, Council considered an Administrator’s minute entitled: WestConnex Stage 3 (M4-M5 Link) Construction Dive-Site Options and resolved (among other things) that Council “requests Council Officers to further consider the suitability of the site at the western end of the Rozelle Rail Yards as a possible mid-tunnel construction dive-site and report back to Council.” Council officers have recently undertaken this assessment, assisted by an independent specialist engineer Council had commissioned in late 2016 to assess M4-M5 Link dive-site options. The findings of this assessment will be reported to Council’s Local Representation Advisory Committee (LRAC) on 11 April 2017. The report will be available Council’s website in advance of the meeting.
On 31 March 2017, WestConnex Minister Stuart Ayres issued a media release that stated he had visited Sydney Secondary College’s Leichhardt campus that day to announce the site adjoining the school (29 Derbyshire Road) would no longer be considered as a construction dive-site for the M4-M5 Link. The Minister stated that after investigating two locations for the required dive-site between Haberfield and Rozelle, 7 Darley Road (currently occupied by Dan Murphy’s) is the only option that will be included in the project’s design plans that will be released for public consultation in coming weeks. This has been confirmed in a letter to local residents from the M4-M5 Link Project Director, available from Local Updates. This does not alter Council’s position of opposing all M4-M5 Link construction dive-sites in the Leichhardt/Lilyfield area (including Darley Road), nor does it alter the need for Council to further investigate the Rozelle Rail Yards dive-site option.

Survey work at Rozelle

SMC has advised that survey activities will be carried out in Rozelle on Victoria Road, Byrnes Street, Clubb Street, Toelle Street, Callan Street, Springside Street, Moodie Street, Terry Street, Crystal Street, Crystal Lane, and Wellington Street from 4 April to 7 April 2017, weather permitting. Survey activities will require a lane closure on Victoria Road, and will be carried out on the following nights: 9.30 pm Tuesday 4 April to 5.00 am Wednesday 5 April 2017; 9.30 pm Wednesday 5 April to 5.00 am Thursday 6 April 2017; and 9.30 pm Thursday 6 April to 5.00 am Friday 7 April 2017. Further information is available from Local Updates.

GENERAL

Complaints procedures for out-of-hours works

Council has received many queries about complaints procedures for out-of-hours work, and can advise that all resident complaints regarding noise, odour and/or air quality that occur outside normal business hours can be directed to the NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). EPA can be contacted 24/7 on 131 555. After making the complaint, residents should email SMC on info@westconnex.com.au with the complaint so that it is included on SMC’s complaints register. These e-mails should be copied to Council (westconnex@innerwest.nsw.gov.au) and the DP&E’s WestConnex Compliance Officer (compliance@planning.nsw.gov.au). If residents notify SMC of complaints (even if made to a third party), they will be recorded on the register, as required by a condition of consent for the project. For more information visit the EPA website    

WestConnex information & enquiries

Up-to-date notices about WestConnex-related activities in affected suburbs and streets are available from the site’s Local Updates page: https://www.westconnex.com.au/local-updates. Enquiries to the WestConnex project can be directed to SMC on 1800 660 248 or info@westconnex.com.au. Enquires to the Department of Planning & Environment’s WestConnex Compliance Officer can be directed to compliance@planning.nsw.gov.au. Enquiries to Council’s WestConnex Unit can be directed to westconnex@innerwest.nsw.gov.au. Council’s Weekly WestConnex Update Reports and other information on Council activities in relation to WestConnex is available from: http://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/westconnex

WestConnex Weekly Update - 24 March 2017

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M4 EAST

Air Quality Consultative Committee

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) is seeking expressions of interest from community members to join the M4 East Air Quality Consultative Committee (AQCCC). The AQCCC’s role is to provide advice on the location of the air quality monitoring stations and input on the operational environmental management plans, compliance tracking reporting, audit reports, complaints relating to air quality, and dissemination of monitoring results, prior to and during the operation of the M4 East. Three community representatives from each geographical end of the project are required. Further information including the application form and terms of reference are available from Local Updates.

Draft addendum to the Urban Design & Landscape Plan (UDLP)

As previously reported, this draft addendum is concerned with design details for ventilation facilities, perimeter walls and landscaping at two M4 East sites. The site within the Inner West Council area is the works site bounded by Parramatta Road, Walker Avenue and Wattle Street, Haberfield. This week Council lodged a submission that acknowledged that whilst design details had addressed a number of Council’s concerns raised in its October 2016 submission on the initial draft of the UDLP, Council remains concerned about some of the design details and the scale of the proposed ventilation facility - and consequently its visual impact on the Haberfield Conservation Area. Council is also concerned that an issue it had previously raised about lack of buffering against construction and operational traffic noise for dwellings at 14 to 24 Wattle Street, Haberfield has not been resolved. Council will consider a report on this matter at its 28 March 2017 meeting, and any further issues raised at the meeting will be forwarded to SMC as an addendum to Council’s submission.

NEW M5

Road closure Campbell Street – St Peters

Further to previous SMC notifications, utilities adjustment work is being carried out to accommodate the widening of Campbell Street and Campbell Road. To facilitate this work, Campbell Street between Unwins Bridge Road and Princes Highway was closed to all traffic (residents excepted) on Saturday 25 March from 7am to 6pm. Works will continue on Saturday 1 April if required. Traffic control and signage are in place to assist local residents, road users, pedestrians and cyclists navigate through the changes. Access to streets and properties will continue to be maintained under traffic control. Further information is available from Local Updates.

Camdenville Basin

SMC has posted a notice about the WestConnex construction compound proposed to be created at Camdenville Basin, adjacent to Camdenville Park, St Peters. The compound will be used for site offices, first aid room and workshop, materials storage and laydown area, car parking and worker amenities. Access to the compound will be from May Street via the existing driveway next to Camdenville Oval. The compound is temporary, and the land will be handed back to Inner West Council in late 2019. Work to establish the compound has started. Establishment working hours are during the day and the compound will generally be operated during the day. Further information is available from Local Updates.

Project update meeting

This week Council staff met with New M5 project staff at a regular (monthly) update meeting. Matters discussed included:

  • use of part of Camdenville Park, St Peters as a temporary construction compound (see item above);
  • forthcoming community consultations (including street meetings) for the New M5 Urban Design & Landscape Plan (UDLP) in April 2017, which will include Campbell Street designs
  • Campbell Street traffic matters, including a possible 40kph school zone and 50kph general speed limit and proposed signalised crossing;
  • use of Princes Highway and Bellevue Street, St Peters as part of a trucking route for the New M5 works site at Kogarah Golf Course, Arncliffe;
  • management of employee parking in St Peters, including off-street car parks proposed on WestConnex sites at Camdenville Basin and near the intersection of Campbell Road and the Princes Highway;
  • odour from former landfill site (St Peters Interchange) affecting residents, caused by extended wet weather – Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is monitoring the impact and SMC is implementing mitigation measures; and
  • various tree removal and tree management issues, including a further commitment from SMC that large fig trees within Simpson Park will not be affected by WestConnex works.

M4-M5 LINK

Exhibition of design plans

As previously reported, M4-M5 Link design plans are proposed to be publicly exhibited in coming weeks, with an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) expected in mid-2017.
Council officers and Council’s engineering consultant are undertaking further consideration of the suitability of the Rozelle Railyards as a dive site as required by Council’s recent resolution.

GENERAL    

WestConnex Community Grant Scheme

SMC’s Community Connections Program supports local initiatives to provide lasting benefits to the local community, economy and the environment. It offers community groups, social enterprises, not-for-profit and other groups access to grants of up to $10 000 to deliver projects in one or more key areas. Applications for the 2016-17 financial year will be accepted until 5pm on Friday 26 May 2017. For more information visit the WestConnex website.
Council’s Local Area Traffic Improvement Strategy
In 2016 and 2017, Council had requested access to Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) WestConnex traffic modelling data. This data is needed to assist development of Council’s Local Area Traffic Improvement Strategy, which was endorsed by Council in December 2016. This week, RMS and Council staff met to discuss details of the data availability, and these meetings will be ongoing throughout the first half of 2017.
WestConnex Community Reference Group
The second meeting of the WestConnex Community Reference Group (WCRG) was held on Tuesday 21 March 2017. Further information on the WCRG and meeting minutes are available on the WestConnex website.

WestConnex information & enquiries

Up-to-date notices about WestConnex-related activities in affected suburbs and streets are available from the site’s Local Updates page: https://www.westconnex.com.au/local-updates. Enquiries to the WestConnex project can be directed to SMC on 1800 660 248 or info@westconnex.com.au. Enquires to the Department of Planning & Environment’s WestConnex Compliance Officer can be directed to compliance@planning.nsw.gov.au. Enquiries to Council’s WestConnex Unit can be directed to westconnex@innerwest.nsw.gov.au. Council’s Weekly WestConnex Update Reports and other information on Council activities in relation to WestConnex is available from: http://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/westconnex

WestConnex Weekly Update - 17 March 2017

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M4 EAST

Road work and traffic changes - Martin Street, Haberfield

Further to a notice in January 2017, SMC has advised that work will continue to open Martin Street to traffic at the intersection of Ramsay Street, Haberfield due to adverse weather conditions. Upon completion of this work, Martin Street will be temporarily closed on the northern side of its intersection with Wattle Street. Residents will be notified separately of this work prior to the closure. This work will take up to four weeks to complete, and during the work, the pedestrian footpath on Ramsay Street near the work site will be closed. Detour signage and pedestrian management will be in place and the project team is investigating alternative, shorter detour routes. More information available from Local Updates.

M4 East maintenance works – Ashfield and Haberfield

SMC has posted a notice about maintenance work on roads in the vicinity of M4 East construction sites. These works include, but are not limited to: potholes and drainage; vegetation control (grass trimming, tree pruning); roadside litter; graffiti and poster removal; incident operations; and road marking, signage, safety barriers, kerb and gutter. This work will be undertaken as required until the completion of the project in early 2019. Where possible, work will be undertaken during standard daytime construction hours. More information available from Local Updates.

Traffic around schools

There has been an ongoing concern that traffic generated by WestConnex-related construction activities and road closures/detours is compromising the safety of the community, particularly children around primary schools in Haberfield. With regard to construction traffic, the DP&E’s WestConnex Compliance Officer has been ensuring trucks adhere to routes defined in M4 East Consent Conditions, with a focus on roads around primary schools. Whilst road closures and detours have been approved in a Traffic Management Plan for the project, SMC encourages anyone to contact the police if they witness any dangerous road-use behaviour. Feedback to SMC is also encouraged regarding any traffic/safety issue. Council’s traffic management staff have also been monitoring these sites and have been discussing with school and P&C representatives implementation of longer-term safety improvements, such as new zebra crossings.

Legacy project

This week Inner West and Canada Bay Council staff attended a SMC workshop for development of plans required by M4 East ‘socio-economic’ Conditions of Consent B53 to B58. These plans, collectively known as the ‘Legacy project’ consider the design of residual public lands and mitigation measures and enhancements for social facilities. There is an overlap between these plans and the M4 East Urban Design & Landscape Plan as both deal with residual lands. Inner West Council staff discussed land use and design issues for residual lands on both sides of Wattle Street near its intersection with Parramatta Road and on both sides of Parramatta Road between Ashfield Park and Wattle Street. The future use of acquired dwellings at Walker Avenue, Haberfield was also discussed. Further information is available on the WestConnex website.

NEW M5  

St Peters Interchange & local road upgrades

WestConnex New M5 has released a construction update for ‘upgrade’ work occurring in the St Peters Interchange and local roads area over the next three months. Work will generally be carried out during standard daytime construction hours. Nearby residents and businesses will be notified in advance of any night work commencing. More information is available from Local Updates.

St Peters Interchange site

SMC has posted a general update on progress of works at the St Peters Interchange (SPI) site. Forthcoming construction activities include: ongoing earthworks; construction of the cut-and-cover tunnel near the Canal Road / Princes Highway intersection; remediation of the former Alexandria landfill; 24-hour tunnelling under the Princes Highway with tunnel support activities; and oversized deliveries to the SPI site. More information is available from Local Updates.

Activities along Campbell Street/Road, St Peters

Property clearing along Campbell Street/Road is almost complete with traffic in both directions open again. Intermittent road and lane closures will be required throughout March 2017 while remaining property clearing and power adjustment work is underway. Subject to approval, work to establish a temporary construction compound near Campbell Street at Camdenville Basin will commence to support local road upgrades. Work is also progressing to establish the work compound on Campbell Street between the Princes Highway and Albert Street to support construction of the cut and cover tunnel structure that will connect to the future M4-M5. Forthcoming construction activities include: permanently reinstating footpaths and roads along the underground power cable route in St Peters; completing work to clear properties and level the ground; ongoing power adjustment work; constructing temporary noise walls along the project boundary on Campbell Street/Road; and continuing geotechnical and utility investigations inform detailed designs. More information is available from Local Updates.

Euston Road establishment works

SMC/JV have been undertaking site establishment works along Euston Road from Campbell Road to Sydney Park Road. All this work is within the City of Sydney, but near the Inner West Council area. Euston Road is being widened, and the Sydney Park Road / Euston Road intersection altered to become a signalised intersection. More information is available from Local Updates.

Heritage Salvage Catalogue - Campbell Street, St Peters

Inner West Council staff have been involved in developing the redistribution strategy for salvaged heritage items from the demolition of dwellings along Campbell Street, St Peters. SMC is currently preparing a Heritage Salvage Catalogue, similar to that prepared for the M4 East. Once the catalogue is released in coming weeks, anyone subscribed to New M5 project updates will be notified, and SMC also plans to advertise this in the Inner West Courier. The items will be available to community members for free, with preference given to former property owners affected by the acquisition process and those living within close proximity to St Peters. Once the catalogue is available, registration of interest can be submitted using forms that will be available on the WestConnex website.

M4-M5 LINK 

Construction dive-site options

As has been reported previously, an Administrator’s Minute on this matter was considered by Council at its 28 February 2017 meeting. A report on this matter has subsequently been considered by the Local Representation Advisory Committee (LRAC) at its 14 March 2017 meeting. LRAC’s recommendation to Council is consistent with Council’s adopted position of opposition to both the 29 Derbyshire Road and the 7 Darley Road dive sites due to unacceptable impacts on Leichhardt, as evidenced by the report of the consultant civil engineer engaged by Council. All Council reports and associated resolutions are available on Council’s website. It is anticipated that SMC will provide further information on dive site options when M4-M5 Link design plans are publicly exhibited.

GENERAL

WestConnex compliance

This week Council’s Administrator, the DP&E’s Deputy Secretary and relevant DP&E & Council staff met to discuss WestConnex compliance issues and ways to enhance compliance monitoring and enforcement. It was emphasised that enhanced enforcement of conditions was required, particularly in relation to issues such as night time noise and project trucks using local roads. There was also discussion regarding the need to enhance compliance resources given that Stages 1 and 2 are now under construction. Council is optimistic that additional resources will be confirmed.

Western Harbour Tunnel & Beaches Link

On 16 March 2017 the NSW Premier and Minister for Roads announced the commencement of early actions for the proposed Western Harbour Tunnel Beaches Link. The Western Harbour Tunnel is proposed to connect to WestConnex at the Rozelle Interchange, cross underneath Sydney Harbour and connect with the Warringah Freeway at North Sydney. Actions include notification of the preferred alignment; commencement of geotechnical drilling; notifications of potentially-affected property owners; commencement of a process for funding/delivery; and notification of community information sessions. Further information is available on the RMS website.

WestConnex information & enquiries

Up-to-date notices about WestConnex-related activities in affected suburbs and streets are available from the site’s Local Updates page: https://www.westconnex.com.au/local-updates. Enquiries to the WestConnex project can be directed to SMC on 1800 660 248 or info@westconnex.com.au. Enquires to the Department of Planning & Environment’s WestConnex Compliance Officer can be directed to compliance@planning.nsw.gov.au. Enquiries to Council’s WestConnex Unit can be directed to westconnex@innerwest.nsw.gov.au. Council’s Weekly WestConnex Update Reports and other information on Council activities in relation to WestConnex is available from: http://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/westconnex

WestConnex Weekly Update - 10 March 2017

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M4 EAST

Urban Design & Landscape Plan

As has been reported previously, the draft addendum to the M4 East Urban Design & Landscape Plan is on public exhibition from 22 February to 22 March 2017. Council will be making a submission, a summary of which will be reported through the Weekly Update Report and other information channels, and Council encourages community members to make a submission. The document and an online submission form are available at WestConnex website

Proposed variable message sign, Haberfield

This week Council staff met with M4 East project staff for early discussions about a variable message sign (VMS) proposed to be located at footway/property boundary to the McDonalds at 141-147 Parramatta Road Haberfield. The initial proposal in 2016 was that this sign be located adjacent to Ashfield Park (on the opposite side of Parramatta Road), but Council did not support this location because of the visual impact of the sign on Ashfield Park. SMC has moved the sign as a result of Council’s opposition. The VMS will replace an existing standard RMS road direction sign and will provide information to drivers travelling west along Parramatta Road. Council and SMC staff will discuss more detailed designs in coming weeks and the community will be informed before designs are finalised.

NEW M5

Pedestrian & Bicycle Network Review

This week, staff from SMC, RMS, Bicycle NSW and Inner West and City of Sydney councils met to discuss drafts of the New M5 Pedestrian & Bicycle Network Review and associated New M5 Pedestrian & Bicycle Network Review. This is one of several meetings that have been convened for development of these documents in 2016 and 2017. Preparation of these documents is required by New M5 Consent Conditions B50 and B51, and when finalised they will require Department of Planning & Environment (DP&E) approval.
Condition B50 requires the Review to consider a number of factors, including:
• current and future land use and pedestrian/cycle demands;
• pedestrian and cycle impacts from the project;
• the King Street Gateway project, which includes potential Princes Highway traffic calming initiatives;
• present and future walk/cycle routes along Alexandra Canal;
• regional and local pedestrian and cycling strategies;
• pedestrian/cycle safety accessibility and connectivity; and
• intersection and signal phasing to reduce crossing times for pedestrians and cyclists.
Condition B51 requires the Strategy to consider a number of factors, including:
• pedestrian and cycle engineering and safety standards;
• a safety audit of existing and proposed walk/cycle facilities to address the above standards;
• details of selected routes and connections to existing local and regional routes;
• timing and staging of proposed works;
• infrastructure details, including lighting, safety, security and standards compliance;
• signage and wayfinding measures; and
• details of associated landscaping works.

Report on Condition D19 - Architectural Treatments, Local Roads

SMC has prepared and posted this report as a requirement of New M5 Consent Condition D19. The report is required to be submitted to the DP&E for approval where it will not be feasible and reasonable to install operational noise mitigation measure/s (in this case operational architectural treatments) prior to commencement of construction works that would affect the identified receivers along local roads Campbell Road/Street, Euston Road and Gardeners Road, St Peters. The report provides for an Installation Strategy as an additional mitigation measure for the earliest possible rollout of operational architectural treatments. It also includes details of the temporary measures that would be implemented to reduce construction noise impacts until operational measures are implemented. The full report is available on the WestConnex Local Updates web page.

M4-M5 LINK

Utility investigations in Annandale/Camperdown

SMC has posted a notice about ground surveys and utilities investigations to be carried out in Annandale/Camperdown on the southern side of Pyrmont Bridge Road, between Gordon Street and Mallet Street, and in Brignell Lane from 14 March to 17 March 2017, weather permitting. The investigations involve locating and inspecting the existing sewer and water infrastructure in the footpath and roadway. Traffic control arrangements will in place while the investigations are underway. Access to properties will be maintained during the work; however, access to Brignell Lane will be restricted to local traffic only. Further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates web page.

Construction dive-site options

SMC is considering a number of possible mid-tunnel construction dive sites in the Leichhardt/Lilyfield area for the section of the M4-M5 Link between Haberfield and Rozelle - one at 7 Darley Road (site of the current Dan Murphy’s liquor outlet) and one at 29 Derbyshire Road, between Sydney Secondary College Leichhardt (high school) and the Sydney Buses Leichardt Depot. Council and the community are concerned there are significant issues with both sites in terms of road safety, noise, traffic and other impacts on local residents, school students and the wider community. Council’s position is one of not supporting either option, and Council’s Administrator has called on SMC to not proceed with either the Darley Road or Derbyshire Road options or any other dive site in this area.

A site at the western end of the Rozelle Rail Yards could possibly provide an alternative lower-impact option, but SMC has ruled this out on the basis of interference with light rail facilities and operations. Council does not believe SMC has provided sufficient detail to support this position and staff will investigate this option further.

An Administrator’s Minute on this matter was considered by Council at its 28 February 2017 meeting, and a report on this matter is scheduled to be considered by the Local Representation Advisory Committee (LRAC) at its 14 March 2017 meeting and Council at its 28 March 2017 meeting. All of these reports and associated resolutions are (or will be) available on Council’s website. It is anticipated that SMC will provide further information on dive site options when M4-M5 Link design plans are publicly exhibited.

General

WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF)

The next WCLF meeting is scheduled for 10am-12:30pm on 6 April 2017 at the Leichhardt Service Centre. WCLF meeting minutes are available on the WestConnex page of Council’s website:
Information on the WCLF, including meeting minutes, is available from Council’s WestConnex web page. Information on the WCRG is available from the SMC website at www.westconnex.com.au/community-reference-group  

WestConnex Community Reference Group (WCRG)

As was reported previously, the first meeting of the new State-level WCRG was held on 21 February 2017. The next WCRG meeting is scheduled for 6-8pm Tuesday 21 March 2017 at the Ashfield Service Centre. Information on the WCRG is available on the WestConnex website at:
www.westconnex.com.au/community-reference-group

WestConnex information & enquiries

Up-to-date notices about WestConnex-related activities in affected suburbs and streets are available from the site’s Local Updates page: https://www.westconnex.com.au/local-updates. Enquiries to the WestConnex project can be directed to SMC on 1800 660 248 or info@westconnex.com.au. Enquires to the Department of Planning & Environment’s WestConnex Compliance Officer can be directed to compliance@planning.nsw.gov.au. Enquiries to Council’s WestConnex Unit can be directed to westconnex@innerwest.nsw.gov.au. Council’s Weekly WestConnex Update Reports and other information on Council activities in relation to WestConnex is available from: http://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/westconnex

WestConnex Weekly Update - 3 March 2017

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M4 EAST

Construction work – Haberfield

Further to prior notifications, SMC has advised that from 1 March 2017, construction work, utilities investigation and installations will continue along Wattle Street, Ramsay Street, and Parramatta Road, Haberfield. Some night work is required. This work will take approximately three months to complete. More information is available from the WestConnex Local Updates web page.

Tunnelling progress update – Northcote Street construction site

In September 2016, the Northcote Street tunnelling site commenced construction of the temporary access tunnel, which now allows access for construction of the M4 East tunnels. During March 2017, the eighth roadheader will be launched to commence excavation. In accordance with the conditions set out by the project’s Environmental Protection Licence, tunnelling activities (including excavation) will occur 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Due to the increased number of roadheaders tunnelling from the site, excavated rock and material will be removed from site 24 hours per day, seven days per week. For further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates web page.

Construction work – Dobroyd Parade, Haberfield

SMC has issued an update advising that from 1 March 2017 work including utilities investigations will continue along Dobroyd Parade, Haberfield. Some night work is required, and this will take place between 9.00 pm and 5.00 am Sunday to Friday. In some instances, preparatory work may commence at 6.00 pm, and residents will be notified separately when work is scheduled to commence at 6.00 pm. This work will take approximately 3 months to complete. Further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates page.

Urban Design & Landscape Plan

As has been reported previously, the draft addendum to the M4 East Urban Design & Landscape Plan is on public exhibition from 22 February to 22 March 2017. Council will be making a submission, a summary of which will be reported through the Weekly Update Report and other information channels, and Council encourages community members to make a submission. The document and an online submission form are available at: www.westconnex.com.au/provide-feedback-draft-addendum-m4-east-urban-design-and-landscape-plan

NEW M5 

Update – Road closures on St Peters Street, Campbell Street / Campbell Road and Florence Street, St Peters

Further to previous notifications, SMC has advised that utilities-adjustment work is being carried out to accommodate the widening of Campbell Street and Campbell Road. To facilitate this work, changed traffic conditions will be in place intermittently on St Peters Street, Campbell Street, Campbell Road and Florence Street, St Peters from 4 March 2017. Signage and traffic control measures will be in place, and access to streets and properties will continue to be maintained. Works will be undertaken during daytime hours and there will be no works on Sundays and public holidays. Extended hours (7am to 6pm) are required on Saturdays 4 and 11 March for utilities adjustment work. Further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates page.  

M4-M5 LINK

Geotechnical investigations – City West Link

SMC has notified that geotechnical investigations will be carried out on City West Link, between Catherine Street and The Crescent, from Monday 6 March 2017. This work is expected to take up to two weeks to complete, weather permitting. Work will be undertaken between 11.00 pm and 5.00 am from Monday to Thursday, and there will be no work overnight on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.  

Construction dive-site options

As has been reported previously, Council has been aware that SMC has been actively considering a number of possible mid-tunnel construction dive sites in the Leichhardt/Lilyfield area for the section of the M4-M5 Link between Haberfield and Rozelle - one at 7 Darley Road (site of the current Dan Murphy’s liquor outlet) and one at 29 Derbyshire Road, between Sydney Secondary College Leichhardt (high school) and the Sydney Buses Leichardt Depot.
Council engaged a consultant civil engineer to assess these sites and any other potential dive sites in terms of their impact on the community, and the consultant’s report has recently been reviewed by Council staff. The consultant and staff agree that whilst it would be technically possible to construct and operate dive sites at Darley Road and Derbyshire Road, there are significant issues with both sites in terms of road safety, noise, traffic and other impacts on local residents, school students and the wider community. Based on this analysis and close consultation with the community, Council’s position is one of not supporting either option, and Council’s Administrator has called on SMC to not proceed with either the Darley Road or Derbyshire Road options or any other dive site in this area.
Council’s consultant has identified a site at the western end of the Rozelle Rail Yards that could provide an alternative lower-impact option – however, SMC has ruled out this option on the basis of interference with light rail facilities and operations. Council does not believe SMC has provided sufficient detail to support this position and staff will investigate this option further.
An Administrator’s Minute on this matter was considered by Council at its 28 February 2017 meeting, and it is planned a report on this matter be presented to the Local Representation Advisory Committee (LRAC) at its 14 March 2017 meeting, and be formally considered by Council at its 28 March 2017 meeting. All of these reports and associated resolutions are (or will be) available on Council’s website. It is anticipated that SMC will provide further information on dive site options when M4-M5 Link design plans are publicly exhibited in coming weeks.  

GENERAL     

WestConnex Community Liaison Forum

Council’s WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF) met on Thursday 2 March 2017 to discuss a range of issues, most related to construction and planning activities for all three stages of the project. One of the items discussed was the WCLF’s future role now that meetings of the State WestConnex Community Reference Group (WCRG) have commenced. WCLF members agreed to retain the existing WCLF format and monthly meeting schedule at this stage, with a view further discussions of WCLF’s role at meetings later in 2017. Information on the WCLF, including meeting minutes, is available from Council’s WestConnex web page. Information on the WCRG is available from the SMC website at www.westconnex.com.au/community-reference-group  

WestConnex information & enquiries

Up-to-date notices about WestConnex-related activities in affected suburbs and streets are available from the site’s Local Updates page: https://www.westconnex.com.au/local-updates. Enquiries to the WestConnex project can be directed to SMC on 1800 660 248 or info@westconnex.com.au. Enquires to the Department of Planning & Environment’s WestConnex Compliance Officer can be directed to compliance@planning.nsw.gov.au. Enquiries to Council’s WestConnex Unit can be directed to westconnex@innerwest.nsw.gov.au. Council’s Weekly WestConnex Update Reports and other information on Council activities in relation to WestConnex is available from: http://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/westconnex

 

WestConnex Weekly Update - 24 February 2017

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M4 EAST

Utility diversion work in Ashfield & Haberfield

Further to a November 2016 notice, SMC has recently posted a notice about continuation of work to relocate utilities and to identify services in the Ashfield and Haberfield areas. Bland, Curt, Chandos, Cecil, Loftus and Orphington Streets in Ashfield are affected along with Tinana and Dalhousie in Haberfield and Parramatta Road. Some night work is required between 9.00 pm and 5.00 am Sunday to Friday, and in some instances preparatory work may commence at 6.00 pm. This work will take approximately three months to complete, weather permitting. Further information is available on the Local Updates page on the WestConnex website.

Urban Design & Landscape Plan

As was reported last week, the draft addendum to the M4 East Urban Design & Landscape Plan is on public exhibition from 22 February to 22 March 2017. The document is available at: www.westconnex.com.au/M4EastUDLP and in hard copy at local venues, and community information sessions are being convened for the UDLP. All community members who provide submissions on the UDLP will be notified of future revisions if contact details are provided. Council will be making a submission, a summary of which will be reported through the Weekly Update Report and other information channels.

NEW M5  

Meetings of New M5 traffic & transport and interface groups

This week Council staff attended a New M5 Traffic and Transport Liaison Group meeting (held quarterly) and a New M5 Interface meeting (held monthly). Following is a summary of the main issues discussed and outcomes:

  • Campbell Street westbound traffic lane to be reinstated by next Tuesday 28 February 2017 - works to be undertaken on Monday night, 27 February.
  • Building demolition along Campbell Street will be completed by mid-March 2017 - demolition of a few buildings on the southern side of Campbell Street has been delayed due to the need for Ausgrid to clear power lines attached to these buildings, and noise barriers to be installed once the demolition has been completed;
  • The new M5 Construction Traffic Management Plan (CTMP) process was discussed - it was agreed that the CTMP will be provided to Council for review soon and the final CTMP will incorporate Council’s comments;
    residents’ requests for improved road safety at the Unwins Bridge Road intersection with Conway Place and Silver Street were discussed - the project team agreed to investigate further safety improvement measures and to generally improve road safety around the construction site;
  • The New M5 communications team agreed to liaise with Council’s communication team to improve communications and notification of local residents;
    SMC will organise a separate staff workshop on Campbell Street designs in the coming weeks;
  • Noise walls along Campbell Street to be installed in March 2017 - Council to provide comments on wall designs shortly;
  • Gas main works around the Unwins Bridge Road / May Street / Campbell Street intersection are planned – Council to provide comment on plans shortly; and
  • Council staff have requested a written response from SMC on relevant WestConnex Community Liaison Forum issues, to be reported back to WCLF at the earliest opportunity.

M4-M5 LINK

Geotechnical investigations in Haberfield & Lilyfield

SMC has posted notices about M4-M5 Link geotechnical investigations to be carried out at:

  •  Alt Street, Haberfield, between Waratah Street and Miller Street, from Monday 27 February 2017 - expected to take up to three weeks to complete, weather permitting; and
  • City West Link, between Catherine Street and The Crescent at Lilyfield, from Monday 6 March 2017 - expected to take up to two weeks to complete, weather permitting.
    Further information is available on the Local Updates page on the WestConnex website.

Construction dive-site options

SMC is actively considering two potential mid-tunnel construction ‘dive’ sites in the Leichhardt/Lilyfield area – one at 7 Darley Road (site of the current Dan Murphy’s liquor outlet) and one at 29 Derbyshire Road next door to the Leichhardt Secondary College Campus.
Council engaged a consultant engineer to assess these sites and any other potential dive sites. The consultant report has found significant issues with both sites and as a result Council is not supportive of either option. Council has informed SMC that its preferred position is for no dive site to be located in the densely populated Leichhardt/Lilyfield area.
The consultant report identified a site at the western end of the Rozelle Rail Yards as a possible alternative option, however SMC has ruled this out on the basis of interference with light rail facilities and operations. Council will be formally considering the consultant report at its meeting on Tuesday 28 February.
SMC has distributed by letterbox drop a notice to residents around the two sites under consideration, following the release on Council’s website of minutes of a meeting between Council’s Administrator and SMC, at which these two sites were discussed.

It is anticipated that further information on dive site options will be available when M4-M5 Link design plans are publicly exhibited in coming weeks.

GENERAL 

State Community Reference Group

The inaugural meeting of the State WestConnex Community Reference Group (WCRG) was held on Tuesday 21 February 2017 Council’s Petersham Service Centre. Terms of reference (including representation) for the WCRG are available on the SMC website at: www.westconnex.com.au/community-reference-group

Council traffic modelling study

As has been reported previously, Council adopted the recommendations of an Administrator’s Minute in December 2017 for funding of a major traffic modelling study to identify areas that are likely to be affected by increased traffic as a result of WestConnex. Council has recently invited tenders for consultants to undertake this study.

WestConnex information & enquiries

Up-to-date notices about WestConnex-related activities in affected suburbs and streets are available from the site’s Local Updates page: https://www.westconnex.com.au/local-updates. Enquiries to the WestConnex project can be directed to SMC on 1800 660 248 or info@westconnex.com.au. Enquires to the Department of Planning & Environment’s WestConnex Compliance Officer can be directed to compliance@planning.nsw.gov.au. Enquiries to Council’s WestConnex Unit can be directed to westconnex@innerwest.nsw.gov.au. Council’s Weekly WestConnex Update Reports and other information on Council activities in relation to WestConnex is available from: http://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/westconnex

 

WestConnex Weekly Update - 17 February 2017

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M4 East

Community information sessions

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has posted an invitation to the community to attend M4 East community information sessions at Concord, Homebush and Ashfield. The Ashfield session, within the Inner West Council area, is at 4-7pm on Thursday 2 March at Club Ashfield, 1-11 Charlotte St, Ashfield. At these sessions, community members can discuss the draft addendum to the M4 East Urban Design and Landscape Plan (UDLP), which includes plans for the eastern and western ventilation facilities. The draft addendum will be available on the WestConnex website from 22 February 2017. Community feedback is due by 22 March 2017. Further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates page

Tunnelling progress update

SMC has posted an update report to inform that four road headers have now commenced excavation of the mainline tunnels in both directions, east and west, and tunnelling activities are now underway 24 hours a day, seven days a week. People’s experience of noise and vibration from tunnelling and related activities will vary due to a range of local conditions and variables - including distance from tunnelling equipment, ground conditions, building quality/type and background noise levels. Once tunnels are complete and the project is operational, it is unlikely that noise and vibration impacts will felt from vehicles using the motorway. Further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates page

Parramatta Road Vent Facility, Haberfield

SMC has sent a notice to Council about work to commence on 13 February 2017 to build the Parramatta Road Vent Facility (PRVF) within the Wattle Street construction site at Haberfield. Once completed, the PRVF will provide tunnel ventilation for the M4 East Project and future M4-M5 Link. Work to construct the PRVF will involve bulk earthworks followed by building construction. The work expected to take up to 6 months.

Stormwater pipe installation in Reg Coady Reserve, Haberfield

SMC has posted a notice about works to commence on 20 February 2017 to construct a scour valve outlet and stormwater pipe for the newly installed water main. Work to demobilise the water main relocation construction site will continue in Reg Coady Reserve. This work will take approximately six weeks to complete, weather and site conditions permitting. Traffic control and pedestrian management will be in place to assist with these works. Further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates page

Sewer manhole in Reg Coady Reserve, Haberfield

SMC has posted a notice about construction of a sewer manhole in Reg Coady Reserve, to be undertaken over a six week period from 13 February 2017, weather permitting. Equipment to be used includes excavators, soil mixers, chainsaws, trucks and a mulcher. Further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates page

Utility diversion work in Ashfield and Haberfield

Further to a prior notice in November 2016, SMC has posted a notice about ongoing work to relocate utilities and to identify services in the Ashfield and Haberfield area. To ensure the safety of workers and motorists, some night work is required. Residents will be notified separately when work is scheduled to commence at 6.00 pm. Work to identify, relocate and install electrical and water services will take approximately three months to complete, weather permitting. Traffic control and pedestrian management will be in place, and access to properties will be maintained at all times. Further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates page

New M5

Temporary closure of Campbell Street, St Peters

Further to prior notifications, SMC has posted a notice about the temporary closure and associated changes to traffic conditions on Campbell Street, St Peters - in both directions between Unwins Bridge Road and Barwon Park Road. The closure will take effect between 7am and 6pm on 18 February 2017. Access to local roads will be maintained from the eastbound direction during the closure. The closure is necessary to enable power adjustment work to be carried out to accommodate the widening of Campbell Street. Further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates page

Night work on Euston Road, Alexandria

Work is underway to establish the New M5 construction site along Euston Road between Sydney Park Road and Maddox Street at Alexandra. This is within the City of Sydney, but near the Inner West Council area. Intermittent night work along Euston Road, will be undertaken in February and March 2017. Further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates page

M4-M5 Link

Geotechnical investigations in Lilyfield & Annandale
SMC has posted notices about geotechnical investigations to be undertaken in:

  • Starling Street, Lilyfield (near Brenan Street) from 13 February 2017 - expected to take up to three weeks to complete, weather permitting;
  • Edna Street, Lilyfield (near Ilka Street) from 21 February 2017 - expected to take up to three weeks to complete, weather permitting; and
  • Whites Creek Valley Park, between Wisdom Street and Arguimbau Street, from 16 February 2017.

Further information is available from the WestConnex Local Updates page

General

Auditor-General’s report on WestConnex

The Australian Auditor-General’s report on WestConnex, released this week, is critical of many aspects of the WestConnex funding and approvals process. This reinforces Council’s concerns to date about lack of due process, lack of strategic oversight and an apparent rush to implementation. Although the report’s findings are likely to lead to process improvements for infrastructure funding in the future, it will not affect WestConnex Stages 1 and 2 as these are already approved and under construction. Whether the recommendations have implications for Stage 3 is not known. The report is available from the Australian National Audit Office website

WestConnex information & enquiries

Information on all WestConnex plans, construction activities etc. is available from various pages of the WestConnex website
For up-to-date notices about WestConnex-related activities in affected suburbs and streets, visit the WestConnex Local Updates page
Enquiries related to WestConnex can be directed to  Sydney Motorway Corporation 1800 660 248, info@westconnex.com.au or GPO Box 3905, Sydney NSW 2001.
Enquires to the Department of Planning & Environment’s WestConnex Compliance Officer can be directed to compliance@planning.nsw.gov.au
Enquiries to Council’s WestConnex Unit can be directed to council@innerwest.nsw.gov.au

 

WestConnex Weekly Update - 10 February 2017

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M4 East

Water main relocations

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has posted a notice about water main relocations in Alt and Waratah Streets, Haberfield. From 30 January 2017 work will be continuing on the newly-installed water main in the Haberfield area to prepare for the construction of the Wattle Street interchange. It will take approximately three weeks to complete the water main relocation, weather permitting. Traffic control and pedestrian management will be in place. Further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates page.

New M5

Campbell Street heritage salvage

Demolition of acquired dwellings along the south-western side of Campbell Street at St Peters has proceeded in January and February 2017. Throughout this process, Council’s heritage staff have been working with SMC’s heritage consultants by commenting on relevant reports and identifying items of heritage value for storage. The process is similar to that followed for items salvaged from dwellings in Haberfield for the M4 East. To date, nine shipping containers have been filled with salvaged items, and all items have been photographed, given a unique number and logged in an inventory. The shipping containers will be delivered to a warehouse and items distributed in the near future.

M4-M5 Link

Forthcoming exhibition of design plans

As has been previously reported, SMC is preparing to publicly exhibit M4-M5 Link design plans, with an exhibition of the M4-M5 Link Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) planned for mid-2017. This week, Council’s Administrator, the M4-M5 Link Project Director, relevant Council/SMC staff and Council’s engineering consultant met to discuss the forthcoming exhibition. SMC informed Council that SMC is currently briefing relevant newly-appointed State ministers on the project and it is expected the exhibition will commence in coming weeks. Though SMC is not in a position to disclose to Council detail of the content of exhibition, an undertaken was given at the meeting to give Council advanced notice of the exhibition start date.

Geotechnical investigations in Rozelle, Annandale & Lilyfield

Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) has written to inform Council that geotechnical investigations will be undertaken in Easton Park, Rozelle and in Whites Creek Valley Park, Annandale. This will be undertaken from 6 to 10 February and from 13 to 17 February 2017 (inclusive), and will be carried out between 9am and 3pm to avoid school arrival/departure times and peak dog walking times. The NSW Roads Act allows RMS, SMC and its contractors to carry out geotechnical investigations for proposed roads within road reserves and parks. Contact SMC (details below) for further information.

SMC has posted a notice about geotechnical investigations to be undertaken in Starling Street, Lilyfield (near Brenan Street) from 13 February 2017. The work at this location is expected to take up to three weeks to complete, weather permitting. Further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates page

General

Information on all WestConnex plans, construction activities etc. is available from various pages of the WestConnex website
For up-to-date notices about WestConnex-related activities in affected suburbs and streets, visit the WestConnex Local Updates page
Enquiries related to WestConnex can be directed to  Sydney Motorway Corporation 1800 660 248, info@westconnex.com.au or GPO Box 3905, Sydney NSW 2001.
Enquires to the Department of Planning & Environment’s WestConnex Compliance Officer can be directed to compliance@planning.nsw.gov.au
Enquiries to Council’s WestConnex Unit can be directed to council@innerwest.nsw.gov.au

WestConnex Weekly Update - 3 February 2017

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M4 East

Tunnelling update

SMC has posted M4 East tunnelling updates, advising that tunnelling has been ongoing in a southerly direction from the Cintra Park Haberfield construction site since July 2016. Four roadheaders have now commenced excavation of the mainline tunnels in both directions, east and west. A road header has recently completed the construction of the temporary access tunnel which will allow access to the mainline tunnels of the M4 East. Tunnelling and removal of excavated material will occur 24 hours per day, seven days per week, and some new tunnelling activities will commence in February and March 2017. Tunnelling vibration and noise impacts felt by residents depend on a number of factors, including ground conditions, building types, existing background noise levels, quality of buildings and distance from tunnel. Further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates page

Traffic & Transport Liaison Group

This week Council staff attended the first 2017 meeting of the M4 East Traffic & Transport Liaison Group. Matters discussed included the general status of construction of the M4 East and forthcoming works and associated road closures/diversions, including the following within the Inner West Council area:

  • closure of Orpington Street at Parramatta Road Haberfield from May to October 2017, where general traffic will be diverted to nearby Liverpool Road, Ormond Street and Chandos Street. Southbound bus route of Route 406 will be diverted to Liverpool Road and Pembroke Street, while there will be no change to this route in the northbound direction;
  • weekend closure of Bland Street Haberfield for heavy vehicle use from April to October 2017, with general traffic diverted to Alt Street and Frederick Street; and
  • changes to Martin Street traffic arrangements from the recent commencement of construction of the new intersection at Ramsay Street Haberfield, expected to be completed in April 2017. Once the proposed Ramsay Street intersection is open, access at Martin Street / Wattle Street will be closed, and the final design will only allow a left-in entry from Wattle Street, with all movements allowed at the new Ramsay St / Martin St intersection. Access to Martin Street at Wattle Street will remain for residential traffic.

At this meeting, Council staff also raised issues in relation to the recent Ramsay Street closure, including the need for more signage and an extension of the shuttle bus operation time. Some of these issues had been raised at the 2 February 2017 meeting of Council’s WestConnex Community Liaison Forum.

New M5

General construction update

SMC has posted a general update summarising a number of New M5 construction activities and issues - most within the St Peters interchange site and along Campbell Street and Campbell Road St Peters.

Read the New M5 Construction Activities and Issues Information (PDF 955.6KB) here

Traffic changes at St Peters

SMC has posted a notice advising that due to delays in completing overhead power relocation, work to allow the clearing of some properties and previously notified traffic changes are now expected to be in place until late February. Changed traffic conditions at St Peters include reduced speed limits, footpath closures and detours and closure/detour of Campbell Street between Unwins Bridge Road and Barwon Park Road. This is assisted by traffic control and signage, and access to streets and properties will continue to be maintained. Further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates page

Night work at St Peters

SMC has posted a notice about night work that is required to move the concrete safety barriers currently in place along Campbell Street and Princes Highway, and to facilitate ongoing power adjustment work. During the night work, Campbell Street will be fully closed in both directions between Unwins Bridge Road and Barwon Park Road. Further information is available on the Local Updates page on the WestConnex website.

Investigation work on Unwins Bridge Road & May Street, St Peters

SMC has posted a notice to advise that from 30 January 2017, investigation work will be carried out on Unwins Bridge Road and May Street at St Peters. This work is expected to take up to two weeks to complete, weather permitting. The work will involve: scanning, surveying and monitoring roadways and footpaths; identifying utility services using high pressure water from a vacuum truck; inspecting utility pits and pipes; and setting up a safe work area and traffic management. All worksites will be restored to their original condition after the work is completed. The work will involve some temporary changes to traffic conditions that will affect road users, pedestrians, cyclists and workers, and this will be assisted by traffic control and signage. Property access will be maintained during the work. Further information is available on the Local Updates page on the WestConnex website.

M4-M5 Link

Geotechnical investigations in Lilyfield

Further to a notice posted in early January 2017, SMC has posted a notice about geotechnical investigations continuing in Alberto Street, Lilyfield (near O’Neill Street) from Wednesday 1 February 2017 for up to two weeks, weather permitting. A notice has also been posted about geotechnical investigations in Catherine Street, Lilyfield (between Brenan Street and Piper Street) from Friday 3 February 2017. This work at this location is expected to take up to three weeks to complete, weather permitting. Further information is available on the Local Updates page on the WestConnex website.

Geotechnical investigations in Annandale

SMC has posted a notice about geotechnical investigations in Whites Creek Valley Park, Annandale (between Piper Street and Wisdom Street) from Monday 6 February 2017. This work is expected to take up to two weeks to complete, weather permitting. The park will remain open for general use; however, access to the immediate area around the work compound will be restricted while work is underway. Further information is available on the Local Updates page on the WestConnex website.

Geotechnical investigations in Rozelle

SMC has posted a notice to advise of geotechnical investigations in Easton Park, Rozelle (near Lilyfield Road and Gordon Street) from Friday 3 February 2017. This work is expected to take up to three weeks to complete, weather permitting. The park will remain open for general use; however, access to the immediate area around the work compound will be restricted while work is underway. A notice has also been posted about geotechnical investigations in: Evans Street Rozelle (near Catherine Street) from Wednesday 8 February 2017; Hancock Street Rozelle (near Belmore Street) from Monday 13 February 2017; and Cook Street Rozelle (near Angelini Street) from Monday 13 February 2017. Work at these locations is expected to take up to three weeks to complete, weather permitting. Further information is available on the Local Updates page on the WestConnex website.

General

Letter from Administrator to new WestConnex Minister

Council’s Administrator has recently written to the new Minister for WestConnex to relate Council’s position of opposition to WestConnex and to raise some key WestConnex issues, including:

  • need for better management of construction impacts;
  • need for enhanced resources for compliance monitoring and enforcement;
  • a commitment to no M4-M5 Link mid-tunnel construction dive site in the Leichhardt area;
  • a commitment to funding and implementing traffic calming schemes in areas that will experience increased traffic due to WestConnex;
  • facilitating full access to Roads & Maritime Services traffic modelling data to assist Council to target its traffic calming scheme plans;
  • a commitment to dedication of all residual lands from WestConnex to parkland or other community uses;
  • implementation of a 40kph school zone along Campbell Street, St Peters near St Peters Public School; and
  • retention of rail tracks within Rozelle Rail Yards until corridors for future light rail extensions have been identified and protected.

Council’s Administrator has requested to meet with the new Minister to discuss these issues.

WestConnex Community Liaison Forum

Council’s WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF) met on Thursday 2 February 2017 in Council’s Leichhardt Service Centre. Draft minutes will be distributed by e-mail to members shortly and will be adopted at the next meeting planned for 2 March 2017. Minutes of all previous meetings are available on Council’s WestConnex web page (details below).

WestConnex information & enquiries

Information on all WestConnex plans, construction activities etc. is available from various pages of the WestConnex website
For up-to-date notices about WestConnex-related activities in affected suburbs and streets, visit the WestConnex Local Updates page
Enquiries related to WestConnex can be directed to  Sydney Motorway Corporation 1800 660 248, info@westconnex.com.au or GPO Box 3905, Sydney NSW 2001.
Enquires to the Department of Planning & Environment’s WestConnex Compliance Officer can be directed to compliance@planning.nsw.gov.au
Enquiries to Council’s WestConnex Unit can be directed to council@innerwest.nsw.gov.au

WestConnex Weekly Update - 27 January 2017

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M4 East

Geotechnical investigations

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has recently posted a further notice about geotechnical investigations continuing in Alt Street Haberfield (near the intersection of Waratah Street) from 30 January 2017 for up to two weeks, weather permitting. Further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates page

Pedestrian footbridge across Parramatta Road at Ashfield

SMC has recently posted a notice to inform that from 11 January 2017 work will commence to realign the stairs on the western side of the pedestrian footbridge on Parramatta Road, near Bland Street at Ashfield. To allow for the realignment of Parramatta Road and the construction of the tunnel portals, the western stairs will be replaced with new stairs that connect with Bland Street. Work is expected to take up to one month to complete. Pedestrian diversions will be in place while the staircase is installed, however access to the footbridge will be maintained throughout the work, assisted by signage and traffic controllers. Further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates page

New M5

Reinstatement of roads, footpaths, driveways & tree planting at St Peters

SMC has recently posted a notice to outline progress of these works. This includes recent completion of power cabling from St Peters to the New M5 construction site at the corner of Canal Road and Princes Highway. It also includes reinstatement of the new cable route on Silver Street, Edith Lane, Edith Street, Bakers Lane, Roberts Street, Roberts Lane and Mary Street to its original condition. These works are to commence on 30 January and will take approximately three months to complete. Works will begin on the northern side of Silver Street near Princes Highway and will progress along the street before moving to the remaining streets/lanes. Parking will be temporarily unavailable as works progress. The works have been planned in consultation with Council and in accordance with Council’s specifications. To undertake these works, temporary road closures will be implemented on Edith Lane, Edith Street and Bakers Lane. Pedestrians and motorists will be kept informed of upcoming closures and traffic changes along the cable route via variable message signs and traffic control personnel located around the work areas. Further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates page

M4-M5 Link

Geotechnical investigations

SMC has posted notices about geotechnical investigations to be undertaken in Easton Street Rozelle (near Denison Street) from Friday 27 January 2017, and in Alberto Street Lilyfield (near Maida Street) from Monday 30 January 2017. These works are expected to take up to three weeks to complete, weather permitting. Further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates page

General

WestConnex Community Liaison Forum

The next meeting of Council’s WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF) will be held at 10am-12:30pm on Thursday 2 February 2017 in Council’s Leichhardt Service Centre. An agenda will be distributed by e-mail to members before the meeting.

WestConnex information & enquiries

Information on all WestConnex plans, construction activities etc. is available from various pages of the WestConnex website.
For up-to-date notices about WestConnex-related activities in affected suburbs and streets, visit the WestConnex Local Updates page
Enquiries related to WestConnex can be directed to  Sydney Motorway Corporation 1800 660 248, info@westconnex.com.au or GPO Box 3905, Sydney NSW 2001.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 20 January 2017

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M4 East

Closure of Ramsay Street Haberfield

SMC (Sydney Motorway Corporation) has posted several notices about this closure, and Council’s Weekly Update Reports have reported these. A recent notice advises that Ramsay Street Haberfield will be closed between Walker Avenue and Wattle Street to facilitate the construction of the Wattle Street interchange. The closure will be in place for three months, commencing on Friday 20 January 2017. Further information is available on the Local Updates page on the WestConnex website

Reg Coady Reserve pedestrian path

SMC has recently advised Council staff that it plans to close and relocate the existing pedestrian pathway along Dobroyd Canal from January to May 2017 to enable construction of box culverts to the canal. SMC has notified the community by letterbox drop and door-knocking. Due to the extent and nature of construction activities, SMC is of the view it will be difficult to maintain safe pedestrian access along the existing pathway. A safe pedestrian route is required according to consent condition D44, and SMC is of the view that a relocated route along Henley Marine Drive is a satisfactory alternate route. Council staff have noted that the alternative route is longer than the existing pathway, but this is unavoidable. Along with the DP&E’s WestConnex Compliance Officer, Council staff have expressed a concern about the potential for pedestrian/vehicle conflicts where the route crosses Henley Marine Drive, particularly as there may be addition traffic along this road due to the Ramsay Street closure. SMC is investigating crossing options and will shortly notify Council of outcomes.

M4 East Legacy Projects

A previously advised, SMC is advertising for community members to register to attend two workshops for development of M4 East Legacy Projects, to be held in February 2017. Registrations remain open until Friday 27 January 2017. Further information and registration forms are available on the WestConnex M4East Legacy website

New M5

Night works in St Peters

SMC has recently posted a notice about night works along Campbell Street and the Princes Highway St Peters, to be undertaken on 21 and 22 January 2017 to facilitate property clearing for the New M5. The work will involve adjusting the power supply at the Princes Highway / Campbell Street intersection, including removing existing power lines, installing new power poles and restringing power lines to the newly installed poles. This work is required to be undertaken outside of standard construction hours due to Ausgrid requirements for the power adjustments. Changed traffic conditions will be in place during this work. Further information is available from the Local Updates page on the WestConnex website

Staging Report

SMC has recently completed and posted a Staging Report for the New M5 and has lodged this report with the DP&E for approval. New M5 consent condition A10 requires this report to be submitted prior to the commencement of each proposed stage. The report details how the project would be staged, including details of work activities associated with each stage and the timing of when each stage would commence. It also details the relevant conditions of approval applying to each stage and how these will be complied with across and between the stages of the project. Further information is available within the report, available on the Local Updates page on the WestConnex website

Ancillary Facilities Management Plan

SMC has recently completed and posted this plan, required in accordance with New M5 consent condition D57. The conditions require that such a plan must be prepared and implemented prior to the establishment of the ancillary facilities described in the New M5 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Ancillary facilities are temporary facilities for construction, e.g. an office and amenities compound, construction compound or concrete batch plant. The plan identifies and describes all ancillary facilities, as well as the timing of their operation, proposed activities, environmental impacts, environmental mitigation measures, monitoring/management procedures, the approvals framework and the process for identifying any additional facilities and their impacts. Further information is within the plan, available on the Local Updates page on the WestConnex website

Commencement of tunnelling from Arncliffe

SMC has posted a notice advising that from 18 January 2017 the first of six road headers will begin tunnel excavation from the Arncliffe construction dive-site (Bayside Council area). Tunnelling will pass beneath the existing M5 Motorway to construct the temporary access tunnel before continuing west to the main New M5 tunnels. Further information is available on the Local Updates page on the WestConnex website

M4-M5 Link

Geotechnical investigations

SMC has posted notices about geotechnical investigations to be undertaken in Ryan Street Lilyfield (between O’Neill Street and Joseph Street) and in Terry Street Rozelle (near Victoria Road) from Friday 20 January 2017. The work at these locations is expected to take up to three weeks to complete, weather permitting. Further information is available on the Local Updates page on the WestConnex website

Construction dive-site options

As previously reported, Council has commissioned an engineering consultant to provide independent advice on M4-M5 Link construction dive-site options. Council is currently reviewing the consultant’s draft report which is expected to be finalised in February 2017. The final report will be made publicly available.

Legal opinion on impact of recent project changes

At a 2016 WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF) meeting, queries were raised about changes to the M4-M5 Link project, particularly deletion of the Camperdown traffic portal leading to adverse traffic impacts for the other two stages of WestConnex project. Some WCLF members were of the view that these changes would require revision of traffic forecasts for Stage 1 & 2, and on this basis questioned the legality of these stages. Council has referred this matter to Tim Robertson for a legal opinion. His advice was originally anticipated in mid-January but there has been a short delay and it is now expected to be provided in February 2017.

General

WestConnex information & enquiries

Information on all WestConnex plans, construction activities etc. is available from various pages of the WestConnex website.
For up-to-date notices about WestConnex-related activities in affected suburbs and streets, visit the WestConnex Local Updates page
Enquiries related to WestConnex can be directed to 1800 660 248, info@westconnex.com.au or GPO Box 3905, Sydney NSW 2001.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 13 January 2017

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M4 East

Modification of consent condition related to archaeological relics

SMC (Sydney Motorway Corporation) has posted a notice about the Department of Planning & Environment’s (DP&E’s) recent approval to modify M4 East Consent Condition D38 in relation to archaeological relics. The intent of the modification is to improve the effectiveness of the archaeological relics identification and reporting process. Further information is available on the Local Updates page on the WestConnex website.

Employee car park options at Haberfield

Council and SMC staff have recently discussed options for WestConnex employee parking in the area around Reg Coady Reserve at Haberfield. Council does not support proposed use of part of Reg Coady Reserve for this purpose and has suggested that the Council’s Cove Street depot site be investigated for consideration as a possible alternative. Though potential use of the Cove Street site would involve remediation costs, Council is of the view that these costs should be met by SMC. Use of the Cove Street site would result in a positive legacy by facilitating cleanup of the site and allowing it to be put to a beneficial community use at the end of the M4 East construction period. It would also mean that Reg Coady Reserve would not be affected by the car park during the construction period.

New M5

Geotechnical investigations in Tempe Reserve

SMC written to Council and has posted a notice about forthcoming geotechnical investigations in three locations in Tempe Reserve. SMC, as a delegate to Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) has authority to undertake these kinds of works within road reserves and along the routes of proposed roads in accordance with the NSW Roads Act. The notice states that investigations are needed to finalise the detailed design for the New M5 tunnel which will pass beneath Tempe Reserve. Investigations will be carried out from 18 January 2017 and will continue for up to 6 weeks, weather permitting. Further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates web page and enquiries can be directed to 1800 660 248 or info@newm5.com.au

Works around Campbell Street/Road St Peters

Various WestConnex-related works around Campbell Street/Road St Peters have been previously notified by SMC and reported Council’s Weekly Update Report. These works are underway, and Council staff are working with the DP&E’s WestConnex Compliance Officer to try to resolve issues raised by the community as they arise. Issues include noise from night-time works and pedestrian and vehicular traffic diversions. Almost all of the issues raised have been forwarded to SMC, who is responsible for ensuring these works are undertaken in accordance with consent conditions and associated management plans.

Aboricultural reports

SMC are preparing arboricultural reports as part of its responsibility to address New M5 Consent Condition B63 Tree Removals & Plantings. A report applying to lands within the City of Sydney entitled Aboricultural Report, Euston Road, New M5 has been posted on the Local Updates page of the WestConnex website. A draft version of a similar report Aboricultural Report, Campbell Street, New M5 (applying to lands within Inner West Council) has been recently referred to Council for comment.

M4-M5 Link

Geotechnical investigations

SMC has posted a notice about forthcoming geotechnical investigations in Milton Street, Leichhardt (near Mackenzie Street) from 18 January 2017 - expected to take up to three weeks to complete, weather permitting. Further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates web page, and enquiries can be directed to 1800 660 248 or info@westconnex.com.au

Rozelle Rail Yards cleanup

It has recently been brought to Council’s attention that it would be prudent to retain the existing railway tracks on the Rozelle Rail Yards (RRY) site to assist with identification and retention of corridors for future light rail connections to White Bay and Balmain. Consequently, Council has written to SMC to raise this issue as an addendum to its December 2016 submission on the RRY Review of Environmental Factors (REF).

Exhibition of design plans

SMC has advised Council that at this stage, public exhibition of M4-M5 Link design plans is planned to commence at the end of this month – most likely in the week beginning 30 January 2017. Council is currently identifying suitable specialist consultants that could be called upon if necessary to assist Council’s assessment of these design plans.

Construction dive-site options

Further to previous reports on dive-site options, Council is aware that Sydney Motorway Corporation is actively considering a number of possible dive sites in the Leichhardt/Lilyfield area. At this stage, no site acceptable to Council has been identified. While it may add to costs and time for construction of the M4-M5 link, Council has clearly informed Sydney Motorway Corporation that our preferred option is for no dive site to be located in the densely populated Leichhardt / Lilyfield area. It is anticipated that further information on dive-site options will be available when M4-M5 Link design plans are exhibited later this month.

General

WestConnex information & enquiries

Information on all WestConnex plans, construction activities etc. is available from various pages of the WestConnex website.
For up-to-date notices about WestConnex-related activities in affected suburbs and streets, visit the WestConnex Local Updates page
Enquiries related to WestConnex can be directed to 1800 660 248, info@westconnex.com.au or GPO Box 3905, Sydney NSW 2001.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 6 January 2017

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M4 East

M4 East Legacy Projects

In December 2016 it was reported that Council had been consulted by Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) on draft plans for M4 East socio-economic conditions, known as M4 East Legacy Projects. SMC is advertising for community members to register to attend two workshops to be held in February 2017 to assist with further development of this project. Registrations remain open until Friday 27 January 2017. Further information and registration forms are available on the WestConnex website at:
https://www.westconnex.com.au/M4EastLegacy

Status of Brescia Furniture showroom site

Responding to community concerns in 2016 about the future of this derelict site at Ashfield, Council’s Administrator had written to SMC’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) inquiring about its status. The SMC CEO has recently responded to advise that Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) has a legal agreement in place with the owner of the property. This includes a temporary lease agreement and partial acquisition of a small section of land that has been acquired for the realignment of Parramatta Road at this location. Unfortunately, there is no requirement or agreement for the partially demolished building on the site to be removed as part of the project work. Upon completion of the M4 East project in 2019, the leased land will be returned to the owner.

Works notifications

M4 East works notifications recently posted on the Local Updates page of the WestConnex website include:

  • various utility works at Haberfield;
  • three-month closure of Ramsay Street Haberfield commencing 20 January 2017; and
  • construction update for Concord Road interchange.

New M5

Construction Parking & Access Strategy

This week the New M5 Construction Parking & Access Strategy was posted on the Local Updates page of the WestConnex website. This strategy, a requirement of New M5 Consent Condition D50, deals with a range of matters, including:

  • removal of on- and off-street parking;
  • parking surveys of spaces to be removed to determine demand;
  • consultation with affected stakeholders utilising parking stock;
  • assessment of the impacts of changes to parking stock taking into consideration outcomes of consultation with affected stakeholders;
  • identification of mitigation measures to manage impacts to stakeholders;
  • mechanisms for monitoring to determine the effectiveness of implemented mitigation measures;
  • contingency measures should the results of mitigation monitoring indicate implemented measures are ineffective; and
  • reporting of monitoring results.

Other management plan notifications

New M5 management plan notifications recently posted on the Local Updates page of the WestConnex website include:

  • Arboricultural Report, Campbell Street and Campbell Road;
  • New M5 Catalogue of Historic Building Fabric 28, 32 and 42-44 Campbell Street St Peters;
  • New M5 Construction Contaminated Land Management Plan; and
  • New M5 Water Quality Plan & Monitoring Program.

Works notifications:

New M5 works notifications recently posted on the Local Updates page of the WestConnex website include:

  • night work on Euston Road between Campbell Road and Maddox Street, Alexandria (City of Sydney);
  • night work on Campbell Street and Princes Highway, St Peters;
  • Continued investigation work on Euston Road, Lawrence Street, Huntley Street, Harley Street and McEvoy Street, Alexandria (City of Sydney); and
  • Site establishment on Euston Road, Huntley Street and Sydney Park Road, Alexandria (City of Sydney).

Property clearing, Bourke Road Alexandria

This week SMC issued a notice about property clearing along a section of Bourke Road, Alexandria (within the City of Sydney). Two new bridges are proposed to be built over Alexandra Canal at Campbell Road and Gardeners Road to connect the New M5 to Alexandria and Mascot. To complete this work, vacant buildings owned by RMS within the project footprint will be progressively cleared. Property clearing will be undertaken between January and April 2017, weather permitting. Further information is available on the Local Updates page of the WestConnex website.

M4-M5 Link

Geotechnical investigations at Lilyfield

This week notice was given on geotechnical investigations to be undertaken in Alberto Street, Lilyfield, near O’Neill Street, from 11 January 2017 - expected to take up to three weeks to complete, weather permitting. Geotechnical investigations such as these are undertaken in accordance the NSW Roads Act. Further information is available from the Local Updates page of the WestConnex website.

Forthcoming exhibition of M4-M5 Link concept designs

SMC has indicated that M4-M5 Link concept designs will be placed on public exhibition some time in the second half of this month, with an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to be exhibited in May or June 2017. Council will keep stakeholders informed of further details as they are known.

Construction dive-site options

In the 23 December 2016 update it was reported that SMC staff, Council staff and an engineering consultant commissioned by Council were discussing M4-M5 Link construction dive-site options. These discussions are continuing into January 2017. At this stage, no site acceptable to Council has been identified.

General

WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF)

The next WCLF meeting will be held on 2 February 2017. An agenda will be sent to Forum members prior to the meeting.

WestConnex Community Reference Panel

This week Council’s Administrator and relevant Council staff met with SMC to discuss arrangements for the new State WestConnex Community Reference Group. This State-level group will have an independent facilitator and is intended to improve communication on WestConnex matters by providing a forum for direct communication between community members and staff from the WestConnex project, relevant State agencies and all affected Councils. SMC will soon select panel members, finalise terms-of-reference and arrange a date/venue for the first meeting. Further details will be reported as they are known, and information is also available on the WestConnex Reference Group webpage 

WestConnex information & enquiries

Information on all WestConnex plans, construction activities etc. is available from various pages of the WestConnex website. For up-to-date notices about WestConnex-related activities in affected suburbs and streets, visit the WestConnex Local Updates page

WestConnex-related enquiries can be directed to 1800 660 248, info@westconnex.com.au or GPO Box 3905, Sydney NSW 2001.

 

WestConnex Weekly Update - 23 December 2016

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M4 East

M4 East construction & compliance

Council staff continue to work with Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) project staff and the Department of Planning & Environment’s (DP&E’s) WestConnex Compliance Officer to try to resolve a range of traffic, noise, parking and other construction issues raised by residents in the Haberfield area. As was reported last week, Council has been advised that SMC has implemented procedures to ensure dust and sediment will not be emitted from sites during the pause in construction activity over the Christmas / New Year holiday period.

M4 East Urban Design Review Panel

This panel, established under Condition B44 of the M4 East consent, met this week to discuss the draft M4 East Urban Design & Landscape Plan (UDLP) and its various sub-plans as defined by consent conditions B45 and B46. The Panel is made up of representatives from key stakeholder organisations, including SMC, Council, UrbanGrowth NSW, the Heritage Council of NSW and the NSW Government Architect. Proposed facilities discussed included a compound, ventilation facilities, noise barriers, a motorway control facility, a sub-station and associated landscaping and footways.

M4 East socio-economic consent conditions

In the 9 December 2016 weekly update, it was reported that Council had been consulted by SMC on plans required by socio-economic consent conditions B53 to B58. SMC refers to development and implementation of these plans as the M4 East Legacy Project. This week SMC advertised for community members to register to attend two workshops to be held in February 2017 to assist with further development of this project. Further information and registration forms are available on the WestConnex M4 East Legacy website

New M5

Street works in the St Peters area

SMC has recently notified the community about underground power cabling works in St Peters for the New M5 construction site at the corner of Canal Road and the Princes Highway. Works continue to be carried out progressively in accordance with Council’s specifications. Works involve removing temporary asphalt on footpaths and driveways, installing new sections of road, footpaths and driveways and planting replacement trees. Silver Street tree replanting involves removal of up to eight trees and planting 38 new trees. Work is currently underway to reinstate the footpath along Unwins Bridge Road between Silver Street and Bedwin Road, and will be completed by late December, subject to weather. The remainder of the reinstatement works are expected to start from Monday 9 January 2017 and will take up to three months to complete, weather permitting. During this work, changed traffic conditions - including reduced speed limits, lane closures and pedestrian detours - will be in place. Traffic control and signage will be in place to assist road users, pedestrians and cyclists through the changed conditions. Temporary driveway restrictions and road closures may be required as part of this work, and the project team will contact affected residents and businesses to discuss their access requirements and make any necessary arrangements. Pedestrians and motorists will be kept informed of upcoming closures via variable message signage installed around the work areas. For further information on these works, call 1800 660 248 and ask to speak to a member of the New M5 community engagement team.

New M5 Urban Design Review Panel

This panel, established under Condition B60 of the New M5 consent, met this week to discuss the draft New M5 Urban Design & Landscape Plan (UDLP) and its various sub-plans as defined by consent conditions B61 and B63. The Panel is made up of representatives from key stakeholder organisations, including SMC, Council and the NSW Government Architect. Proposed facilities discussed included a compound, ventilation facilities, a motorway control centre and associated landscaping and walk/cycle paths.

M4-M5 Link

Construction dive-site options

SMC staff, Council staff and an engineering consultant commissioned by Council met recently to discuss construction M4-M5 Link construction dive-site options. SMC has committed to considering a draft report from Council’s consultant in early January 2017. Council remains strongly opposed to the Darley Road dive site option and in particular the significant traffic and access constraints which this site has.

Further legal advice

Council is commissioning further legal advice from Tim Robertson SC in relation to whether the significant recent changes announced to Stage 3 (deletion of Camperdown ramps and increase in number of tunnel lanes) will invalidate the approvals given for Stages 1 and 2. It is hoped this advice will be available by mid-January.

General

WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF)

Minutes from the last WCLF meeting held on 1 December 2016 are available on Council’s WestConnex webpage The next WCLF meeting will be held on 2 February 2017.

WestConnex information & enquiries

Information on all WestConnex plans, construction activities etc. is available from various pages of the WestConnex website. For up-to-date notices about WestConnex-related activities in affected suburbs and streets, visit the WestConnex Local Updates page WestConnex-related enquiries can be directed to 1800 660 248, info@westconnex.com.au or GPO Box 3905, Sydney NSW 2001.

Weekly update report

There will be no update report in the week between Christmas and New Year. The next report will be issued the following week on Friday 6 January 2017.

WestConnex Weekly Update -  16 December 2016

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M4 East

M4 East construction & compliance

Council staff continue to work with Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) project staff and the Department of Planning & Environment’s (DP&E’s) WestConnex Compliance Officer to try to resolve a range of traffic, noise, parking and other construction issues raised by residents in the Haberfield area. The DP&E Compliance officer has advised that SMC have recently implemented procedures to ensure dust and sediment will not be emitted from sites during the pause in construction activity over the Christmas / New Year holiday period.
SMC has recently issued community notices about:

  • progress of tunnelling in the area of Northcote and Underwood Streets and Concord Road in the Haberfield/Concord area;
  • proposed installation of groundwater monitoring equipment at Wolseley Street Haberfield; and
  • proposed CCTV equipment to be installed at Concord Road / Patterson Street and Concord Road / Parramatta Road at Concord.
M4 East tree replacement program

This week Council staff met with SMC staff to discuss the above program, as required by Condition B47 of the M4 East consent. The total number of trees required to be replaced is around 3,500 - and whilst 500 trees can be planted within the project’s footprint, the remaining 3000 (approx.) need to be located within the vicinity of the project. SMC will source, install and maintain plantings for the first 12 months, and is currently seeking a slight amendment to the condition to allow for variable tree (pot) sizes. SMC will need to submit to the DP&E details of this program, and will need to demonstrate that Council is satisfied. SMC will continue to work with Council to identify planting opportunities, and has engaged a horticulturalist and landscape architect to assist this process.

New M5

Investigative works in Alexandria

SMC has recently issued a community notice about investigation works to be carried out on Euston Road, Lawrence Street, Huntley Street and Harley Street at Alexandria from 12 December 2016. The work will involve various activities within road reserves and some temporary traffic changes. All these works will be within the City of Sydney local government area.

Community information centre

SMC recently opened a New M5 Community Information Centre, located at 27 Burrows Road St Peters and open to the public on weekdays from 9am to 5pm.

M4-M5 Link

Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for clean-up of Rozelle Rail Yard

This week Council staff were briefed by SMC staff about the above REF, and Council lodged a submission which discussed issues related to: heritage; biodiversity; waste & contamination; noise & vibration; traffic & transport; acid sulphate soils & flooding; and issues on the REF that were raised by the community at the 1 December 2016 meeting of Council’s WestConnex Community Liaison Forum. Though the exhibition period has now closed, you can find the REF on the WestConnex website at:

General

Information on all WestConnex plans & activities

Information on all WestConnex plans, construction activities etc. is available from various pages of the WestConnex website. For up-to-date notices about WestConnex-related activities in affected suburbs and streets, visit the ‘local updates’ page:
http://www.westconnex.com.au/review-environmental-factors-rozelle-rail-yards-site-management-works

WestConnex Weekly Update -  9 December 2016

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M4 East

M4 East construction & compliance issues

Council staff continue to work with Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) project staff and the Department of Planning & Environment’s (DP&E’s) WestConnex Compliance Officer to try to resolve a range of traffic, noise, parking and other construction issues raised by residents in the Haberfield area.

M4 East socio-economic consent conditions

This week Council staff met with SMC staff and SMC’s consultants engaged to prepare plans in accordance with the following M4 East ‘socio-economic’ consent conditions:

  • Condition B53 – project must be designed to achieve a net increase of comparable and functional open space, and at a higher standard than land acquired;
  • Condition B56 – 12 months after construction begins, proponent to prepare a Community & Social Management Plan that includes identification of social impacts from the project, and development of a Community Cohesion Program that includes enhancement of open space, accessibility of the public realm, active community engagement, support of community initiatives/programs and grants to local community groups. The Plan must be maintained and adhered to for the first three years of operation; and
  • Condition B57 – proponent to prepare a Residual Land Management Plan that identifies residual lands and proposed community uses for those lands, and an Urban Design & Landscape Plan for those lands – with timeframes for implementation.

Key principles underpinning development of these plans at this stage are:

  • provision is determined by community need;
  • where the project has had a big impact, there will be a high level of intervention;
  • consideration of ‘catalyst projects’ that can lead to further action in the future; and
  • clarification of projects that are within the scope of the consent and those that are not.

High level themes include:

  • connections between open spaces;
  • connections between people;
  • open spaces for growing populations;
  • open spaces for a variety of uses;
  • community facilities for growing populations; and
  • co-operation and integration with existing and proposed corridor plans.

Council staff informed SMC staff the study should consider a number of matters, including:

  • Council’s desire for all residual lands to be devoted to public/community uses, such as open space;
  • Council’s new vision, relevant NSW Government and Council policies/plans and safety by design principles;
  • recognition that streets serve multiple functions beyond roadways for vehicles – in particular, they are important for active recreation;
  • creation of active transport links between existing and new areas of open space to create a recreational corridor that can serve medium density areas in Ashfield (to the south) which currently lack open space;
  • provision of affordable housing, affordable work spaces for not-for-profit community organisations and other low-cost employment spaces;
  • elements that could buffer worst-affected residents from construction and/or operational traffic noise;
  • how Iron Cove Creek can be developed as a north-south recreational and active transport corridor - including a walk/cycle crossing beneath Parramatta Road;
  • developing a bike route parallel to Parramatta Road linking to Ashfield Park;
  • actions that can improve conditions for local small businesses; and
  • all relevant issues that were raised in the former Ashfield Council’s submission on the M4 East.

SMC staff informed Council staff that engagement with a representative sample of community members for further development of this plan is planned for February 2017.
Weekend closure of Ramsay Street cancelled

SMC has recently notified the community that the temporary closure of Ramsay Street Haberfield planned for the weekend of 10 & 11 December 2016 has been cancelled until early 2017. The notice also reminds the community that Ramsay Street will be closed for three months in early 2017. SMC will send further reminders of this closure.

New M5

Construction update

SMC has recently distributed a construction update for the St Peters Interchange and local road upgrades to local residents and businesses. Read the St Peters Interchange Construction December 2016 (PDF 487.7KB) Update here. Tunnelling has recently commenced near the south-western corner of the St Peters Interchange site (near Princes Highway / Canal Road intersection). Demolition of acquired dwellings along Campbell Street/Road has recently commenced, and these demolitions will continue in January 2017.

M4-M5 Link

Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for clean-up of Rozelle Rail Yard

The REF is currently on public exhibition, with a close date of Tuesday 13 December 2016. Council staff are preparing a submission, to be lodged by the close date. Council has also written to SMC to request an extension of the exhibition period from 21 to 42 days and to request that Council and SMC staff undertake a site visit at the earliest opportunity. Read the REF document on the WestConnex website

General

WestConnex Community Liaison Forum meeting

Following the 1 December 2016 meeting of the WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF), Council’s Administrator has written to the CEO of SMC about key issues raised at the meeting, requesting urgent action i.e.:

  • 40kph school zone on Campbell Street for St Peters Primary School;
  • confirmation that Easton Park will not be affected by WestConnex;
  • road closures/diversions at and around Ramsay Street Haberfield;
  • pedestrian pathway through Reg Coady Reserve; and
  • Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for clean-up of Rozelle Rail Yard – includes a request for an extension of the REF exhibition period.
Administrator’s minute on WestConnex

At the 6 December 206 Council meeting, the recommendations of an Administrator’s minute, WestConnex – Traffic in Local Neighbourhoods & Streets and Assessing Stage 3 Impacts, were adopted. Accordingly, Council will commission a study to assess the operational impacts each stage of WestConnex will have on residential neighbourhoods and streets. The study will recommend appropriate traffic management measures, and Council will advocate to the NSW Government that it fund implementation of these measures prior to any stages of WestConnex opening to traffic. Council will also engage specialist consultants to undertake a detailed assessment of key issues to inform Council's submissions on the Stage 3 design plans and EIS. Read the Administrator’s minute - WestConnex Traffic in Local Neighbourhoods & Streets and Assessing Stage 3 Impacts here
 

Notices of all WestConnex plans & activities

Notices of all WestConnex plans, construction activities, road closures/diversions etc. are available from the WestConnex website. Up-to-date notices of construction and other activities affecting local streets and neighbourhoods are available from the WestConnex Local Updates page.

WestConnex Weekly Update -  2 December 2016

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M4 East

M4 East construction & compliance issues

Council staff continue to work with SMC project staff and the Department of Planning & Environment’s (DP&E’s) WestConnex compliance officer to try to resolve a range of traffic, noise, parking and other construction issues raised by residents in the Haberfield area. A key action this week was a meeting between these staff to discuss: the condition of the Reg Coady Reserve pedestrian pathway; a proposed scour outlet into Iron Cove Creek; proposed Chandos Street dwelling driveway modifications; recent temporary Ramsay Street Haberfield road closures and a forthcoming three-month closure; and general community relations issues.

Key M4 East activities include:

  • closure of Ramsay Street, Haberfield between Walker Avenue and Wattle Street for two weekends;
  • during this closure, eastbound traffic on Ramsay Street will temporarily be able to undertake a right turn onto Wattle Street southbound (towards Parramatta Road) which is currently prohibited;
  • temporary changes to bus services and footways, and further temporary closures of roads around the Wattle Street interchange are planned in coming months; and
  • night works proposed in the vicinity of the Wattle Street interchange over a five-week period.
Reg Coady Reserve car park
Following the meeting with SMC about employee car parking in Reg Coady Reserve (reported in last week’s update), SMC has supplied Council with preliminary costings on the clean-up required if the alternative Council-owned depot site at Cove Street Haberfield is to be used. Council staff have recently inspected the Cove Street site and are reviewing the SMC costings with a view to trying to get an agreement over use of this site.

New M5

New M5 Traffic & Transport Liaison Group

This week Council staff attended a meeting of the New M5 Traffic and Transport Liaison Group, whose purpose is to exchange information between the Mew M5 project team and relevant agencies, councils and other stakeholders over WestConnex-related traffic and transport issues.  Items for discussion included:

  • general project update, including site compounds, construction activities, key targets and traffic staging;
  • traffic and road reserve activities on Princes Highway restrictions Campbell Street/Road and Euston Road;
  • pedestrian access to St Peters Primary School in the vicinity of Campbell Street/Road, noting that SMC is liaising with the school, and most forthcoming activities will occur during school holidays;
  • spoil haulage - including quantities and truck routes/movements (day and night);
  • community engagement processes - notifications, dealing with complaints and the New M5 Community Information Centre at 27 Burrows Road, St Peters;
  • incident response processes;
  • protest activity on Campbell Road; and
  • meeting schedule – quarterly, with next meeting in February or March 2017.

M4-M5 Link

Project update meeting

This week Council staff met with M4-M5 Link project staff to discuss a range of issues, including:

  • forthcoming meetings between SMC staff, residents and members of WestConnex-related community groups in the Leichhardt and Newtown areas;
  • other SMC consultation activities, including letterbox drops, door-knocking and website notices in areas affected by M4-M5 Link plans and activities, including an updated list of streets and suburbs potentially affected by exploratory drilling;
  • information to residents around the proposed mid-tunnel dive site at Camperdown and Rozelle residents potentially affected by the proposed Iron Cove Link; and
  • second round of preliminary consultations planned for the second half of January 2017.

General

WestConnex Community Liaison Forum meeting

Council’s WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF) met on the evening of Thursday 1 December 2016 to discuss a range of issues including:

  • confirmation of minutes of the last WCLF meeting held on 27 October 2016;
  • key action items from previous meetings;
  • detailed community issues from each of the three WestConnex stages affecting Inner West Council; and
  • an update report from compliance staff from the Department of Planning & Environment and the Environment Protection Authority, including a discussion of air quality issues.

Minutes of this meeting will be available on Council’s WestConnex web-page shortly, and minutes of previous meetings are also available on this page:
WectConnex Meeting Minutes

Council will be strongly pursing a range of issues raised by community members at the meeting with SMC to seek redress of the concerns raised.

Council’s request to RMS for traffic modelling data

A key discussion item at the 1 December 2016 WCLF meeting was Council’s proposal to carry out traffic modelling of streets across the Inner West Council area potentially affected by WestConnex-related traffic once the project is operational. Council has requested traffic modelling data from RMS in writing and at various WestConnex project meetings in past months (including recent meetings), but this data has not been forthcoming. Council will continue to pursue RMS for this data, but has now elected to perform this work itself given the importance of the issue.

Administrator’s minute on WestConnex

An Administrator’s Minute on WestConnex will be considered at the next Council meeting on 6 December 2017 to establish funding for the traffic modelling work and specialist studies required to interrogate the Stage 3 design, planning and environmental assessment documents.

Notices of all WestConnex plans & activities

Notices of all WestConnex plans, construction activities, road closures/diversions etc. are available from the WestConnex website. Up-to-date notices of construction and other activities affecting local streets and neighbourhoods are available from the WestConnex Local Updates

WestConnex Weekly Update -  25 November 2016

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M4 East

Reg Coady Reserve car park

The Administrator and Council staff recently met with Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) staff to discuss alternative options to the proposed SMC employee car park on part of Reg Coady Reserve. Council considers SMC should use an alternative Council-owned site nearby for this purpose to avoid the need to encroach on Reg Coady Reserve. SMC is receptive to the idea of using the Council-owned site, but would like further information on the extent and nature of the clean-up that would be required. Council has agreed to provide this information.

M4 East compliance & other local issues

Council staff continue to work with SMC project staff and the Department of Planning & Environment’s (DP&E’s) WestConnex compliance officer to try to resolve a range of traffic, noise, parking and other construction issues raised by residents in the Haberfield area. Staff recently attended site meetings with Haberfield residents to discuss footway trenching issues in Northcote Street and noise/access issues associated with a water purification plant on the roadway in Alt Street. Council staff will discuss these issues with relevant SMC project staff.

New M5

Occupation & use of land in May Street, St Peters

RMS has recently advised Council that it proposes to occupy and use two parcels of Council-owned land in St Peters to carry out WestConnex-related works. The first is part of Camdenville Park - western end of the park at 103 May Street, while the second is part of the May Street Reserve at 136 May Street. The works, to be undertaken accordance with the Roads Act 1996, will include surveys, fencing, tree removal, investigation works, utilities diversions and other project works. Both parcels of land are subject to a temporary compulsory acquisition by RMS, which will be occupying and using this land for 3-4 years commencing in January 2017. Some preliminary works, permitted under the Roads Act, are likely before January 2017.

New M5 project team interface meeting

Council and SMC project staff discussed a number of issues at a regular New M5 project interface meeting, including:

  • tunnelling – to commence in December 2016 at the St Peters interchange site near the Princes Highway / Canal Road intersection;
  • Council’s Camdenville Park masterplan – Council staff are seeking to ensure that SMC’s temporary use of the western end of this park facilitates the implementation of Council’s previously approved masterplan – issues include physical/visual access from Bedwin Road to the proposed BMX facility and oval, delivery of a vegetated detention basin and passive recreation opportunities (seating, trees etc.);
  • Camdenville Park basin drainage design – details to be discussed between SMC and Council staff shortly;
  • RMS notice to occupy and use land to carry out road work under Section 175 Roads Act 1993 at 103 May Street St Peters and 136 May Street St Peters – discussed above;
  • Green Link design – Council has submitted comments on draft designs and SMC will organise a workshop on further designs with Council and City of Sydney staff shortly;
  • St Peters Public School 40km/h school zone - RMS will consider any request from Council and the school – Council staff indicated that Council will continue to advocate for this zone and noted it had been raised at the last meeting of Council’s WestConnex Community Liaison Forum; and
  • Dwellings and other properties along Campbell Street – SMC advised that demolition of acquired properties will commence on 4 January 2017.

M4-M5 Link

Clean-up of Rozelle Rail Yards

SMC is currently undertaking public exhibition of a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for a surface cleanup of the former Rozelle Rail Yards. The NSW Government is planning to undertake a range of clean-up and site management activities on the site to facilitate use of the site for future infrastructure purposes, which (if approved) would include the M4-M5 Link. Details have been in the Inner West Courier and on the WestConnex website. SMC and its subcontractors plan to undertake the clean-up and site management work in 2017 over a period of around 12 months. The 21-day public exhibition commenced on 23 November 2016, and Council will be lodging a submission.

M4-M5 Link Community Feedback Report

SMC has recently released a report entitled M4-M5 Link Community Feedback Report 21 July – 31 August 2016. This report summarises issues, and where appropriate SMC’s responses to issues, from initial (non-statutory) consultation on the M4-M5 Link in July to August 2016. The report is available on the WestConnex website. A further round of initial consultations is planned for January to March 2017, while SMC has said the M4-M5 Link Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is expected to be publicly exhibited in mid-2017.

 

WestConnex Weekly Update - 18 November 2016

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M4 East

In a letter dated 17 November 2016, Council was advised by Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) that it had paid Council the final amount of $835,730 for acquision of part of Reg Coady Reserve. This is the second part of the full compensation payment of $1.65M. Note this second payment includes interest of $19,953.

Notices issued by Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) on 18 November 2016 for M4 East works and road closures in the Haberfield area are attached below:

Council staff continue to work with SMC project staff and the Department of Planning & Environment’s (DP&E’s) WestConnex compliance officer to try to resolve a range of traffic, noise, parking and other construction issues raised by residents in the Haberfield area.

New M5

Council staff met with SMC New M5 project staff to discuss reinstatement of the western footway along Unwins Bridge Road, St Peters. Council staff also continue to work with SMC staff, City of Sydney staff and the DP&E’s WestConnex compliance officer on a range of traffic, parking, and other early construction issues raised by residents in the St Peters area.

M4-M5 Link

A summary of recent changes to preliminary designs for the M4-M5 Link (reported in last week’s update) are within a flyer that was widely distributed by e-mail and letterbox drop last weekend and early this week. The flyer is attached below:

SMC has recently released a report entitled M4-M5 Link Community Feedback Report 21 July – 31 August 2016. This report summarises issues, and where appropriate SMC’s responses to issues, from initial (non-statutory) consultation on the M4-M5 Link. The report is based on written and verbal feedback from the community at workshops held in August 2016 and from written submissions. The report is available from the ‘local updates’ page of the WestConnex website. A further round of initial consultations is planned for January to March 2017, while SMC has said the M4-M5 Link Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is expected to be publicly exhibited in May 2017.

Council’s Administrator and relevant Council staff met with the M4-M5 Link project manager and other SMC staff on progress of this stage of WestConnex, with a focus on options for mid-tunnel construction dive sites.

Council’s Administrator and Council staff also met with the M4-M5 Link project manager (and associated SMC staff), a representative from RMS and representatives from the Leichhardt Against WestConnex (LAW) community group. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss issues surrounding SMC’s early consideration of a construction dive site near the intersection of Darley Road and City West Link at Leichhardt. LAW is strongly opposed to a dive site at that location, raising concerns at the meeting about noise, dust, parking and traffic congestion and safety impacts. Council also has significant concerns about the suitability of the Darley Road site and is appointing an independent engineer to give a third-party opinion about the relative merits of the Darley Road site versus alternative sites/options.

The SMC M4-M5 Link project team convened a workshop with transport planning staff from Inner West Council and the City of Sydney to receive feedback on a draft report entitled M4-M5 Link Active Transport Network.  The stated purpose of this report is to outline a regional strategy for active transport around the M4-M5 Link corridor.  The report recommends a number of new strategic links and delivery mechanisms for these.  The report draws on the bikeplans of the two councils and the Inner Sydney Regional Bicycle Network plan. 

WestConnex Community Reference Group

As previously advised, an advertisement appeared in the 15 November 2016 edition of the Inner West Courier seeking expressions of interest from community members and stakeholder groups to join the State Government’s WestConnex Community Reference Group. As is stated in the advertisement (copied below), the reference group will provide a forum for discussion and feedback between the WestConnex project team and representatives of the community, stakeholder groups and local councils on matters relating to WestConnex.

WestConnex community ref group ad

General

Updated information on a range of WestConnex activities for all three stages - including management plans, works notifications, compliance tracking reports, maps and permits – is available WestConnex Local Updates website.

SMC has this week sent an e-mail notice giving a brief status report of all WestConnex projects underway – copied below:

In construction:

  • M4 Widening (Parramatta to Homebush) – widening the existing M4 Motorway from three lanes to four lanes in each direction. This project is more than half completed and is due to open to traffic in 2017;
  • M4 East (Homebush to Haberfield) – extending the M4 Motorway in twin underground tunnels. Tunnelling is well underway and due to open to traffic in 2019;
  • King Georges Road Interchange Upgrade (Beverly Hills) – providing more capacity at the interchange of King Georges Road and the M5 Motorway, improving connections and reducing congestion. Westbound off-ramp is already open and the full interchange is due to open to traffic in early 2017; and
  • New M5 (Beverly Hills to St Peters) – duplicating the capacity of the M5 East by providing twin underground tunnels between Kingsgrove and a new interchange in St Peters. Currently in construction and due to open to traffic in 2020.

In planning:

  • M4-M5 Link (Haberfield to St Peters) – connecting the M4 Motorway at Haberfield to the New M5 Motorway in St Peters and the Iron Cove Bridge and Rozelle Interchange. Currently in early planning and due to open to traffic in 2023 (subject to planning approval). On 10 November new design features have been released.
  • Sydney Gateway (St Peters to the airport and port precincts) – currently in early planning and due to open to traffic in 2023 (subject to planning approval).

WestConnex Weekly Update - 11 November 2016

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M4 East

Council staff continue to work with SMC project staff and the Department of Planning & Environment’s (DP&E’s) compliance officer to resolve a range of traffic, noise, parking and other construction issues raised by residents in the Haberfield area.
In a letter received by Council on 11 November 2016 (attached), Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) has advised that its contractors will continue to carry out utilities installations and relocations in the Haberfield area. This will necessitate various road closures and traffic diversions, including an extended (three-month) closure of Ramsay Street commencing in January 2017. Residents will be kept informed by various means including letterbox drop and doorknocks.

New M5

Council staff have continued to work with staff from the Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) New M5 project team on designs for the St Peters to Alexandria ‘green link’, i.e. designs for roadside walk/cycle paths, landscaping and parking along Campbell Street, St Peters and Campbell Road, Alexandria. Council staff also continue to work with SMC project staff, City of Sydney staff and the Department of Planning & Environment’s (DP&E’s) compliance officer on a range of traffic, parking, and other early construction issues raised by residents in the St Peters area.

M4-M5 Link

On 10 November 2016 the Minister for Roads announced changes to early design components of the M4-M5 Link, which include:

  • deletion of the proposed entry/exit ramps (traffic portal) at Camperdown – now there will be no traffic portal between St Peters and Rozelle;
  • moving the tunnel route to the west, where there will be no potential for vibration impacts on Royal Prince Alfred Hospital;
  • investigations for a construction dive site on a commercial property in the vicinity of the Parramatta Road / Pyrmont Bridge Road intersection;
  • tunnel capacity to increase from three to four lanes in each direction; and
  • potential for the M4-M5 Link to be completed early.

Read the Minister’s Announcement on the WestConnex

In a media release issued by Council that day, Council’s Administrator welcomed the scrapping of the Camperdown entry/exit ramps, but also expressed concern about lack of information from SMC about how residents would be impacted during construction of this stage of WestConnex. Particular concern was expressed about “vague plans” by SMC to locate construction dive sites at Darley Road in Leichhardt and near the intersection of Parramatta and Pyrmont Bridge Roads. The Administrator expressed doubt about SMC being “genuine in alleviating local impacts” for Stage 3 because of current experience with breaches of consent during construction of the M4 East - pointing to issues such as trucks using local streets in Haberfield and residents being kept awake at night due to construction noise. Council’s Administrator would also like to see a firm commitment to local improvements, such as improved walking and cycle ways, local traffic calming and high quality landscaping.

Read the Administrator’s Media Release here

In relation to the Darley Road construction dive site mentioned above, Council staff are advocating to SMC at every opportunity that it investigate alternatives. To assist with this advocacy, Council is currently commissioning its own independent study of alternatives.

Establishment of Community Consultation Forum

Council was advised late last week that the State Government will be advertising in the Inner West Courier on 15 November for community members to participate on a new forum aimed at addressing the construction impacts of WestConnex on residents in the inner west. Council has been pushing for establishment of this forum for many months to enable our residents to put their concerns directly to the road constructors and decision makers.

General

Updated information on a range of WestConnex activities for all three stages - including management plans, works notifications, compliance tracking reports, maps and permits – is available here as it becomes available.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 4 November 2016

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M4 East

Council wrote to the M4 East project team to advise it had considered the 17 October 2016 Council submission on the M4 East draft Urban Design & Landscape Plan at its 25 October 2016 meeting. The letter includes Council’s resolution, which raises an additional issue – that special consideration be given to residents of 14 to 24 Wattle Street, Haberfield to ensure current/future construction/operational impacts are minimised. The Council report and resolution are available on Council’s website.
Council staff continue to work with SMC project staff and the Department of Planning & Environment’s (DP&E’s) compliance officer on a range of traffic, noise, parking and other construction issues raised by residents in the Haberfield area.

New M5

Council staff have continued to work with staff from the Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) New M5 project team on designs for the St Peters to Alexandria ‘green link’, i.e. designs for roadside walk/cycle paths, landscaping and parking along Campbell Street, St Peters and Campbell Road, Alexandria.

M4-M5 Link

Council staff met with SMC and Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) staff from the M4-M5 Link planning team to discuss a range of issues, including:

  • a second round of preliminary community consultation – planned to commence in early 2017;
  • public exhibition of the M4-5 Link Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) – planned to commence in May 2017;
  • options for recreational use of a proposed area of open space area between Sydney Park and the proposed St Peters interchange;
  • investigation of alternative construction dive sites; and
  • issues raised by local residents in relation to exploratory drilling works underway in Annandale, Camperdown, Haberfield, Leichhardt, Lilyfield, Newtown and Rozelle.

General

Council’s Administrator and senior staff met with senior DP&E staff to discuss progress to date on DP&E’s compliance monitoring activities in relation to WestConnex. There was general agreement that the work of the DP&E’s WestConnex compliance officer was essential and having a positive impact, but Council was of the view there was still room for improvement in the compliance area, as evidenced by issues that continue to be raised by residents.

Council’s WestConnex unit is now established in Council’s Petersham Service Centre. The unit includes a Council manager, engineer and DP&E compliance officer. Council will continue to express its opposition to WestConnex, but the unit will at the same time be working with SMC, RMS, the community and all stakeholders to ensure compliance with conditions of approval. It will also ensure all WestConnex plans, detailed designs and actions minimise impacts and create positive outcomes for the community.

Updated information on a range of WestConnex activities for all three stages - including management plans, works notifications, compliance tracking reports, maps and permits – is available here as it becomes available.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 28 October 2016

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M4 East

Council staff attended a M4 East environmental compliance site visit, convened by M4 East construction teams. The visit involved staff from NSW Premier’s Office, the Department of Planning & Environment (DP&E) and the Environment Protection Authority (EPA). All who attended were given progress reports on compliance issues and were shown relevant items within and around worksites. These site visits occur every two weeks.

Council staff attended a M4 East traffic and transport liaison group meeting, convened by the M4 East project team. At this meeting, issues around impacts on traffic and public transport (particularly buses) were discussed. Council staff were able to continue to discuss traffic issues that had been raised at the environmental compliance visit the day before. At present, these meeting occur weekly or fortnightly.

New M5

Council staff met with RMS, SMC and related staff from New M5 project team to discuss a range of planning, construction and service relocation issues for this project - most in St Peters. Issues discussed included proposed construction access and parking, property demolition and clearing, roadway designs on Campbell Street (including a possible school zone), service works, traffic modelling for St Peters and spoil removal.

M4-M5 Link

Council’s last WestConnex weekly update reported that Council was notified that sample drilling works will be undertaken in various streets in Annandale, Camperdown, Haberfield, Leichhardt, Lilyfield, Newtown and Rozelle, and Council is now aware that these works have commenced in Newtown. Though the M4-M5 link does not have development consent, these drilling works are permitted under the Roads Act 1993.

General

Further details and updates on all WestConnex geotechnical investigations, construction activities and investigative studies (some of these mentioned above) are available on the ‘local updates’ page of the WestConnex website.

Council’s WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF) met on 27 October 2016 at Council’s Leichhardt service centre. At the meeting, the minutes of the previous meeting were endorsed, an update on progress of action items from the previous meeting was given, various issues in relation to each of the three WestConnex stages were discussed and an update on compliance issues was given by DP&E’s WestConnex compliance officer. The ongoing delay in establishing a State agency forum to deal with WestConnex issues in the local area was raised by the Administrator who indicated that this is a very high priority for Council. The next meeting will be held at a date to be determined in early December 2016.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 21 October 2016

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 M4 East

On 18 October 2016 SMC staff and consultants briefed Council staff on a number of M4 East matters, including: update on Haberfield and Ashfield construction sites; truck movements, including truck entry/exit points; November-December 2016 intermittent closures and three-month full closure (from January 2017) of Ramsay Street, Haberfield; Reg Coady Reserve reinstatement; and an update on community relations. Council staff followed up with an inspection of these sites and their respective issues on 20 October 2016.

On 21 October 2016, Council received a set of community notifications of M4 East works (full details are available on the WestConnex website). A summary is as follows:

  • from Tuesday, 13 September 2016, the monitoring equipment will be installed in Sydney Street, Concord and Sydney Cheil Church carpark;
  • from Friday, 21 October 2016, monitoring equipment will be installed in Burwood Park, Burwood;
  • from Monday, 24 September 2016 utilities investigations and signage installation work will commence along Ramsay Street, Ash Lane, Northcote Street, Parramatta Road, Martin Street and Wolseley Street in Haberfield;
  • work will commence to switch traffic onto the realigned M4 eastbound carriageway and the M4 Sydney Street off-ramp from Sunday, 23 October 2016
  • from Monday, 24 October 2016, monitoring equipment will be installed in the road verge on Esher Street, Burwood;
  • from Friday, 28 October 2016, monitoring equipment will be installed in the footpath on Coles Street, Concord;
  • notice of temporary access by heavy vehicles to Crane Avenue via Chelmsford Avenue and Waratah Street; and Parramatta Road via Ramsay Street and Dalhousie Street in Haberfield; and
  • notice regarding tunnelling at the Northcote Street tunnelling site underneath Parramatta Road in September 2016.

New M5

On 14 October 2016, Council was informed by letter from RMS that it would exercise its powers Roads Act 1993 to carry out works (or allow its contractors to carry out works) for the New M5 Project on specified public roads. In addition to the enablement and Project works, utilities will be disconnected / relocated / installed for gas, power, lighting, communications, sewers, stormwater and potable water. These relocations and new installations will be required to ensure residents and businesses receive minimal disruption as the construction and operation of the Project proceeds. Affected roads are shown in the letter as follows:

Table of affected road for M5 works

M4-M5 Link

On 21 October 2016, a letter was received from RMS to inform Council that it has updated the program of geotechnical works (investigations) on public roads within the Inner West Council area. The investigations are to assist in the design for the M4-M5 Link Project (Project). In order to undertake the investigations, RMS will be exercising its powers under the Roads Act 1993, including under sections 64, 71, 72 and 253. The revised list of affected roads is shown in the letter as follows:

Table of affected road for M4 M5 works

General

WestConnex Consultative Group

Representatives from Council, Premier’s Office, Minister for Roads Office and SMC met this week to progress the formation of a State Agency Liaison Group for WestConnex. Formation of this group is intended to provide a more direct interface between key inner west community groups and senior State agency staff on WestConnex matters.

Council’s WestConnex Unit

Kendall Banfield commenced as Head of WestConnex Project this week. Kendall is from Council’s Strategic Planning section and has been Acting Manager of the section until recently. He was previously employed as a Transport Planner by the former Marrickville Council, has worked at the DP&E as a transport and sustainability planner and was involved in preparing the New M5 EIS submission for the former Marrickville Council. Kendall is currently setting up Council’s new WestConnex Unit, with appointment of the Engineer and Project Officer positions being finalised. The unit will be based initially at the Petersham Service Centre, but may move when Council’s structure is reorganised.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 14 October 2016

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M4 East

The M4 East conditions of approval require ongoing settlement monitoring in a number of key locations surrounding the M4 East project. Monitors are being installed in the following areas: Frederick Street, Ashfield; laneway between Frederick Street and Earle Avenue, Haberfield; Walker Avenue, Haberfield; and Parramatta Road, near Northcote Street, Haberfield.

Correspondence was received this week that construction of the new water main, which is being re-routed through Reg Coady Reserve and other parts of Haberfield, is not progressing as quickly as originally anticipated and is now not likely to be completed until January 2017. This will mean that the ongoing alienation of the reserve during construction of this facility will continue for another four months.

The submission of heritage salvage EOIs for the 300 plus items which have been made available to property owners from demolition of buildings in the M4 East corridor close at the end of this week.

New M5

Progressive remediation of the Alexandria Landfill at St Peters commenced this week. The St Peters Interchange will be built on the site of this former waste facility. Remediation work is required to be undertaken in accordance with the Landfill Closure Management Plan and Construction Environment
Management Plan. These plans have been approved by the NSW Environment Protection Authority and Department of Planning & Environment. The landfill is scheduled to be formally closed in 2019, approximately one year after the remediation controls have been installed and monitored.

A meeting with Council representatives, Stage agency and JV representatives was held this week to consider design options for the Green Link component of Stage 2 works.

M4-M5 Link

A meeting was held this week with residents from the Leichardt area representing the LAW community group. In discussions it was agreed that Council would contact SMC again regarding not releasing the preliminary design for Stage 3 in the Christmas/New Year holiday period and for SMC to convene a residents meeting specifically to address resident concerns regarding the possible use of 7 Darley Road or Blackmore Oval as dive sites.

It was also agreed that internal legal advice would be sought on the legality of potential property acquisition processes occurring prior to approval of this stage of the project. Council officers will also prepare a draft brief for a consultant study comparing 7 Darley Road/Blackmore Oval with Rozelle Railyards, as possible dive sites. This would examine relative impacts and merits of the sites, potential construction time and cost differences between the two sites and consideration of the impacts on the broader Inner West community, when comparing the two sites.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 7 October 2016

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New M5 - Heritage Salvage

In the Stage 2 approval eleven heritage buildings including nine Victorian Terraces, one Georgian Cottage and the Rudders Bond Store warehouse were approved for demolition to facilitate the widening of Campbell Street and Campbell Road, St Peters. A similar heritage salvage process to that undertaken for the M4 East stage will occur with these properties. Items including balustrades, boundary fencing, laminated beams, timber floorboards, brickwork and sash windows will be salvaged from the properties, stored and then later considered for potential reuse in the project and also released to the public, free of charge, via an EOI process.

IWC WestConnex Webpage

Further information has been placed on Council’s website on the WestConnex project page and more will be posted once the WestConnex Unit is fully operational and additional resources can be applied to collating detailed information from all three service centres and that posted by the Department of Planning & Environment and Sydney Motorway Corporation. Link: http://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/hot-topics/westconnex

M4-M5 Link - Addendum to State Significant Infrastructure Application

This document is an addendum to the report prepared on the State Significant Infrastructure Application which was submitted to the Department of Planning & Environment for the M4-M5 link proposal. The addendum report addresses the more recent changes to the link which includes the new tunnel link to Iron Cove (to Victoria Road and the Iron Cove bridge) and remedial works which will be undertaken in the Rozelle Rail yards area as a separate work activity (mentioned in a previous weekly update report). The addendum report is available for viewing on the DPE website via the following link: Addendum to State Significant Infrastructure Application

Council has also received notification that the SEARS (Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements) for this link will need to be amended and officers have been asked to provide comments to the DPE. This is currently being actioned.

M4 East

Later this year, Ramsay Street in Haberfield will be closed between Walker Avenue and Wattle Street for piling work to be carried out. There is also a scheduled four-month closure in early 2017 for cut and cover structure construction works to be undertaken. This will result in significant traffic disruption. Further notices will be provided in relation to these works. Council officers have also been investigating options for additional tree planting required as part of the Stage 1 development consent conditions and where this planting should be carried out.

WestConnex Unit

Further interviews were held this week for the WestConnex Engineer and Project Officer positions with appointments expected to be confirmed within the next week. The unit is likely to be based initially at the Petersham Service Centre until further work is progressed and finalised on the overall Council organisational structure. Once this has been determined the Unit will move to its longer term and permanent location.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 30 September 2016

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New M5

Council received notification that the RMS was exercising its powers under the Roads Act to conduct preliminary investigative works in the St Peters area between now and the end of December. The works include geotechnical investigations, locating site services and coring of the road pavement. Most of the works will take place during the day but some night works are also anticipated. Affected roads and streets include: Princes Highway, Campbell Street, Unwins Bridge Road, May Street, Brown Street, Florence Street, St Peters Street, Church Street and Canal Road.

WestConnex Community Liaison Forum

The third meeting of the Forum was held this week. Matters discussed included finalising the Terms of Reference, an update on the past month’s major activities, compliance update from the DPE compliance officer, the potential for the Council to access some of the heritage salvage material from the M4 East project and various community issues including potential dive sites in Leichhardt, the release of more information on Stage 3, heavy vehicle “rat running” in Haberfield and Ashfield, greater use of Council resources (newsletter, communications, website) to assist and support community groups.

M4-M5 Link

Residents from the Darley Road area in Leichardt held a rally last weekend concerned at the possible use of a Darley Road site or Blackmore Oval as a tunnel access point for the M4-M5 WestConnex link between the Haberfield portals and Rozelle Train Yards. The Council has written to SMC opposing the use of these sites and requesting the release of analysis and information.

Reg Coady Reserve

A further notice has been received from the RMS regarding the acquisition of more of Reg Coady Reserve for the WestConnex project. The area is for part permanent acquisition (just over 200m2) and part lease (for almost 5 years) of an area adjacent to the land already acquired for the project (recently settled through a Land & Environment Court appeal). A sum of $3,300 has been offered as compensation. Council’s solicitors are currently reviewing the RMS valuation report and will provide further advice on potentially pursuing another LEC challenge regarding this latest acquisition.

Council is also opposing the use of part of Reg Coady Reserve for worker car parking and is communicating this to SMC.

WestConnex Unit

The Head of WestConnex Project has been appointed and will commence full time duties in the role from early October. The appointee is Kendall Banfield from the Petersham Service Centre. Kendall is based in the Strategic Planning Section and was acting Manager of the section until recently. He was previously employed as a Transport Planner by the former Marrickville Council and has also worked in the DPE as a transport and sustainability planner. Kendall was involved in preparing the New M5 EIS submission for the former Marrickville Council and will therefore bring considerable experience to this new role.

Legal Advice

The legal advice from Tim Robertson SC, which was considered at this week’s Council meeting, has been publicly released and posted on Council’s website link: http://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/hot-topics/westconnex#legal


WestConnex Weekly Update - 23 September 2016

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M4 East

The draft Urban Design and Landscape Plan (UDLP) for the M4 East corridor was placed on public exhibition this week. The draft UDLP includes information on the urban design and landscape plans for tunnel structures, interchanges, lighting and landscaping along the route. Comments on the UDLP need to be submitted by Monday, 17 October 2016. A hard copy of the Plan is available for viewing at the Ashfield Service Centre. Council officers will undertake a review of the Plan and prepare a submission. The report can also be viewed on the WestConnex website here

Reg Coady Reserve Compensation

Council’s challenge relating to the compensation amount offered for the permanent acquisition of part of Reg Coady Reserve was heard in the Land & Environment Court last month. Agreement was reached on a revised compensation amount – the original figure of $926,915 was increased to $1.65m. This was for a lesser area of land than originally documented as through the investigative process the RMS found that it already owned part of the land.

New M5

Council officers have requested and are waiting on information to be provided by the RMS to further the traffic modelling work for the St Peters area. The information includes roads and intersection layouts, modelled turning movement volumes, signal phasing information of all signalised intersections and videos of model running for all scenarios. Once the data is received it will be reviewed and additional data collected, if required, before commencing the modelling assessment. This work is expected to be completed in December.

St Peters Interchange Recreation Area

A meeting was held this week to discuss the development of an urban design and landscaping plan for the new open space being created through the St Peters Interchange. This was attended by representatives from the IWC, CoS, RMS, and the JV. Matters raised included governance for this project as the area straddles the IWC and CoS boundary, use of the open space – active or passive recreation focus and status of the Urban Design Review Panel required to oversee the design process.

M4-M5 Link

Council representatives met this week with residents from the Darley Road area in Leichhardt who have been rallying against the potential use of 7 Darley Road or Blackmore Oval as mid-point dive sites for the construction of the M4-M5 Link. The SMC has been requested to provide detailed information on this issue as it appears that very little investigative work has taken place to establish if these sites are workable or viable options. In addition, no information has been provided on other alternatives or if a dive site is needed in this location.

Legal Advice

The second phase of legal advice on the WestConnex project has been received from Tim Robertson SC. He was briefed to look at the Stage 1 and 2 development approvals granted by the State Government and whether there is any basis upon which they can be challenged. His advice is that there are no reasonable prospects for success to challenge the Minister’s decisions. A report which outlines a summary of this advice will be considered at the 27 September 2016 Council meeting.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 16 September 2016

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M4 East

A series of ‘Community Information Sessions’ will be held next week by SMC to provide information on the M4 East project. Topics to be covered include – construction activities, tunnelling, out of hours work, heritage salvage distribution process, upcoming traffic changes, and the release of the urban design and landscape plan. Venues and dates for the sessions are:

  • Monday  19 September   4pm-7pm Concord RSL
  • Tuesday  20 September  4pm-7pm Club Ashfield
  • Wednesday  21September   4pm-7pm Concord Community Centre

Tunnelling activities commenced this week at the Northcote Street site and two lanes of Parramatta Road between Ashfield Park and Bland Street have been closed to facilitate construction of the Parramatta Road portals and bypass lanes. The lane closures will remain in place for the next two years and create a choke point on Parramatta Road in this location.

M4-M5 Link

Discussions were held this week between Council and SMC representatives over the M4-M5 Link stage of the project. Issues discussed included ongoing consideration of construction compounds to facilitate SMC desire for quicker construction of this link, further consultation planned for later this year in response to feedback received last month at the community ideas sessions, preparatory work underway on a ‘clean up’ plan for the Rozelle Goods Yards area – the RMS will be the applicant for a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) proposal likely to be finalised later this year and further geotechnical and noise logging work that will be taking place over the next few months. Council raised significant community concerns regarding use of either Darley Road site or Blackmore Oval as mid tunnel construction compounds and is assessing what other options might exist (likely to be limited).

New M5

From Monday next week cabling work will be undertaken across Unwins Bridge Road near Silver Street. This work will take up to 10 shifts to complete and work will involve:
excavating and trenching the road
installing and connecting power cables
implementing traffic and pedestrian management to ensure the safety of motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and workers.
changed traffic conditions, including reduced speed limits, lane closures and footpath detour along Unwins Bridge Road.

Heritage Salvage Catalogue – M4 East

The heritage salvage catalogue was put on pubic exhibition this week – details can be viewed on the WestConnex website link here

A hard copy of the catalogue is located at the Ashfield Service Centre. Over 300 items have been made available for registrations of interest. Applicants are required to complete a registration form listing the item/s with their individual reference numbers and attach a copy of a recent rates notice. All registrations need to be lodged by mail and received by 14 October 2016.

Letter to Minister Gay

Council has written to the Minister regarding a range of construction and other issues associated with the project as raised by Council’s WestConnex Community Liaison Forum.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 9 September 2016

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M4 East

One westbound lane of Parramatta Road between Orpington Street and Bland Street, Ashfield was closed this week to create traffic modifications along Parramatta Road and space to construct tunnel structures and motorway entry and exit ramps. The first stage of work will include the following activities: 

  • relocating the bus stop on Parramatta Road closer to the Orpington Street intersection.
  • removing the bus stop on the corner of Chandos Street and Parramatta Road.
  • installing new and relocating existing signage.
  • installing concrete safety barriers along the southern side of Parramatta Road (westbound).
  • removing lane lines and marking new lines.
  • setting up temporary traffic control.

M4-M5 Link

Contact has been made with the SMC over concerns raised by local residents that a site in Darley Road and/or Blackmore Oval may be under consideration as possible construction sites for the M4-M5 Link. A meeting has been arranged to discuss this issue.

New M5

A meeting was held at St Peters this week between JV representatives and Council officers. Issues discussed included:

  • current local works taking place around the May Street/Unwins Bridge Road intersection and electrical connectivity works on Silver Street & Unwins Bridge Road.
  • design works for the Campbell Street Green Link which are to commence shortly; officers indicated a desire for there to be a strong emphasis on community engagement through this process.
  • the need to resolve issues with the proposed cycle connectivity through the western side of the interchange.
  • residual land along Campbell Street (as a result of property acquisition) and what this may be used if not for landscaping (current proposal).
  • re-use of heritage items recovered from the acquired properties.

Heritage Salvage Catalogue – M4 East

The heritage salvage catalogue documenting the materials and items that have been hand salvaged through the demolition process for the M4 East stage is expected to be delivered to the Ashfield Service Centre over the next week. This will coincide with public notices and information published on the WestConnex website advising of the process property owners will need to follow to register and interest in an item or items.

WestConnex Community Consultative Group

A meeting was held with representatives from the Council, SMC and the RMS to further develop a community consultative group previously reported to the Council by the Administrator. This is to be an independently chaired forum which will enable key State agencies and the JV partners to consult with and hear first-hand the concerns of inner west residents about WestConnex. There was general discussion regarding a charter for the group, membership, community representation, meeting arrangements – frequency and location and a timeframe for progressing the matter.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 2 September 2016

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M4 East

Work commenced this week at Wattle Street, Haberfield to construct a tunnel spoil haulage route within Reg Coady Reserve. This work is expected to take five to six weeks to complete and will occur overnight during week days and during the day at weekends. Activities will include:

  • installing traffic barriers 
  • clearing and removing vegetation
  • utility investigation work 
  • installing water and power services including temporary street lighting 
  • installing, configuring and modifying signalised intersections 
  • temporary widening of Wattle Street, including temporary line marking. 

New M5

Site establishment works will commence early next week along Bexley Road to facilitate site access and facilities for of the Bexley South construction site. Work is expected to take two weeks to complete and will involve connecting utility services. The work will be carried out overnight from Monday to Saturday.

In addition to the above works, existing road pavements will be tested progressively at the following locations, to inform design work on the project: 

  • Unwins Bridge Road/Bedwin Road/May Street/Campbell Street intersection 
  • Euston Road/Huntley Street/Sydney Park Road intersection 
  • Princes Highway/Campbell Street intersection
  • Burrows Road/Campbell Road intersection
  • Albert Street, Euston Road, Campbell Street and Campbell Road

These works will also occur overnight Monday to Saturday and take approximately four weeks to complete.

Traffic Modelling – St Peters

Council officers attended a meeting with RMS/SMC representatives last week regarding the request for traffic modelling data for the St Peters area. This information is required to assist in the proposed modelling of traffic impacts on local streets & local communities from vehicles accessing the portals associated with the New M5 stage of WestConnex. The feedback from the RMS was reasonably positive and officers have finalised the required scope of information and data for the project. Once details of the available data are confirmed the project brief to undertake the traffic modelling study will be finalised and appropriate consultants engaged to carry out the work. 

Heritage Salvage – M4 East

The heritage salvage process involving the offer and distribution of materials and items that have been hand salvaged through the demolition process for the M4 East stage is expected to commence in September. A Heritage Salvage Strategy has been finalised and public notices advising of the process and the way property owners can register an interest are expected to be published within the next two weeks.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 26 August 2016

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Compliance Monitoring

Principal Compliance Officer (WestConnex Projects), from the NSW Department of Planning & Environment compliance unit has continued investigations into ongoing complaints regarding construction activities related to Stage 1 and 2 works. Most of the concerns with Stage 1 centre on out of hours noise issues and vibration impacts for property owners near construction depot sites. There is still a major issue with ongoing coordination of out of hours work with various contractors working independently of each of for both the Joint Venture and other utilities providers. This is resulting in a lack of relief for residents exposed to overnight activities.

WestConnex Unit

Expressions of interest were advertised internally this week for the three new positions which will comprise the Council’s coordination team to respond to all WestConnex related matters. The unit will include a Head of WestConnex, WestConnex Engineer and WestConnex Project Officer. Interviews for these positions will be conducted over the next two weeks with appointments to be finalised in early September.

M4-M5 Link

The ‘Community Ideas Sessions’ held on the M4-M5 Link during August at Five Dock, Leichhardt, Camperdown and Balmain have concluded. The Sydney Motorway Corporation intends to use the comments made at these sessions to refine design concepts for the M4-M5 Link and then seek further community feedback on a reference design towards the end of 2016 before preparing the EIS.

Reg Coady Reserve Lease Acquisition

Correspondence has been received from the RMS that the remaining area of Reg Coady Reserve required for the M4 East project has been acquired through a lease arrangement under the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act. This is adjacent to the land which was permanently acquired for the project. The lease will be for a term of 4 years and 11 months. No compensation amount has been advised at this stage and Council solicitors have been engaged to obtain an independent valuation for the lease area.

WestConnex Community Liaison Forum

The second meeting of the WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF) was held this week and chaired by the Administrator. The meeting was attended by 12 community representatives, council officers and the DPE Compliance Officer. Matters discussed included the Draft Terms of Reference for the forum, an update on current activities across all project stages and the impacts of the project on local residents, particularly in the Haberfield and Ashfield areas.

WestConnex Consultative Group

The Administrator presented a minute at this week’s Council meeting on discussions that had been held with State Government representatives to establish an independently chaired consultative group in order that key agencies are able to hear first-hand the concerns of inner west residents about WestConnex. A response was received this week from John Sidoti MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Roads, indicating that the State Government is prepared to establish such a group.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 19 August 2016

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Compliance Monitoring

Principal Compliance Officer (WestConnex Projects), from the NSW Department of Planning & Environment compliance unit has held meetings this week with the Environmental Representative responsible for the compliance monitoring of the Stage 1 (M4 East) section of the project. Various depot and construction sites were inspected for compliance with the development consent. Inspections were also carried out at a number of the Stage 2 (New M5) sites in response to complaints about work commencing in advance of all relevant construction approvals. Preliminary site preparation work is underway at many sites.
An ongoing regular inspection regime is being programmed with Environmental Representatives across all project stages which will allow Council officers to attend and note the review and reporting progress of the project.

New M5 - Temporary Road Closures

Work has been underway to install underground power cables from St Peters to the New M5 construction site at the corner of Canal Road and the Princes Highway. Cabling work has been progressing along Edith Lane and Edith Street, which has required the provision of temporary road closures along these thoroughfares between the Princes Highway and Roberts Lane. Work was expected to be finalised by the end of this week.

Reg Coady Reserve Compensation

A draft agreement has been prepared following the Section 34 Conference that was recently held in the Land & Environment Court (LEC) regarding the compensation being offered for acquisition of land within Reg Coady Reserve required for the WestConnex project. The draft agreement is currently with both parties for review and consideration. When the matter is finalised it will be reported back to the LEC for registration.

M4-M5 Link

Various ‘Community Ideas Sessions’ have been held on the M4-M5 Link over the past week at Five Dock, Leichhardt and Camperdown with more to come this weekend and next week. Remaining sessions:
Balmain Town Hall - 370 Darling Street, Balmain

  • Saturday, 20 August 11:00am to 2:00pm
  • Monday, 22 August 4:00pm to 7:00pm

M4 East

A meeting was held this week with representatives from the Joint Venture (JV) and Council officers and the following issues were discussed:

  • Alternative locations for the VMS sign and other signage along Parramatta Road near Ashfield Park. Four alternative options currently being reviewed. Criteria supplied to Council on location requirements.
  • Revised plan for the heavy vehicle spoil haulage arrangements for the Parramatta Road, Ashfield depot (trucks to enter and leave exclusively from Parramatta Road). Only light vehicles to exit on to Bland Street.
  • Options for JV employee car parking areas.
  • High voltage power line relocation.
  • Heritage Salvage – catalogue likely to be published for community to submit EOIs during September.
  • Consideration of the JV setting up a community forum arrangement for the project.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 12 August 2016

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Compliance Monitoring

Principal Compliance Officer (WestConnex Projects), from the NSW Department of Planning & Environment compliance unit has investigated issues around Stage 2 works that have commenced. Preliminary site preparation has commenced at a number of locations where depots are being set up in accordance with requirements of the ancillary facilities management plan.

Legal Advice

Randwick Council has requested in principle support from the IWC regarding a potential challenge to the project on the basis of compliance with a consent condition from the Stage 2 development approval, which reads as follows:

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The SSI is to be designed with the objective of improving, on balance, and not adversely impacting on:
a) the performance of the road network for all road users, including but not limited to vehicles, freight, public transport and active transport; and
b) existing access arrangements and services for all road users, including consideration of speed and reliability of public transport services."

This issue was originally raised through local member Ron Hoenig MP earlier this year. The matter has been referred to senior counsel for consideration and part of the general advice being sought on the project.

M5 Stormwater Design Meeting

A meeting was recently held with representatives from Sydney Water, Sydney Metro, Botany Council, SMC and designers. Some of the matters noted included:

  • Approval has been given by the Minister to commence testing in Camdenville Park – generally the fenced off area for potholing and geotech. Notifications to be carried out.
  • Construction approval has been received for this phase of the project with works will likely commence Nov/Dec.
  • The flood modelling and design at the Marrickville end of the project is progressing very slowly. Further consideration of options to be brought back for discussion in 4 to 6 week’s time. Council officers confirmed that council had a masterplan for the site and had deferred works at the park pending confirmation of the design of the detention basin.
  • Council officers advised the RMS that council was disappointed that the traffic modelling could not be released. RMS advised that meeting to discuss what information can be made available will be scheduled shortly.

Reg Coady Reserve

Section 34 Conference was recently held in the Land & Environment Court (LEC) regarding the compensation being offered for acquisition of land required for the WestConnex project. The RMS is currently considering a revised compensation amount and will report back to the LEC shortly.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 5 August 2016

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Compliance Monitoring

Rob Sherry, Principal Compliance Officer (WestConnex Projects), from the NSW Department of Planning & Environment compliance and Council’s Manager Regulatory Services - Ashfield met with the M4 East Joint Venture (JV) Environmental Representative this week to review the compliance monitoring activities being undertaken by the JV.

Stage 1 - M4 East Project Meeting

Meeting held this week between JV representatives and senior council officers on the following:

  • An overview of proposed tree selection and landscaping for residual land following completion of the major infrastructure works. Council officers are to review the material and plans and provide comments to the JV.
  • Heritage salvage process strategy has been finalised and documentation will be provided to the Council for information. The process will commence shortly with advertisements, letterboxing, social media, website and local displays. Property owners will be able to register an interest in participating in the process at heritage@westconnex.com.au
  • Temporary pedestrian diversion will be in place at the Northcote Street depot during construction of the acoustic shed.
  • Water main relocation – Dobroyd Parade/Ramsay Street temporary depot will be in place during construction activity. Ramsay Street cut and cover (cnr Alt Street) will be taking place end of August/early Sept. Local residents will be offered relocation option for this short period.
  • Alternative locations for VMS and other directional signage near Ashfield Park. Officers to provide suggestions for further review.
  • General discussion on noise and other activity complaints.

Council LGA Wide Flyer

Draft flyer content has been prepared for review and consideration.

Community Organiser Position

Modified MOU is currently being checked by in-house legal counsel before sign off and transfer of funds to No WestConnex for full time Campaign Coordinator position. Clarification of extent (if any) of funding by City of Sydney also being sought.

Stage 3 – Active Transport Workshop

Senior Council officers attended a workshop with Stage 3 project representatives to consider opportunities for new active transport links and supplementary work linked to current Council projects in vicinity of M4-M5 link.

Stage 2 – Flood Modelling (St Peters Interchange)

Meeting held with representatives from New M5 project, Sydney Water, City of Sydney and City of Botany Councils and Inner West Council officers to discuss the flood modelling for St Peter Interchange and local roads areas of the project.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 29 July 2016

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Legal Advice

Council reported the receipt of advice from senior counsel on heritage demolition and salvage related requirements of the development consent for the first Stage of the WestConnex project (M4 East). At present, salvaging of items from heritage listed and contributory items is proceeding as detailed in a Heritage Salvage Report prepared for the project and published on the WestConnex website. The advice Council has received to date has confirmed that the requirements of the project are being met through this process and it is therefore unlikely that there is any basis upon which to commence legal action on this aspect of current works.
The Council is still waiting on further legal advice on potential challenges to the validity of the approvals for Stage 1 and 2.

Compliance Monitoring

Rob Sherry, Principal Compliance Officer (WestConnex Projects), from the NSW Department of Planning & Environment compliance unit is now based full time at the Ashfield service centre to assist with monitoring WestConnex related activities.He attended the first meeting of the WestConnex Community Liaison Forum held this week.

WestConnex Response Unit

Work is well underway on putting together a specific team of officers from the Inner West Council to manage WestConnex related matters. As advised previously, it is envisaged that three officers will make up this unit which will be responsible for liaison with the Joint Venture partners, DPE Compliance Officer, key stakeholders and the community on WestConnex enquiries, project works, and other related matters. Recruitment of this team will be progressed through secondment and/or expressions of interest from existing staff over the next few weeks.

Community Liaison Forum

The first meeting of the WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF) was held this week and chaired by the Administrator. The meeting was attended by 16 community representatives, council officers and the DPE Compliance Officer. WCLF members have been invited to forward comments on the Draft Terms of Reference for the forum to Council by Friday 12 August 2016. Notes from this meeting will be published when they are finalised.

Council LGA Wide Flyer

Work is underway on the WestConnex flyer to be distributed across the LGA in coming weeks. This will update all three project phases and contain information on Council actions to date – legal, compliance monitoring contacts, future works, etc.

Community Organiser Position

Additional funding to be allocated to the No WestConnex Public Transport action group for a community organiser position is being finalised to provide sufficient funding to enable the community organiser to be employed full-time for 2016/17. Modified MOU being checked for signing.

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