WestConnex Local Area Improvement Strategy (LAIS)

In late 2016 Council resolved to undertake a study to assess the operational traffic impacts WestConnex will have on residential streets in the Inner West Council area.

This resolution was prompted by a concern that WestConnex conditions of approval required Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) to consider WestConnex traffic impacts after the project had opened to traffic.

Council is of the view that it is imperative to consider traffic impacts before opening to ensure streets are protected from potential traffic rat-runs from day one.

Accordingly, Council has commissioned consultants to undertake traffic modelling to identify potentially-affected streets, and to develop a WestConnex Local Area Improvement Strategy (LAIS) to protect these streets.

The LAIS is intended to guide the design and ultimately implementation of a series of traffic calming schemes to protect streets from WestConnex-related traffic.

The proposed treatments are indicative and will required further investigation and community engagement before final draft schemes can be considered

The estimated total cost of LAIS works is up to $29 million, and it is intended that Council seeks funding from RMS for these works, arguing that RMS funding is justified as WestConnex has created the need for the works.

Subject to funding, the LAIS would be implemented in a similar way that all of Council’s Local Area Traffic Management (LATM) schemes are implemented – involving local community consultation, detailed design, approval by Traffic Committee and Council and finally implementation.

Officer’s report to 8 May 2018 Council meeting

To view the officer’s report on the WestConnex LAIS, visit Council's business papers and minutes page and open the agenda for Council's 8 May meeting.

Final LAIS report

The final WestConnex LAIS report is available here. It comprises the main report by Beca Australia, and a traffic modelling report by Veitch Lister Consulting (Appendix E).

M4-M5 Link Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report

The submissions and preferred infrastructure report outlines Roads and Maritime Service's (RMS) response to the submissions received on the M4-M5 Link environmental impacts statement during the public exhibition period in 2017. To prepare this report, RMS was required to have reviewed all submissions and prepared clarifications and responses to all issues raised.

Council's response has been submitted to the Department of Planning and Environment, read Council's submission here. (PDF 922.1KB)

Public meetings on the M4-M5 Link

Council held a series of five public meetings for residents who will be affected by the serious impacts of WestConnex Stage 3 M4-M5 Link. Presentations from these meetings can be viewed by clicking here.

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

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

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

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

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

Stage 1 - Ashfield, Haberfield Stage 2 - Beverley Hills to St Peters Stage 3 - Haberfield to St Peters Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link Read the WestConnex Weekly Update

Stage 3 M4–M5 Link Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

Submissions for the M4-M5 Link EIS closed on Monday 16 October 2017 after a 60 day exhibition period.

The EIS describes the main features of the proposed M4-M5 Link project, as well as potential environmental and social impacts that may occur during construction and operation.

Council prepared a detailed submission on the EIS, which will be presented to a Council Meeting on 24 October 2017.

Read Council's submission here

Further background information is available on Sydney Motorway Corporation's website

Stage 3 M4–M5 Link Concept Design

Submissions for the Concept Design closed on Friday 4 August 2017 following 12 weeks on exhibition.

The M4 - M5 Link will connect the WestConnex interchanges at Haberfield and St Peters.

It includes a proposed interchange at Rozelle which would join WestConnex to Victoria Road, Johnston Street, the Anzac Bridge and the proposed Western Harbour Tunnel.

Read Council's submission here

Read the M4 M5 Link Community Flyer here (PDF 208.9KB)

What is Council doing on WestConnex?

 Council is taking steps to secure the best possible outcomes for the residents of the inner west.

  • Council does not accept that Sydney Motorway Corporation's (SMC) proposal is the best or only way of delivering better transport for Sydney. It is reviewing all aspects of the Concept Design.
  • Engaging Experts to understand the impact of the work by conducting traffic modelling, analyse the M4 - M5 Link design plans and investigate the proposed dive site in Leichhardt. Council has committed $500,000 to ensure we have the best possible analysis and advice.
  • Advocating for more green space and better use of residual lands.
  • Ensuring the project complies with its obligations to local communities.
  • Investigating improvements to the proposed Linear Park between Rozelle and North Annandale
  • Providing legal advice for residents whose properties are being acquired
  • Advocating against local dive sites
  • Holding a regular Council WestConnex liaison community forum
  • Commissioning legal advice

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

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

Predicting traffic impacts

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

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

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

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

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

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

What local outcomes can be improved?

More green space

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

Increased active transport

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

Fewer cars on surface roads

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

Increased public transport

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

Expert analysis

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

Increased enforcement

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

Work with Council to protect our local community

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

Public Meetings

Council held a public meeting in October 2017 to gain valuable community feedback on the Stage 3 M4-M5 Link EIS. Future meeting are being planned to cover key construction and operation affects of WestConnex.

Compliance Officer

The WestConnex Compliance Officer's role includes:

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

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

Phone 9274 6306 or 1300 305 695 or via email compliance@planning.nsw.gov.au(Attention WestConnex).

Council's WestConnex Unit

The WestConnex Unit’s role includes:

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

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

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

Submissions and Reports

The WestConnex Unit is constantly working on various submissions and reports in a continued effort to ensure that Sydney Motorway Corporation is aware of the needs and requirements of local residents. Click on any of the documents below to review.

Local Representation Advisory Committee (LRAC)

Council meetings

Previous councils

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

Legal Advice

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

You can view the advice below:

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

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

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

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

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

Media Releases

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

Meetings with Sydney Motorway Corporation

WestConnex Community Liaison Forum

The purpose of the WestConnex Community Liaison Forum is to:

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

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

WestConnex Community Liaison Forum Minutes

Minutes 7 June 2018 WestConnex Liaison Forum (PDF 113KB) 

Minutes 3 May 2018 WestConnex Liaison Forum  (PDF 63.4KB)

Minutes 6 April 2018 WestConnex Liaison Forum (PDF 143.9KB)

Minutes 1 March 2018 WestConnex Liaison Forum (PDF 413.8KB)

Minutes 1 February 2018 WestConnex Liaison Forum  (PDF 248.3KB)

Minutes 7 December 2017 WestConnex Liaison Forum (PDF 249KB) 

Minutes 2 November 2017 WestConnex Liaison Forum (PDF 232.4KB)

Minutes 5 October 2017 WestConnex Liaison Forum  (PDF 180.8KB)

Minutes 7 September 2017 WestConnex Liaison Forum (PDF 194KB)

Minutes 3 August 2017 WestConnex Liaison Forum (PDF 191.6KB)

Minutes 6 July 2017 WestConnex Liaison Forum (PDF 183.4KB)

Minutes 1 June 2017 WestConnex Liaison Forum  (PDF 177.4KB)

Minutes 4 May 2017 WestConnex Liaison Forum (PDF 183.3KB)

Minutes 7 April 2017 WestConnex Liaison Forum (PDF 249.4KB) 

Minutes 2 March 2017 WestConnex Liaison Forum (PDF 243.6KB)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ways to Have Your Say

Lobby the State Government

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

Gladys Berejiklian MP

Minister for WestConnex
Stuart Ayres MP
02 8574 6500

Member for Balmain
Jamie Parker MP
02 9660 7586

Member for Newtown
Jenny Leong MP
02 9517 2800

Member for Strathfield
Jodi McKay MP
02 9747 1711

Member for Summer Hill
Jo Haylen MP
02 9572 5900

Member for Heffron
Ron Hoenig MP
02 9699 8166

Contact Sydney Motorway Corporation

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

Join a community group

No WestConnex and No WestConnex Annandale:


WestConnex Action Group:

RAW (Rozelle Against WestConnex):


Leichhardt Against WestConnex

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


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