WestConnex Weekly Update

Weekly Updates 

WestConnex Weekly Update Report 19 November 2018 (PDF 40.2KB)

STAGE 1 - M4 EAST

Changed traffic flow – Parramatta Rd between Bland St & Dalhousie St, Haberfield

The Stage 1 contractor will be changing the traffic pattern along Parramatta Road. Chandos Street will be reopened and eastbound traffic approaching Bland Street and Dalhousie Street will be reduced to two lanes. The eastbound and westbound lanes in this area are being pushed out to their respective kerbs to allow for a workzone in-between. Also, the Chandos Street bus stop has been permanently closed. The pattern change will be implemented on Monday 19 November 2018 from 9pm to 5am. For details, see Notice 390 on Local Updates.

Variable Messaging Sign (VMS) – Waratah Street, Haberfield

The Stage 1 contractor will be erecting a VMS on Waratah Street, to be operated from 20 to 30 November 2018. The VMS will be in use Monday to Friday evenings from 4pm to 2am. For details, see Notice 353a on Local Updates.

Variable Messaging Sign (VMS) – Dalhousie Street, Haberfield

The Stage 1 contractor will be erecting a VMS on Dalhousie Street in Haberfield for operation from 20 to 30 November 2018. The VMS will be in use Monday-to-Friday evenings from 9pm to 5am. For details, see Notice 384a on Local Updates.

Continuing work – Parramatta Road, Haberfield & Ashfield

The Stage 1 contractor has issued an update on construction works along Parramatta Road, which include erecting barriers, laying asphalt and modifying utilities. These works are planned to continue from 22 November to 22 December 2018. Daytime work hours will be 7am-6pm Monday to Friday and 8am-1pm Saturday and night-time hours will be 6pm-5am Monday to Sunday. For details, see Notice 390a on Local Updates.

STAGE 3 - M4–M5 LINK

Investigative drilling works

The Stage 3A contractor is planning temporary investigative drilling works in a number of locations within road reserves and parks along the general alignment of the Stage 3 mainline tunnels. This is within the suburbs of Haberfield, Ashfield, Leichhardt, Newtown and St Peters. These works will be similar to the investigative works that have been undertaken to date for WestConnex Stages 1 and 2.
The Stage 3A contractor recently requested road opening permits from Council to undertake these works, but this request was declined because of Council’s position of opposing to WestConnex. Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) has recently written to Council to confirm it will use its NSW Roads Act powers to allow the contractor to undertake these works, which will be carried out from Monday 26 November 2018 to Friday 31 May 2019 (inclusive), excluding the Christmas / New Year break from 22 December 2018 to 6 January 2019 (inclusive). Council staff will continue to work with RMS and the contractor to ensure impacts are minimised.

Property pre-condition reports

The Stage 3A contractor has commenced the process of offering property pre-condition (dilapidation) reports to affected property owners. This offer applies to all properties 50m either side of the mainline tunnel alignment and 50m around surface construction sites. The offer commences in areas around construction sites at Haberfield-Ashfield, Camperdown-Annandale and St Peters, and will subsequently move in stages ahead of tunnelling activity. The contactor has advised that the currently proposed tunnel route map continues to be 1
available on the WestConnex website. This alignment is still subject to potential minor adjustments.

Response to submissions on Modification 1

The Department of Planning & Environment (DP&E) has recently released a report which details its response to Stage 3 Modification 1 - available on the DP&E website. Section B6 of the report provides a response to each of the issues raised in Council’s September 2018 submission on this modification. Detailed responses are provided on the matters raised under the following sub-headings: Consultation Cumulative impacts and construction fatigue; Site Establishment Plans and Construction Environmental Management Plans; Noise and vibration impacts; Construction fatigue; Human health impacts; Pedestrian access and safety; Northcote Street civil and tunnel site; Spoil haulage routes; Parramatta Road West and Parramatta Road East civil sites; Removal of Darley Road from the project; and Operational water treatment plant at St Peters interchange. It is expected the DP&E will approve the modification before the end of 2018.

Demolition works at Pyrmont Bridge Road, Annandale

The Stage 3A contractor recently commenced construction work with demolition of buildings within the Pyrmont Bridge Road construction site. This started with an internal strip-out of the former Storage King building, and scaffolding is currently being erected around the perimeter of the site before removal of the outer buildings occurs. Demolition is expected to take four months to complete. Works will generally occur during daytime construction hours but wherever night-works are planned, surrounding residents will be notified.
Night works are planned to start in December 2018 and finish in February 2019. These works will be carried out on Parramatta Road, Mallett Street, Pyrmont Bridge Road and Bignell Lane at 6pm-7am Monday to Friday. In order to provide respite for nearby residents, work will occur for a maximum of two nights in a row at one location, no more than three nights per week and no more than ten nights per calendar month in total. These works include temporary utility disconnections, digging to re-lay utility conduits and traffic management. For detail, see Notice MT06 on Local Updates.
Temporary changes to traffic and pedestrian routes are likely to be required. A newsletter and notification outlining upcoming demolition activities was distributed to residents and businesses by the contractor within a 200m radius of the site. The newsletter and notice are available on the WestConnex website. Door-knocks were also conducted by the contractor to properties directly adjacent to the site.

Stage 3A contractor represented on WestConnex Community Reference Group (WCRG)

The Stage 3A contractor will now be represented at meetings of RMS’s WCRG. Stage 3A contractors were present at the WCRG Southern meeting last Tuesday 13 November 2018 and will attend remaining 2018 meetings. i.e. WCRG Western on 27 November and WCRG Central on 4 December 2018. They will also attend WCRG meetings in 2019.

Stage 3B contractor

An announcement from RMS on appointment of the Stage 3B (M4-M5 Link Rozelle Interchange) contractor is expected in December 2018.

Out-of-hours deliveries – Campbell Road tunnelling site, St Peters

The Stage 3A contractor has advised that out-of-hours deliveries will occur from November to April 2019. These out-of-hours deliveries are to allow for the movement of oversized items that aren’t permitted on most roads during the day. These deliveries will occur between 6pm and 7am Monday to Friday, while normal deliveries to the Campbell Road site are still listed to occur from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 6pm on Saturdays. Routes and times are being coordinated with Police and may be subject to change. For details, see Notice MT07 on Local Updates.

New work sites – Parramatta Road between Alt & Bland Streets, Haberfield-Ashfield

The Stage 3A contractor has advised that two new sites on either side of Parramatta Road between Bland Street and Alt Street (the ‘Muirs sites’) will be established as operation bases for works. Construction on these sites will begin on 19 November 2018 and will occur 7am-6pm Monday-Friday and 8am-6pm on Saturdays. There will be a holiday shutdown period from 21 December 2018 to 7 January 2019. For details, see Notice MT05 on Local Updates.

Compulsory acquisition of Desane site – Lilyfield Road, Rozelle

A recent article in The Australian Financial Review explains that Desane has completed the sale of its Lilyfield Road site to RMS, ending the long-running dispute over its compulsory acquisition for the WestConnex Stage 3. The article is available on The Australian Financial Review’s website.

WestConnex Weekly Update Report 9 November 2018 (PDF 34.8KB)

STAGE 1 - M4 EAST

Air quality audit released

The Stage 1 contractor commissioned environmental consultant Air Noise Environment P/L to undertake an independent audit to ensure the project is complying with Stage 1 Condition of Approval (CoA) E8, which states that “the proponent must monitor (by sampling and obtaining results by analysis) the pollutants and parameters specified in Table 8 …”.  The audit shows the project to be in compliance on Carbon Monoxide (CO) and Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) measures, but some exceedances for PM2.5 and PM10 for a 24-hour timespan during the six-month period of monitoring. The report is available at Local Updates.

Data posted – Environment Protection Licence Monitoring Data, October 2018

A spreadsheet of data for water discharges from WestConnex Stage 1 works has been released on Local Updates. These measures cover such features as the acidity, density of suspended solids, and oil/grease content of the waters running off the project.

 

STAGE 2 - NEW M5

Weekend work for traffic changes – St Peters Street, St Peters

The project contractor will be working this weekend to shift traffic from the current temporary road back into the St Peters Street alignment this Saturday 10 November 2018 from 8am to 4pm. Works include creating a temporary stop/slow traffic-pattern on St Peters Street while moving the concrete barriers and fencing.  For more information refer to Local Updates.

Contingency dates for works at St Peters Street, St Peters

Further to the above, project contractors has advised that any works delayed by this week’s wet weather will be completed via daytime works this Saturday 10 November 2018 from 8am to 4pm. In this event, works to shift traffic back onto the permanent St Peters Street alignment will occur on Monday 12 November 2018 from 7pm to 5am. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Road closure - Barwon Park Road & Princes Highway, St Peters

The project contractor has given notice of road closures to occur at Barwon Park Road and the southbound slip lane of Princes Highway, which merges onto Barwon Park Road. The closures will occur between 7am and 3pm beginning Monday, 12 November 2018. Most of the works will conclude by 16 November, but the Princes Highway southbound slip lane will be closed again on 19 November through to 23 November to finalise works. These closures are to facilitate the laying OF communications equipment and intelligent transport system (ITS) conduits.  For more information refer to Local Updates.

Night works – intersection of Princes Highway & Campbell Street, also May Street & Unwins Bridge Road, St Peters

The project contractor has announced that there will be light pole installation and re-asphalting at the intersection of Princes Highway and Campbell Street on 12 & 13 November 2018 between 8pm and 5am each night. Similar works will occur on 14 November on May Street and Unwins Bridge Road. Significant traffic changes will be implemented during these times. Further information is available on Local Updates.

 

STAGE 3 - M4–M5 LINK

Pre-construction compliance report

The Stage 3A (mainline tunnels) contractor has released its Stage 3A Pre-Construction Compliance Report (PCCR). This report is a requirement of Stage 3 CoA A30 & A31. The PCCR covers matters such as the method by which issues that arise during the implementation of the project are to be resolved. The PCCR is available on Local Updates.

 

GENERAL

WestConnex update report to Council’s 30 October & 6 November 2018 meetings

As previously reported, Item 14 on the agenda for these meetings was a WestConnex Update Report.  This report was considered at Council’s 30 October & 6 November 2018 meetings, and the resolution is available on Council’s website.

Western Harbour Tunnel (WHT) reference design report to Council’s 30 October 6 November 2018 meetings

As previously reported, Item 15 on the agenda for these meetings was a WHT Reference Design report, with draft submission attached. This report was considered at Council’s 30 October & 6 November 2018 meetings, and the resolution is available on Council’s website. Further information on the WHT project and the related Northern Beaches Link is available on RMS’s website.

F6 Extension Stage 1 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on public exhibition

F6 Extension Stage 1 is a new multi-lane road link from the New M5 at Arncliffe to President Avenue, Kogarah. This project is outside the Inner West Council area, but would have an indirect impact as it would feed traffic into WestConnex Stage 2 (New M5). The EIS for this project is on public exhibition from Wednesday 7 November to Friday 14 December 2018. A print copy of the EIS is available to view at Inner West Council’s Customer Service Centre in Petersham. Further information, including links to download the EIS, is available from RMS’s website.

 

WestConnex Weekly Update Report 2 November 2018

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M4 EAST
Traffic pattern switch – Wattle Street, Haberfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised that the traffic pattern on Wattle Street (between Parramatta Road and Waratah Street) will be switched from 9 November 2018. The change is to split traffic flow onto Frederick Street and Parramatta Road. This is expected to take two nights to implement. Further information (including a map of the works) is available on Local Updates.

Print media reports on footpath obstructions

The Daily Telegraph & Inner West Courier have recently published articles on M4 East ‘street furniture’ (i.e. poles, cabinets and sign footings) that have created visual impacts and access hazards on footpaths. The 29 October 2018 edition of The Daily Telegraph has an article WestConnex works leaves footpaths 'littered' with electrical cabinets, height detectors, available on the Daily Telegraph website (note that access may be restricted by a subscription/pay-wall). The 30 October 2018 edition of the Inner West Courier has a headline Footpath Fail and an article Footpath to Destruction, available on the Inner West Courier website.

NEW M5
Night work for utility installation, Princes Highway near Campbell Street, St Peters

SMC has advised that night works along the Princes Highway near Campbell Street will be undertaken from 7pm on Wednesday 31 October 20018 to 5am the following day. There will be lane closures on the Princes Highway, but two-way traffic will be maintained and pedestrian traffic will continue with guidance from on-site traffic controllers. For more information, and a map of additional traffic restraints, refer to Local Updates.

Extension of day work, road closure on Barwon Park Road, St Peters

SMC has advised that works on Barwon Park Road have been extended through to 10 November 2018.  The extension is due to the discovery of previously unknown utility infrastructure in the area. The works involve installing new power, communications and Intelligent Transport System (ITS) infrastructure. The daytime works will occur from 7am to 6pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm Saturdays. No power outages are expected as part of this work but traffic will be restricted in this area. For more information, and a map of additional traffic restraints, refer to Local Updates.

Night works & road closures – Campbell Street, Brown Street & Unwins Bridge Road

SMC has advised that there will be night work on Unwins Bridge Road on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 November 2018 from 7pm to 5am. There will closures on this road, as well as closures on Campbell Street and Brown Street from 5 to 9 November 2018. The works involve installation of drainage pipes and other utilities. For more information, including a map showing the closures and traffic flows, refer to Local Updates.

M4–M5 LINK
M4-M5 Link Staging Report

SMC has released this report, which details the staging and rollout of the M4-M5 Link tunnel system. The report is available through Local Updates.

Notification about hazardous materials removal – Annandale, Haberfield & Ashfield

SMC has released a factsheet about removal of hazardous substances as part of the construction of M4-M5 link tunnels. Buildings and properties are being surveyed for hazardous substances before the clearing and removal of properties starts. Hazardous substance removal will be supervised by a qualified hygienist. For further information, refer to Local Updates.

GENERAL
WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF)

Council’s WCLF met on Thursday 1 November 2018 to discuss WestConnex issues raised by members on behalf of the community. As is usual, the meeting included community members, Council staff and staff from the Department of Planning & Environment (DP&E) and Environment Protection Authority (EPA).  Issues discussed included: M4 East footpath obstructions; night-time noise and associated health impacts on residents; proceedings of the Parliamentary Inquiry into the project; and WCLF items to be considered at the 6 November 2018 Council meeting. EPA and DP&E reported on compliance issues, including instances of non-compliance. Minutes of monthly WCLF meetings are available on Council’s website, and enquiries about the activities of the WCLF are welcome by e-mailing Council at westconnex@innerwest.nsw.gov.au

WestConnex Parliamentary Inquiry

The fourth and final day of Inquiry hearings will be at 10am to 3pm on Wednesday 7 November 2018 in the Macquarie Room at NSW Parliament House, Sydney.  Inquiry submissions transcripts, hearing schedules and hearing videos are available on the Inquiry website.

Letter in print media about WestConnex property acquisitions

The Sydney Morning Herald’s 30 October 2018 edition includes a letter to the editor from an Inner West councillor critical of the NSW Government’s property acquisition process.  The letter is available on the Sydney Morning Herald website.

Western Harbour Tunnel (WHT) information evening

WHT community advocacy groups will be convening a WHT information evening at 6pm to 8pm on Thursday 8 November 2018 at the Union Hotel, 271 Pacific Highway, North Sydney.  Further information is available here

 

WestConnex Weekly Update Report 26 October 2018 (PDF 38.4KB)

M4 EAST

Update on ITS & utility work – Parramatta Road, Haberfield

Following on from a prior notification, Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised that from 30 October to 2 December 2018, work will continue to install Intelligent Transport Services (ITS) infrastructure along Parramatta Road. Works will occur from 9pm to 5am on Sundays to Fridays, and will include excavation of trenches and pits and pouring of concrete pavement, driveway lay-backs, kerbs and medians. The full notification (including a map of the area of works) is available on Local Updates.

Ambient air quality & weather monitoring validated report

SMC has released this report for the period 1 to 30 September 2018. It reports on air quality monitoring data from the six ambient air quality monitoring stations along the M4 East route, i.e.: Allen Street (Homebush), Powells Creek (Concord), St Luke’s Park (Concord), Concord Oval, Ramsay Street (Haberfield) and Haberfield Public School. The data presented in this report describes air quality measurements used and compares monitoring results. This report, along with comparison graphs of PM2.5 and PM10 levels across the Sydney area, are available on Local Updates.

 

NEW M5

Roundabout conversion – intersection Sydney Park Rd, Euston Rd & Huntley St, Alexandria

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised that it will be converting the roundabout at this intersection into a signalised traffic intersection operated by traffic lights. This intersection is within the City of Sydney, but close to the City’s border with Inner West Council. Works will occur from 9amFriday 2 November through to 5am Monday 5 November. The work will include: removing the existing roundabout and medians; relocating and installing concrete barriers; removing the current line markings; placing new asphalt on the road surface; and carrying out new line markings to reflect the changed traffic conditions. The full notification (including a map of the area of works) is available on Local Updates.

Night work – St Peters Interchange (SPI) site near Canal Road

SMC has advised that night-works will be carried out at the SPI site from 30 October through to 1 November 2018. Due to exclusion zone requirements for the handling/positioning of concrete panels, works will occur from 6pm to 6am. The full notification (including a map of the area of works) is available on Local Updates.

 

Solar access & overshadowing report

Hassel urban design consultant has prepared a report on the behalf of the project on overshadowing of residential properties by the New M5 project. The report iidentifies properties that are potentially overshadowed and assesses compliance with relevant provisions in the project’s conditions of approval. It details how potential impacts will be discussed with affected property owners and mitigation measures negotiated. The report is available on Local Updates.

Updated schedule of works - Barwon Park Road, St Peters

SMC has amended the scheduling of works on Barwon Park Road for installation of Intelligent Transport System (ITS) infrastructure. The expected end date for these works is now approximately 9November 2018. As previously reported, works will occur Mondays to Fridays between 7am and 6pm, and on Saturdays between 8am and 1pm. Further information is available on Local Updates.

 

M4–M5 LINK

Tunnelling site demolition work – Pyrmont Bridge Road, Annandale

As previously reported, work commenced on Thursday 25 October 2018 to remove buildings within the tunnelling site at Pyrmont Bridge Road, Annandale. This work is expected to take four months to complete. An update on Local Updates mentions that Bignell Lane will be closed for the duration.

Compliance Tracking & Environmental Audit Program report

This report outlines the program for tracking and auditing compliance to address the requirements contained in WestConnex Stage 3 conditions of approval and Revised Environmental Management Measures (REMM) within the Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report (SPIR). For further information, refer to Local Updates.

Construction Noise & Vibration Impact Statement

This report, prepared by EMM Sydney for the Stage 3A contractor, is a supplement to the Stage 3A Site Establishment Management Plan (SEMP). The report has been prepared in accordance with the project’s conditions of approval, Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), REMM within the Stage 3 SPIR and all applicable legislation and guidelines. For further information, refer to Local Updates.

Pollution Incident Response Management Plan

This plan has been prepared to identify and manage the risk of pollution incidents and facilitate a co-ordinated management response to such incidents from construction of Stage 3A. It includes communication procedures for contacting relevant regulatory authorities and the community when significant pollution occurs. For further information, refer to Local Updates.

 

GENERAL

WestConnex update report to Council’s 30 October 2018 meeting

Item 14 on the agenda for this meeting is a WestConnex Update Report. The report addresses action items from the 4 October 2018 meeting of Council’s WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF), where WCLF community members requested that certain items be reported to a Council meeting. As a result the following items are discussed and a recommendation provided for each: Council dissemination of information on WestConnex; Haberfield-Ashfield footpath issues; plans for use of the Haberfield-Ashfield Muirs sites; plans for Ashfield residual lands; use of a portion of Reg Coady Reserve at Haberfield; keeping a Council register and map of properties known to be damaged by WestConnex; and reimbursement of WestConnex advocacy group expenses. The report is available on Council’s website. 

Western Harbour Tunnel (WHT) reference design report to Council’s 30 October 2018 meeting

Item 15 on the agenda for this meeting is a report on the WHT reference design. Attached to the report is a draft submission on the on the WHT reference design which raises the main issues for Council and the Inner West community. Also attached is the reference design document itself. It is recommended in this report that Council makes a submission to Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) on the reference design by the 9 November 2018 deadline based on the attached draft submission and including comments raised at the Council meeting. The report is available on Council’s website, whilst further information on the WHT project and the related Northern Beaches Link is available on RMS’s website.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 19 October 2018 (PDF 51.3KB)

M4 EAST 

Variable message signage (VMS) installation – Dalhousie & Waratah Streets, Haberfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised that from Thursday 18 October 2018 work will commence to install a VMS on the corner of Dalhousie Street and Parramatta Road, and on Waratah Street. Work is expected to take two shifts within a week to complete - from 9pm to 5am on Dalhousie Street and 4pm to 2am on Waratah Street. Work will include lifting the VMS structure into position and securing it to footings. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Environmental Protection Licence – monitoring data report

SMC has made this report available for September 2018. It covers environmental factors such as water discharge, dust, odour and ground vibration. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Intelligent transport signage (ITS) work – Waratah Street, Haberfield

SMC has advised that from Tuesday 16 October 2018, work will commence to remediate footpaths affected by construction activities on Waratah Street. Hours of operation will be from 7am to 6pm, and it is expected that work will be completed on Friday 2 November 2018. The work will involve permanent restoration of the footpath between Alt Street and Dobroyd Parade. Work to install the remaining overhead height detectors (OHDs) will occur at a later date, and at that time the community will be notified. For more details, refer to Local Updates.

Infrastructure installation – Parramatta Road, Ashfield

From Monday 22 October 2018, work will continue to install ITS and fixed signage infrastructure along the Parramatta Road footpath between Liverpool Road and Orpington Street in Ashfield. The work is expected to take two months to complete, and will be conducted from 9pm to 5am Sunday to Monday. Further details are available on Local Updates.

NEW M5 

Rescheduled night work & traffic changes – Princes Highway & Campbell Street, St Peters

Night work is scheduled to take place to lay new asphalt at the intersection of Princes Highway and Campbell Street. Five night shifts are required due to the need for lane closures on the Princes Highway. Works will be undertaken from Tuesday 16 to Thursday 18 October 2018 from 8pm to 5am. This work has been rescheduled form Monday 8 October 2018 due to wet weather. Further information is available on Local Updates.

Girder installation – Canal Road, St Peters

Night work is required for mobilisation of a crane and delivery/installation of concrete girders within the St Peters Interchange (SPI) site near the Canal Road / Princes Highway intersection. This work will be undertaken at night due to the size of the girders and travel restrictions for over-sized loads. The crane will be mobilised on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October 2018 from 6pm to 6am. The delivery and installation of girders (four per night) will occur from Monday 22 to Friday 26 October 2018 from 6pm to 6am, weather permitting. For further information, refer to Local Updates.

Day work & road closure – Barwon Park Road, St Peters

SMC has advised that a road closure is needed for approximately two weeks on Barwon Park Road at the intersection of Campbell Street/Road to facilitate utility service installation in this location. Day work will be undertaken to install new power, communications and ITS conduits underground across the full width of Barwon Park Road near the intersection of Campbell Street/Road. Work will be undertaken from Monday 22 to Saturday 3 November 2018, with hours of operation Monday to Friday 7am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 1pm. More information is available on Local Updates.

Upcoming traffic changes in St Peters

Utility installation will continue in various locations in St Peters on Monday 22, Tuesday 23 and Thursday 25 October 2018. All works will involve the following major day and night traffic changes:

  • Brown Street, Hutchinson Street and Campbell Street (west) on Monday 22 October from 7pm to 5am;
  • Campbell Street (west), Hutchinson Street, Florence Street, Brown Street and St Peters Street on Tuesday 23 October from 7am to 6pm; and
  • Unwins Bridge Road, Bedwin Road and May Street on Tuesday 23 October from 7pm to 5am and Thursday 25 October 2018 from 7pm to 5am.

More information is available on Local Updates.

Monthly interface meeting

Council staff met with staff from the New M5 project, Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and SMC at a monthly interface meeting on Friday 19 October 2018. The following matters were discussed:

  • permanent VMS signage locations;
  • Unwins Bridge Road post-construction plantings; and
  • forthcoming construction work on Campbell Street/Road, May Street and Barwon Park Road.

M4–M5 Link 

Tunnelling site demolition work – Pyrmont Bridge Road, Annandale

Work will commence on Thursday 25 October 2018 to remove existing buildings within the tunnelling site at Pyrmont Bridge Road, Annandale. This work is expected to take four months to complete and will take place from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 6pm on Saturdays. Residents and businesses will be notified if work is required outside these hours. For further information, refer to Local Updates.

Geotechnical investigation – Parramatta Road, Haberfield-Ashfield

Preparations are underway to commence construction work for the M4-M5 Link in Haberfield-Ashfield. Geotechnical investigations will be carried out at the Parramatta Road construction sites from Monday 15 October 2018. The work is expected to take three weeks to complete, weather permitting. Works will be undertaken between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. All work will be conducted within project locations and access will occur using existing driveways on Parramatta Road, Alt Street and Bland Street (south). For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Property condition survey factsheet

SMC has posted a factsheet on property condition surveys on Local Updates. A property condition survey is an inspection of a building, property or other asset to assess and document its general condition. The survey is carried out before the start of the nearby construction, tunnelling or demolition works, and again after the completion of works. Prior to works commencing, surveys will be offered to property owners within the project corridor (i.e. the zone on the surface equal to 50 meters from the outer edge of the tunnels) and within 50 meters of surface works. A series of commonly asked questions and answers is provided in this notification.

Community update – October 2018

SMC has posted this update on Local Updates. It covers such topics as: what is happening on the Parramatta Road sites;  

  • working hours;
  • demolition works;
  • equipment being used;
  • trucks and traffic during site establishment;
  • parking arrangements whilst the construction parking and access strategy is being developed;
  • pedestrian and bus access; and
  • ways of minimising impacts on the locate community.

The Stage 3A project team will be holding an open information session soon – date to be advised.

GENERAL

WestConnex Parliamentary Inquiry

The Mayor and senior Council staff attended the WestConnex inquiry at NSW Parliament House on Tuesday 9 October 2018 from 2:00pm–2:45pm to present an overview of Council’s submission and answer question from the inquiry committee. Submissions, transcripts and other information are available on the inquiry website.

WestConnex update report to Council meeting

At its Tuesday 30 October 2018 meeting, Council will consider a report that addresses the following action items from the 4 October 2018 meeting of Council’s WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF):

  • dissemination of Council information on WestConnex;
  • Haberfield-Ashfield footpath issues;
  • plans for use of the Haberfield-Ashfield Muirs sites;
  • plans for Ashfield residual lands;
  • use of a portion of Reg Coady Reserve at Haberfield;
  • keeping a Council register and map of properties known to be damaged by WestConnex; and
  • reimbursement of WestConnex advocacy group expenses.

The report will be available on Council’s website four working days before the meeting.

Reference designs for Western Harbour Tunnel (WHT) & Beaches Link

Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) has been undertaking community information sessions for reference designs for the WHT and Beaches Link (WHTBL). Sessions were held in Balmain Town Hall on Thursday 18 October and Saturday 20 October 2018, while other sessions are being held in suburbs north of the harbour. Only the WHT would have a direct impact on the Inner West Council area. RMS will be receiving feedback on these reference designs until Friday 9 November 2018. Feedback can be provided to RMS on freecall: 1800 931 189, email: whtbl@rms.nsw.gov.au or by post: Customer feedback, RMS, Locked Bag 928, North Sydney, NSW, 2059. Feedback can also be provided on an interactive map on RMS’s WHTBL web page. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for these projects is expected in the first half of 2018.

A draft Council submission on the WHT will be reported to a Council meeting on Tuesday 30 October 2018, where it is planned that further issues raised at the meeting be integrated into the submission. Council’s final submission will be lodged by the 9 November 2018 deadline. The report and draft submission will be available on Council’s website four working days before the meeting.
Residents from northern suburbs affected by the WHTBL will be holding a public meeting on the impacts of these projects at 6:30-8:30pm on Tuesday 23 October 20187 at the North Sydney Leagues Club Auditorium. RSVP to plateau.precinct@gmail.com.

WestConnex community grants

SMC has invited applications for the next round of grants under the WestConnex Community Grant Scheme. Eligible community groups can apply for up to $10,000 to deliver initiatives that provide long-term benefits to communities within close proximity to WestConnex. Applications will be open for three weeks, with this round closing on 3pm Friday 2 November 2018. All eligible organisations can apply and submit their application online through the WestConnex website.

Sydney Metro (rail) project - Marrickville tunnelling site

This item has been included as there may be cumulative impacts as a result of this project and WestConnex construction activities nearby. This site is located north of Sydenham Station and south of Bedwin Road, bordered by Edinburgh Road and Murray Street. The tunnel portal is to the west of the T3 Bankstown Line. It is the launch site for two tunnel boring machines (TBMs), and is the support site for the southern services facility. More information is available on the Sydney Metro website.

 

WestConnex Weekly Update - 05 October 2018 (PDF 131.8KB)

M4 EAST  

Community Communication Strategy (CCS)

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has posted the CCS on Local Updates. This strategy forms part of the project management system and is part of a suite of plans that outline how the project will be managed to ensure there is an integrated approach to meeting community obligations.

Construction & utility work – Parramatta Road civil site

SMC has advised that from 10 October 2018 construction and utility works will continue around the Parramatta Road construction site for a further month. During this time, work on Chandos Street at Haberfield may be required – if so, a separate notification will be issued. The Parramatta Road works involve adjusting traffic barriers in front of businesses (whilst maintaining access); carrying out utility works; and reconfiguring and installing traffic signals at Bland Street at Ashfield. Hours of operation are 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 1pm Saturdays and 6pm to 5am Monday to Sunday. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

NEW M5 

Environmental Protection Licence – monitoring data report

SMC has made available this report for August 2018. It covers environmental factors such as water discharge, dust, odour and ground vibration. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Night work & traffic changes – Princes Highway, Campbell Street (east), Campbell Street (west) & Crown Street, St Peters

A notice has been posted confirming night work will occur to asphalt sections of road pavement at the Princes Highway / Campbell Street intersection. This will involve major traffic changes on the Princes Highway, Campbell Street (east), Campbell Street (west) and Crown Street. Work is underway to finalise the new road and footpath along the southern side of Campbell Street from Crown Street across the Princes Highway to Brown Street. This work was originally scheduled to be completed by mid-October 2018, but has been delayed due to utility service installation work in the area. The new road and footpath is currently scheduled to open to traffic in mid-November 2018. The site compounds will then move to the northern side of Campbell Street (west). Residents will be notified at least 5 days in advance of this switch taking place. Dates and times for the works are as follows: Monday 8 to Wednesday 10 October 2018 8pm to 5am and Monday 15 to Tuesday 16 October 2018 from 8pm to 5am. For more details, refer to Local Updates.

GENERAL 

WestConnex Parliamentary Inquiry

The Mayor and senior Council staff will attend the WestConnex Inquiry at NSW Parliament House at 2:00pm–2:45pm on Tuesday 9 October 2018 to give an opening statement and answer questions from the inquiry committee. Information on the inquiry (including access to Council’s submission) is on the inquiry website.  

WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF)

This week Council convened the October WCLF, which was attended by representatives of Inner West WestConnex advocacy groups, concerned residents and Council, DP&E and EPA staff. Minutes are posted on council’s website.

Community Organiser WestConnex Unit

Maree Laing has recently joined Council’s WestConnex Unit as the part-time WestConnex Community Organiser. Maree’s appointment was in accordance with a 2017 Council resolution to:
“Dedicate an officer within the WestConnex Unit to:

  • (a) Support and assist the work of the various action groups, acknowledging the proliferation and complexity of the issues associated with the WestConnex project and the need for dedicated local support within the IWC to focus on issues specific to the M4-M5 link and interchanges; and
  • (b) The responsibilities of the position should include support and facilitation of community responses to planning and design documents, facilitation of log of complaints by residents, and support for the Council’s advocacy on behalf of the Inner West community to relevant state agencies and Ministers.”

Maree looks forward to assisting the community with its advocacy efforts on WestConnex issues. Maree can be contacted on 9392 5274, 0428 125 148, or at mran.maree.laing@innerwest.nsw.gov.au.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 28 September 2018  (PDF 36.6KB)

M4 EAST 

Quarterly construction compliance report

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has posted the quarterly construction compliance report for the period 23 July to 22 October 2017. The purpose of this report is to satisfy condition of approval (CoA) A14c (ii) and to provide the Department of Planning & Environment (DP&E) with a status report on the project’s compliance with conditions and license requirements. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Footpath restoration work – Parramatta Road Civil Site

SMC has advised that from Wednesday 3 October 2018, work will commence to restore footpaths that have been affected by work around the Parramatta Road civil site. This work is expected to take three months, and updates will be provided during this time to the community. As works will occur in front and around the Bland Street pedestrian bridge on the Ashfield side of Parramatta Road, the bridge’s lift will need to be intermittently closed from 9am to 4pm Wednesday 3 October 2018 to Friday 5 October 2018 and Monday 8 October 2018 to Friday 12 October 2018 . To minimise the impact, the works will be carried out during school holidays. Standard daytime construction hours will apply from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm Saturdays, as well as night works from 6pm to 5am Monday to Sunday. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Permanent noise wall construction – Dobroyd Parade, Haberfield

SMC has advised that from Wednesday 3 October 2018 work will continue to construct the Dobroyd Parade noise wall. Due to construction changes to address utility issues, this work is expected to take a month longer to complete than previously estimated. Remaining works will involve: auger piling for the installation of the remaining support posts; installation and commencement of painting of remaining Hebel panels; remediation of footpaths, driveways and road surfaces; and completion of landscaping. Standard daytime working hours will apply. For more details, refer to Local Updates.

Cul-de-sac construction – Dobroyd Parade, Haberfield

Further to prior notification N364a, from Tuesday 2 October 2018, work will continue on the construction of the approved cul-de-sac at Dobroyd Parade, at its intersection with Waratah Street, Haberfield. Works will include installing drainage and footings for the new cul-de-sac, concrete work and landscaping. Hours of construction will be 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Waratah Street signage infrastructure

Council staff recently met with the M4 East Project Director, other project staff and the RMS WestConnex Project Director to discuss issues associated with recent installation of signs and associated infrastructure on footpaths in Haberfield and Ashfield. Council staff reiterated the view previously expressed that the location of sign footings and electrical cabinets on footpaths was not acceptable as these are obstacles to pedestrian access and create a major visual impact. The M4 East Project Director explained that this infrastructure could not be relocated because of constraints created by underground services and the need for access to the electrical cabinets. Council will continue to argue for relocation of these items.

Monthly interface meeting

This week council staff met with representatives of the M4 East project team, SMC and DP&E for a regular (monthly) interface meeting. The following matters were discussed: completion of Wattle Street noise walls; update on Dobroyd Parade and Martin Street cul-de-sac construction; Parramatta Road (City bound) works including the ongoing closure of Chandos Street; ongoing worker parking issues in Haberfield; update on the Haberfield Gardens design; and further discussions around Council’s request for relocation of sign footings and associated electrical cabinets in Haberfield and Ashfield. The focus of the discussion of this latter issue is the cabinet blocking the footpath in Waratah Street, Haberfield.

Ambient air quality & weather monitoring validated report

SMC has released this report for the period 1 to 31 August 2018. It reports on air quality monitoring data from the six ambient air quality monitoring stations along the M4 East route, i.e.: Allen Street (Homebush),Powells Creek (Concord), St Luke’s Park (Concord), Concord Oval, Ramsay Street (Haberfield) and Haberfield Public School. The data presented in this report describes air quality measurements used and compares monitoring results. This report, along with comparison graphs of PM2.5 and PM10 levels across the Sydney area, are available on Local Updates.

Air Quality Community Consultative Committee (AQCCC)

The minutes of the 5 August 2018 M4 East AQCCC meeting are now available on the WestConnex website.

NEW M5 

Visual messaging signage (VMS) meeting – Tempe

Recently Council staff met on-site with New M5 project staff to discuss the location of a planned VMS sign adjacent to Kendrick Park at Tempe. All agreed the sign should be located to minimise impacts on the walk/cycle path along the Princes Highway and minimise impacts on Kendrick Park. Council staff were advised that the construction will require the temporary closure of the abovementioned path, but a suitable detour is available within the park during this period. Local residents will be advised of this work and further information m including construction start/finish dates, will be posted on the WestConnex website when available.

Site-specific Ancillary Facilities Management Plan (SSAFMP) – Burrows Road South

SMC has posted this plan on the WestConnex website. The facility is for storing equipment and materials to support local road upgrades in St Peters, Alexandra and Mascot, as well as crushing and stockpiling tunnel spoil for capping the St Peters Interchange (SPI) site. The location of the facility is to the south of the SPI site in the St Peters industrial area. The SSAFMP has been prepared for the approval by the DP&E to satisfy condition of approval D63. For more information, refer to the WestConnex website.

M4-M5 LINK

Stage 3 (M4-M5 Link) Modification 1 on public exhibition
This has been reported in previous Weekly Update Reports. Council lodged its submission on the due date of 26 September 2018, and it is available on Council’s website. The modification report is available from the DP&E’s major projects website.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 14 & 21 September 2018 (PDF 44.9KB)

M4 EAST 

Infrastructure installation – Parramatta Road, Ashfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised that from Sunday 16 September 2018, work will continue to install intelligent transport services (ITS) and signage infrastructure along the footpath on Parramatta Road between Liverpool Road and Orpington Street. Work is expected to take three months to complete, with updates provided monthly. Works involve installing temporary barriers to delineate the work-zone from Ashfield Park; service investigations and installation of new ITS services; installing standing traffic signs, over-height detectors, roadside cabinets and tolling gantry structures; and remediation work, including construction of pavements, driveways, kerbs and medians. For more information refer to Local Updates.

ITS & utility works – Parramatta Road, Haberfield

Further to SMC Notification N363a, from Monday 24 September 2018, work will continue to install utilities and ITS infrastructure along Parramatta Road between Rogers Avenue and Dalhousie Street. From Monday 24 September 2018 to Monday 29 October 2018, work will be undertaken from 9pm to 5am Sunday to Monday. More information is available on Local Updates.

Ongoing construction work – Haberfield

Following traffic changes referred to in SMC Notification N361a, work continues along Wattle Street and Dobroyd Parade. This work is expected to take up to three months to complete, with updates provided monthly. Work will be undertaken from Sunday 23 September 2018 to Sunday 28 October 2018. Standard construction hours of Monday to Friday 7am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 1pm will apply, as well as night work from 9pm to 5am Sunday to Friday. Further details are available on Local Updates.

Environmental Protection Licence – monitoring data report

SMC has made available this report for August 2018. It covers environmental factors such as water discharge, dust, odour and ground vibration. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

WestConnex Community Reference Group (WCRG) - Western

The WCRG for the Western region was held on Tuesday 18 September 2018 at Council’s Ashfield Service Centre. Western region covers the suburbs of Parramatta, Homebush, Strathfield, Concord, Ashfield and Haberfield, with a focus on Stage 1 (M4 East). Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) project directors explained the Stage 3 (M4-M5 Link) modification and the implications for the Haberfield and Ashfield communities. Representatives from the community and staff from Council and DP&E were in attendance. Terms of reference, meeting minutes and background information on WCRGs are available on the WestConnex website.

NEW M5 

Weekend work – St Peters Interchange (SPI) site

SMC has advised that weekend work is required for ground treatment to be undertaken on the haul road within the SPI site. This is required to include placement and compaction of sandstone to a height of three metres for the haul road. This work will be undertaken from 8am to 6pm on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September 2018. The work will be undertaken outside regular standard construction hours for the safely of workers. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Night work & traffic changes - Campbell Street (west) & surrounding streets, St Peters

Night work will be undertaken to install utility services in various locations on Campbell Street (west), Hutchinson Street, May Street and Bedwin Road on Monday 17 to Wednesday 19 September 2018 from 7pm to 5am. This night work is necessary to install power and communication conduits and haul power cables in various locations. Traffic changes will be in place. For more details (including maps), refer to Local Updates.

WestConnex Community Reference Group (WCRG) - Southern

The WCRG for the Southern region was held on Tuesday 11 September 2018 at Council’s Ashfield Service Centre. Southern region covers the suburbs of St Peters, Sydenham, Tempe and Kingsgrove, with a focus on Stage 2 (New M5). RMS project directors discussed issues with representatives from the community and staff from Council and DP&E. Terms of reference, meeting minutes and background information on WCRGs are available on the WestConnex website.

Air Quality Community Consultative Committee (AQCCC)

Council staff attended a meeting of the New M5 AQCCC on 10 September 2018. At the meeting, SMC’s air monitoring consultants explained the rationale for the proposed location of air quality monitoring stations and how pollutants disperse from ventilation facilities. Further information about the New M5 AQCCC (including meeting notes) is available on the WestConnex website.

Night work on Burrows Road – St Peters

SMC has advised that night work is required on Burrows Road to install underground communications cables. The road will be reinstated once the work is completed. Work hours will be 8pm to 5am from Wednesday 19 to Friday 21 September 2018. Traffic changes will be in place. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

M4-M5 LINK  

Stage 3 (M4-M5 Link) Modification 1 on public exhibition

The Stage 3 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was exhibited in August 2017 and received planning approval in April 2018. As part of the Stage 3A (mainline tunnels) project, changes are proposed to the design and construction described and assessed in the EIS. A modification report is on exhibition until 26 September 2018. For more information on the proposed changes and details on how to make a submission, go to the to the DP&E major projects website. A community guide to the modification is available on the WestConnex website. Council will be making a submission before the 26 September 2018 due date, which will be posted on Council’s website. Following is a summary of the proposed changes:

  • using the existing Stage 1 construction site at Northcote Street, Haberfield as a tunnelling and civil construction site for Stage 3, including the use of two routes for trucks and other construction vehicles leaving the site;
  • constructing a temporary access tunnel between the Northcote Street site and the Stage 3 mainline tunnels;
  • using the Parramatta Road, Haberfield and Parramatta Road, Ashfield sites (formerly owned by Muirs and others) as civil construction sites (not tunnelling sites) which will include offices, worker parking, workshop and storage;
  • constructing a temporary pedestrian walkway above Parramatta Road to connect the Parramatta Road, Haberfield and Parramatta Road, Ashfield civil construction sites, allowing workers to walk between the sites;
  • removing all construction activities and operational facilities from 7 Darley Road, Leichhardt; and
  • relocating an operational water treatment plant from 7 Darley Road, Leichhardt to the Campbell Road motorway operations complex at the SPI site.
Meeting about early utility works near King George Park, Rozelle

Council and RMS staff recently met on site to discuss areas that will be subject to early utilities works, i.e. streets in the area between Victoria Road and King George Park at Rozelle. RMS is currently drafting a utilities management strategy for these works, which will be carried out before works commence on the main Stage 3B (Rozelle Interchange) works. All these works are classified as ‘non-contestable’ and as such, are not regulated by Stage 3B conditions of approval and construction management plans. RMS will shortly begin the process of notifying the community about these works.

GENERAL 

RMS briefing – Western Harbour Tunnel (WHT) & Beaches Link

RMS staff recently briefed Council staff on progress of planning these projects. This focused on WHT, as latter project is outside the Inner West Council area. As has been previously reported, RMS has invited comment until 9 November 2018 on a reference design for these projects. The reference design is available on RMS’s website.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 07 September 2018  (PDF 41.3KB)

M4 EAST

Footpath restoration – Crane Avenue, Haberfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised that from Monday 3 September 2018, work will commence to permanently restore the footpath and affected driveway on Crane Avenue. Works will be undertaken from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and are expected to be completed by Friday 14 September 2018. For more details refer to Local Updates.

Air Quality Community Consultative Committee (AQCCC)

The minutes of the 5 June 2018 M4 East AQCCC meeting are now available on the WestConnex website.

Construction & utility work – Parramatta Road Civil Site

SMC has advised that from Sunday 9 September 2018, works will continue around the Parramatta Road construction site. These are expected to take up to two months to complete with updates provided to the community monthly. During this time, weekend work on Chandos Street will be required, and a separate notification will be issued for this. Hours of operation will be 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 1pm on Saturdays and 6pm to 5am Monday to Sunday. For more details, refer to Local Updates.

NEW M5 

Day/night work & traffic changes – Campbell Street (east), Crown Street & Unwins Bridge Road, St Peters

SMC has advised that from Monday 10 September 2018 to Saturday 15 September 2018, work will be carried out during standard daytime construction hours to install utility services at the intersection of Campbell and Crown Streets and along the eastern footpath on Crown Street. On Friday 14 September 2018, night work will be undertaken on Unwins Bridge Road to continue to install new water, communications and power conduits underground. This will be undertaken along the western footpath and parking lane on Unwins Bridge Road at its intersection with May Street, Campbell Street and Bedwin Road, and in the slip lane from Unwins Bridge Road to Bedwin Road. For more details, refer to Local Updates.

Monthly interface meeting

Council staff recently met with staff from the Department of Planning & Environment (DP&E), Roads & Maritime Services (RMS), SMC and the New M5 project team at a regular (monthly) interface meeting. The following matters were discussed:

  • future consultation with Council over the locations of proposed Variable Message Signs (VMSs) and tunnel over-height detectors;
  • no-stopping signs recently erected at the Unwins Bridge Road / Silver Street intersection to improve sight-lines for motorists entering and exiting Silver Street;
  • worker parking issues raised by the community;
  • Council’s involvement in drainage works being undertaken at the Campbell Street end of Barwon Park Road;
  • issues raised by community members at the 6 September 2018 meeting of Council’s WestConnex Community Liaison Forum;
  • update on proposed works and traffic changes along Campbell Street and surrounding streets; and 
  • Camdenville Basin design issues and options.

M4-M5 LINK  

Proposed modification to conditions of approval

RMS staff recently met with Council staff to provide details of a proposed modification to the Stage 3A (mainline tunnel) conditions of approval. Key components of the modification are:

  • the Northcote Street civil site (C3a) would become a civil and tunnel site, not just a civil site as was previously proposed;
  • two spoil haulage routes to/from the Northcote Street site – one using the existing Dobroyd Parade G-loop, the other an ‘overflow’ route using Parramatta Road, Wattle Street, Ramsay Street, Fairlight Street, Great North Road and returning to Parramatta Road;
  • the Parramatta Road West and East civil sites (C1b and C3b) would be used as civil sites, with no tunnelling to occur at these sites;
  • a temporary pedestrian walkway connection above Parramatta Road to connect the Parramatta Road East and West sites for use by project staff during the construction phase;
  • removal of the Darley Road civil and tunnel site (C4) from the project, with no construction or infrastructure at this location as was previously proposed; and
  • relocation of the operational water treatment plant from the Darley Road site to the St Peters Interchange site.

The modification will be publicly notified from 12 to 26 September 2018. Modification documents will be available at Council’s three services centres and Haberfield, St Peters and Balmain libraries.

GENERAL 

Air quality concerns – meeting of Councils

As previously reported, Council had resolved at its 22 May 2018 meeting “THAT Council convenes a meeting of Councils along the WestConnex route to formulate a regional response to air quality issues, including support for a joint study into air quality to be conducted before and after WestConnex opens.” This meeting took place on Wednesday 5 September 2018 at Council’s Ashfield Service Centre. At the meeting were staff from all WestConnex-affected Councils – City of Sydney, Bayside, Canterbury-Bankstown, Canada Bay, Burwood, Strathfield and Inner West. Inner West Council staff explained Council’s position on WestConnex, its air quality concerns and background to the above resolution. This was followed by a general discussion of all councils’ air quality issues, and ideas for a regional response by councils to air quality issues raised by WestConnex. All agreed it was worthwhile for this group to investigate opportunities for funding of regional air quality monitoring initiatives and to meet again to discuss these opportunities when they arise.

New DP&E compliance monitoring tool

The DP&E compliance team works with communities, councils other State agencies to ensure that State Significant projects across NSW meet their conditions of approval, and to ensure that compliance activities are undertaken in a transparent way. DP&E has developed a tool which allows the public to access to compliance monitoring information by phone or other device. The map provides historic and current information on compliance monitoring activities across NSW, including the number and location of inspections and any enforcement actions taken. Further information is available from DP&E on 1 300 305 695 or compliance@planning.nsw.gov.au.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 31 August 2018 (PDF 46.2KB)

M4 EAST 

Cul-de-sac construction – Dobroyd Parade, Haberfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised that from Monday 27 August 2018, work will continue on the Dobroyd Parade cul-de-sac at the Waratah Street intersection. Work is expected to take up to three months, with completion scheduled for Monday 1 October 2018. Updates will be provided monthly. Work will involve installation of new drainage and footings for future signage, concrete work to build the cul-de-sac structure and installation of landscaping. Works will undertaking during the day from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. For more details refer to Local Updates.

Driveway work – 98 Chandos Street, Ashfield

SMC has posted a notice confirming that works will commence on Monday 3 September 2108 to finalise the newly-constructed driveway at 98 Chandos Street, Ashfield. Work is expected to take up to two weeks to complete, and standard day-time hours will apply with no night-works required. Traffic control will be in place to ensure access to the property is maintained. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Footpath restorations – Crane Avenue, Haberfield

Following recent work outlined in Notification N317b, from Monday 3 September 2018, work will commence to permanently restore the footpath and affected driveway on Crane Avenue in Haberfield. This work is expected to take up to two weeks to complete, with work hours being Monday to Friday 7am to 6pm only. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Intelligent Transport Services (ITS) work – Waratah Street, Haberfield

SMC has advised that work will continue on the installation of ITS infrastructure on Waratah Street, Haberfield. This involves: installation a temporary pedestrian footpath around the work site; saw cutting and trenching in the footpath and road; installation of communications cabling; and temporary remediation of the area. Final remediation will occur at a later date. When these works are being undertaken, parking will not be available on the western side of the road between Alt Street and Dobroyd Parade. Works will be undertaken by day shifts only, and are expected to be completed by Friday 28 September 2018. Additional information is available on Local Updates.

Monthly interface meeting

Council staff and Department of Planning & Environment (DP&E) compliance staff recently met with M4 East and SMC staff at a regular (monthly) interface meeting. The following matters were discussed:

  • Dobroyd Parade cul-de-sac works;
  • closure of the G:loop;
  • the alignment of Wattle Street; and
  • Council’s continued opposition to footway blockages on Dalhousie and Waratah Streets and Parramatta Road from sign footings, footings for over-height detectors and ITS cabinets.
Air Quality Community Consultative Committee (AQCCC)

On Tuesday 28 August 2018, Council staff attended an M4 East AQCCC meeting, which included representatives from the community, SMC, Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and M4 East contractors/consultants. The meeting included presentations and discussions on: air quality data that has been collected to date from M4 East monitoring stations since monitoring began in December 2017;

  • progress on the development of the M4 East Operational Environmental Management Plan (OEMP) and Operational Air Quality Management Sub-Plan;
  • and appointment of an independent air quality specialist for the operational phase.

The next meeting is scheduled for 20 November 2018. Further information on the M4 East AQCCC is available on the WestConnex website.

NEW M5 

Intelligent Transport System (ITS) installation & temporary parking removal – Barwon Park Road, St Peters

Work to install ITS infrastructure along the eastern (Sydney park) side of Barwon Park Road was originally scheduled to occur from Friday 10 August 2018 to Friday 7 September 2018, as per Notification 464. Following service investigation works in early August, this work has been postponed and is now scheduled to be undertaken from Monday 3 September 2018 to Friday 28 September 2018. This infrastructure will support new closed circuit television (CCTV) facilities to be installed at the Princes Highway / Campbell Street intersection to monitor traffic and provide updated traffic information to local Variable Message Signs (VMSs), to be installed. Temporary parking restrictions will be in place on the eastern side of Barwon Park Road throughout this period. Standard daytime construction hours apply. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Environmental Protection Licence – monitoring data report

SMC has made available this report for July 2018. It covers environmental factors such as water discharge, dust, odour and ground vibration. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Air quality monitoring

SMC has posted on local updates a fact sheet on air quality monitoring at St Peters. Ambient air quality monitoring has been ongoing in St Peters since July 2015 and will continue until at least 2025. The purpose of the monitoring is to record ambient air quality before and after the Stage 2 and 3 tunnels commence operation. An ambient air quality monitoring station within the grounds of the St Peters Primary School has been recording data since July 2015. A further two ambient air quality monitoring stations will be installed in St Peters later this year at two locations. The first is the corner of Princes Highway and Campbell Street, within land currently being used to construct the Campbell Street upgrade. The second is adjacent to Burrows Road, within the St Peters Interchange (SPI) site. Pollutants such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter (PM10, & PM2.5), ozone, hydrocarbons are monitored, as is wind speed and direction, temperature and solar radiation. Data from the existing monitoring station at St Peters Primary School is validated and published on the WestConnex website.

M4-M5 LINK   

Modification briefing

This week the RMS staff held a briefing for Council staff on the forthcoming modification to the Stage 3 approval. Representatives from SMC, City of Sydney and AECOM also attended. RMS and SMC have been working with the Stage 3A (mainline tunnel) contractor to refine Stage 3A design and construction plans. It is anticipated the modification will be lodged with the DP&E mid-September 2018 and will be publicly exhibited for two weeks.
Key features of the modification are: 

  • removing the previously proposed 7 Darley Road construction site from the approval;
  • relocating the operational water treatment plant previously proposed for 7 Darley Road to the SPI site;
  • continuation of use of the existing Stage 1 tunnelling site at Northcote Street at Haberfield for Stage 3;
  • using the Parramatta Road West and East construction sites as civil sites only, not tunnelling as previously proposed for the West site; and 
  • construction of a temporary pedestrian bridge over Parramatta Road to connect the Parramatta Road East and West sites for use by project staff during the construction phase.

GENERAL 

WestConnex Inquiry

As previously reported, NSW Parliament will be holding an inquiry into WestConnex. Council’s lodged its submission on 31 August 2018 (the due date for submissions), and this is available on Council’s website. As shown on the inquiry website, hearings have been set for 9, 11 and 15 October 2018 at Parliament House.

Community feedback sessions for Western Harbour Tunnel & Beaches Link (WHTBL)

RMS’s project team is holding 14 community feedback sessions on the WHTBL reference design that was released last month. The first session was held at Crows Nest on Thursday 30 August 2018, and more sessions will be announced soon for Mosman, Waverton, North Sydney, Balgowlah, Manly and Balmain. All updates and sessions will be announced on the project website. The project team can be contacted on 1800 931 189, whtbl@rms.nsw.gov.au or Customer Feedback, Roads and Maritime Services, Locked Bag 928, North Sydney, NSW, 2059.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 24 August 2018 (PDF 45KB)

M4 EAST  

Water main cutover - Haberfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised that from Monday 27 August 2018, work by the project will recommence to complete installation of a water main that was underway in 2016/2017. This work, undertaken in conjunction with Sydney Water, will involve temporary water outages, and Sydney Water will notify affected residents about these. Day work - from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays – will be undertaken for up to three weeks, with one night shift to occur on Wednesday 5 September 2018. For more details refer to Local Updates.

Ambient Air Quality & Weather Monitoring Validated Report

SMC has released this report for the period 1 July 2018 to 31 July 2018. It reports on air quality monitoring data from the six ambient air quality monitoring stations along the M4 East: Allen Street (Homebush), Powells Creek (Concord), St Luke’s Park (Concord), Concord Oval, Ramsay Street (Haberfield) and Haberfield Primary School. The data presented in this report describes air quality measurements used and compares monitoring results. To view the report, refer to Local Updates.

Permanent noise wall construction – Dobroyd Parade, Haberfield

From Tuesday 28 August 2018, work will continue to construct the noise wall along Dobroyd Parade. SMC expects the work to take one month to complete (weather permitting) and residents will be kept informed of progress. The remaining work involves: auger piling for the installation of support posts; installation and painting of the remaining Hebel panels; and finishing the landscaping. Additional information is available on Local Updates.

Operational Noise & Vibration Review (ONVR)

SMC has placed the final M4 East ONVR on the WestConnex website. It was approved by the Department of Planning & Environment (DP&E) on 20 August 2018. The objective of the ONVR is to manage operational noise from the project and ensure appropriately-designed mitigation measures are installed to minimise impacts on the community. The ONVR deals with noise from road traffic and motorway service infrastructure, such as vent facilities. The ONVR forms the basis of the structural design packages for noise barriers and other operational facilities.

Operational Environmental Management Plans (OEMPs)

The M4 East project team has recently forwarded to Council draft M4 East OEMPs for air quality, noise management, water management & environment. Council has commented on these plans, raising issues that have been previously been raised in staff meetings and in various Council submissions. These issues include: general traffic noise impacts, particular traffic noise impacts on dwellings along Wattle Street at Haberfield, potential noise impacts from the Parramatta Road vent facility and the need to progress plans for the naturalisation of Iron Cove Creek. These plans require approval by the DP&E.

NEW M5
Night work to install gas monitoring wells – St Peters Interchange (SPI) site

Night work is required to install gas monitoring wells at the SPI site. SMC has confirmed by a notification that this work will be undertaken over a period of three weeks from 27 August 2018 to 1 September 2018; 3 September 2018 to 8 September 2018; and 10 September 2018 to 15 September 2018. Working hours will be from 6pm to 6am on and Saturday 7am to 6pm.

Day/night work & traffic changes - Bedwin Road, St Peters

SMC has advised work is underway to complete utility service installation in the left slip lane from Unwins Bridge Road to Bedwin Road. The work will span the width of Bedwin Road at the intersection of Unwins Bridge Road. The installation of new water, power and communications services on Bedwin Road has taken longer than originally scheduled due to the discovery of undocumented services under the road and unfavourable hard ground conditions. It is anticipated that nine additional nights of night work and some day work on Saturdays will be required for completion. Utility service installation is currently scheduled to take place on Bedwin Road on the following days and nights: Monday 27 August 2018 from 7pm to 5am; Friday 31 August from 7pm to 6pm; Tuesday 4 September 2018 from 7pm to 5am; and Friday 7 September 2018 from 7pm to 6pm. For more information on these works and associated traffic changes refer to Local Updates.

Day/night work & traffic changes – Campbell Road, Princes Highway, Campbell Street (east) & Albert Street, St Peters

Day and night utility works will be undertaken on Campbell Street/Road and the Princes Highway. This work will involve traffic changes on Campbell Road, Princes Highway, Campbell Street (east) and Albert Street. Day work will be carried out on Campbell Road on Monday 27 August 2018 from 7am to 6pm to decommission and remove existing electricity overhead power lines. Night work will be carried out to dig a trench in the eastern footpath on Princes Highway south of Campbell Street to install power and communication conduits underground. This work will take place on Tuesday 29 August through to Thursday 30 August from 7pm to 5am; Monday 3 September from 7pm to 5am; and Wednesday 5 September 2018 from 7pm to 5am. In addition to these dates, it is anticipated that a further five to six nights of work will be required to complete utility installation on the Princes Highway south of Campbell Street. Residents will be advised once dates are confirmed. More information is available on Local Updates.

M4-M5 LINK 

Geotechnical investigations – Haberfield-Ashfield

SMC has advised preparations are underway to commence construction work for the M4-M5 Link. Geotechnical investigations will be carried out at the Parramatta Road East and West sites from Monday 27 August 2018. Work is expected to take two weeks to complete and will occur between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) sub-plans

As previously reported, Council staff have recently been commenting on Stage 3A (mainline tunnel) CEMP sub-plans. It has been pointed out that ensuring these plans are developed and implemented to a high standard is consistent with Council’s goal of minimising impacts on the community. Issues Council had raised in its submission on the Stage 3 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) have been reiterated. These plans are required by Stage 3 Conditions of Approval (CoA) and require DP&E approval.
Stage 3A CEMP sub-plans include:

  • Construction Air Quality Management;
  • Construction Traffic and Transport and Access Management;
  • Construction Noise and Vibration Monitoring/Management; Construction Noise & Vibration Sub-Plan;
  • Construction Groundwater Monitoring/Management;
  • Construction Flora and Fauna Management;
  • Construction Non-Aboriginal Heritage Management; and 
  • Construction Water/Soil Quality Monitoring/Management.

GENERAL 

WestConnex Parliamentary Inquiry

As previously reported, Council is currently preparing a submission for this inquiry, to be lodged online on the NSW Parliament website by the 31 August 2018 close date. Council recently held three community workshops to assist the community to prepare submissions, and to allow Council staff to hear the community’s issues so that they can integrated into Council’s submission.
Council’s key issues for the inquiry include:

  • inadequate business case; 
  • poor planning and management processes; 
  • air quality impacts; 
  • construction impacts such as noise, vibration, dust, odour and contaminants; 
  • noise, safety and amenity impacts from truck movements; 
  • worker parking pressures; and 
  • the social and economic impacts of the compulsory acquisitions.

Council’s draft submission was considered at the 23 August 2018 Council meeting, where additional issues were identified for inclusion in the submission. The draft submission, officer’s report and resolution are available on Council’s website.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 17 August 2018 (PDF 40.1KB)

M4 EAST  

Intelligent Transport Services (ITS) – Parramatta Road, Haberfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised that further to prior notification N363, work will continue to install utilities and ITS infrastructure along Parramatta Road between Rogers Avenue and Dalhousie Street from Sunday 19 August 2018. Work is expected to take three months to complete, with updates provided monthly. This work will involve concrete saw cutting, excavation of trench and pit locations, service investigations and pouring of concrete pavement. Work hours will be 9pm to 5am Sunday to Monday. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

NEW M5 

Day work & major traffic changes – St Peters Street & Florence Street, St Peters

Major traffic changes will be in place on St Peters Street from Saturday 18 August 2018 and on Florence Street from Monday 20 August 2018 for approximately seven weeks. This is to finalise construction of the new road and footpath along the southern section of Campbell Street. For details, refer to Local Updates. There will be two significant traffic changes in place in connection with this work:

  1. St Peters Street - temporary access road at the intersection of Campbell Street from 8am Saturday 18 August 2018 for seven weeks; and
  2. Florence Street - road closures at the intersection of Campbell Street from 7am on Monday 20 August 2018 for approximately seven weeks.
Day/night work & road closures - Campbell Street (West), Church Street & Bedwin Road, St Peters

SMC has issued a notification advising that utility installation work will be undertaken on Campbell Street (west), Church Street and Bedwin Road in St Peters. This work will involve major traffic changes, including a road closure on Campbell Street (west). Day work will be undertaken on Campbell Street (west) and Church Street to install electrical and communication pits and conduits on Thursday 16 August 2018 from 10am to 6pm and Friday 17 August 2018 7am to 6pm. Day and night work will continue on Bedwin Road to install new power, communications and water services from 7pm Friday 17 August 2018 to 6pm Saturday 18 August 2018.

Campbell Street & surrounding streets – site visit & briefing

Council staff attended a site visit and briefing organised by the Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E) compliance team. The briefing included staff from the DP&E, Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and the New M5 project. Staff walked the full length of Campbell Street and Campbell Road at St Peters discussing a number of construction issues, including management of noise impacts on residents, road closures (and associated traffic management) and stormwater management. As Campbell Street works are entering a period where night-works will be frequent, a key point of discussion was how mitigation measures and notification of residents in relation to these works can be improved.

Community & Social Management Plan (CSMP)

SMC has posted the New M5 CSMP on Local Updates. The purpose of this plan is to describe impacts and opportunities associated with the construction and operational phases of the project and to demonstrate how SMC proposes to respond to these impacts/opportunities in collaboration with relevant partners. Specifically the plan seeks to: 

  • identify opportunities to enhance the positive and mitigate the negative impacts of the project on communities; 
  • detail strategies to enhance the project and address/mitigate project impacts; 
  • identify appropriate stakeholder responsibilities; and 
  • identify appropriate monitoring, reporting and review mechanisms.

M4-M5 LINK  

Geotechnical investigations - Rozelle

Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) has informed Council that geotechnical and contamination assessment investigations will be undertaken at the corner of Byrnes Street and Victoria Road, Rozelle. This is in addition to a number of geotechnical investigation sites in Lilyfield, Rozelle and North Annandale that have previously been notified.

GENERAL 

Community workshops for WestConnex Parliamentary Inquiry submissions

This week Council held three community workshops to assist the community to prepare submissions for the forthcoming WestConnex Parliamentary Inquiry, and to allow Council staff to hear the community’s issues so that they can integrated into Council’s submission. Information is available on Council’s website at: www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/westconnex The first workshop was held on Wednesday 15 August 2018 at the Haberfield Library from 1:30pm to 3pm; the second on Thursday 16 August 2018 at the Leichhardt Town Hall from 6:30pm-8pm; and the third on Friday 17 August 2018 at St Peters Town Hall from 10:30-12pm.

Council staff provided information on how to make a submission and key issues, which include: 

  • inadequate business case; poor planning and management processes; 
  • air quality impacts; construction impacts such as noise, vibration, dust, odour and contaminants; 
  • noise, safety and amenity impacts from truck movements; 
  • worker parking pressures; and 
  • the social and economic impacts of the compulsory acquisitions.

Councillors were in attendance at the Haberfield and Leichhardt workshops. Council’s draft submission (available on Council’s website) will be considered at a Council meeting on Tuesday 23 August 2018, and the final will be lodged by the Friday 31 August 2018 close date. Submissions must be lodged online on the NSW Parliament website

WestConnex Weekly Update - 10 August 2018 (PDF 241KB)

M4 EAST  

Changed traffic conditions – Wattle Street, Haberfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised that due to scheduling issues, the Wattle Street traffic change outlined in Notification N361 will now occur over two weekends. From 8pm to 10am on Saturday 11 August 2018, work will commence to implement significant traffic changes along Wattle Street between Parramatta Road and Crane Avenue. Changes to be made on the first night - 8pm to 10am Saturday 11 August 2018 – involves splitting of traffic westbound on Wattle Street, with vehicles turning left onto Parramatta Road needing to remain in the far left lane. On the second night - Saturday 18 August 2018 - a new right turn lane from Wattle Street eastbound into Ramsay Street southbound will be created, and the G-loop from Wattle Street onto Waratah Street will be closed. Further, a temporary no right turn from Waratah Street onto Dobroyd Parade will be implemented, and an additional right turn lane from Wattle Street westbound into Ramsay Street northbound will be created. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Infrastructure installation – Parramatta Road, Ashfield

SMC has advised that from Monday 13 August 2018, work will commence to install Intelligent Transport Services (ITS) and signage infrastructure along the footpath on Parramatta Road between Liverpool Road and Orpington Street, Ashfield. Work is expected to take up to four months to complete, with updates provided monthly. Night work will be undertaken between 9pm and 5am Sunday to Monday. Additional information is available on Local Updates.

NEW M5  

Night work & traffic changes – Euston Road, Campbell Road & Burrows Road, Alexandria

Optus night work to remove overhead cables is scheduled to take place on Euston Road, Campbell Road and Burrows Road at the intersection of Campbell Road on Monday 13 August 2018 from 7pm to 5am. This is within the City of Sydney, but close to the City’s border with Inner West Council. Changed traffic conditions will apply in connection with this work. For more information on the traffic changes, refer to Local Updates.

Day work & road closure – Church Street, St Peters

SMC has confirmed that a road closure is required for approximately eight weeks on Church Street at the Campbell Street intersection. This is to finalise the new road and footpath on the southern side of Campbell Street from Crown Street, across the Princes Highway to Brown Street. Work will take place during standard daytime construction hours. If work is required outside of these hours, the community will be notified. The road closure will remain in place day and night for the duration of the work from 7am Monday 13 August 2018. Details (including maps of the traffic changes) are available on Local Updates.

Camdenville Park restoration meeting

Council staff recently met with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) representatives to discuss Council’s issues with the restoration of Camdenville Park. Issues include: the need for an integrated urban/landscape design approach that considers the whole of the park rather than just elements in isolation; the need to identify water quality bioremediation measures; challenges in achieving suitable alignments of walk/cycle paths due to the location and height of the motorway wall and its relationship to existing pumps; and options for the return of the leased space back to Council.

GENERAL  

WestConnex Parliamentary Inquiry submission workshops

As previously reported, on 21 June 2018 the NSW Legislative Council’s Upper House Public Accountability Committee announced it had commenced an inquiry into the impact of WestConnex. Further information is available on the NSW Parliament website. The inquiry will investigate the business case, benefit-cost analysis, governance structure of the organisations involved, compulsory acquisitions and relationship to other motorway projects. Inner West Council remains opposed to WestConnex and will be making a strong submission that raises a variety of issues, including: inadequate business case; poor planning and management processes; air quality impacts; construction impacts such as noise, vibration, dust, odour and contaminants; noise, safety and amenity impacts from truck movements; worker parking pressures; and the social and economic impacts of the compulsory acquisitions. Council is encouraging residents to make a submission and is convening a set of workshops to assist with this process. Council is also interested to learn about the community’s issues so these can be integrated into Council’s submission. Workshop details and instructions on how to make a submission are available on Council’s website, and a summary of workshops is as follows: 

  • Haberfield Library - Michael Maher Room – Ground floor, Wednesday 15 August, 1:30-3pm;
  • Leichhardt Town Hall – Ground floor, Thursday 16 August, 6:30-8pm; and 
  • St Peters Town Hall – Ground floor, Friday 17 August, 10:30am-12noon.

Council will be considering a report that includes a draft inquiry submission at its 14 August 2018 meeting. The report to can be accessed on Council’s website. Issues raised at the Council meeting will be integrated into the draft submission, along with issues raised at the community workshops. A final submission will be lodged by the due date of 31 August 2018.

FIX NSW TRANSPORT – City Lantern Walk

A coalition of anti-WestConnex advocacy groups plans to hold a lantern walk at 5:30pm on Saturday August 11 2018 commencing at Sydney Town Hall Square. For more information, visit www.westconnex.info or email lantern@westconnex.info.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 03 August 2018 (PDF 234.9KB)

M4 EAST  

Changed traffic conditions – Wattle Street, Haberfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised that from Wednesday 8 August 2018, work will commence to implement significant traffic changes along Wattle Street between Parramatta Road and Crane Avenue, weather and ground conditions permitting. These changes will occur over two nights. On the first night on Friday 10 August 2018 from 8pm to 8am, a new right turn lane from Wattle Street eastbound to Ramsay Street southbound will be opened, and the G-loop from Wattle Street onto Waratah Street closed. Further, a temporary no right turn from Waratah Street onto Dobroyd Parade (City West Link) will be implemented, and an additional right turn lane from Wattle Street westbound to Ramsay Street northbound opened. On Sunday 12 August 2018 from 8pm to 8am, work will be carried out to split westbound traffic on Wattle Street, where vehicles turning left onto Parramatta Road will need to remain in the far left lane. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Construction and utility work – Parramatta Road Civil Site

Work continues around the Parramatta Road construction site. SMC has advised that road works will be undertaken from Wednesday 8 August 2018 for three weeks. These works include adjusting traffic barriers, asphalting, signage, crash cushions and line marking as well as investigating and installing utilities and other services. During this time, weekend work on Chandos Street at Haberfield may be required, and a separate notification issued if necessary. Works will be carried out during standard construction hours and at night from 6pm to 5am Monday to Sunday. More information is available on Local Updates.

Drainage work – Iron Cove Creek, Haberfield

SMC has confirmed from Monday 30 July 2018 work will continue to complete the installation of a new stormwater drainage connection to Iron Cove Creek. Work is expected to take a month, finishing on Monday 3 September 2018. Work hours will be Monday to Friday 7am to 6pm, 8am to 1pm Saturday and 9pm to 5am Sunday to Monday. More information is available on Local Updates.

Signage preparation work – Dalhousie Street, Haberfield

Commencing Wednesday 4 August 2018, work will be undertaken to prepare for installation of an Advance Warning Light (AWS) on Dalhousie Street Haberfield. The AWS is a directional sign which will assist motorists navigate the new interchange. SMC advises parking will be limited in the vicinity of the work site. Works are expected to be completed by Friday 7 September 2018. Standard construction hours apply, with no night work required. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Construction traffic & access management plan

SMC has posted an updated construction traffic and access management plan (TAMP - Revision 19) on Local Updates. It forms part of the Stage 1 construction environment management plan (CEMP). The purpose of the TAMP is to describe how project contractors manage vehicular, cyclist and pedestrian traffic and access during construction to satisfy conditions of approval.

NEW M5 

Intelligent transport system installation & temporary parking removal – Barwon Park Road, St Peters

Work will begin along the eastern (Sydney park) side of Barwon Park Road for the installation of Intelligent Transport Sydney (ITS) infrastructure. This will support new closed circuit television (CCTV) facilities to be installed at the Princes Highway / Campbell Street intersection to monitor traffic and provide updated traffic information to local Variable Message Signs (VMS), to be installed. Temporary parking restrictions will be in place on the eastern (Sydney park) side of Barwon Park Road throughout this period. Work will commence on Monday 6 August 2018 and is expected to take up to five weeks to complete. Standard construction hours apply. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Monthly interface meeting

Council staff met with New M5, Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and SMC representatives at a monthly interface meeting on Friday 3 August 2018. The following matters were discussed: May Street intersection; Barwon Park Road works and temporary parking removal; altered waste collection routes; and landscaping and tree removal along Unwins Bridge Road, May Street and Brown Street.

GENERAL  

FIX NSW TRANSPORT – City Lantern Walk

A coalition of anti-WestConnex advocacy groups plans to hold a lantern walk at 5:30pm on Saturday August 11 2018 commencing at Sydney Town Hall Square. More information will be provided as it becomes available. To be involved in organising the event, or for more information, visit www.westconnex.info or email lantern@westconnex.info.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 27 July 2018  (PDF 41KB)

M4 EAST  

Variable Message Sign (VMS) preparation work – Dalhousie Street, Haberfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised that from Monday 30 July 2018 work will commence to prepare for the installation of an electronic VMS on Dalhousie Street Haberfield. The sign will provide up-to-date information on traffic conditions and incidents and events (planned and unplanned). This work is due to be completed on Thursday 30 August 2018. Construction hours are 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 9pm to 5am Sunday to Monday. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Ambient air quality & weather monitoring

SMC has released the ambient air quality and weather monitoring for the period 1 June 2018 to 30 June 2018 for the M4 East. It reports on air quality monitoring data from the six external ambient air quality monitoring stations along the M4 East: Allen Street (Homebush), Powells Creak (Concord), St Lukes (Concord), Concord Oval, Ramsay Street (Haberfield) and Haberfield Primary School. The data presented in this report describes air quality measurements and compares monitoring results. SMC has also released graphs of the monthly averages of particulate matter 10 (PM10) and particulate matter 2.5 (PM2.5). Results have been quality-assured and compliance achieved with relevant accreditation requirements where applicable. To view the report, refer to Local Updates.

Walker Avenue Neighbourhood Group (WANG) meeting

Council staff recently met with WANG members to discuss a range of issues, including: traffic safety issues associated with the noise barrier in the middle of Walker Avenue (Parramatta Road end); Haberfield Gardens design details (including landscaping); deposits of soot on residents’ roofs, and its likely sources; dilapidation concerns; and on-going worker parking issues. All agreed that these issues be taken up with M4 East project staff at interface meetings, and that meetings between WANG and Council staff be held on a regular basis (about every six weeks).

Monthly interface meeting

Council staff recently met with M4 East and SMC representatives at a monthly interface meeting. The following matters were raised and discussed: Wattle Street drainage, including Ash Lane; Dobroyd Parade noise wall construction; continuing road closure at Chandos Street; re-opening of Ormond Street; and WANG issues, including on-going safety concerns with Walker Avenue road barrier; worker parking; and Haberfield Gardens landscaping.

NEW M5  

Day work & road closure – Hutchinson Street, St Peters

A notice has been posted confirming a full road closure on Hutchinson Street to carry out utility service installation. The road closure will remain in place from 7am Tuesday 31 July 2018 to 6pm Saturday 4 August 2018. While construction work will be undertaken between the hours of 7am and 6pm Tuesday to Friday and 8am to 6pm on Saturday, the road closure on Hutchinson Street will remain in place for the duration of the work - from 7am Tuesday 31 July 2018 to 6pm Saturday 4 August 2018. For more information, refer to Local Updates.  

M4-M5 LINK  

WestConnex community reference groups (WCRG) special meeting

As previously reported, on 12 July 2018 an extraordinary WCRG meeting was held to inform the group about further details of WestConnex Stage 3(a). Minutes from this meeting have now been placed on the WestConnex website.

GENERAL 

Report to Council on air quality & noise concerns

At its 24 July 2018 meeting, Council considered a report entitled WestConnex Air Quality & Noise Concerns and made a number of resolutions. The report and full resolution are available on Council’s website. In summary, the resolutions are:

  • a new “air quality, pollution, environmental and traffic impacts” fund is considered at the next quarterly review;
  • Council to write to relevant organisations inviting their partnership and seeking advice on how Council can work with the Haberfield P&C and others to implement air and noise monitoring and analyse and share the results;
  • Council to write to the NSW Minister for the Environment and Minister for Health over a number of requested actions in relation to air quality and noise monitoring;
  • The above ministers and their staff to meet with Council to discuss an air/noise monitoring implementation program and the ongoing air/noise issues residents are experiencing as a result of WestConnex.

At this meeting Council also resolved to investigate boundary fence issues at Wattle Street, Haberfield and to write to request that the NSW Government offer to pay Council rates to compensate affected residents for the impacts WestConnex, particularly as construction will be ongoing until 2023.

WestConnex inquiry

It was previously reported in the Weekly Update Report that on 21 June 2018 the NSW Legislative Council’s Upper House Public Accountability Committee announced it had commenced an inquiry into the impacts of WestConnex. The inquiry will examine a range of issues including: the cost of the project; its governance structures; the compulsory acquisition of properties as part of the development; and the project’s relationship with other road projects in Sydney. To view the media release, click here. Submissions can be made online until 31 August 2018.  At its 24 July 2018 meeting, Council considered a report entitled WestConnex Air Quality & Noise Concerns and made a number of resolutions described above. A further resolution was made in relation to the inquiry. In summary, these are:

  • Council provides information on the Council website to residents regarding the inquiry’s key issues, how to make a submission and key issues that could be included in a submission;
  • Council to use e-news, social media and the Inner West Council page in the Inner West Courier to inform residents about the inquiry and how they can make a submission; and
  • Council to convene a public workshop on how to make a submission providing information on some of the key issues that can be included in a submission.

The report and full resolution are available on Council’s website. This resolution is now being actioned. Relevant information will be posted on Council’s website and through other media outlets shortly, and the community will soon be informed of details of the community workshop.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 20 July 2018 (PDF 40.3KB)

M4 EAST 

Permanent noise wall construction – Dobroyd Parade, Haberfield

Further to notification No. 308, SMC has advised that from Monday 23 July 2018, work will continue on construction of the Dobroyd Parade noise wall. This work is expected to take longer to complete than previously advised, with a new completion date of Monday 27 August 2018. Residents will be updated on progress of the work. For further details, refer to Local Updates.

Driveway work – 83 Dobroyd Parade, Haberfield

SMC has advised that from Monday 23 July 2018, work will commence to install drainage across the driveway of 83 Dobroyd Parade, Haberfield. Access will be retained via a re-routed temporary alignment. This work is expected to take up to six weeks to complete and standard day time hours will apply. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Administrative modification of Conditions E9, E11, E21, E29 and E39

Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) recently applied to the Department of Planning & Environment (DP&E) for a modification to the following M4 East Conditions of Approval:

  • E9, which specifies goals for ambient monitoring of air pollutants;
  • E11, which requires reporting of exceedances of the goals in conditions E2, E3 and E4;
  • E21, which requires reporting of real time ambient monitoring;
  • E29, which requires the preparation of Operational Noise Management Plan; and
  • E39, which requires the preparation of an Emergency Response Plan six months prior to operations and the provision for a simulated emergency response exercise one month prior to operation.

As this was considered by DP&E to be an administrative modification, Council was not notified or asked to make a submission, and it was approved by DP&E on Wednesday 4 July 2018. More information on this modification is available on the DP&E website.

NEW M5 

Road closures – Campbell Street (east) between Princes Highway & Barwon Park Road, St Peters

A full road closure will be implemented on Campbell Street (east) between Princes Highway and Barwon Park Road to facilitate utility service installation and commissioning of a newly-installed water main. The Campbell Street closure will be in place from 7am Monday 23 July 2018 to 7am Wednesday 25 July 2018 inclusive, and one night shift will be undertaken from 7am Tuesday 24 July 2018 to 7am Wednesday 25 July 2018. Outside of these works, Crown Street will remain open to one-way traffic southbound only. For more details, refer to Local Updates.

Night work, day-time closure & traffic changes – Albert Street, Campbell Street (west) & Church Street, St Peters

SMC has advised that from Wednesday 25 July 2018, night-works will be undertaken in Albert Street from 7pm to 5am to install power and communications conduits. Traffic control will be in place. On Friday 27 July 2018, there will be a road closure and associated traffic changes from 7am to 6pm on Campbell Street (west) and Church Street to allow for utility work. For more detailed information, refer to Local Updates.

Have your say – New M5 Draft Public Art Strategy

The New M5 Draft Public Art Strategy is now available on the WestConnex website. The draft strategy aims to encourage discussion of public art opportunities for the New M5 project. Inner West Council has been consulted on the draft strategy, and SMC now invites feedback to finalise the strategy and help inform criteria for artists’ briefs and how the community would like to be engaged. Two community session will be held. The first will be on Monday 30 July 2018 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the New M5 Project site office at 30 Garema Circuit, Kingsgrove. The second will be on Wednesday 1 August 2018 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the New M5 community information centre at 27 Burrows Road St Peters. A feedback form is available online and further information is available from the New M5 community engagement team on 1 800 660 248.

M4-M5 LINK   

Geotechnical investigations – Alfred Street & Cambridge Street, Rozelle & Grove Street, Lilyfield

Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) has advised that geotechnical investigations and site inspections are being undertaken to gather information about ground conditions within the M4-M5 Link project area. The work includes drilling boreholes and extracting soil samples. The work requires light vehicles and a trailer-mounted generator. Heavy vehicles will not be used. Work is scheduled to be undertaken as follows:

  • Alfred Street, Rozelle: Monday 9 July 2018 to Saturday 21 July 2018;
  • Cambridge Street, Rozelle: Wednesday 11 July 2018 to Saturday 28 July 2018: and
  • Grove Street, Lilyfield: Monday 16 July 2018 to Saturday 28 July 2018.

All works will be undertaken during standard daytime construction hours. Enquiries to RMS can be made on 1 800 660 248 during business hours or by email to rozelleinterchange@rms.gov.au.  

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