WestConnex Weekly Update

Weekly Updates 

WestConnex Weekly Update Report 15 March 2019 (PDF 36.9KB)

STAGE 1 - M4 East

Compliance Tracking Program’s third revision released

The Stage 1 contractor has released the third revision of their Compliance Tracking Program. This program has been established to ensure that parties involved in delivery of the M4 East motorway (Stage 1 of WestConnex) comply with the Minister’s Conditions of Approval for the project; this latest revision has been issued in response to comments by the Department of Planning and Environment. The Compliance Tracking Program third revision document can be found on Local Updates.

STAGE 2 – New M5

No imminent announcements at this stage – check back early next week for updates.

STAGE 3A – M4–M5 Link Tunnels

Tunnelling to begin - Haberfield

The Stage 3A contractor has released a notification advising that underground tunnelling is to begin this month. According to the notice, the first four tunnelling machines (called ‘roadheaders’) have been delivered to the Northcote Street tunnel and civil site, where they will begin their work as of “March 2019.” For more information, including advice about the delivery of additional roadheaders, see Notification MT077 on Local Updates.

Updated sub-plans for Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) released

Following the February approval of a modification to its plans, Stage 3A’s contractor has released updated versions of sub-plans that make up its Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP); the posted sub-plans are all parts of the CEMP that have been revised to comply with the mandates of the CEMP’s approved modification. They affected sub-plans are; the Flora and Fauna Management Sub-Plan, the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Sub-Plan, the Non-Aboriginal Heritage Management Sub-Plan, the Soil and Surface Water Management Sub-Plan, and the Waste Management Sub-Plan. The revised sub-plans can be found on Local Updates.

Updated Environmental Protection Licence (EPL) and Premise Boundary Map released

Following from the previous update of Stage 3A’s Environmental Protection Licence (EPL)(Licence 21149), the Stage 3A contractor has published a version of the EPL updated on March 8th to comply with the approved Modification to the M4-M5 Tunnel Link. The March-updated EPL can be found on Local Updates.

Geotechnical Investigations – Catherine Street, Leichhardt

The Stage 3A contractor has issued a notice for geotechnical survey works to be undertaken along Catherine Street, Leichhardt, commencing 18 March 2019. These works are expected to take up to three weeks to complete, weather and conditions permitting. Works will be conducted from 7am to 6pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. For further information, see Notification MT040 on Local Updates.

Geotechnical Investigations – Simpsons Park, St Peters

The Stage 3A contractor has issued a notice for geotechnical survey works to be undertaken along Simpsons Park, St Peters, commencing 18 March 2019. These works are expected to take up to three weeks to complete, weather and conditions permitting. Works will be conducted from 7am to 6pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. For further information, see Notification MT025 on Local Updates.

Geotechnical Investigations – Dobroyd Parade, Haberfield

The Stage 3A contractor has issued a notice for geotechnical survey works to be undertaken within the M4 East operational site along Dobroyd Parade, Haberfield, commencing 18 March 2019. These works are expected to take up to one week to complete, weather and conditions permitting. Works will be conducted from 7am to 6pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. For further information, see Notification MT037B on Local Updates.

STAGE 3B – M4–M5 Link Rozelle Interchange

No Updates for Stage 3B this week.

GENERAL

Media article, “Satellite data show WestConnex damage could ‘open floodgates’ on claims”

An article has been published on the website of The Australian Financial Review about a new measure of possible subsidence caused by the WestConnex Project. The article, written by Jenny Wiggins and titled "Satellite data show WestConnex damage could 'open floodgates' on claims", covers how a start-up group called Otus Intelligence Group has purchased precision satellite imaging to measure land subsidence on or near the tunnelling sites for the WestConnex Project – and the readings available so far. The article is available to subscribers on the Australian Financial Review’s website.

Media article, “WestConnex: a Minute to Midnight”

An analysis piece by Julie Macken on how the WestConnex Project will factor into the state election later this month – and how it might be affected by the results. The NSW Parliamentary Inquiry, the Project’s adopted “piston method” of emissions ventilation, and the possibility of a judicial inquiry are all raised in the discussion. The article, titled WestConnex: a Minute to Midnight, can be found on independent news site newmatilda.com.

Short-Notice Update Coverage 12 March 2019 (PDF 23.3KB)

STAGE 3A – M4–M5 Link Tunnels

Night Work – Pyrmont Bridge Road site, Parramatta Road, Annandale

The Stage 3A contractor has announced that they will be disconnecting private water works that previously serviced buildings in the Pyrmont Bridge Road worksite. The works will take place along Parramatta Road on March 18th from 10PM to 5AM the following morning; during this time, the footpath and two lanes of Eastbound traffic along the work site will be blocked off so the work may be completed. For more details see Notification MT072 on Local Updates.

Night Work – Awning and bus stop relocation, Parramatta Road, Ashfield

The Stage 3A contractor has announced that they will be moving and installing bus stops along Parramatta Road near Alt Street, Bland Street and Chandos Street. The works will take place on March 18th and 19th from 10PM to 5AM each evening; one Westbound lane of traffic will be blocked off so the work may be completed. For more details see Notification MT069 on Local Updates.

 

WestConnex Weekly Update Report 8 March 2019 (PDF 30.2KB)

STAGE 1 - M4 East

ITS work (OHD installation) – Waratah Street, Haberfield

The Stage 1 contractor has announced that it will be installing Over Height Detectors (OHDs) on Waratah Street, beginning March 11th and allowing for works to run until April 11th. Works will run 7AM to 6PM Monday to Friday, and involve tree-trimming, infrastructure installation, and restoration “where required.” For details, see Notice 351f (PDF 301.3KB) on Local Updates.

STAGE 2 – New M5

Night-work on Princes Highway & Campbell Street, St Peters

Following from notice Notice N634, the Stage 2 contractor has announced that night works will be undertaken along Campbell Street and Princes Highway. Works will run from 7PM to 5AM on the evenings of March 11th, 12th, 13th, and 15th, and from 8AM to 6PM March 16th. There will be road diversions, closures, and traffic control around the area affected each night; for further details, see Notice N642 at Local Updates.

STAGE 3A – M4–M5 Link Tunnels

Construction Noise and Vibration Impact Statements posted for Haberfield and Annandale sites

EMM consulting has posted Construction Noise and Impact Statements (CNVIS) for three of Stage 3A’s civil and tunnelling sites located in Haberfield and Annandale; these impact statements are summaries of noise and vibration analysis for the Pyrmont Bridge Road, Wattle Street and Parramatta Road sites. The CNVIS cover both ‘normal’ background noise for the area around a site, expected noise levels for different conditions while the site is operation, mitigation measures (including ‘at-receiver’ noise mitigation). The Pyrmont Bridge Road CNVIS, Wattle Street CNVIS, and Parramatta Road CNVIS can be found on Local Updates.

STAGE 3B – M4–M5 Link Rozelle Interchange

No Updates for Stage 3B this week.

GENERAL

WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF)

Council’s WCLF met on Thursday 7 March 2019 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: appropriate signage and proactive traffic-controlling measures for Stage 3B, shallow tunnel depths and their impact on older homes/title deeds, traffic clustering – parking issues – and obstructed footpaths in the St Peters area, work sites being handed from Stage 1 to Stage 3A, the return of ‘Residual Land,’ and vehicle idling issues. Council is currently encouraging interested members of the community to join WCLF and attend meetings – anyone interested can e-mail Council on westconnex@innerwest.nsw.gov.au. WCLF meeting minutes are available on Council’s website.

Short-Notice updates

STAGE 1 - M4 East

Wattle Street Civil Site construction continues, Haberfield

The M4 East contractor has advised that construction works in and near the Wattle Street civil site are entering their final phases. Starting 6 February 2019 and continuing for the next two months, road-finalising works and restoration works will be undertaken. Hours of work will be from 7am to 6pm weekdays, 8am to 1pm Saturdays, and 9pm to 5am Sunday to Friday evenings. For further details, see Notice 385e on Local Updates.  

STAGE 2 - New M5

Night Work, Day Work and lane closures - Canal Road, Saint Peters

The New M5 contractor has advised that a new transformer will be installed near the intersection of Canal Road and Princes Highway this coming weekend; from 9AM 9 March to 6PM 10 March the Eastbound lane of Canal Road will be closed, although traffic will be maintained in both directions. For further details, see Notice N639 on Local Updates. 

Weekend road closures, night and day works - Hutchinson Street, Saint Peters

The New M5 contractor has advised that Hutchinson Street will be closed for much of this weekend while drainage pipes and Ausgrip power infrastructure are installed; from 8AM 9 March to 6PM 10 March the Southern end of Hutchinson Street will be closed, although above its junction with Lackey Street traffic will be maintained under the direction of traffic controllers. For complete details, see Notice N638 on Local Updates. 

STAGE 3A - M4-M5 Link Tunnels 

Geotechnical Investigations - Algie Park, Haberfield

The Stage 3A contractor has issued a notice for geotechnical survey works to be undertaken along Algie Park, Haberfield, commencing 8 March 2019. These works are expected to take up to one week to complete, depending on findings. Works will be conducted from 7am to 6pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. For further information, see Notification MT045 on Local Updates. 

Geotechnical Investigations - Camdenville Oval, St Peters

The Stage 3A contractor has issued a notice for geotechnical survey works to be undertaken along Camdenville Oval, St Peters, commencing 8 March 2019. These works are expected to take up to one week to complete, depending on findings. Works will be conducted from 7am to 6pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. For further information, see Notification MT024 on Local Updates. 

Night Work - G-Loop reinstatement, Dobroyd Parade, Haberfield

The Stage 3A contractor has announced that RMS will be reinstating the G-Loop at Dobroyd Parade between 8 March and 29 March. This will include resurfacing road surfaces, reconstructing the kerbing and restoring landscaping.  When complete, the G-Loop will be used Stage 3A vehicles for Northcote Civil Site access, as well as M4 East tunnel access and Parramatta Road access. For more information, see the G-Loop Reinstatement Notification on Local Updates. 

WestConnex Weekly Update Report 1 March 2019 (PDF 40.5KB)

STAGE 1 - M4 East

Information on the property damage claim process

The Stage 1 contractor has posted a flowchart describing how residents who believe their homes have been damaged by M4 East construction can make a claim for compensation. The Property Damage Claim flowchart is available on the Local Updates webpage of the WestConnex website.

Construction update, Parramatta Road Ventilation Facility (PRVF), Haberfield

The Stage 1 contractor has posted an update on construction of the PRVF. It advises what steps of stack construction have been completed and what remains to be completed. For details, see Notice 243h on Local Updates. This is further to the prior update on this facility, Notice 243g.

Construction update – Parramatta Road civil site, Haberfield & Ashfield

The Stage 1 contractor has advised that construction works at the Parramatta Road civil site will focus on removing the temporary barriers and laying down asphalt. These works will be undertaken from 6 March to 6 April 2019 within the hours of 7am to 6pm weekdays, 8am to 1pm Saturdays and 6pm to 5am Monday to Sunday evenings. For further details, see Notice 390d on Local Updates. Please this is further to the prior update on these works, Notice 390c.

Ambient air quality monitoring report for January released

The Stage 1 contractor has released this report for the period 1 to 31 January 2019. It reports on air quality monitoring data from the six ambient air quality monitoring stations along the Stage 1 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. For further details, see January's Air Quality Report and the accompanying PM 2.5 (January) and PM 10 (January) reports on Local Updates.

Monthly interface meeting

Stage 1 contractors met with Council staff this week at a monthly interface meeting. The main items discussed were: completion of the PRVF; handover of Haberfield-Ashfield construction sites from Stage 1 to Stage 3A; and a number of specific concerns raised by local residents.

STAGE 2 – New M5

Night work & traffic changes – Campbell Street & Crown Street, St Peters

The Stage 2 contractor has announced that night works will be undertaken - first along Campbell Street at 7pm to 6am on the evening of 5 March, then along Crown Street from 7pm to 6am on the evenings of 11 & 12 March 2019. For further details, see Notice N637 at Local Updates.

Night-work on Princes Highway, St Peters

The Stage 2 contractor has announced that night-work will be performed along the Princes Highway on selected nights (7pm to 6am) in the first two weeks of March 2019. For the list of selected nights, see Notice N634 at Local Updates.

STAGE 3A – M4–M5 Link Tunnels

Modification approved for civil sites of Stage 3A

This week the Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E) announced that Stage 3 Modification 1 has been approved. This modification removes the Darley Road civil site, approves use of the Northcote Street civil site, finalises arrangements for the Parramatta Road civil sites, defines spoil haulage routes and approves a pedestrian walkway over Parramatta Road between the two Parramatta Road civil sites. See the Modification 1 online listing for full details.

Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) posted
The Stage 3A contractor has posted the various sub-plans that make up the Stage 3A Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP). The CEMP which details the specific measures the contractor will undertake to comply with the Minister’s Conditions of Approval for Stage 3.  The document can be found on Local Updates.

Trenching & high voltage works – Mallet Street, Annandale

RMS has advised Council that in coming weeks there will be trenching along the west side of Mallet Street between Parramatta Road and Pyrmont Bridge Road to install high voltage cabling. This work, authorised under the NSW Roads Act, will be carried out from 8 March to 31 May 2019.

Night work involving oversized equipment deliveries & line markings, Haberfield

The Stage 3A contractor has announced it will be performing road line markings and receiving oversized deliveries at its Northcote Street and Wattle street civil sites. This will occur between 8pm to 7am on the evenings of 4 & 5 March 2019. For further details, see Notice MT057 at Local Updates.

Construction Parking & Access Strategy released

The Stage 3A contractor has released its plans and procedures for worker parking and access to work sites during construction. This includes designated parking and transport options for project staff. The Construction Parking & Access Strategy can be found on Local Updates.

Noise Insulation Program released

The Stage 3A contractor has released its Noise Insulation Program - also known as the Noise and Vibration Management Sub-plan. This document explains what measures the project will implement to mitigate noise and vibration impacts on properties. The Noise Insulation Program can be found on Local Updates.

Geotechnical investigations – Probert Street, Newtown

The Stage 3A contractor has issued a notice about geotechnical survey works to be undertaken along Probert Street, Newtown, commencing 5 March 2019. These works are expected to take up to three weeks to complete, depending on findings. Works will be undertaken from 7am to 6pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. For further information, see Notification MT018 on Local Updates.

Monthly interface meeting

The Stage 3A contractor and Council staff met this week at a monthly interface meeting. Subjects of discussion included property condition reporting (including timeline for rollout), bus shelters and bus stop distribution, vibration monitoring, geotechnical drilling sites and vegetation conservation asbestos removal at the former Muirs sites.

STAGE 3B – M4–M5 Link Rozelle Interchange

Inaugural interface meeting with Council

The Stage 3B contractor held its first interface meeting with Council staff this week. At this meeting, staff introduced each other, and the Stage 3B contractors gave a briefing to Council of details of the project. Topics discussed included the location of construction sites and the community information centre, worker parking/transport and spoil haulage routes.

Media article on the Buruwan Park rally & M4-M5 Link tunnelling

The Inner West Courier published an article covering the recent rally at Buruwan Park protesting its destruction by WestConnex Stage 3B. The Inner West Courier articles can be found on the newspaper’s online site.

WestConnex Community Reference Group 2 meeting

The first meeting of WestConnex Community Reference Group 2 (WCRG2) was held this week. WCRG2 covers suburbs that are directly affected by Stage 3B. Topics discussed included general progress of the project, the new Independent Property Damage Assessment Committee and the group’s Terms of Reference. All WCRG minutes are posted on the WestConnex website

WestConnex Weekly Update Report 22 February 2019 (PDF 34.1KB)

STAGE 1 - M4 East

Temporary Hoarding Removal, Parramatta Road Civil Site, Haberfield-Ashfield

The Stage 1 contractor has posted notification about removing temporary hoarding structures and replacing them with permanent fencing on and around the Parramatta Road Civil Site. This process will begin on 20 February and will continue until 20 March 2019. Work hours will be from 7am to 6pm weekdays and from 8am to 1pm Saturdays. For more information, see Notice N337b  on Local Updates.

Tunnel Ventilation, Incident Response & Traffic Management System Integration Protocol posted

The Stage 1 contractor has published its Tunnel Ventilation, Incident Response and Traffic Management System Integration Protocol. This documents the systems and methods in place to deal with emergency situations as well as general traffic flow. The document can be found on Local Updates.

STAGE 3A – M4–M5 Link Tunnels

Start of works – Northcote & Wattle Street civil sites, Haberfield

The Stage 3A contractor has announced that as of 25 February 2019 it will begin readying the Northcote and Wattle Street civil sites as locations for tunnelling works. Works are expected to extend from 7am to 6pm weekdays and 8am to 6pm Saturdays, with additional night works described in the notice below. Most work will involve erecting facilities and steel support structures for tunnelling. For further details, see Notice MT067 at Local Updates.

Upcoming night work – Northcote & Wattle Street civil sites, Haberfield

The Stage 3A contractor has announced that night works will be undertaken intermittently from March to May of this year. The two main activities being performed during night-works will be the marking of roads and the delivery of oversized equipment. Night works are from 6pm to 7am on weeknights for no more than two consecutive nights on any given site, no more than three nights per week at any given site and no more than ten nights per calendar month at any given site. For further details, see Notice MT051 at Local Updates.

Environment Protection License (EPL) monitoring data for water discharge released

The Stage 3A contractor has released a spreadsheet of its monitoring data for water discharge associated with the project from October 2018 to February 2019. Note that a previous version of this data was released within the last fortnight covering October 2018 to January 2019. The October to February monitoring data can be found on Local Updates.

Media article about WestConnex tunnel depths

A media article Closer to homes in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Canberra Times, and The Brisbane Times discusses how the currently defined depth of the Stage 3A tunnel is shallower than depths that were shown in the Stage 3 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Geotechnical investigations – Applebee Street, St Peters

The Stage 3A contractor has issued a notice for geotechnical survey works to be undertaken along Applebee Street, St Peters, commencing 27 February 2019. These works are expected to take up to three weeks to complete, depending on findings. Works will be undertaken from 7am to 6pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. For further information, see Notification MT021 on Local Updates. Council is liaising with Stage 2 and Stage 3A contractors in an attempt to minimise cumulative impact issues from the two stages of WestConnex in this area.

STAGE 3B – M4–M5 Link Rozelle Interchange

Design investigations & geotechnical surveys, Rozelle Rail Yards (RRY) site

The Stage 3B contractor announced it will be conducting design investigations and geotechnical surveys at various locations across the RRY from 25 February 2019. Works will be undertaken from 7am to 6pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm Saturdays. For further information, see Notification N0001 on Local Updates.

GENERAL

Fix NSW rally in Sydney
A ‘Fix NSW’ rally and march across Sydney’s CBD is planned for 1-3pm on Sunday 3 March 2019. Organisers are seeking to draw attention to the issues caused by WestConnex, amongst other issues. For more information see the event’s Facebook page.

 

Short-Notice Updates

STAGE 1 - M4 East

Temporary Hoarding Removal, Parramatta Road Civil Site, Haberfield/Ashfield

M4 East posted notification on February 18th that it will begin removing temporary hoarding structures and replacing them with permanent fencing on and around the Parramatta Road Civil Site. This process will begin February 20th and continue until March 20th (work hours running from 7AM to 6Pm weekdays and from 8AM to 1Pm Saturdays) For more information, see Notice N337b  on Local Updates. 

STAGE 3A – M4–M5 Link Tunnels

Start of works – Northcote Street and Wattle Street civil sites, Haberfield

The Stage 3A contractor has announced that they will begin prep works, readying the Northcote Street and Wattle Street civil sites as locations for tunnelling works, as of 25 February. Works are expected to run from 7AM to 6PM weekdays, and 8AM to 6PM Saturdays (with additional night works described in the next notice). The main prep work will centre around erecting facilities and steel support structures for tunnelling. For further details, see Notice MT067 at Local Updates.

Upcoming night work – Northcote Street and Wattle Street civil sites, Haberfield

The Stage 3A contractor has announced that night works will be occurring intermittently from March to May of this year; the two main activities being performed during night works will be the marking of roads and the delivery of oversized equipment. Night hours a 6PM to 7AM on weeknights – with night works allowed for no more than two consecutive nights at any one given site, no more than three nights per week at any given site, and no more than ten nights per calendar months at any given site. For further details, see Notice MT051 at Local Updates.

WestConnex Weekly Update Report 15 February 2019 (PDF 37.9KB) 

STAGE 1 - M4 East

Environmental Protection Licence Monitoring Data (Water Discharge), January 2019

M4 East has released a spreadsheet of its monitoring data for water discharge associated with the project over January 2019. The January report can be found on Local Updates.

Operational Noise & Vibration Review for M4 East released

M4 East has released a review of the expected noise that will be generated and mitigated by traffic and facility machinery once the motorway opens to traffic. The Operation Noise and Vibration Review can be found on Local Updates.

Haberfield Conservation Area Archival Recording Research Project report posted

AMBS Ecology and Heritage, on behalf of the Stage 1 contractor, has published its report and recordings of the Haberfield Conservation Area. This report includes photo-documentation of heritage-significant premises and businesses in the Haberfield in situ, before construction of the motorway. The Haberfield Conservation Area Archival Recording Research Project's report can be found on Local Updates.

ITS Work – Waratah Street, Haberfield

The Stage 1 contractor has announced it will be conducting tree-trimming along Waratah Street to allow for operation of Over-Height Detectors as part of its Intelligent Transport System (ITS). These works will begin on 21 February 2019 and will occur over one month.  Working hours are 7am to 6pm weekdays. For further information, see Notification N351e on Local Updates.

Remediation Work – Ash Lane, Haberfield

The Stage 1 contractor has announced that, following the installation of drainage infrastructure, it will undertake remediation works along Ash Lane to resurface and mark the road. These works will occur from 9am to 5pm on weekdays between 18 February and 1 March 2019. For further information, see Notification N392 on Local Updates.

STAGE 2 – New M5

Night-works on Princes Highway, St Peters

The Stage 2 contractor is planning night-works on 18, 20 & 22 February 2019 from 7pm to 5am each night. These works involve installation of additional electrical and communications conduits and cabling along the western side of Princes Highway north of Campbell Street.  For further information, see Notification N629 on Local Updates.

Night-works on Hutchinson Street, St Peters

The Stage 2 contractor is planning night-works on 21 February 2019 from 7pm to 12am. The work involves installation of an Ausgrid power pole in the Western footpath on Hutchinson Street, requiring a road closure along that street. For further information, see Notification N631 on Local Updates.

STAGE 3A – M4–M5 Link Tunnels

Residents’ asbestos concerns from demolition at former Muirs site

Residents of Haberfield-Ashfield have recently raised concerns over potential asbestos exposure to WestConnex contractors and to local residents from the demolition of the former Muirs Holden building on Parramatta Road. Residents have inquired with the project about demolition safeguards, but have yet to receive answers to their queries. Residents consider their neighbourhood has become a local pollution hotspot, particularly as they have already suffered years of WestConnex construction dust, diesel fumes, noise and disturbance from construction of the M4 East. Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and Department of Planning (DP&E) staff are investigating the asbestos concerns.

Updated Environmental Protection Licence (EPL) document

Following from the previous publishing of the renewed EPL (Licence 21149), the Stage 3A contractor has published an updated EPL which has five additional pages at the end showing premises of operation. The updated EPL can be found on Local Updates. The project has also re-released its EPL monitoring of water-discharge data for October 2018 to January 2019, which was originally posted on 29 January 2019.

Night-works on Parramatta Road, Haberfield-Ashfield

The Stage 3A contractor has announced night-works for 20 February 2019 from 10pm to 5am. These works involve disconnecting overhead power lines in the area across Parramatta Road near Bland Street. For further information, see Notification MT055 on Local Updates.

Investigation Work – Pyrmont Bridge Road site, Annandale

The Stage 3A contractor has announced plans to relocate an existing water main along Pyrmont Bridge Road. These works will commence on 21 February 2019 and will last up to one week, occurring from 10am to 3pm on weekdays. For further information, see Notification MT066 on Local Updates.

Geotechnical investigations – O’Dea Reserve, Camperdown

The Stage 3A contractor has issued a notice about geotechnical survey works to be undertaken within O’Dea Reserve commencing 18 February 2019. These works are expected to take up to four weeks to complete, depending on findings. Works will be conducted from 7am to 6pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. For further information, see Notification MT017 on Local Updates.

Geotechnical investigations – Cardigan Place, Stanmore

The Stage 3A contractor has issued a notice about geotechnical survey works to be undertaken along Cardigan Place, commencing 19 February 2019. These works are expected to take up to three weeks to complete, depending on findings. Works will be conducted from 7am to 6pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. For further information, see Notification MT065 on Local Updates.

Geotechnical investigations – Council Street, St Peters

The Stage 3A contractor has issued a notice about geotechnical survey works to be undertaken along Council Street, commencing 21 February 2019. These works are expected to take up to three weeks to complete, depending on findings. Works will be conducted from 7am to 6pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. For further information, see Notification MT014 on Local Updates.

Geotechnical investigations – Whites Creek Lane, Leichhardt

The Stage 3A contractor has issued a notice about geotechnical survey works to be undertaken along Whites Creek Lane commencing 21 February 2019. These works are expected to take up to four weeks to complete, depending on findings. Works will be conducted from 7am to 6pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. For further information, see Notification MT010 on Local Updates.

Geotechnical investigations – Canal Road and Blackmore Oval, Leichhardt

The Stage 3A contractor has issued a notice about geotechnical survey works to be undertaken along Canal Road and within Blackmore Oval commencing 21 February 2019. These works are expected to take up to six weeks to complete, depending on findings. Works will be conducted from 7am to 6pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. For further information, see Notification MT044 on Local Updates.

STAGE 3B – M4–M5 Link Rozelle Interchange

RMS uses NSW Roads Act to undertake WestConnex activities

On 11 February 2019 RMS informed Council by letter that streets in Annandale and Rozelle will soon be claimed for WestConnex Stage 3B construction activities.  Affected roads include Victoria Road, The Crescent, and Gordon Street, with the latter road to be closed to public traffic. The letter is available for download from the main page of Council’s WestConnex web pages.

Short-Notice Updates

STAGE 2 – New M5

POSTPONED - Night works on Campbell Street and Princes Highway, St Peters

Following from last week's notice (N624), the night-works arranged for Wednesday, 13 February have been postponed. Details of future arrangements will be posted as they are known. 

UPDATE - Night work & Traffic Changes - intersections May St & Campbell St, Unwins Bridge Rd & Bedwin Rd, St Peters

In a circular posted yesterday the New M5 project has issued notice of night-works and traffic adjustments to occur the 14th, 19th, and 21st of February. These works involve laying electrical and telecommunications infrastructure, as well as a new streetlight. Please see Notification N627 for specific details.  

 

WestConnex Weekly Update Report 8 February 2019 (PDF 34.7KB)

STAGE 1 - M4 East

No notices of works or other activities affecting the Inner West Council area have been issued by the M4 East contractor this week.

STAGE 2 – New M5

Night works on Campbell Street and Princes Highway, St Peters

The Stage 2 contractor has announced night-works on February 11th, 12th, & 13th from 7pm to 6am each night. These works will occur along Campbell Street, as well as on the length of Princes Highway directly above Campbell Street. For further information, see Notification N624 on Local Updates.

POSTPONED – Night works & traffic changes on Unwins Bridge Road, St Peters

Following from last week’s notice (N623), the night-works arranged for 6 & 7 February 2019 have been postponed. Details of future arrangements will be posted as they are known.

Outline of upcoming works for New M5 in St Peters for 2019

The Stage 2 contractor has published a general outline of construction projects expected to be undertaken this year in the St Peters area. Most works are expected to begin mid-to-late 2019. There are seven projects planned, each summarised on Pages 2-3 in the outline. The outline is available on Local Updates.

STAGE 3A – M4–M5 Link Tunnels

Geotechnical investigations – Richard Murden Reserve, Haberfield

The Stage 3A contractor has issued a notice about geotechnical survey works to be undertaken within Richard Murden Reserve commencing 14 February 2019. These works are expected to take up to four weeks to complete, depending on findings. Works will be conducted from 7am to 6pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. For further information, see Notification MT035 on Local Updates.

Geotechnical investigations – Holmwood Street, Newtown

The Stage 3A contractor has issued a notice about geotechnical survey works to be undertaken along Holmwood Street commencing 12 February 2019. These works are expected to take up to three weeks to complete, depending on findings. Works will be conducted from 7am to 6pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. For further information, see Notification MT034 on Local Updates.

Info Sheet on property condition surveys for the M4-M5 Link Tunnel

The Stage 3A contractor has issued a general guide to how property condition surveys will be carried out in relation to tunnelling works. If a premises is within 50m of the planned tunnel, as shown on a map on the WestConnex website, the owner is eligible for a free set of property condition surveys - one before tunnelling, another after tunnel construction has passed. For further details, see the information sheet on Local Updates.

GENERAL

Notice of Motion (NoM) on WestConnex air quality issues

Council will consider a NoM: Air Pollution Levels Dangerously High Along WestConnex Route at its 12 February 2019 meeting.  The NoM recommends that Council writes to relevant State agencies and seeks meetings with relevant Ministers over WestConnex-related air quality issues.  As is outlined in the NoM, a meeting of WestConnex-affected councils was held in September 2018 to discuss WestConnex air quality concerns and to investigate opportunities for joint air quality studies in partnership with relevant research organisations. Council staff will shortly discuss such opportunities with staff from the Centre for Air pollution, energy and health Research (CAR) at the Woolcott Institute of Medical Research, located in Glebe.

WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF)

Council’s WCLF met on Thursday 7 February 2019 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: impacts of heavy vehicles on local residential streets; a pending court hearing in relation to departures from approved Stage 1 vehicle routes; a range of Stage 2 construction traffic management issues affecting St Peters; Stage 3A property precondition reporting; and WestConnex air quality issues. EPA and DP&E staff reported on compliance issues, air quality investigations, construction truck route management systems and investigations and notices over compliance breaches. Council is currently encouraging interested members of the community to join WCLF and attend meetings – anyone interested can e-mail Council on westconnex@innerwest.nsw.gov.au. WCLF meeting minutes are available on Council’s website.

WestConnex Weekly Update Report 1 February 2019 (PDF 36.5KB)2019

STAGE 1 - M4 East

Infrastructure Installation – O’Connor Street & Parramatta Road, Haberfield

From 29 January to 15 February 2019, the Stage 1 contractor will be installing an electrical power pole and overhead connections along O’Connor Street from Parramatta Road. Hours of work are 7am to 6pm weekdays, 8am to 1pm Saturdays, as well as 9pm to 5am Sundays to Fridays. For further details, see Notice 372c on Local Updates.

Construction Update – Parramatta Road civil site, Haberfield & Ashfield

The M4 East contractor has advised that construction works at the Parramatta Road civil site will continue, focusing on road work and footpath restoration. Starting 6 February 2019 and running for the next two months, hours of work will be from 7am to 6pm weekdays, 8am to 1pm Saturdays and 6pm to 5am Monday to Sunday evenings. For further details, see Notice 390c on Local Updates. (Please note that this is a separate notice to the last update, Notice 390b.) 

Wattle Street civil site construction to continue, Haberfield

The M4 East contractor has advised that construction works in and near the Wattle Street civil site are entering their final phases. Starting 6 February 2019 and continuing for the next two months, road-finalising works and restoration works will be undertaken. Hours of work will be from 7am to 6pm weekdays, 8am to 1pm Saturdays, and 9pm to 5am Sunday to Friday evenings. For further details, see Notice 385d on Local Updates. (Please note that this is a separate notice to the last update, Notice 385c.)

STAGE 2 – New M5

Night Work: Princes Highway near Campbell Street, St Peters

On select dates beginning 31 January 2019, New M5 workers will be running utility services under Princes Highway where it crosses Campbell Street. Works will occur from 7pm and 5am on the evenings of 31 January and 4, 5, 6  and 8 February. For further details, see Notice 619 on Local Updates.

Night Work and traffic changes on Unwins Bridge Road, St Peters

On February 6th & 7th New M5 workers will running a new Ausgrid power connection along Unwins Bridge Road near Bedwin Road. Works will occur from 6pm to 12am. For further details, see Notice 623 on Local Updates.

STAGE 3A – M4–M5 Link

Environmental Protection Licence (EPL) issued to contractor

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has approved and issued an EPL to the Stage 3A contractor. The EPL authorises the contractor to undertake road construction subject to restrictions and parameters as stated in the document and in applicable law. The EPL is available on Local Updates.

EPL monitoring data for water discharge

The Stage 3A contractor has released a spreadsheet of its monitoring data for water discharge associated with the project from October 2018 to January 2019. The quarter’s report can be found on Local Updates.

Geotechnical investigations – William Street, Leichhardt

The Stage 3A contractor has issued a notice for geotechnical survey works to be undertaken along Barwon Park Road, St Peters, commencing 6 February 2019. These works are expected to take up to four weeks to complete, depending on findings. Works will be conducted from 7am to 6pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. For further information, see Notification MT011 on Local Updates.

GENERAL

Response to Council’s letter about property pre-condition reports

In November 2018 Council had resolved to write to Roads & Maritime Services (RMS), Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) and the Stage 3A contractor to advocate increasing the qualification zone for property pre-condition reports from 50m to 100m. This letter was in response to concerns in the community that the properties outside the currently-defined 50m zone were at risk of damage as a result of WestConnex construction. 

In January 2019 Council received a response letter from RMS explaining “that in accordance with the M4-M5 Link Planning Condition of Approval E105, the Stage 3 contractors must offer pre-condition surveys of the current condition of surface and sub-surface structures identified as at risk from settlement or vibration by the geotechnical modelling described in Condition of Approval E101. Generally, these properties will be within 50 metres from the edge of surface or tunnelling construction activities. If the geotechnical modelling identifies properties at risk from settlement or vibration which are further than 50 metres from the edge of surface or tunnelling construction activities, the owner of these properties will be offered a Pre-Construction Condition Survey.

RMS is also establishing an Independent Property Impact Assessment Panel (IPIAP). The Panel will comprise of geotechnical and engineering experts independent of the design and construction team. The Panel will be responsible for independently reviewing Condition Survey Reports undertaken under Conditions of Approval E105 (Pre-Construction) and E106 (Post-Construction), the resolution of property damage disputes, and the establishment of ongoing settlement and vibration monitoring requirements.

Roads and Maritime Services believe the above measures are sufficient to address the risks in relation to tunnel settlement and vibration in respect of property damage.”

Response from RMS to Council’s submission on the Western Harbour Tunnel (WHT) reference design

In November 2018 Council resolved to make a submission on the WHT reference design. The submission was subsequently lodged, and in January 2019 Council received an acknowledgement letter from the RMS’s WHT project director, which thanked Council for the submission and explained that the WHT project team had received more than 7,300 items of feedback during the community feedback period.  It explained that Council's feedback will be considered as RMS refines the design and prepares Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) for the WHT and Beaches Link projects.

WestConnex Weekly Update Report 25 January 2019 (PDF 50.9KB)

 

STAGE 1 - M4 East

Ambient Air Quality & Monitoring report for November released

M4 East has released this report for the period 1 to 30 November 2018. It reports on air quality monitoring data from the six ambient air quality monitoring stations along the Stage 1 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. For further details, see November's Air Quality Report and the accompanying PM 2.5 and PM 10 reports on Local Updates.

Ambient Air Quality & Monitoring Protocol’s goals for 2019

M4 East’s proponent has released their Ambient Air Quality & Monitoring Protocol goals for the 2019 calendar year. The latest protocol goals can be found on Local Updates.

Wattle Street construction continues, Haberfield

For further details, see Notice 385c on Local Updates.

Noise Wall Work - Wattle Street, Haberfield

The M4 East proponent has announced that they will continue constructing a noise-mitigation wall along Wattle Street. These works are to run from 02 January to 06 February, 7am to 6pm weekdays, 8am to 1pm Saturdays, and sometimes 9pm to 5am Sunday evenings (subject to circumstances). For further details, see Notice 251c on Local Updates.

Footpath Restoration Work – Parramatta Road Civil Site, Haberfield

To support the foundation of the Parramatta Road Civil Site, the M4 East contractor will be performing restoration works of adjacent footpaths from 02 January until 06 February. This will include both day and night works, weekdays and weekends, depending on weather. For further details, see Notice 382b on Local Updates.

Construction Work Update – Parramatta Road Civil Site, Haberfield

M4 East will be performing various works to begin preparing for the establishment of the Parramatta Road Civil Site. These works are to run from 02 January to 06 February, 7am to 6pm weekdays, 8am to 1pm Saturdays, and sometimes 9pm to 5am Sunday evenings (subject to circumstances).  For further details, see Notice 390b on Local Updates.

Quality Construction Compliance Report, 23 April – 22 July 2018

The M4 East proponent has released their QCCR for the second quarter of 2018. To view Report for Q2 2018 please visit Local Updates.

Environmental Protection Licence Monitoring Data (Water Discharge), December 2018

M4 East has released a spreadsheet of its monitoring data for water discharge associated with the project over December 2018. The December report can be found on Local Updates.

Haberfield Conservation Area Archival Recording Research Report

AMBS Ecology & Heritage has prepared an Archival Recording and Report of notable properties in the Haberfield area on behalf of the M4 East stage of the WestConnex Project. For further details, see the report on Local Updates.

Construction Update, Parramatta Road Ventilation Facility, Haberfield

An update on the construction of the Parramatta Road Ventilation Stack has been released by M4 East. It advises what steps of stack construction have been completed thusfar, and what remains to be completed. For the full rundown, see Notice 243g on Local Updates.

STAGE 2 – New M5

Environmental Protection Licence Monitoring Data (Water Discharge), Sept, Oct & Nov 2018

Spreadsheet data for water discharges from WestConnex Stage 2 works has been released for September, October, and November 2018. These measures cover such features as the acidity, density of suspended solids and oil/grease content of the waters running off project sites.. For further details, see the September report, October report, and November report on Local Updates.

Barwon Park Rd & Campbell St Intersection Closing, St Peters

Barwon Park Road’s intersection with Campbell Street will be closed for twelve weeks beginning 15 January 2019. For details, see Notice 601 on Local Updates.

Night Work & Traffic Changes, Princes Street near Barwon Park Road, St Peters

The Stage 2 proponent will be carrying out night works on select dates in January and February 2019 to install Intelligent Transport Systems conduits and wiring at Princes Street and Barwon Park Road in St Peters. For a full list see Notice 583 on Local Updates.

Rescheduled Work: May St, Campbell St, Unwins Bridge Rd & Bedwin Rd, St Peters

From 7pm on 01 February until 6pm on 03 February the Stage 2 contractors will be working to re-align the traffic configuration at multiple intersections in St Peters. For further details, see Notice 617 on Local Updates.

Public Art Strategy

The Stage 2 Contractor has released their strategic document for integrating publicly-accessible art into the resolution of their works. This document outlines the theory, methodology and proposed implementation of sourcing and installing artwork along and around the New M5. For further details, see strategic document on Local Updates.

STAGE 3A - M4–M5 Link

Geotechnical Investigations – Barwon Park Road, St Peters

The Stage 3A proponent has issued a notice for geotechnical survey works to be undertaken along Barwon Park Road, St Peters, commencing 07 January 2019. These works are expected to take up to four weeks to complete, depending on findings. Works will be conducted from 7am to 6pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. For further information, see Notification MT046 on Local Updates.

Geotechnical Investigations – Crown Street, St Peters

The Stage 3A proponent has issued a notice for geotechnical survey works to be undertaken along Crown Street, St Peters, commencing 07 January 2019. These works are expected to take up to four weeks to complete, depending on findings. Works will be conducted from 7am to 6pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. For further information, see Notification MT012 on Local Updates.

Geotechnical Investigations – Miller Street, Haberfield

The Stage 3A proponent has issued a notice for geotechnical survey works to be undertaken along Miller Street, Haberfield, commencing 07 January 2019. These works are expected to take up to four weeks to complete, depending on findings. Works will be conducted from 7am to 6pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. For further information, see Notification MT052 on Local Updates.

Geotechnical Investigations – Dalhousie Street, Haberfield

The Stage 3A proponent has issued a notice for geotechnical survey works to be undertaken along Dalhousie Street, Haberfield, commencing 15 January 2019. These works are expected to take up to three weeks to complete, depending on findings. Works will be conducted from 7am to 6pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. For further information, see Notification MT023 on Local Updates.

Geotechnical Investigations – Bland Street, Haberfield

The Stage 3A proponent has issued a notice for geotechnical survey works to be undertaken along Bland Street, Haberfield, commencing 17 January 2019. These works are expected to take up to three weeks to complete, depending on findings. Works will be conducted from 7am to 6pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. For further information, see Notification MT036 on Local Updates.

Geotechnical Investigations – Dobroyd Parade, Haberfield

The Stage 3A proponent has issued a notice for geotechnical survey works to be undertaken along Bland Street, Haberfield, commencing 23 January 2019. These works are expected to take up to four weeks to complete, depending on findings. Works will be conducted from 7am to 6pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. For further information, see Notification MT037 on Local Updates.

Geotechnical Investigations – Goodsell Street, St Peters

The Stage 3A proponent has issued a notice for geotechnical survey works to be undertaken along Goodsell Street, St Peters, commencing 17 January 2019. These works are expected to take up to three weeks to complete, depending on findings. Works will be conducted from 7am to 6pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. For further information, see Notification MT020 on Local Updates.

Geotechnical Investigations – Camden Street, Newtown

The Stage 3A proponent has issued a notice for geotechnical survey works to be undertaken along Camden Street, Newtown, commencing 23 January 2019. These works are expected to take up to three weeks to complete, depending on findings. Works will be conducted from 7am to 6pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. For further information, see Notification MT030 on Local Updates.

Geotechnical Investigations – Darley Street, Newtown

The Stage 3A proponent has issued a notice for geotechnical survey works to be undertaken along Darley Street, Newtown, commencing 31 January 2019. These works are expected to take up to three weeks to complete, depending on findings. Works will be conducted from 7am to 6pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. For further information, see Notification MT028 on Local Updates.

Utilities Management Strategy released

In compliance with their Conditions of Approval and to supplement their Environmental Impact Statement, the Stage 3A proponent has released their Utilities Management Strategy; this document outlines and describes how the proponent plans to install and maintain utilities (power, communications, water, sewerage, gas, and drainage) for the construction and operation of the M4-M5 Link tunnels. For further details, see the document on Local Updates.

Bank of NSW Photographic Archival Report and Salvage Strategy released

The Stage 3A proponent has posted their Salvage & Sympathetic Re-Use Strategy for the former Bank of NSW building at 164 Parramatta Road in Annanadale, as well as a Photographic Archival Report of the building’s interior; the building is due to be demolished, with heritage-significant pieces being removed and stored until they can be re-used. For further details, see the salvage strategy and the Photographic Archival Report on Local Updates.

Demolition/establishment Works - Parramatta Road Civil Site, Ashfield & Haberfield

Beginning 21 January 2019, the Stage 3A contractors will be constructing a Civil Construction Services Site along both sides of Parramatta Road in the suburbs of Ashfield and Haberfield. Construction is expected to run until July, with works occurring between 7am and 6pm weekdays, and 8am and 6pm Saturdays. For further details, see Notification MT047 on Local Updates.

Night Works - Parramatta Road Civil Site, Ashfield & Haberfield

The Stage 3A proponent has published a general outline of future night works on the Parramatta Road Civil Site – to allow installation works that require shutting off power and water in the local area, they are performing these works outside of peak-usage times to minimise impact. They expect to commence night works twice in January, up to four times in February, and up to ten times in March. For further details, see Notification MT049 on Local Updates.

Construction Update – Pyrmont Bridge Road Site, Annandale

The Stage 3A contractor has released a document giving a general overview of the construction of the Pyrmont Bridge Road Civil Construction Site in Annandale. This update covers workings to create the site, as well as how it is expected to affect the immediate surrounding area. For further details, see the update on Local Updates.

GENERAL

State Parliament’s findings on the impacts of WestConnex released

The Public Accountability Committee of the NSW Parliament have published the findings of their Inquiry into the WestConnex Project’s impacts on local communities. The Parliamentary Inquiry has made 27 recommendations based on its findings, which representatives of WestConnex have six months to draft a response to. The Inquiry’s findings can be found here.

ADDITIONAL UPDATE: Footage of the Parliamentary Inquiry’s proceedings is now available on Inner West Council's website (also available on IWC’s Youtube).

Community Reference Groups’ minutes posted – Western, Southern, & Central

The RMS has released the minutes for the final meeting for each of its zoned Reference Groups from the end of last year. These Reference Groups serve as a sounding board and interface directly between the RMS and representatives of affected communities - the Western, Southern, & Central Groups’ minutes can all be found on Local Updates.

Structural damage claims being denied

The M4 East Project’s proponent has received media coverage for knocking-back claims of structural damage to homes in North Strathfield and Homebush as a result of the Project’s works. An article in the Sydney Morning Herald titled, “'Farcical': Sydney residents' claims over WestConnex cracking denied” covers the current situation in detail - the online article can be found on the Sydney Morning Herald website.

WestConnex Weekly Update Report 14 December 2018 (PDF 38.7KB) 

STAGE 1 - M4 East

Tower crane disassembly – Parramatta Road Ventilation Facility (PRVF), Haberfield

Beginning 15 December 2018, the Stage 1 contractor will be dismantling the remaining tower crane on the PRVF site. Hours of work are reported as 8am to 6pm on 15 & 16 December 2018, with the work expected to take no more than two shifts. For further details, see Notice 243a on Local Updates.

Changed traffic conditions – Wattle Street, Haberfield

The M4 East contractor will be re-opening traffic turns from Wattle Street into Ramsay Street in Haberfield, as well as reopening the turn from Waratah Street onto City West Link. Works to complete these re-openings will take place from 8am to 1pm on 15 December and from 8pm on the 15 December to 10am on 16 December 2018. More details are in Notice N385b on Local Updates.

Concrete Work – Parramatta Road, Ashfield

The Stage 1 contractor has announced out-of-hours works along Parramatta Road in the Ashfield area. These works will occur between 6pm and 5am each night from 10 to 21 December 2018. The works are to provide ‘soft-cutting’ into the new concrete as it sets and cures, to avoid uncontrolled cracking. For a map of the affected area and more information please see Notice N349a on Local Updates.

Environment Protection Licence Monitoring Data, November 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 project sites.

Media article about damage to homes from WestConnex

A recent article entitled This crack was rejected in the Inner West Courier discusses property damage claims against WestConnex Stage 1 by Strathfield residents.  The article is at:

http://newslocal.smedia.com.au/iw-courier-city/

STAGE 2 – New M5

Piling Work - St Peters Interchange construction site - St Peters

The Stage 2 contractor will be conducting pile-driving work on Saturday 15 December 2018 from 1pm to 6pm. The work involves driving steel and concrete pillars 40m into the ground. See Notification N575 on Local Updates for further information.

Day work & road closure, Crown St and night work & road closure, Campbell St – St Peters

The Stage 2 contractor will be undertaking day and night works on Crown Street and Campbell Street in St Peters to install utilities, signage and road-markings. Crown Street will be closed during these works from 7am to 6pm on 13-14 December 2018 and will stay closed overnight for safety. Works on Campbell Street will start at 7am on 13 December 2018 and will continue until 5am the following morning. Although Campbell Street won’t be closed, traffic will be slowed and controlled by project staff. See Notification N574 on Local Updates for more details.

Temporary parking removal, night work & traffic changes – Hutchinson St, Unwins Bridge Road, Bedwin Road, May Street & Campbell Street, St Peters

The Stage 2 contractor will be removing and installing electrical utilities on 13 & 19 December 2018 along Bedwin Road, Unwins Bridge Road, May Street and Campbell Street. These night works will occur between 7pm and 5am each respective night. Two car spaces will be removed from Hutchinson Street from 10 December 2018 to some point in late 2019 to preserve traffic flow. See Notification N570 on Local Updates for more details.

Quarterly Construction Compliance Reports No.s 6-8

The sixth, seventh, and eighth Quarterly Construction Compliance Reports (QCCR6, QCCR7, & QCCR8) for Stage 2 have been released. These reports cover the project’s compliance from 25 November 2017 to 24 August 2018.  QCCR6, QCCR7, & QCCR8 are all available for download on Local Updates.

STAGE 3 - M4–M5 Link

Geotechnical survey works – Tillock Street, Haberfield & Barwon Park Road, St Peters

Further to prior notices Council’s WestConnex Weekly Update Reports on investigative drilling works, the Stage 3A contractor has issued a notice about a further site proposed for these works - an area along Miller Street, Haberfield - commencing 11 December 2018. Works are expected to be completed by 21 December 2018, weather permitting. Works will be conducted from 7am to 6pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. For further information, see Notification MT030 on Local Updates.

Media article about Stage 3 tunnels

An article entitled WestConnex Bottoms Out has been published by Alt Media discussing the history and possible effects of the proposed M4-M5 Link tunnel, with an emphasis on the effects of shallow tunnelling. The article can be found at http://www.altmedia.net.au/westconnex-bottoms-out/135418.

Media articles about crossing guards at Haberfield Primary School

Articles entitled NSW Labor would deliver crossing guard at Haberfield Public School and Children’s safety at crossroads have been published in The Daily Telegraph and Inner West Courier respectively. These articles discuss school travel safety issues created by WestConnex construction activities and the resultant need for a crossing guard for Haberfield Primary School through to the end of WestConnex construction. The articles can be found at http://newslocal.smedia.com.au/iw-courier-city/

Media articles about Victoria Road homes acquired for Stage 3B

Recent articles entitled WestConnex: residents gone before Rozelle Interchange starts and Death row homes remain vacant have been published in The Daily Telegraph and Inner West Courier respectively. The articles discusses the acquisition and subsequent vacancy of buildings along Victoria Road, Rozelle which are awaiting demolition for WestConnex Stage 3B. The articles can be found at http://newslocal.smedia.com.au/iw-courier-city/

GENERAL

Letters to the NSW Government on various WestConnex issues

As previously reported, Council considered a WestConnex Update Report at its 6 November 2018 meeting and resolved to write to the Premier (with copies to Ministers and local State Members) about a number of WestConnex issues. Letters have been sent and Council is awaiting a response to each of the issues raised. The report and Council resolution are available on Council’s website.

Mayoral Minute on Stage 3B contract

At its 11 December 2018 meeting, Council considered a Mayoral Minute entitled Rushed WestConnex Stage 3B Contract and resolved to write to the NSW Government requesting that it does not enter into any contract for the construction of WestConnex Stage 3B until after next year’s State election.  The Minute and resolution are available on Council’s website.

WestConnex Weekly Update Report 3 December 2018 (PDF 42.1KB)

STAGE 1 - M4 East

Variable Messaging Sign (VMS) night works – Parramatta Road, Haberfield

Beginning 3 December 2018, the Stage 1 contractor will be installing a VMS along Parramatta Road near McDonald’s, across from Ashfield Park. Hours of work are reported as 9pm to 5am Sundays to Fridays, with the work expected to take no more than two shifts. The installation is scheduled to be completed by 14 December 2018. For a map and further details, see Notice 333b on Local Updates.

Ambient air quality & weather monitoring validated report

SMC has released this report for the period 1 to 31 October 2018. It reports on air quality monitoring data from the six ambient air quality monitoring stations along the Stage 1 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.

Release of additional Quarterly Construction Compliance Report

The Stage 1 contractor has released another Quarterly Construction Compliance Report on Local Updates. It covers Stage 1 construction activities and associated management plans and monitoring programs that keep these activities compliant with Conditions of Approval (CoA) during the period 23 January 2018 to 22 April 2018. The report also notes when the above plans and programs have been altered or updated. As is stated on Page 8 of the report, this document is separate from the project’s Construction Environmental Management Plans (CEMPs) and its Compliance Tracking Program, but is interrelated in that it addresses environmental management aspects of the project. Point 1.4 in this report further explains its role.

Interface meeting

Staff from Council, Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) and the Stage 1 contractor met recently at a monthly interface meeting. The following items were discussed: Wattle Street drainage/driveways update, including boring beneath Ramsay Street; noise wall construction in Dobroyd Parade and Wattle Street; progress on landscaping; forthcoming traffic changes; traffic changes at Chandos Street; installation of over-height detectors; access to part of Dobroyd Parade impeded by new works; parking and worker behaviour; operational traffic noise attenuation for units at Loftus Street, Ashfield; location of the bus stop outside the Muirs site on Parramatta Road; guard rails near 195 Parramatta Rd, Haberfield; noise from out-of-hours work at Bland Street; restoration of footpaths; traffic access at Walker Ave / Parramatta Road intersection; use of Reg Coady Reserve by Stages 1 and 3; Council works in Haberfield-Ashfield; issues raised at the last (1 November 2018) meeting of the WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF) and the last (27 November 2018) meeting of the WestConnex Community Reference Group (Western).

Air Quality Community Consultative Committee (AQCCC)

Council staff recently attended a meeting of the M4 East AQCCC where the following items were discussed: project update (SMC); air quality monitoring & readings (SMC); complaints (SMC); website update (SMC and website consultant); Ambient Air Quality Goal Protocol (SMC); CoA E20 report (SMC and consultant); Development Control Plan Air Quality Assessment process (SMC); and other business (all). At the meeting, Council staff a number of issues on behalf of members of the community before the meeting. A verbal response to each was provided at the meeting, and SMC stated a written response would be provided to each. This will be reported when received.

STAGE 2 – New M5

Night work – Princes Highway, Unwins Bridge Road, & May Street - St Peters

The Stage 2 contractor will be undertaking night works on 3 & 4 December to transfer power cables from old poles to new poles along May Street, Princes Highway and Unwins Bridge Road. The works will be carried out between 7pm and 5am on each of these nights. During these times, traffic along the named roads will be slowed by lane closures and control measures. See Notification No565 on Local Updates for further information.

Night & weekend work – Burrows Road, St Peters

The Stage 2 contractor will be undertaking night works and weekend works starting Thursday 6 December 2018 and proceeding as follows: from 7pm on 6 December to 5am on 7 December, from 7pm on 7 December to 6pm on 8 December, and from 7pm on 14 December to 5am on 17 December 2018. Works include searching for buried services, laying power utilities and laying a new water main. See Notification No566 on Local Updates for more details.

STAGE 3 - M4–M5 Link

Tunnelling alignment map

This map, available on the WestConnex website at www.westconnex.com.au/tunnelling, identifies properties eligible for property precondition reports in the WestConnex Stage 3A project area. For each property, depth and proximity to tunnels is shown. This map is indicative, but is the best and most current source of information for the community. As the design progresses, slight changes may be made. Questions or feedback can be directed to the Stage 3A project team on 1800 660 248 or email info@westconnex.com.au

Community information sessions

The Stage 3A contractor is in the process of convening three community information sessions: Annandale - 11am-2pm Saturday 1 December 2018 at 160 Parramatta Road, Annandale (former Drummond Golf store - enter via Mallet Street); Haberfield-Ashfield (Combined with M4 East) - 4-7pm Wednesday 5 December 2018 at 1-11 Charlotte Street, Ashfield; and St Peters - 4-7pm Tuesday 11 December 2018 at Campbell Road, St Peters (opposite Barwon Park Road). Further information is available on the WestConnex website at: https://www.westconnex.com.au/M4-M5LinkTunnels

Release of Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) and sub-plans

The Stage 3A contractor has released the latest version of the Stage 3A CEMP, along with its associated sub-plans. These plans include: B1 Traffic and Transport and Access Management Sub-Plan; B2 Noise and Vibration Management Sub-plan; B3 Flora and Fauna Management Sub-plan; B4 Air Quality Management Sub-plan; B5 Soil and Surface Water Management Sub-plan; B6 Groundwater Management Sub-plan; B7 Non-Aboriginal Heritage Management Sub-plan; B8 Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Sub-plan; and Waste Management Sub-plan.
These plans have been prepared to address the requirements of the project’s CoA, the Stage 3 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), the revised environmental management measures (REMM) listed in the Stage 3 Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report (SPIR) and all applicable guidance and legislation. Stage 3A concept designs have also been posted on the website. See Local Updates for all of these items.

Interface meeting

Staff from Council, Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) and the Stage 3A contractor met recently at a monthly interface meeting. The following items were discussed: geotechnical surveys proposed on roads and in parks; issues raised at the last (1 November 2018) meeting of the WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF); property precondition reports to be undertaken by the project contractors and by Council; and requirements for appointments to the peer-review panel for contested surveys of properties conducted by the project contractor. Note that these surveys are only performed on properties predicted to be at risk of shift from geotechnical survey data.

Geotechnical survey works – Tillock Street, Haberfield & Barwon Park Road, St Peters

Further to a prior notice in the Weekly Update Report on investigative drilling works, the Stage 3A contractor has issued a notice about the latest site proposed for these works - an area along Tillock Street, Haberfield, commencing 30 November 2018 and an area along Barwon Park Road, St Peters, commencing 3 December 2018. Works are expected to take up to four weeks to complete, depending on findings. Works will be conducted from 7am to 6pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. For further information, see Notifications MT019 & MT022 on Local Updates.

Night work – Pyrmont Bridge Road Site, Annandale

The Stage 3A contractor will be undertaking night works starting 5 December 2018 and lasting a maximum of two days, weather permitting. The works will be carried out between 6pm and 7am on each of these nights. The works will involve a CCTV investigation of the existing sewer works at the intersection of Parramatta Road and Mallet Street, as well as trenching across Pyrmont Bridge Road to search for buried services. See Notification MT029 on Local Updates for further details.

WestConnex Weekly Update Report 23 November 2018 (PDF 42.6KB)

STAGE 1 - M4 EAST

Release of Quarterly Construction Compliance Reports

The Stage 1 contractor has released three of these reports on Local Updates. They span the period from 23 April 2017 to 22 January 2018 and cover Stage 1 construction activities and associated management plans and monitoring programs that keep these activities compliant with Conditions of Approval. These reports also note when the above plans and programs have been altered or updated. As is stated on Page 8 of each of these reports, these documents are separate from the project’s Construction Environmental Management Plans (CEMPs) and its Compliance Tracking Program, but are interrelated in that they address environmental management aspects of the project. Point 1.4 in each of these reports further explains their role.

Hoarding removal – Parramatta Road, Ashfield

Beginning 26 November 2018, the Stage 1 contractor will be removing some of the temporary hoardings along Parramatta Road near Orpington Street. The process is expected to be completed by 22 December 2018. Plans for landscaping and footpath/fencing restoration will be announced following removal of the hoardings. For a map and further details, see Notice 337a on Local Updates.

Resurfacing – Bland Street between Julia Street & Parramatta Road, Ashfield

The Stage 1 contractor has posted a notice about Bland Street (between Julia Street and Parramatta Road) being resurfaced on Wednesday, 21 November 2018. The resurfacing is expected to take a single shift to complete.  If rescheduling is needed because of the weather, a further notice will be issued.  During this time the street will only be accessible to residents’ motor vehicles, but pedestrian traffic will be maintained.  For details, see Notice N227 on Local Updates.  

STAGE 2 – New M5

Day & night works to open South side of Campbell Street, St Peters

The Stage 2 contractor plans to reopen the south side of Campbell Street by 24 November 2018. In order to meet this goal, three day shifts (22– 24 November) and one night shift (23-24 November 2018) are needed. Day works will be undertaken from 10am to 3pm on 22 November and 7am to 7pm on 23 November 2018. These will continue into night works from 7pm on 23 November to 12noon on 24 November 2018. Roads between May Street, Princes Highway and Campbell Street will carry one-way traffic during this time and parts of Campbell Street will either be shut or heavily controlled until the changeover is complete. See Notification No554 on Local Updates for further information.

Daytime piling work – St Peters Interchange (SPI) site, St Peters

The Stage 2 contractor will be performing additional piling work at the SPI site this Saturday 24 November 2018 from 8am to 5pm. As the work involves pile-driving concrete/steel beams 40 meters into the ground, there will be noticeable noise and vibration.  For further details, see Notice 558 on Local Updates.

Day works on slip lane & night works for ITS installation – Princes Highway, St Peters

Stage 2 works on the Princes Highway in St Peters will continue, with the south-bound slip lane closed during daytime works from 26 November to 30 November 2018 between 7am and 3pm. Night-time works (7pm to 5am) across the Princes Highway in May Street will also commence on 27 November for Tuesdays and Thursdays each week until 13 December 2018. Both works are to install Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS) conduits and infrastructure. For further details see Notice 559 on Local Updates.

Night work to install drainage pipes – Euston Road, St Peters

The Stage 2 contractor will be working on select nights from 6pm to 5am to install drainage pipes along Euston Road, beginning 26 November 2018. The work is expected to be completed by 19 December 2018. For maps and listings of works areas by night and by location, see Notice 561 on Local Updates.

Stage 2 interface meeting

Staff from Council, Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) and the Stage 2 contractor met recently at a monthly interface meeting. The following items were discussed:

  • locations of permanent VMS and tunnel over-height detectors, including the sign at Kendrick Park, Tempe;
  • removal of overhead power lines across Unwins Bridge Road near Campbell Street;
  • removal of a tree stump on Unwins Bridge Road, to occur in February/March 2019;
  • SMC fact sheet on Stage 2 vent facilities and air quality;
  • Brown Street footpath repair work carried out to rectify a resident’s issue about footpath surface treatments;
  • pedestrian safety and footpath issues at the Bedwin Road bridge and Edinburgh Road intersection – noting that issues at the latter location are the responsibility of the Metro rail project;
  • forthcoming works and traffic changes along Campbell Street and adjoining streets, including the Campbell Street (west) traffic switch to the southern side, the May Street intersection upgrade and Campbell Street (east) ongoing works;
  • Barwon Park Road ITS works and temporary parking removal ongoing;
  • night work for ITS installation at May Street / Princes Highway intersection;
  • approximately 20 sandstone kerb blocks to be delivered by the Stage 2 contractor to Council for storage;
  • Stage 2 Traffic & Transport Liaison Group (TTLG) meetings;
  • forthcoming consultation for the Stage 2 Operational Construction Parking & Access Strategy;
  • general issues around residents’ complaints about night noise and offers of mitigation measures such as alternative accommodation;
  • cumulative impacts on St Peters residents from apartment developments and WestConnex;
  • issues raised at the last (1 November 2018) meeting of the WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF) and the last (13 November 2018) meeting of the WestConnex Community Reference Group (Southern).

STAGE 3 - M4–M5 LINK

Geotechnical survey works – Canal Road, Leichhardt

Further to the general notice in last week’s Update Report on investigative drilling works, the Stage 3A contractor has issued a notice about the first of these works, to be undertaken in an area along Canal Road, Leichhardt, commencing 27 November 2018. These works are expected to take up to four weeks to complete, depending on findings. Works will be conducted from 7am to 6pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. For further information, see Notification MT013 on Local Updates.

Community meetings for Western Harbour Tunnel & F6

A Stop the North Shore Tunnels community meeting will be held at North Sydney Council, Huntley Hall, 200 Miller Street, North Sydney at 3pm on Sunday 25 November 2018.  A F6 toll-road community meeting will be held at Moorefield Bowling Club, French St, Kogarah at 2pm on Sunday 25 November 2018.

 

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.

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