WestConnex Weekly Update

WestConnex Weekly Update - 9 February 2018

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M4 EAST 

Tunnelling progress update – Northcote Street construction site

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has confirmed tunnelling is still underway in both directions from the Northcote Street construction site. In accordance with conditions set out by the project’s Environmental Protection Licence, tunnelling activities (including excavation) will occur 24/7. This will continue throughout February and March 2018, and will involve the use of roadheaders and benching for excavation and removal of spoil. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

M4 East community information sessions

The M4 East project team is holding a community information session, providing an opportunity for residents to obtain further information about construction activities, tunnelling, traffic and the M4 East Legacy Project. Urban designers will be in attendance to answer questions on the latest version of the Urban Design and Landscape Plan (UDLP), which can be found on Local Updates. The meeting will be held on Tuesday 13 February 2018 from 4pm to 7pm at Club Ashfield, 1-11 Charlotte Street Ashfield. Any enquires should be directed to M4 East on info@m4east.com.au.

NEW M5  

Utility investigations & temporary parking restrictions – Unwins Bridge Road St Peters

SMC has advised that utility service investigation works will commence on Monday 5 February 2018 along the Unwins Bridge Road eastern footpath between Campbell and Silver Streets. Parking restrictions will be temporarily in place in sections along Unwins Bridge Road while the work is being carried out. Works will take place from Monday 5 February to Friday 2 March 2018 between 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturday. On-street parking restrictions will be temporarily in place from 6pm each evening around worksites. Traffic control, signage and reduced speed limits will be in place. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Burrows Road diversion work

SMC has posted a notice further to Notice No. 343 issued on 15 January 2018 confirming the construction of the Burrows Road diversion will continue until mid-February 2018. Night closures will occur on Tuesday 13 February, Wednesday 14 February and Thursday 15 February 2018 from 9pm to 5am. Changed traffic conditions will be in place. Refer to Local Updates for more detail, including maps.

Night work on May Street St Peters

A notification has been placed on Local Updates by SMC advising that night works will be undertaken to remove concrete barriers currently located on the southbound lane of May Street, near Campbell Street. The concrete barriers will be later reinstated, and the current footpath will be removed for drainage, utility and upgrade works. A new footpath will be built after the drainage and utilities have been installed in mid-2018. Night works will occur on Monday 12 February 2018 from 7pm to 5am.

Monthly interface meeting

On 9 February 2018 Council staff and the Department of Planning & Environment’s (DP&E’s) WestConnex compliance officers met with the New M5 project team at a regular monthly interface meeting. A number of matters were discussed, including: confirmation of Campbell Street car park as per the UDLP; update on Tempe Reserve construction; and upcoming community street meetings to be convened by New M5.

M4–M5 LINK   

M4-M5 Link Submissions & Preferred Infrastructure Report (SPIR) now available

The DP&E has made this report available on the DP&E website. Community members are invited to view the SPIR, which responds to all submissions made during the exhibition period of the Stage 3 (M4-M5 Link) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). SMC, on behalf of proponent Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), has reviewed all 13,000 submissions and has prepared responses to the issues raised. The SPIR outlines key changes to the EIS, which are:

  • a truck marshalling and employee parking area at Rozelle near White Bay on land owned by the Port Authority of NSW – the White Bay Civil Site (C11);
  • confirmation of heavy vehicle routes as a result of establishing the White Bay site – of particular concern to Council is use of Johnston Street, Annandale (southbound) and streets around Tebbutt Street, Leichhardt by project trucks as these streets include residential and school uses;
  • and relocation of the bio-retention facility from within the informal car park next to King George Park to a new location 150m away near Victoria Road within King George Park – not expected to result in significant impacts overall.

The SPIR has ruled out an alternative (potentially lower impact) spoil loading option for the Darley Road mid-tunnel construction dive-site. This option would have involved use of a hopper to convey spoil over the light rail line to a truck loading areas adjacent to City West Link Road. Although this option was not formally part of the EIS, it was discussed as part of the EIS exhibition period. Council remains concerned about use of the City West Link Road / James Street / Darley Road intersection by project trucks. The DP&E will now assess the EIS with reference to the SPIR and submissions received, then prepare an assessment report with recommendations to the Mister for Planning. The Minister will then make a determination. Although the SPIR is not being publicly exhibited, Council staff will to send a written submission to the DP&E on the SPIR to that raises Council’s key outstanding issues. Council encourages any interested community member or community group to also make a written submission.

Public meeting on EIS construction & traffic impacts

On Wednesday 7 February 2018 Council held the third of five public meetings concerned with Stage 3 construction and traffic impacts. This meeting, held at the Ashfield Civic Centre, focused on Haberfield-Ashfield impacts. The presentation given by Council officers at the meeting is available on Council’s website. The fourth meeting, to be held at the Petersham Town Hall at 105 Crystal Street Petersham on Wednesday 14 February 2018 from 6:30pm to 8pm, will focus on construction impacts from the mid-tunnel construction dive-site proposed for Annandale-Camperdown (Bridge Road site). The final meeting of the series will be held at the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, 1 Bedford Street, Newtown from 6:30pm-8pm, focusing on the St Peters construction sites.

GENERAL  

Fix NSW Transport – Stop WestConnex public march

A coalition of WestConnex advocacy groups and transport groups has organised a march for Saturday 17 February 2018, commencing at 2pm the Archibald Fountain, Hyde Park North and ending at the Martin Place amphitheatre, where there will be speeches and performances. For more details go to the No WestConnex Public Transport website.

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 2 February 2018

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M4 EAST  

Preparatory work for traffic changes – Haberfield & Ashfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised that from Monday 29 January 2018 work will continue around the Parramatta Road Civil Site in preparation for the upcoming traffic changes, which are scheduled to take place around March 2018. This work will take approximately six weeks to complete, weather permitting. Where possible, work has been scheduled to take place between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturday. Work requiring lane closures will occur between 9pm and 5am Sunday to Friday. Further community notification will be provided closer to the implementation of these traffic changes. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Temporary road closure extension – Orpington Street, Ashfield

SMC has posted a notice confirming Orpington Street in Ashfield will remain closed at the intersection of Parramatta Road (westbound) due to unexpected utility services and adverse ground conditions. This closure will remain in place until the end of February 2018. The extension of the project schedule is required to identify, relocate and construct utility services and the pavement for the new Parramatta Road (westbound) carriageway. The road closure minimises the amount of out-of-hours works required. Standard construction hours will continue to be in place, and residents notified separately of any works outside these hours. For more information, refer to Local updates.

Monthly Interface meeting

This week Council staff attended the first (monthly) interface meeting with M4 East and SMC for 2018, where the following matters were discussed:

  • Extension of the Orpington Road closure;
  • Council’s concerns over the extent of tree removal along Dobroyd Parade;
  • Ongoing community concerns over worker behaviour and worker parking in Haberfield’s residential streets;
  • Ash Lane closure for utility works; and Consultation with residents over the Walker Avenue road hoardings,
  • with the possibility that they may be removed.

M4 East Urban Design and Landscape Plan (UDLP)

SMC has made available (for information) the M4 East UDLP (Revision 2) on Local Updates. Parts 1, 2, 4 and 5 are included, as are details of local government and stakeholder consultations. Also included are a series of illustrative plan drawings that have been prepared for presentations and public displays.

NEW M5  

Sydney Park Road roundabout - Alexandria

SMC has advised there will be weekend traffic changes at this roundabout, which is within the City of Sydney, but near the City’s border with Inner West Council. From 8am to 6pm there will be changed traffic conditions in place at the roundabout for the next three weekends: 3 and 4 February; 10 and 11 February; and 17 and 18 February 2018. Changes include traffic being directed though the roundabout one direction at a time; Huntley Street will being closed westbound between Burrows Road and the roundabout; Euston Road northbound remaining closed between Campbell Road and Sydney Park Road; and a reduced 40 km/h speed limit being in place around the roundabout and approaching streets. Delays are expected, so drivers should avoid Sydney Park Road and instead use Canal Road, Ricketty Street, Burrows Road, and Bourke Road. For further information, refer to the WestConnex website.

M4 – M5 LINK  

Public meeting on EIS construction & traffic impacts

Council will hold the third of its five public meetings on WestConnex Stage 3 construction and traffic issues on Wednesday 7 February 2018 at Ashfield. The meeting will focus on Stage 3 Haberfield-Ashfield construction sites, with Council giving an overview of likely impacts - including air quality, traffic and construction noise, dust and vibration. All in attendance will have an opportunity to ask questions and make comments during an open-mic session. The meeting will be held at the Ashfield Civic Centre, Ground Floor, 260 Liverpool Road, Ashfield from 6:30pm to 8pm. The fourth public meeting will be held at the Petersham Town Hall, 105 Crystal Street Petersham on Wednesday 14 February 2018 from 6:30pm to 8pm and will focus on construction impacts from the mid-tunnel construction dive-site at Annandale-Camperdown. The final meeting of the series will be held at the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, 1 Bedford Street, Newtown from 6:30pm-8pm, focusing on the St Peters construction sites.

GENERAL   

WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF)

The WCLF met on Thursday 1 February 2018, and the next meeting is scheduled for Thursday 1 March 2018 at the Ashfield Service Centre. Minutes of the WCLF meeting are available on Council’s website.

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 25 January 2018

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M4 EAST 

Preparatory work for traffic changes – Haberfield & Ashfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised from Wednesday 3 January 2018 work will continue around the Parramatta Road Civil Site in preparation for the upcoming traffic changes, which are scheduled to take place around March 2018. This work will take approximately two months to complete. Where possible, work has been scheduled to take place between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturday. Work requiring lane closures will occur between 9pm and 5am Sunday to Friday. Further community notification will be provided closed to the implementation of these traffic changes. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Ongoing construction work – Haberfield

SMC has posted a notice advising from Wednesday 3 January 2018 work will continue along Wattle Street and Dobroyd Parade, Haberfield. This work will involve the temporary closure of Ash Lane between Northcote and Wattle Streets. It is expected this work will take approximately three months to complete. Where possible, work has been scheduled to take place between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturday. Work requiring lane closures will occur between 9pm and 5am Sunday to Friday. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Parramatta Road Vent Facility – Haberfield

A notification has been issued by SMC confirming from Wednesday 3 January 2018 work will continue to build the structure of the Parramatta Road Vent Facility (PRVF). Due to anticipated hot weather in January, concrete pours have been scheduled to take place between 5am and 6pm Monday to Friday and will take up to four weeks to complete. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Tree clearing – Dobroyd Parade – Haberfield

SMC advises the road geometry between Waratah Street and Crane Avenue in Haberfield has been redesigned in order to preserve as much of the existing vegetation as possible, however removal of trees and vegetation is still required. This will allow construction of a noise wall and footpath. Works commenced on Monday 22 January 2018 and will take approximately two weeks to complete. Standard construction hours apply except where lane closures are required and this work will occur between 9pm and 5am Sunday to Friday. Further to this notification and local resident feedback, Council staff met with community representatives and the Site Environmental Officer for M4 East on-site to raise concerns over the need to remove the majority of the existing landscaping despite the notification saying only ‘some’ trees and vegetation would be removed. Approval for the clearing of these trees is as outlined and identified in the Urban Design and Landscape Plan (UDLP) for the M4 East project. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Environmental Protection Licence (EPL) & Environmental Protection Licence Monitoring Data – Water Discharge Monitoring Report

SMC has placed on Local Updates these reports for December 2017. They cover environmental factors such as water discharge, dust and odour.

NEW M5  

Night work & traffic changes on Princes Highway - St Peters

SMC have advised work will be carried out to install and relocate concrete barriers on the Princes Highway near the intersection of Campbell Street. Road closures and traffic detours are necessary. On Wednesday 31 January 2018 between 9pm and 5am works will be carried out on the western verge of the Princes Highway between Campbell Street and Victoria Street to install additional concrete barriers. Two way traffic will be maintained by traffic control on the Princes Highway, delays are anticipated. This is expected to take one shift only. For more detailed information on Church, Brown, Victoria, St Peters and Florence Streets access changes refer to Local Updates.

St Peters interchange odour & gas monitoring report

This report for the period 27 December 2017 to 02 January 2018 has been posted on Local Updates.

Environmental licence monitoring data report

SMC has placed on Local Updates this report for November 2017.

Alexandra Canal Sub-Plan

The Alexandra Canal Sub-Plan has been made available by SMC. It has been prepared to satisfy the Ministers Condition of Approval B629(e) (SSI6788) and details the design and integration of the bridges over the Alexandra Canal and summarises the heritage impact assessment undertaken for the proposed bridges works, demonstrating compliance with the relative heritage polices and guidelines including the Alexandra Canal Heritage Conservation Plan. The proposed works includes three concrete bridges known as Bridges 8, 9 and 10. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

GENERAL 

What’s happening on WestConnex in 2018?

SMC has published the Inside Lane, outlining several key outcomes to be achieved in 2018:

  • On the M4 East, key milestones in 2018 will include completing tunnel excavation and the majority of surface works with paving and the electrical and mechanical fit out of the tunnel commencing;
  • Bridge installation work is scheduled to start at the St Peters Interchange for the New M5 in the first quarter of 2018 and for the Campbell Road bridge over the Alexandra Canal in mid-2018. The first tunnelling breakthrough on the St Peters Interchange portals is also expected mid 2018; and
  • SMC is working with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) towards achieving planning approval to start construction on the M4-M5 Link project and to finalise procurement of a primary contractor to build the mainline tunnel.

For more information, refer to Local Updates.

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex  Weekly Update - 22 December 2017

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M4 EAST  

Christmas & New Year operation dates

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised Council that all M4 East civil sites will be closed from 6pm on Friday 22 December 2017 and will reopen at 7am on Wednesday 3 January 2018. There will be limited work (hand tools only) within the Parramatta Ventilation Facility site from Thursday 28 December 2017 until Saturday 30 December 2017. The WestConnex general enquiries and complaints lines will be in operation over the Christmas / New Year period, info@westconnex.com.au and 1 800 660 248.

Temporary road closure extension – Orpington Street, Ashfield

SMC has advised that Orpington Street, Ashfield will remain closed at the intersection of Parramatta Road (westbound) due to the need to manage unexpected utility services and adverse ground conditions. The closure will remain in place until the end of January 2018. For more information refer to Local Updates.

NEW M5 

Christmas & New Year operation dates

SMC has advised Council that all New M5 civil sites will be closing from 6pm on Friday 22 December 2017 and will reopen at 7am on Tuesday 2 January 2018. Tunnelling activities will continue during this period but there will be no blasting on public holidays. The New M5 Community Information Centre at 27 Burrows Road, St Peters will also be closed during this time. The WestConnex general enquiries and complaints lines will be in operation over the Christmas / New Year period info@westconnex.com.au and 1 800 660 248.

Design meeting re Camdenville Basin

This week Council staff attended a meeting with New M5 project staff to further discuss how the project’s designs for the Camdenville Basin will integrate with Council’s Camdenville Park Masterplan. Further meetings on this matter will be held in early 2018 to finalise designs and to ensure there is input from Council’s flooding/stormwater management staff.

GENERAL

Rozelle Rail Yards (RRY) site management work - Christmas / New Year construction hours

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has advised that the RRY site will close from 6pm on Friday 22 December 2017 and will reopen at 7am on Monday 8 January 2018. During this period security will remain onsite 24/7. For urgent enquiries phone 1 800 870 248 or email rozellerailyards@fultonhogan.com.au.

Western Harbour Tunnel & Beaches Link – Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) issued

As reported previously, in October 2017 RMS lodged a State Significant Infrastructure Applications (SSIA) with the DP&E for the Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link project. All state significant projects require an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and approval from the Minister for Planning. The DP&E has this week formally issued the SEARs for the project, which can be viewed on the DP&E website. The EIS, to be submitted by RMS in 2018, will be required to fully address all issues presented in the SEARs, including project details such as location of tunnels, portals, ventilations facilities and construction sites. Council and members of the community will be invited to make submission during the EIS exhibition period.

The WestConnex Weekly Update Report

The next edition of Council’s WestConnex Weekly Update Report will be on Thursday 25 January 2017.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 15 December 2017

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M4 EAST  

Permanent noise wall construction - Wattle Street, Haberfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised from Wednesday 13 December 2017 work will continue to construct the permanent noise wall along Wattle Street which will run along the back of the even-numbered properties on Walker Avenue in Haberfield. The noise wall will be constructed in two phases. Prior to Christmas, the noise wall will be constructed from Hebel (a lightweight brick) to a height of 3.6 metres. The second phase, which will involve installing acrylic panels on top of the Hebel, will commence early next year. The colour of the Hebel on the residents’ side of the wall has been confirmed as Dulux ‘French Limestone’. Work is expected to take place from 7am-6pm Monday to Friday and 8am-1pm on Saturday. Work requiring road or lane closures will occur from 9pm-5am Sunday to Friday. The permanent noise wall is expected to be completed by mid-2018. For more information refer to Local Updates.

NEW M5 

Important traffic changes on Campbell Street (east), St Peters

SMC has advised from 5am on Thursday 14 December 2017 the eastbound and westbound lanes of Campbell Street (east) diversion road will be opened for traffic. Campbell Street / Road between Princes Highway to Burrows Road will be two-way and Crown Street will revert to one-way northbound. Traffic control and signage will be in place to assist with the changes. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

St Peters Interchange and local road upgrades - construction update

SMC has released a construction update for works within the St Peters Interchange and on surrounding local roads over the next three months. This work includes: continuing 24/7 tunnelling excavation with support activities; on-going blasting underground at Tempe, Sydenham and St Peters for construction of the cross passages; on-going earthworks to build the final landform for the interchange, including excavating, moving and compacting material; and piling for the Motorway Control Centre on Burrows Road. For more information on forthcoming work across the entire New M5 project, refer to Local Updates.

Daytime piling work and night work – May Street, St Peters

SMC has posted a notice confirming that day-time piling work is underway in Camdenville Park for construction of the new retaining wall adjacent to Bedwin Road. Work is also on-going to realign the intersection of Campbell Street, May Street, Bedwin Road and Unwins Bridge Road and to install/upgrade utility services in this area. Camdenville Park piling work is underway to install 38 steel piles for the construction of the new retaining wall along Bedwin Road. This is being built in advance of the Bedwin Road widening, which will change the alignment of the road to straighten the intersection at May Street, Campbell Street and Unwins Bridge Road. May Street night work will be undertaken on Wednesday 20 December 2017 from 7pm-5am. The concrete barriers currently in place on the southern side of May Street will be relocated to the northern side of May Street during one night of work. Only southbound traffic will be permitted during the night works. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

GENERAL  

WestConnex report to Council’s 12 December 2017 meeting

As was reported last week, Council considered a WestConnex Update Report at its 12 December 2017 Ordinary Meeting that included seven items. As a result, Council made eight resolutions. The report and resolutions (within the meeting minutes) are available on Council’s website.

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 08 December 2017

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M4 EAST  

Road closure – Dobroyd Parade, Haberfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised that from Sunday 10 December 2017, Dobroyd Parade will be permanently closed near its intersection with Waratah Street. Temporary barriers will be installed, and access to and from Dobroyd Parade will be via Loudon Avenue. Following additional approvals, construction of a cul-de-sac will commence around Easter 2018. Further notification will be provided prior to this work. Note that these temporary barriers will include a gate which will facilitate access for construction vehicles. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Changed traffic conditions – Wattle Street, Haberfield

SMC has advised that from Wednesday 13 December 2017 work to realign Wattle Street westbound will commence. The traffic switch will see the current westbound traffic moving onto the top of the newly-constructed cut-and-cover, the reconfiguration of the Ramsay Street intersection and moving the eastbound lanes on Wattle Street to the south. The switch will facilitate further work on tunnel entrances and exits, pavement areas and driveways, utility installations and landscaping. Work to carry out these changes is expected to take four night-shifts to complete. It is scheduled to occur between 9pm and 5am on Wednesday 13 December and Thursday 14 December 2017, and from 9pm to 10am on Saturday 16 December and Sunday 17 December 2017. The newly-aligned Wattle Street westbound between Waratah Street and Parramatta Road will be open to traffic from 10am Sunday 17 December 2017. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

NEW M5 

Monthly interface meeting

This week Council staff attended a regular (monthly) interface meeting with New M5 project staff, where the following matters were discussed:

  • New M5 project team to organise a workshop with relevant Council staff to discuss post-project use of the Camdenville Basin area;
  • forthcoming traffic changes on Campbell Street, described below; proposed spoil haulage route proposed via Princes Highway and Bellevue Street, St Peters;
  • Council agreement sought regarding minor property adjustments on roadway adjacent to Simpson Park, St Peters;
  • parking for residents and businesses post-construction;
  • community views about proposed off-street car park next to Campbell Street between St Peters and Florence Streets;
  • forthcoming community consultation over minor design changes proposed to open space area at the intersection of May and Campbell Streets, St Peters;
  • consultation with commercial property owners at 178-310 Princes Highway over public access from Princes Highway to proposed walk/cycle path at rear of properties;
  • forthcoming report to Council on the project’s requested use of an additional two netball courts to expand the existing construction compound at Tempe Reserve;
  • condition of Campbell Street footpath adjacent to Simpson Park; review of actions arising from meeting about construction noise issues and abatement measures held on 1 December 2017 between residents of 79 Church Street and 12 Brown Street, St Peters and staff from the New M5 project team, the Department of Planning & Environment (DP&E) and Council; and
  • St Peters area community street meeting in Simpson Park proposed for 28 February 2017 being organised by the New M5 project team.     

Weekend work & road closure on Campbell Street, Alexandria

SMC has advised that weekend work will be carried out to continue with the installation of Ausgrid, Sydney Water, Telstra and Optus services across Campbell Road. This is within the City of Sydney, but close to the City’s border with Inner West Council. The work will take place on Saturday 9 December and Sunday 10 December 2017 between 8am and 6pm daily. Traffic changes will be in place from 8am Saturday 9 December from until 6pm Sunday 10 December 2017. Campbell Street between Barwon Park Road and Harber Street will be closed. This is in addition to Campbell Street between Crown Street and Barwon Park road being closed for other works. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Night work and traffic changes on Campbell Street, St Peters

SMC has issued a notice that night work will be carried out to finalise part of the diversion road work on Campbell Street (east) St Peters. The work will take place on Campbell Street between the Princes Highway and Barwon Park Road, St Peters. This work will occur on Tuesday 12 December and Wednesday 13 December 2017 between 7pm and 5am. Campbell Street and Campbell Road will be closed between the Princes Highway and Harber Street. During the night work, Crown Street will have two-way traffic with traffic controllers in place to assist entry and exits via Barwon Park Road. The intersections at Campbell Street and Barwon Park Road and Campbell Street and Crown Street will also be closed. For further information, including maps refer to Local Updates.

M4-M5 LINK 

RMS movement-place workshop

Council staff recent attended a Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) movement-place workshop to discuss strategic planning for the State Road network between Balmain/Camperdown and the western CBD fringe, known as the Rozelle-Ultimo corridor. Roads of particular interest to Council that have relevance to WestConnex Stage 3 are: Victoria Road through Rozelle; Parramatta Road through Camperdown; Johnston Street through Annandale; and the western-most portion of Pyrmont Bridge Road and parts of The Crescent (on the border with the City of Sydney). Also at the workshop were staff from other State transport branches/agencies and the City of Sydney. Inner West Council staff expressed a desire to achieve surface-level ‘place’ improvements to State Roads as a result of WestConnex, particularly along the Victoria Road (Rozelle) and Parramatta Road corridors. For the latter corridor, such improvements are important given the substantial additional development proposed. A further workshop will be held in early 2018.

GENERAL 

WestConnex Report to Council's 12 December 2017 Meeting

This report relates to the following items: Stage 1 (M4 East) Urban Design & Landscape Plan (UDLP); proposed acquisition for Stage 3 (M4-M5 Link) of part of Buruwan Park, King George Park and a small area of land at the intersection of The Crescent and Johnston Street; request for expansion of Stage 2 (New M5) works area at Tempe Reserve netball courts; noise complaints and noise mitigation for Stages 1 & 2 (M4 East & New M5); progress of consultation on Stage 3 (M4-M5 Link) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) issues & operational traffic issues; early planning for Western Harbour Tunnel & Beaches Link; and request for a funding contribution toward a WestConnex community protest along Victoria Road, Rozelle. The report is available on Council’s website.

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 01 December 2017

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M4 EAST   

Preparatory work for upcoming traffic changes – Haberfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised that from 3 December 2017 work will continue along Wattle Street and Dobroyd Parade, Haberfield to facilitate forthcoming traffic changes. This work will continue for three weeks, and where possible will be scheduled to take place between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturday. It will involve the installation of traffic barriers, signage, line marking, laying asphalt and pavement work for installing and modifying footpaths. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Tunnelling progress update – Northcote Street construction site

SMC has provided an update on M4 East tunnelling, confirming that the temporary access tunnels are complete, which allow access for construction of the main M4 East tunnels. Eight roadheaders are currently excavating the mainline tunnels, as well as the Wattle Street and Parramatta Road entry and exit ramps, Parramatta Road Ventilations Facility (PRVF) tunnels and the M4-M5 Link tunnel stubs. In accordance with conditions set out by the project’s Environmental Protection Licence, tunnelling activities (including excavations and spoil removal) will be undertaken 24/7. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Changed traffic conditions – Wattle Street, Haberfield

SMC has posted a notice advising that from Friday 8 December 2017, work to realign Wattle Street westbound (between Crane Avenue and Ramsay Street) will commence. The traffic switch involves shifting traffic to the north onto a temporary alignment and removing the temporary construction site located in the middle of Wattle Street. The switch will facilitate further work on the cut-and-cover structure, as well as utility installations, pavement works and the installation of a new site gate. Work is expected to take two shifts to complete from Friday 8 December to Saturday 9 December 2017. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Monthly interface meeting

Council staff recently attended a regular (monthly) interface meeting with M4 East project staff, where Council received an update on directional and VMS signs proposed for Dalhousie and Waratah Streets. Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) are still assessing submissions and are expected to finalise signage designs some time in 2018. Also discussed were on-going issues associated with M4 East worker parking. No Parking signs for workers have been installed in areas that had been experiencing parking issues.

NEW M5  

Saturday work & road closure – Campbell Road, Alexandria

SMC has posted a notice advising that weekend work will be carried out to prepare for installation of Ausgrid, Sydney Water, Telstra and Opus services across Campbell Road. This is within the City of Sydney, but next to the border with Inner West Council. The work will be undertaken across four locations on Campbell Road (between Barwon Park Road and Harber Street) on Saturday 2 December 2017 from 8am to 6pm, and will take one shift to complete. Road closures will be required, and traffic control and signage will be in place to assist residents, motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. For more details information, refer to Local Updates.

Blast management plan – Kingsgrove to St Peters

SMC has released a Blast Management Plan for New M5. This plan has been prepared to provide best-practice procedures to mitigate potential environmental impacts from blasting, which includes vibration. Blasting is necessary for development of the New M5 mainline tunnel and ramps. Preparation of this plan is a requirement of the project’s Environmental Management Plan (EMP). For more details, refer to Local Updates.

M4-M5 LINK   

Public meetings on EIS construction & traffic impacts

On Tuesday 28 November 2017 at the Sydney Secondary College in Leichhardt, Council held the second of five public meetings for discussion of Stage 3 EIS issues. The meeting focused on construction/traffic impacts for Leichhardt, which mainly relate to the mid-tunnel construction dive site proposed for 7 Darley Road. Council staff gave a presentation on impact issues such as the number of truck movements, noise, dust and other impacts on adjoining residential areas, worker parking issues and an alternative spoil loading option that could result in trucks not having to use Darley Road. The presentation is available on Council’s website. Meetings for Camperdown/Annandale, St Peters and Haberfield/Ashfield will be held in February/March 2018. For each of these meetings, residents in the vicinity of construction sites are being notified by letterbox drop and notices posted on Council’s website. To read Council’s media release on these meetings, refer to Council’s website.

GENERAL

SMC Community Grant Scheme – Round Two applications open

SMC is accepting applications for its community grant scheme until Friday 5 January 2018. 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. SMC advises that applications be submitted as soon as possible to avoid the busy holiday period and to be in a position to receive funds quickly. For more information, including guidelines and terms and conditions, refer toSMC’s website.

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 24 November 2017

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M4 EAST 

M4 East Urban Design & Landscape Plan (UDLP)

In Council’s 10 November 2017 WestConnex Weekly Update Report, Council’s issues around the M4 East UDLP Updated Appendix F: Noise barrier location sub-plan were discussed. The Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) M4 East Project Director recently met with the Mayor of Inner West Council (accompanied by relevant SMC and Council staff) to discuss the future of the two Roads & Maritime Services (RMS)-owned dwellings at 18 & 20 Walker Avenue at Haberfield. It is proposed that these dwellings return to residential use instead of community use as has been previously proposed. All agreed if that is the case, then an offset of some other kind of community benefit should be granted to Council. It is planned that SMC writes to Council on this matter and it be considered at Council’s 12 December 2017 Ordinary Meeting.

NEW M5   

Tunnelling and underground blasting – Sydenham and Tempe

SMC has advised that in coming weeks, tunnelling by the New M5 will continue to be carried out 24/7 and underground blasting will take place Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm. These works will be approximately 46 metres below the following streets: Princes Highway; Railway Lane; Railway Road; Park Road; Belmore Street; Terry Street; Samuel Street; and Lymerstone Street. Whether or not residents notice this work depends on ground conditions, building type and existing background noise. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Road closures and traffic changes – Campbell Street (east), St Peters

SMC has advised that work on overhead Ausgrid and Optus cables that has been taking place over the last few weeks will be completed before the upcoming traffic diversion on Campbell Street between Barwon Park Road and Princes Highway. To carry out this work, traffic changes will be implemented on Campbell Street between Crown Street and the Princes Highway, Campbell Street/Road between Barwon Park Road and Harber Street, Crown Street, Barwon Park Road and Campbell Road. Work will commence on Tuesday 28 November 2017 and continue until Monday 4 December 2017 between 7am and 7pm. For more detailed information on the traffic changes, refer to Local Updates.

Retaining wall works – Camdenville Basin, St Peters

SMC has advised that from Wednesday 6 December 2017 equipment will be delivered to Camdenville Basin to enable works to proceed on the retaining wall. The piling installation is required for construction of the retaining wall on the southern side of Camdenville Basin next to Bedwin Road. It will be carried out during December 2017 and January 2018 and take approximately 15 days to install 38 piles for the retaining wall structure. All works will be undertaken within the current site compound during standard construction hours from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am Saturday. For more information contact New M5 on 1 800 660 248 or info@newm5.com.au.

New M5 Urban Design and Landscape Plan (UDLP)

SMC has made available (for information) the New M5 UDLP Version D (final issue) on Local Updates. This plan, the UDLP document and a series of illustrative plan drawings have been prepared for the purposes of presentation and public display. Development of the UDLP commenced shortly after project approval in April 2016, and is based on the Urban Design report previously included in the New M5 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The UDLP report was publicly exhibited from November 2015 to January 2016, and further community consultation was undertaken during April 2017.

Environmental Protection Licence monitoring data report

SMC has placed on Local Updates this report for October 2017. It covers environmental factors such as water discharge, dust and odour.

St Peters interchange odour & gas monitoring report

This report for the period 15 to 21 November 2017 has been posted on Local Updates.

M4-M5 LINK  

Public meetings on EIS construction & traffic impacts

Council held the first of five planned public meetings on Wednesday 22 November 2017 at the Jimmy Little Centre in Lilyfield. The meeting focused on the Rozelle, Lilyfield and Annandale North construction sites, with Council giving an overview of likely impacts, including air quality, traffic and construction noise, dust and vibration. The second meeting will address the concerns for Leichardt residents around the mid-tunnel dive-site proposed for Darley Road. This meeting will be held from 6:30pm-8pm on Tuesday 28 November 2017 at Sydney Secondary College, Balmain Road, Leichhardt. Meetings for Camperdown/Annandale, St Peters and Haberfield/Ashfield will be held in February/March 2018. For each of these meetings, residents in the vicinity of construction sites will be notified by letterbox drop and notices will be posted on Council’s website. To read Council’s media release on these meetings, refer to Council’s website.

Rozelle Rail Yards (RRY) – Lilyfield shared garden

RMS has advised that the contractor for the clean-up of the Rozelle Rail Yards site has undertaken two community meetings regarding a fence required to be erected on the Lilyfield Road shared garden site, located on NSW Government land. To ensure the area remains safe to use for the duration of the works, there is a requirement to construct a fence on the boundary of the land. A 1.8 metre high chain fence will be installed and existing garden beds will be removed. Once the fence is erected, six new garden beds of equivalent size to those existing will be constructed. Any plants, herbs or garden items will need to be removed by Monday 4 December 2017 and access will be closed from Tuesday 5 December 2017 to Friday 22 December 2017 while the fence is being installed. Work will take place during standard daytime working hours. For more information, contact RRY site project information line on 1 800 870 248 or email rozellerailyards@fultonhogan.com.au.

GENERAL  

Western Harbour Tunnel (WHT) & Beaches Link – scoping report briefing

Previously it was reported that Council staff had attended a Department of Planning & Environment (DP&E) concept design briefing for this project. At the briefing, all stakeholders were requested to submit initial comments. Accordingly, Council staff submitted the following comments to DP&E on 24 November 2017:

  • Council maintains a position of strong opposition to all inner-Sydney motorways, including WestConnex and the WHT & Beaches Link;
  • concerns about continuation of construction impacts and cumulative impacts in the Rozelle area because of the WHT;
  • concerns about further traffic increases on Johnston St and The Crescent; concerns about wider cumulative traffic impacts from WestConnex construction affecting Victoria Road and WHT construction affecting the Warringah Freeway;
  • need for further public transport and active transport connectivity to the Bays Precinct development;
  • need for a detailed description on construction impacts for different tunnel construction methods;
  • need to consider the impact of the project on corridors for future public transport; need for a stronger commitment to surface road improvements;
  • Council does not support any removal of spoil via surface roads – already-constructed WestConnex tunnels should be used;
  • concerns about air quality and visual impacts from ventilation facilities;
  • and other less-critical but nonetheless important local issues yet to be raised by Council and the community.

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 17 November 2017

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M4 EAST 

Service investigate – corner of Ash Lane and Wolseley Street, Haberfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised that from Monday 20 November 2017 service investigations will commence on the corner of Ash Lane and Wolseley Street, Haberfield. Work is expected to take up to five shifts to complete (weather permitting) and will be undertaken between the hours of 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday. No road closures are required for this work, however traffic control and pedestrian management measures will be in place. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Service investigation – Railway Avenue, Stanmore

SMC has issued a notice confirming that from Monday 20 November 2017, service investigations to locate the end of an electricity utility will commence on Railway Avenue in Stanmore. Work is expected to take up to five shifts to complete (weather permitting) between the hours of 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday. No road closures are required for this work, however traffic control and pedestrian management measures will be in place. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Water Quality Monitoring Program

SMC has issued a notice about the M4 East Water Quality Monitoring Program Management Plan (WQMP). The notice describes how CPB Samsung John Holland (SCJ) will monitor the extent and nature of potential impacts to surface and ground water quality during construction and operation of the project. The plan will be implemented to monitor the effectiveness of mitigation measures implemented as part of the project. The plan has been developed in accordance with conditions of approval and should be read in conjunction with the Construction Environmental Management Plan - in particular, the Soil and Water Management Plan. To view, refer to Local Updates.

Air Quality Community Consultative Committee (AQCCC)

This week Council staff attended the second meeting of the M4 East AQCCC, where the following matters were discussed: locations and status of establishment of air quality monitoring stations; proposals for dissemination of data from the above stations; status of other deliverables required by conditions of approval related to air quality; and indicative meeting dates for 2018. AQCCC minutes are available on the WestConnex website.

NEW M5   

Night work – Sydney Water service connections – Church, St Peters and Florence Streets, St Peters

SMC has advised that night works will be carried out to connect the newly upgraded water mains on Campbell Street to the existing water mains on Church, St Peters and Florence Streets. This work will involve a water service outage so will be carried out at night to avoid daytime water service disruptions. This night work will occur on Wednesday 22 November and Thursday 23 November 2017 between 7pm and 5am. Traffic changes will be in place. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Night work and road closure – Campbell Street (east), St Peters

SMC has advised that further to notification 304, works will continue on overhead power adjustments and for the switching of Optus services onto the new power poles for the upcoming traffic diversion on Campbell Street between Barwon Park Road and Princes Highway. To carry out this work, additional traffic changes are required on Campbell and Crown Streets. Night work is required on Monday 20 November to Wednesday 22 November 2017 between 8pm and 5am. A full shift of day work will be required to complete the works on Saturday 18 November 2017 between 8am and 6pm. For more information including traffic changes, refer to Local Updates.

St Peters interchange odour & gas monitoring report

These reports for the periods 1 to 7 November 2017 and 8 to 14 November 2017 have been posted on Local Updates.  

M4-M5 LINK 

Public meetings on Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) construction & traffic impacts

At its 3 October 2017 Ordinary Meeting, Council resolved to “Convene a series of on-site meetings for residents and business owners in the immediate vicinity of the construction and dive sites proposed in the Stage 3 EIS to provide location specific, factual information to them about Council’s assessment of the impacts, including air quality, traffic and construction impacts. This should include meetings to be held at Haberfield, Leichhardt, Rozelle, Camperdown and St Peters.” Operational traffic issues will also be included in the agenda. The following meetings will be held in 2017: Lilyfield/Rozelle (to discuss the Rozelle Rail Yards site and surrounding construction sites) – 6:30pm-8pm on Wednesday 22 November 2017 at Jimmy Little Centre, 19 Cecily Street, Lilyfield; and Leichhardt (to discuss the Darley Road site) – 6:30pm-8pm on Tuesday 28 November 2017 at Sydney Secondary College, Balmain Road, Leichhardt.

Meetings for Camperdown/Annandale, St Peters and Haberfield/Ashfield will be held in February/March 2018. For each of these meetings, residents in the vicinity of construction sites will be notified by letterbox drop and notices will be posted on Council’s website. The Mayor will introduce these meetings, and Council staff will outline the main issues, which include air quality, traffic and construction impacts. Attendees can raise queries and make comments during an ‘open mic’ session. Council staff will note comments and forward these to the Department of Planning & Environment (DP&E) for information. To read Council’s media release on these meetings, refer to Council’s website.

GENERAL  

Western Harbour Tunnel & Beaches Link – scoping report briefing

Council staff recently attended a Department of Planning & Environment (DP&E) concept design briefing for this project. In attendance were representatives from relevant councils, including Inner West, North Sydney and Warringah and State agencies, including DP&E, Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and Environment Protection Authority (EPA). At the meeting, the DP&E outlined the planning process and RMS presented details of the project to assist with stakeholder input into the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) for the EIS. During the discussion, concerns were raised about cumulative construction impacts from this project and WestConnex.

All stakeholders in attendance will be submitting initial comments to DP&E by 24 November 2017, and it is expected the SEARs will be announced in December 2017. The SEARs will not be publicly exhibited. By mid-2018, the project’s detailed design, costings, funding strategy and construction timeframe should be completed. A total of 71 property owners are now being contacted over potential acquisitions. A ventilation facility for this project will be adjacent to the facility for WestConnex Stage 3 within the Rozelle Rail Yards. Relevant reports and background information is available on the RMS website.

RMS report on tunnel ventilation

RMS has released a report entitled NSW Fleet Forecast for Tunnel Ventilation: 2016 – 2040. The report provides forecasts of the size and nature of the NSW vehicle fleet, taking into account trends in vehicle registrations, vehicle age and vehicle kilometres travelled. These forecasts will enable tunnel ventilation designers to accurately estimate vehicle emissions for future road tunnel projects up to the year 2040. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Council consultation on WestConnex operational traffic

As was reported last week, Council has invited comments from residents on its independent traffic modelling that seeks to determine which local streets may be affected by additional traffic from WestConnex. Comments were received directly at a recent drop-in session, and can be made online via Your Say Inner West until 19 November 2017. Operational traffic issues will also be discussed at the abovementioned five community meetings on the Stage 3 EIS, along with construction issues. It is planned that the traffic modelling report be finalised and reported to Council in the first quarter of 2018 as part of reporting of the WestConnex Local Area Improvement Strategy project.

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 10 November 2017

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M4 EAST  

Ongoing road work and traffic changes – Martin Street, Haberfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised that Martin Street will continue to be closed at the intersection of Wattle Street (eastbound). The extension of the closure is due to unexpected utility works and adverse ground conditions. The road closure will remain in place until March 2018, with construction works continuing until early May 2018. The pedestrian footpath at this intersection is scheduled to reopen in early 2018, and residents will be notified separately of ongoing road works and prior to the intersection reopening. Standard construction hours will be in operation, unless work requiring road or lane closures is required, which will require work between 9pm and 5am Sunday to Friday. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Urban Design & Landscape Plan (UDLP) Updated Appendix F: Noise barrier location sub-plan

The M4 East project team has recently forwarded the above sub-plan (attached) to Council staff for comment. The sub-plan has been prepared to satisfy Stage 1 Condition of Approval B46(f), which sets criteria for noise barrier designs, and requires that barrier designs be developed in consultation with the Urban Design Review Panel (UDRP) and presented to adjacent landowners prior to the adoption of a final design. 

Council staff’s response confirms in the first instance Council’s position of opposition to WestConnex. One of reasons for this opposition is that urban motorways have a negative impact on the roadside environment. Despite the fact that M4 East residual lands will become public open space, this space will inevitably be degraded by traffic impacts and infrastructure (such as noise barriers) needed to manage these impacts. These negative impacts outweigh the benefits of the new open space.

Notwithstanding, Council is keen to ensure that these ‘residual lands’ are designed and implemented to a high standard to ensure they are as attractive and useful to the community as possible. Council seeks ownership of useful public space and facilities only - it does not want to own and maintain problematic spaces that are difficult to access and are blighted by motorway traffic. It is important that surrounding residents who have suffered the negative impacts of WestConnex derive as much benefit from these lands as possible.

Council expects all WestConnex residual lands to be delivered to Council to own at no cost, unburdened by contamination or any immediate need for maintenance. All landscaping, paths and facilities should be constructed by the proponent according to final designs. It is also expected that maintenance funding will be provided, and Council and the community would be closely involved in development of plans of management. Construction and handover of these residual lands should occur at the earliest opportunity and not be delayed by construction of the M4-M5 Link (if approved).

Council staff have also given more detailed comments on designs within this sub-plan. It was noted that designs for the section Wattle Street / Dobroyd Parade between Ramsay & Waratah streets were not included in the document. Council understands that this is the section that will have no noise barriers due to flooding/drainage considerations. If this is the case, then all dwellings in this section will require an alternative means of noise protection, such as at-property treatments including double glazing and air conditioning. Council is keen to ensure that all dwellings are protected in a way that is agreeable to all residents regardless of cost, and that this be provided as soon as possible to protect residents against construction impacts as well as operational impacts. Council is aware that some residents located in the section between Ramsay and Waratah streets are not satisfied with the at-property noise abatement measures that have been offered and seek some form of external noise barrier. Council also continues to seek resolution of operational noise mitigation issues for residents of five dwellings at 14 to 24 Wattle Street, Haberfield. These residents also seek protection by external noise barriers. It is apparent from the sub-plan that there have been differences of opinion between residents about noise barrier materials and locations, vegetation screens and adjacent drainage lines. Council supports a solution that is visually attractive and has the support of the greatest number of residents.

Council always seeks to maximise walk/cycle connectivity through all neighbourhoods, so supports the inclusion of the continuous walk/cycle path parallel the noise barriers on the eastern side of Wattle Street / Dobroyd Parade. It is not possible to determine the width of the path proposed from the sub-plan - but in any event, Council seeks a minimum width of three metres and that there are no obstructions on any part of this pathway. For the sections of the pathway immediately adjacent to the traffic lanes, there will need to be a solid fence or other barrier to ensure the path is clearly separated and protected. It is noted from these designs that the two Roads & Maritime Services (RMS)-owned dwellings at 18 & 20 Walker Avenue will retain their rear fences. This implies that these dwellings will return to residential use instead of community use as has been previously proposed. If this is the case, Council seeks some other form of community benefit in this area and would like to be assured that this course of action has the support of local residents. Council also seeks assurance that there will be a walk/cycle connection between Walker Avenue and the open space area adjacent to Wattle Street via former housing lots between the Parramatta Road vent facility and house at 18 Walker Street. This connection is important to encourage walk/cycle traffic, which will increase surveillance and improve security of the open space area adjacent to Wattle Street. Council’s heritage advisor for Haberfield has requested that every effort be made to ensure that all works respond to the Heritage Conservation Area status of Haberfield and connect to the surrounding neighbourhood.

Download the Urban Design & Landscape Plan (UDLP) Updated Appendix F: Noise barrier location sub-plan (PDF 37.1MB)

NEW M5  

Weekend traffic changes – May Street, St Peters

SMC has advised that further to the notification dated 2 November 2017 ‘Weekend Road Closure May Street St Peters’, work continues for installation and upgrading of utilities along Campbell Street and surrounding intersections. The northbound entry to May Street will be closed to traffic for the next two weekends. Motorists will not be able to access May Street from Unwins Bridge Road, Bedwin Road or Campbell Street at the following times: 7pm Friday 10 November to 5am Monday 13 November; and 7pm Friday 17 November to 5am Monday 20 November 2017. For more information on traffic detours, visit the WestConnex website.

Night work and road closure – Campbell Street, St Peters

SMC has advised works will be carried out to prepare overhead power adjustments and switch Optus onto the new power poles for an upcoming traffic diversion on Campbell Street between Barwon Park Road and Princes Highway. The works include the installation of five new power poles and new overhead power cables between the poles. Night work is required on Monday 13 November to Wednesday 15 November 2017 between 8pm and 5am. A full shift of day work will be required to complete the works on Saturday 18 November 2017 between 8am and 6pm. For more information including traffic changes, refer to Local Updates.

St Peters interchange odour & gas monitoring report

This report for the period 31 October to 6 November 2017 has been posted on SMC’s Local Updates.

M4-M5 LINK  

Community meetings on Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) issues

As previously reported, Council is planning five community meetings to discuss construction and traffic issues raised by the Stage 3 EIS:

  • Lilyfield/Rozelle (Rozelle Rail Yards site and other sites) – 6:30-8pm at Jimmy Little Centre, 19 Cecily Street, Lilyfield; 
  • Leichhardt (Darley Road site) – 6:30-8pm at Sydney Secondary College, Balmain Road, Leichhardt;
  • St Peters – to be held in February/March 2018 – details to be advised; Ashfield/Haberfield - to be held in February/March 2018 – details to be advised;
  • and Annandale/Camperdown (Bridge Road site) - to be held in February/March 2018 – details to be advised.

For each of these meetings, residents in the vicinity of respective construction sites will be notified by letterbox drop and notices will be posted on Council’s website.

GENERAL   

Western Harbour Tunnel & Beaches Link Project State Significant Infrastructure (SSI) applications

RMS has lodged SSI applications for the Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link Project. On 15 November 2017, Council staff and other stakeholders will be attending a Department of Planning & Environment (DP&E) planning focus meeting at North Sydney. At the meeting, the DP&E will outline the planning process and RMS will present details of the project to help with stakeholder input into the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs). The DP&E is required to issue SEARs by 4 December 2017. To view the applications, click on the links above, and further information is available on the RMS website.

Council consultation on WestConnex operational traffic

As has been reported previously, Council has commissioned independent traffic modelling to assist in identification of local streets that may be affected by WestConnex operational traffic. Staff are currently refining the list of affected streets with reference to the draft traffic modelling report, traffic forecasts within EISs for Stages 1 to 3 and comments from local residents. Council has invited comments from residents via Your Say Inner West and at a drop-in session held in Lilyfield on the evening of 9 November 2017. The community has been notified of the findings of the draft modelling study in recent media reports. Operational traffic issues will also be discussed at the abovementioned five community meetings on the Stage 3 EIS, along with construction issues. It is planned that the traffic modelling report be finalised and reported to Council in the first quarter of 2018 as part of reporting of the WestConnex Local Area Improvement Strategy project.

Rozelle Rail Yards (RRY) site utility works

As part of works associated with the RRY site, RMS has advised that the contractor for the clean-up will be using a section of Lilyfield Road to carry out site utility work. This is required to connect the site compound buildings to the main electricity supply. Electricity supplies to neighbouring private properties will not be affected. On Friday 10 November 2017 from 7am to 6pm (weather permitting), the southern shoulder of Lilyfield Road will be closed between Grove Street and Cecily Street, and traffic will be maintained in both directions at all times under contra flow. For more information, contact the RRY site project information line on 1 800 870 248 or email rozellerailyards@fultonhogan.com.au.

Air quality monitoring

At its June 2017 Ordinary Meeting, Council considered a report on WestConnex and resolved (among other things) that Council “calls on the EPA to carry out air quality monitoring around all proposed WestConnex ventilation facility sites (pre- and post- operation) with the results to be made publicly available to the community online and in real time, in a similar manner to the EPA’s White Bay cruise ship terminal air quality monitoring.” Accordingly, Council wrote to the Chief Executive Officer of the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), who has responded to Council in the letter attached.  The letter states that the Office of Environment & Heritage (OEH) provides science support to EPA by operating a State-wide air quality monitoring network. EPA requires air quality monitoring of many sites that it regulates as part of licensing conditions, and results are generally publicly reported. EPA’s role for the operational phase of motorways is to minimise emissions by regulating individual vehicles. RMS has responsibility for assessing and considering controls on motorway ventilation facilities at the planning stage, and DP&E has an approval and compliance role as part of the environmental impact assessment process.

Download the letter from EPA to Council on WestConnex air quality monitoring (PDF 642.2KB)

WestConnex Community Reference Group (WCRG)

The WCRG met on Tuesday 7 November 2017. This was the final meeting for 2017 and brings the total number of WCRG meetings to six for this year. Meeting minutes are available on the WestConnex website.

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 03 November 2017

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M4 EAST  

Tunnelling progress update – Northcote Street construction site, Haberfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has provided an update on progress of tunnelling from the Northcote Street site, which provides access for construction of M4 East tunnels. Eight roadheaders are currently excavating the mainline tunnels and the Wattle Street and Parramatta Road entry and exit ramps, Parramatta Road Ventilation Facility Vent tunnels and the M4-M5 Link tunnels stubs. As per the conditions set out by the project’s Environmental Protection Licence, spoil will be removed from this site 24 hours per day, seven days per week. For more details, refer to Local updates.

NEW M5  

Weekend road closures – May Street, St Peters

SMC has advised that work continues for installation and upgrading of utilities along Campbell Street and surrounding intersections. Works will be undertaken on May Street over two weekends to remove trees and install new drainage pipes and electrical conduits. Road closures will be in place on May Street for two weekends - Friday 10 November from 7pm to Monday 13 November 2017 at 5am, and Friday 17 November 2017 from 7pm to Monday 20 November 2017 at 5am. In the event works cannot be completed in two weekends a third weekend of work will be required, which will be Friday 24 November 2017 from 7pm to Monday 27 November 2017 at 5am. Work is scheduled to take place on the northern side of May Street between Campbell and Council Streets. May Street northbound will be closed to traffic from Unwins Bridge Road, Campbell Street and Bedwin Road, and a detour will be in place via Campbell Street. May Street residents and businesses operators should enter via Princes Highway. Tree clearing will occur on the southern side of May Street and Unwins Bridge Road. For further details including maps, refer to Local Updates.

Night work – Campbell Road, St Peters

SMC has advised that night work will be undertaken around Campbell Road for delivery and unloading of concrete girders onto the New M5 construction site. The work will be carried out at night to minimise traffic impacts on the neighbourhood during the day. Work will commence on Wednesday 1 November 2017 and is expected to take up to four nights per week over a four-week period. Work hours are between midnight and 7am from Wednesdays to Saturdays. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Road closure and night work – Campbell Street west & Princes Highway, St Peters

SMC has advised that work will be carried out for the installation and relocation of utilities across Campbell Street west of the Princes Highway. A temporary weekend closure will be in place on Saturday 4 November 2017 from 7am to 6pm for vehicles travelling between the Princes Highway and Campbell Street west. Weekday night work will take place on the Princes Highway north of Campbell Street over six night shifts between Monday 6 November and Friday 17 November 2017 from 7pm to 5am. For more details, refer to Local Updates.

Project interface meeting

Staff from Council and the New M5 project team met this week at a regular (monthly) staff project interface meeting. Items discussed were:

  • further consultation on designs for the Camdenville Basin drainage and a future workshop between council project staff to discuss the impact of WestConnex on the end-use of Camdenville Park - including pathways, BMX tracks and the wetland;
  • a new spoil truck route via Bellevue Street, Tempe which has now been approved by DP&E;
  • the Tempe Reserve works compound, particularly with regard to the protection of biodiversity in the tree area adjacent to the compound;
  • recent traffic changes affecting Barwon Park Road and Crown Street residents; plans for consultation on proposed minor changes to the Urban Design & Landscape Plan for the space on the corner of May and Campbell Streets; and
  • residents’ queries regarding the future ownership of the proposed car park between St Peters and Florence Street St Peters - currently Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) owns this land, and it has yet to be resolved who will be responsible for the carpark once WestConnex is operational.

St Peters interchange odour & gas monitoring report

This report for the period 24 October to 30 October 2017 has been posted on SMC’s Local Updates.

M4-M5 LINK 

Consultations on Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) issues

In accordance with a recent Council resolution, plans are underway for a set of five community workshops to be convened by Council to discuss construction issues raised by the Stage 3 EIS. Workshops will be held in Leichhardt and Lilyfield/Rozelle in late 2017 and in Haberfield/Ashfield, Annandale/Camperdown and St Peters in early 2018. Details will be available on Council’s website shortly.

GENERAL  

WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF)

The WCLF met on Thursday 2 November 2017, and the next meeting is scheduled for Thursday 7 December 2017. Minutes of WCLF meetings are available on Council’s website.

The importance of making formal complaints

At the November 2017 meeting of Council’s WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF), representatives from the Department of Planning & Environment (DP&E) and Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) stated that the number of complaints received across all WestConnex projects has fallen away in recent months. These representatives acknowledged that this may be attributable (in-part) to ‘complaint fatigue’. Though DP&E and EPA compliance officers’ knowledge of potential compliance issues generally originates from complaints, these officers undertake regular patrols of WestConnex construction sites.

Residents are encouraged to make formal complaints to relevant authorities where warranted. This includes complaints about noise, dust, air pollution, out-of-hours works, worker parking, truck movements and lack of suitable notification. All registered complaints are required to be investigated. Even if it is determined there is no breach, this assists with project improvements that can reduce impacts. Queries about complaints procedures can be directed to EPA, DP&E or Council using contact details shown below.
Compliance officers offered the following advice about making complaints:

  • lodge a complaint verbally or in the heading of an email;
  • phone or email WestConnex on 1 800 660 248 / info@westconnex.com.au where you will be directed to the relevant project;
  • contact EPA if it relates to out-of-hours works, noise, dust, odour or any form of pollution - on 131 555, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or email on info@environment.nsw.gov.au;
  • contact DP&E if it is related to construction, workers or traffic changes - by phoning the Compliance Officer on 0429 782 853 or 9274 6306, or email on compliance@planning.nsw.gov.au Attn: WestConnex (or this could be just copying them into your email);
  • and although Council does not have a formal compliance role, you can copy in Council into any email by using the WestConnex Unit email address westconnex@innerwest.nsw.gov.au or you can phone Council’s WestConnex Unit on 9392 5329.

Up-to-date notices about WestConnex-related activities in affected suburbs and streets are available from the WestConnex Local Updates page. Council’s Weekly WestConnex Update Reports and other information about Council’s activities in relation to WestConnex are available from Council’s WestConnex web page.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 27 October 2017

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M4 EAST  

Ongoing construction work – Haberfield & Ashfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised that from Tuesday 31 October 2017 work will continue work in Ashfield and Haberfield to locate, install services and construct new road pavements. A map showing the location of the work is in Local Updates. This work will take two months to complete, weather permitting. Work hours are between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am and 1pm on Saturday. Work requiring road or lane closures will occur between 9pm and 5am Sunday to Friday. If the work cannot be completed during this period, it will be rescheduled and a further notice issued. Works include: installing traffic barriers, signage and line marking; investigating, installing and modifying utility services; installing and modifying pavements; asphalting the road; and temporary remediation work, prior to permanent restoration being completed in collaboration with Council.

Project interface meeting

Staff from Council and the M4 East project team met this week at a monthly staff interface meeting. The main issues discussed were:

  • M4 East Urban Design & Landscape Plan (UDLP) Updated Appendix F: Noise barrier location sub-plan, which applies to Haberfield – Council will provide comments next week and will advise when the designs are finalised;
  • Martin Street road closure, which has now been extended to early 2018;
  • Forthcoming traffic changes on Wattle Street;
  • Bus stop relocation issues around Orpington Street, Ashfield – the project team agreed to follow-up Council’s issues with Transport for NSW; and 
  • Dalhousie and Waratah Street signage - investigative works are underway, as previously notified. Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is still reviewing the submissions and it is anticipated the original signage designs will be modified to account for the submissions.

NEW M5  

St Peters interchange odour & gas monitoring report

This report for the period 17 October to 23 October 2017 has been posted on SMC’s Local Updates.

Temporary traffic changes - Campbell Street and Princes Highway, St Peters

SMC has advised that temporary road closures and traffic detours will be in place on Campbell Street between Barwon Park Road and Crown Street at St Peters from Monday 30 October to early December 2017, a period of around six weeks. This is to facilitate road widening and piling work. Council and local residents have objected to the proposed detour for the following reasons:

  • High volumes of traffic (including many heavy vehicles) that normally use Campbell Street would be diverted into Barwon Park Road and Crown Street – both are residential streets that normally carry low volumes of traffic, and Crown Street is very narrow. This would have a major amenity and safety impact on these streets for six weeks;   
  • The sharp corner at the intersection of Barwon Park Road and Crown Street would make turning of larger vehicles difficult, if not impossible; and 
  • The reversal of the one-way direction of Crown Street raises safety issues for residents (including children) used to looking out for vehicles in a particular direction.

Signage and concrete barriers will also be installed on the western lane of the Princes Highway northbound to facilitate Telstra and Ausgrid utility work in the area. These traffic changes will be carried out at night for safety reasons. Traffic control and signage will be place to assist road users, through the changes. For more detailed information, refer to Local Updates.

M4-M5 LINK  

Ground survey work – Ashfield

SMC has posted a notice advising that as part of the planning for the proposed M4-M5 Link, ground survey works will be carried out at a number of private properties on Parramatta Road from Wednesday 1 November 2017. These works have been negotiated with the property owners and are expected to take four days to complete, weather and site conditions permitting. Works will take place between 7am-6pm Monday to Friday only and will involve surveyors using portable survey equipment. For more information refer to Local Updates.

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

Council’s submission (as lodged on 16 October 2017) was reported to Council’s 24 October 2017 Ordinary Meeting, and Council resolved to: “(1) Receive and note the final submission; (2) Provide the following comments to the Department of Planning & Environment as an addendum to the submission – (a) That the Submission include a requirement that says that any changes to the design subsequent to the approval (should it be approved) must be brought back for public comment; and (b) That the status of the Rozelle Underground Interchange be included in the submission.” Agenda papers and minutes for all Council meetings are available on the Council meetings web page. Council’s submission is available on Council’s WestConnex Stage 3 web page.

GENERAL   

Protecting local streets from WestConnex

Council is currently investigating the results of its independent traffic modelling to identify traffic-calming opportunities on streets which may experience traffic issues due to WestConnex. The following scenarios are being investigated: (1) Without WestConnex – the likely traffic on the current road network in 2012; (2) Opening of Stages 1 and 2 – the likely traffic on local streets in 2021; and (3) If Stage 3 (M4-M5 Link) is built - the expected traffic impacts in 2031.

To view maps of the streets that have been identified in Leichhardt/Annandale, Haberfield and St Peters go to Council’s Your Say Inner West web page. Feedback can be made online until Sunday 19 November 2017. For more information and/or to discuss with Council staff, anyone is welcome to attend a drop-in session from 5pm-7pm on Thursday 9 November 2017 at the Jimmy Little Community Centre, 19 Cecily Street, Lilyfield.

Western Harbour Tunnel - ground water monitoring & sampling

Further notification has been received by RMS about ground water monitoring and sampling at previously-installed ground water monitoring sites. The monitoring will be undertaken from 23 October 2017 to 31 December 2018 and sites will be visited once a month between the hours of 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. Monitoring will occur at the following locations that already have ground wells in place: The Terrace, Birchgrove; Deloitte Avenue, Birchgrove; Yurulbin Park, Birchgrove; Yerroulbin Street, Birchgrove; Yurulbin Park, Birchgrove; Beattie Street, Balmain; Little Darling Street, Balmain; Ellen Street, Rozelle; Cross Street, Rozelle; and Alice Street, Rozelle. For further information on this project, refer to the RMS website.

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 20 October 2017

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M4 East   

Service investigation work – Dobroyd Parade, Haberfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised further to notification N091B, work will continue on Dobroyd Parade, Haberfield from Thursday 19 October 2017 in preparation for the installation of a permanent variable message sign (VMS). Work is expected to take up to four shifts to complete, and will take place Monday to Friday 7am to 6pm. There will be some noise associated with these works, and no road closures are required. For further information refer to Local Updates.

Changed traffic conditions – Wattle Street, Haberfield

SMC has advised that from 25 October 2017 work to realign Wattle Street will commence. This involves shifting eastbound traffic north to its final alignment between Martin Street and Crane Avenue. Works are expected to take three shifts to complete, weather permitting. Works are scheduled from 6pm to 5am on 25 and 26 October and from 6pm 28 October to 10am 29 October 2017. After this work is completed, motorists wishing to turn right into Waratah Street from Wattle Street will need to utilise the signalised G-loop, which can be accessed immediately after Martin Street. Motorists will share the G-loop with construction vehicles. For additional information refer to Local Updates.

NEW M5    

St Peters interchange odour & gas monitoring report

This report for the period 10 October to 16 October 2017 has been posted on SMC’s Local Updates.

Weekend work – Campbell Street, St Peters

SMC has advised that weekend work will be carried out to prepare for the connection of the newly-installed and upgraded water main on Campbell Street to the existing water main in Florence Street. Works will occur on Saturday 28 October 2017 between 7am and 6pm. Traffic will be reduced to one lane at two locations: Campbell Street west of Princes Highway between Church and St Peters Streets; and Campbell Street east of Princes Highway to Barwon Park Road. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Environmental Protection Licence monitoring data report

SMC has placed on Local Updates this report for September 2017. It covers environmental factors such as water discharge, dust and odour. It includes details of daily monitoring results, on what days the odour was at unacceptable levels, when EPA was informed and when use of the masking agent was required to mitigate odour levels.

Air Quality Community Consultative Committee (AQCCC)

This week Council staff attended the second meeting of the AQCCC, where a project representative gave a presentation on air quality modelling and showed possible locations for the proposed ambient air quality monitoring stations. In total nine possible locations have been identified in the St Peters area, including the existing monitoring station at St Peters Public School. In accordance with the project’s conditions of approval, a total of three stations are proposed. Specialist Council staff are being consulted on these locations and will provide comments to SMC for review.

M4-M5 LINK

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

As previously reported, the 60-day exhibition period for the Stage 3 EIS closed on 16 October 2017, and Council’s submission was lodged with the Department of Planning & Environment (DP&E) on that date. The submission will be reported to Council’s 24 October 2017 Ordinary Meeting with a recommendation that additional comments raised by Council be forwarded to the DP&E as an addendum. Agenda papers and minutes for all Council meetings are available on the Council meetings web page. Council’s submission is also available on Council’s WestConnex Stage 3 web page.

Geotechnical investigations – Simpson Park, St Peters

SMC has advised geotechnical investigations in Simpson Park have been completed around two weeks ahead of schedule. All equipment will be removed from the park and it will return to full community use from Friday 20 October 2017.

GENERAL  

Site management night work - Rozelle Rail Yards (RRY) site

Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) has advised that Fulton Hogan Construction is cleaning up the RRY site. As part of these works, project access signs between the southern project boundary and City West Link are required to be installed. Works will be undertaken on Tuesday 24 October 2017 between 11pm and 5am and are expected to take one shift to complete. The left-hand city-bound lane will be closed and traffic controllers will direct motorists around this work. For more information contact the Project Information Line on 1 800 870 248 or email rozellerailyards@fultonhogan.com.au.

Drone photography – RRY site

Further notification has been received by RMS advising a drone will be used to capture time-lapse photography of the cleanup of the RRY site. Photography will occur regularly for the duration of one year and will take approximately one hour for each shoot. The photography will be undertaken by a trained operator with a civil aviation license. The drone will not fly over residential properties and the privacy of residences will be respected at all times. The first shoot is scheduled to commence on Wednesday 20 September 2017 and will be undertaken during approved working hours of Monday to Friday 7am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 1pm. For more information refer to the RMS website.

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 13 October 2017

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M4 East   

Service investigations – Waratah Street, Haberfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised that from 12 October 2017 it will commence service location and investigation works to help inform the design of proposed traffic signage on Waratah Street. Community consultation on the proposed signage closed on Tuesday 19 September 2017 and the proposals are now with relevant government authorities for review. Where possible, work has been scheduled to take place 7am-6pm Monday to Friday and 8am-1pm on Saturdays. Work requiring road or lane closures will occur at 9pm-5am Sunday to Friday. It is expected to take eight shifts to complete this work. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Service investigations – Parramatta Road, Haberfield & Ashfield

SMC issued a notice advising that from 10 October 2017 service location and investigation work will commence on Parramatta Road to assist with finalisation of design for future traffic signage. To ensure the safety of motorists, this work will take place between 9pm and 5am Sunday to Friday, and is expected to take eight shifts to complete. For more details refer to Local Updates.

Temporary road closure extension – Orpington Street, Ashfield

SMC has confirmed that Orpington Street will continue to be closed at the intersection of Parramatta Road westbound until the end of December 2017. This is due to unexpected utility works and adverse ground conditions. The road closure minimises the amount of out-of-hours work otherwise required in this location. Work will continue between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. Residents will be notified separately if work is required outside these hours. Additional information is available on Local Updates.

Air quality monitoring station installation works – corner of Ramsay & Martin Streets, Haberfield

SMC has advised that Haberfield Primary School has been chosen as a location for an air quality monitoring station. Works commenced to install this station on 2 October 2017 and works will take place between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday. Construction is expected to take up to one month to complete. The majority of works are expected to take place during the school holidays. For more information (including a local map) refer to Local Updates.

Traffic & transport group meeting

Council staff recently attended a M4 East Traffic and Transport Liaison Group (TTLG) meeting, held monthly. An update on progress of construction and forthcoming works was given, including a future traffic lane switch on Wattle Street in October and December 2017. Council raised concerns about removal of a bus stop on Orpington Street, Ashfield. Due to the closure of Orpington Street, Bus Route 406 southbound has been detoured to Liverpool Road and Pembroke Street. The two bus stops on Orpington Street between Parramatta Road and Pembroke Street were removed without replacement. SMC advised that TfNSW has been notified of Council’s concerns.

NEW M5   

Blasting activities - St Peters area

SMC has notified residents that further to the Spring construction update, blasting will be typically undertaken in the St Peters area Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturdays 9am to 1pm from now until 2018. One round of blasting will take place on each of these days. Blasting is an alternative method of tunnel excavation instead of road headers. During a blast event, residents may experience a low rumbling noise with vibrations for approximately 10 seconds. For more details refer to Local Updates.

St Peters interchange odour & gas monitoring report

This report for the period 3 October to 9 October 2017 has been posted on SMC’s Local Updates.

Air Quality Community Consultative Committee – minutes available

Minutes from the first New M5 Air Quality Community Consultative Committee (AQCCC) meeting on Tuesday 19 September 2017 are available on Local Updates. Council staff attended this meeting, and items discussed included: purpose of the committee; terms of reference including conduct, agenda and meeting minutes; air quality monitoring methods for the New M5; and air quality monitoring stations and their locations. The meeting minutes include a presentation given by a Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) air quality specialist.

M4-M5 LINK   

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

Monday 16 October 2017 marked the end of the 60-day exhibition period for the Stage 3 EIS. A draft of Council’s submission was considered at the 12 October 2017 Ordinary Meeting and a final submission lodged with the Department of Planning & Environment (DP&E) on 16 October 2017. The final submission will be reported to Council’s 24 October 2017 Ordinary Meeting with a recommendation that additional comments raised by Council be forwarded to the DP&E as an addendum. Agenda papers and minutes for all Council meetings are available on the Council meetings web page. Council’s submission is also available on Council’s WestConnex Stage 3 web page.

GENERAL

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 06 October 2017

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M4 East  

Permanent noise wall construction – Wattle Street, Haberfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised on Thursday 28 September 2017 work commenced to construct a permanent noise wall along Wattle Street in Haberfield. It will run along the back of the even-numbered properties on Walker Avenue and is scheduled to be constructed in stages. The noise wall between 24 Walker Avenue and Allum Street will be installed first and the remaining structure between Allum and Ramsay Streets will follow. Affected residents will be notified separately. Standard construction hours apply. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

NEW M5 

Final sealing of footpath – Silver Street, St Peters

SMC has notified residents that the new concrete footpath on the eastern side of Silver Street will have a finish seal applied on Wednesday 11 October and Thursday 12 October 2017 between 7am and 6pm. This work is expected to have a low-level noise impact and traffic management will be in place as required. Access for residents will remain at all times. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Saturday work & temporary footpath closure – Campbell Road, Alexandria

SMC has posted a notice about work to be undertaken on Campbell Road Alexandria to facilitate a cable-pull operation for utility relocation work. It will involve installing concrete barriers along the northern side of Campbell Road between Barwon Park Road and Harber Street. This is within the City of Sydney council area next to the Inner West Council area. Work will be undertaken during standard construction hours, will commence on Saturday 7 October 2017 between 8am and 1pm and is expected to take one shift to complete. Work for the removal of concrete barriers will take place on Saturday 14 October 2017 between 8am and 1pm and is also expected to take one shift to complete. Changed parking conditions will be in place during this time. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

St Peters interchange odour & gas monitoring report

This report for the period 26 September to 2 October 2017 has been posted on SMC’s Local Updates.

M4-M5 LINK  

Geotechnical investigations – Simpson Park, St Peters

Council staff met with SMC staff and local residents this week at Simpson Park in St Peters to discuss the proposed geotechnical works that are to be carried out in the park from Wednesday 11 October 2017 for approximately three weeks. Work will be undertaken between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Council’s public meeting on the EIS

Council convened a public meeting on the WestConnex Stage 3 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the evening of 4 October 2017. The Mayor and Deputy General Manager Community & Engagement outlined Council’s position on the EIS and the main issues it has raised. This was followed by an open-mic session where anyone in attendance was able to make comments and ask questions. At the meeting, residents were encouraged to view the EIS and lodge a submission by the 16 October 2017 close date – through the Department of Planning & Environment’s major projects website. Council staff and Beca (Council’s consultants for the EIS assessment) briefed Councillors on EIS issues at a briefing session on the evening of 5 October 2017.

GENERAL  

Extraordinary Council Meeting on WestConnex matters

On 3 October 2017 Council held an Extraordinary Meeting to discuss a number of WestConnex matters. Agenda papers and minutes from the meeting (when made available) are on Council’s website.

WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF)

Council’s WCLF met on Thursday 5 October 2017 to discuss a range of WestConnex matters. A special session was held on the issues raised by the Stage 3 EIS. This included a presentation by Beca, Council’s consultants for the EIS assessment. WCLF minutes are available on Council’s website.

Western Harbour Tunnel ground water monitoring well installation – Ellen Street, Rozelle

For the Western Harbour Tunnel motorway project, RMS continues to carry out groundwater monitoring to gather information about underground conditions across a broad area. Data collected will be used to inform the engineering design, final costings and a construction timeline of the project. Some sites identified for test drilling will become ground water monitoring wells and will require small installations. Work in Ellen Street Rozelle will commence from Wednesday 11 October 2017. Works will take around two days to complete, depending on ground conditions. Monthly checks will take place, and after a period of up to a year, the site will be restored to its previous condition. For more information, contact the Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) project team on 1 800 789 297 during business hours or motorwaydevelopment@rms.nsw.gov.au.

Western Harbour Tunnel geotechnical investigations - Yurulbin Park, Birchgrove

RMS has advised that geotechnical testing will be carried out at Yurulbin Park in Birchgrove. Two sites will be established within the area and work will commence on Wednesday 11 October 2017 between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday, and will take fourteen days to complete. Following the drilling, groundwater well monitors will be installed and checked monthly for around 12 months. When complete, the penetrations will be filled in and the test sites restored to their previous condition. For more information, refer to RMS’s website.

Western Harbour Tunnel geotechnical investigations, Rozelle

RMS has further advised that geotechnical investigations will be occurring on the following roads in Rozelle between Tuesday 3 October and Friday 15 December 2017:

  • Alfred Street (between Denison Street and Alfred Lane);
  • Alfred Lane;
  • Burt Street (between Denison Street and Alfred Lane);
  • Denison Street (between Albert and Burt Streets);
  • Easton Street (between Denison and Foucart Streets);
  • Alice Street (between Easton and Albert Streets);
  • Mary Street; Albert Street (between Foucart and Denison Streets);
  • Foucart Street (between Lilyfield Road and Easton Street);
  • Lilyfield Road (between Hutcheson and Foucart Streets); and
  • Hutcheson Street (between Albert Street and Lilyfield road).

For more information, refer to RMS’s website.

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex  Weekly Update - 29 September 2017

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M4 East

Council staff recently met with tenants from a NSW Government public housing complex at Haberfield to discuss their issues with M4 East construction. The main issues discussed were noise and dust impacts from nearby construction sites. Council staff agreed to raise these tenants’ issues with SMC at the next opportunity.

NEW M5    

Temporary site compound – Tempe Reserve, St Peters

It has been previously reported that SMC has planned to occupy a section of the netball courts area in Tempe Reserve to establish a temporary works area. This has been delayed previously, but SMC has recently advised that this works area will be established on 2 October 2017 and will be removed by the first quarter of 2018. This compound will support construction activities to excavate the New M5 tunnels under the Cooks River. The works area will occupy five netball courts, a vegetation mound and the footpath which runs alongside the Cooks River. Standard construction hours will apply. Representatives from the New M5 project team, Council and netball groups have met on site in past weeks to discuss ways impacts can be minimised. Council continues to negotiate with RMS over Council’s compensation claim for use of this area. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

M4-M5 LINK  

Geotechnical investigations – Edith Street, St Peters

SMC has recently advised that as part of planning the M4-M5 Link, geotechnical investigations will be carried out in Edith Street from 3 October 2017. Works will take place Monday to Friday between 7am to 6pm and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays and are expected to take three weeks to complete, weather permitting. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Council’s public meeting on the EIS

A previously reported, the WestConnex Stage 3 EIS is on public exhibition until Monday 16 October 2017. Council will be convening a public meeting at 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Centurion Lounge at Leichhardt Oval, Lilyfield. The meeting aims to inform the community of Council’s main issues with the EIS and hear of the community’s issues. Other recent events related to the Stage 3 EIS include: a briefing by SMC for staff held on 14 September 2017; a briefing by SMC for Inner West Councillors held on 19 September 2017; an Extraordinary Meeting of Council to be held on 3 October 2017; the abovementioned public meeting to be held on 4 October 2017; a meeting of Council’s WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF) to be held on 5 October 2017; a briefing by staff of Inner West Councillors to be held on 5 October 2017 and Ordinary Meetings of Council to be held on 12 and 24 October 2017.

Investigative drilling - Simpson Park, St Peters

As previously reported, SMC had planned to undertake investigative drilling for Stage 3 in Simpson Park in August 2017. Council had appealed this action under the Roads Act pending a site meeting, and SMC had postponed this action. SMC has recently advised Council that it plans to commence investigative drilling in Simpson Park on 9 October 2017. A notice was distributed and door-knock undertaken of local residents on 29 September 2017. A site meeting involving local residents and SMC and Council staff is planned for 6 October 2017.

GENERAL 

Western Harbour Tunnel ground water monitoring well installation – Alice Street, Rozelle & Beattie Street, Balmain

For the Western Harbour Tunnel motorway project, RMS continues to carry out ground water monitoring to gather information about underground conditions across a broad area. Data collected will be used to inform the engineering design, final costings and a construction timeline of the project. Some sites identified for test drilling will become ground water monitoring wells and will require small installations. Work in Alice Street, Rozelle will commence from Wednesday 27 September 2017 and in Beattie Street, Balmain from Friday 29 September 2017. Works will take three to four short visits of around three hour’s duration over the next four weeks. Monthly checks will take place, and after a period of up to a year, the site will be restored to its previous condition. For more information, contact the Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) project team on 1 800 789 297 during business hours or motorwaydevelopment@rms.nsw.gov.au.

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 22 September 2017

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M4 EAST  

Temporary closure of the G-Loop – Wattle Street, Haberfield

SMC has advised that as from Wednesday 20 September 2017, the dedicated truck turning bay within Reg Coady Reserve (known as the G-Loop) will be temporarily closed for six weeks. This closure will facilitate the construction of a permanent pavement along Wattle Street and associated drainage and utility services. During this closure, truck movements will be via the approved haulage routes. For more information including maps refer to Local Updates.

Changes to the pedestrian footbridge – Parramatta Road, Ashfield

SMC has posted a notice on Local Updates advising from Sunday 24 September 2017 work will be undertaken to finalise the realignment of the stairs on the western side of the pedestrian footbridge on Parramatta Road near Bland Street, Ashfield. After opening the new stairs to the public, the old stairs will be demolished. Standard construction hours will apply and some night work will be required from 9pm to 5am on Sunday to Friday. Works are expected to take up to two weeks to complete.

NEW M5 

Night work – Campbell Road, St Peters

SMC has posted a notice stating that night work will be carried out around Campbell Road, St Peters for the delivery of concrete girders. This is within the City of Sydney council area, but close to the Inner West council area. This work will start on Wednesday 20 September 2017 and is expected to take up to 4 nights per week over a 4 week period, between midnight and 7am Wednesday to Saturday. No work will be carried out on Sundays or public holidays. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Road closure & traffic changes – Church & St Peters Streets, St Peters

SMC has advised that work is underway to upgrade drainage utilities along Campbell Street and road closures and traffic changes are necessary to facilitate this work across Church and St Peters Streets. Traffic impacts are as follows:

  • Church Street will be closed to pedestrians and motorists from 7am on Monday 25 September to 6pm on Friday 29 September 2017. Residents can access Church Street via Victoria Street; and
  • St Peters Street will be reduced to one vehicle lane and one pedestrian footpath from 7am on Wednesday 4 October to 1pm Saturday 7 October 2017. Traffic control will be set up to allow vehicle access in both directions.

For further information, refer to Local Updates.

St Peters interchange odour & gas monitoring report

This report for the period 12 September to 18 September 2017 has been posted on SMC’s Local Update webpage.

Urban Design Review Panel (UDRP) meeting

Council staff recently attended a New M5 UDRP meeting for the New M5 to discuss modifications to the proposed motorway traffic control building on Campbell Road at Alexandria, within the City of Sydney Council area. The proposed modifications were minor and did not raise any concerns for Inner West Council.

M4-M5 LINK  

Exhibition of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

As previously reported, the Department of Planning & Environment (DP&E) has placed the Stage 3 EIS on public exhibition until 16 October 2017. It is available on the DP&E website and print copies are available in all of Council’s libraries and service centres. Print copies of Council’s submission on the Stage 3 Concept Design are also available at these venues and on Council’s website. Council’s submission on the Concept Design provides a guide to the issues raised for Council by the EIS.

Council staff continue to analyse the EIS and are drafting Council’s submission, assisted by planning/engineering firm Beca Australia, who has been commissioned by Council for this purpose. As the submission is being drafted, feedback from staff, newly-elected councillors, the community and other stakeholders from various briefings and meetings will continue to be integrated. SMC gave briefings on the EIS to staff on 14 September and to councillors on 19 September.

The 19 September briefing to councillors involved presentations from the Stage 3 Project Director and SMC’s air quality and traffic modelling specialists. Councillors had the opportunity to raise queries with SMC staff about EIS issues and raise queries about the assessment process and compliance issues with DP&E staff in attendance.

A public meeting on the EIS is planned for 4 October and EIS issues will be discussed at the 5 October WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF) and at a workshop for councillors and staff to be held on 5 October. The submission will be lodged with the DP&E on 16 October and will be reported to Council’s 24 October 2017 Ordinary Meeting.

Council encourages the community to make a submission on the EIS, and community members are welcome to forward their submissions or issues to Council by e-mail to westconnex@innerwest.nsw.gov.au. SMC has posted a document designed to assist the community with their submissions. All submissions received will be assessed and documented in a forthcoming submissions report, which will be considered by the Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E) as part of the project’s assessment process. For further updates from SMC, refer to Local Updates.

GENERAL  

Western Harbour Tunnel ground water monitoring well installation – Beattie Street, Balmain

For the Western Harbour Tunnel motorway project, RMS is carrying out ground water monitoring to gather information about underground conditions across a broad area. Data collected will be used to inform the engineering design, final costings and a construction timeline of the project. Some sites identified for test drilling will become ground water monitoring wells and will require small installations. Work in Beattie Street, Balmain will start from Wednesday 20 September 2017 and take half a day to complete. Monthly checks will take place, and after a period of up to a year, the site will be restored to its previous condition. For more information, contact the Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) project team on 1 800 789 297 during business hours or motorwaydevelopment@rms.nsw.gov.au.

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 15 September 2017

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M4 EAST  

Site layout changes – Haberfield

SMC has advised that as the M4 East project transitions into the next stage of construction, layouts of the Wattle Street Civil and Northcote Street Tunnel sites will slightly change. For Wattle Street, this includes: a new access gate on Wattle Street, new access gates on Ramsay Street and a new two-storey office building. For Northcote Street, this includes a new two-storey office building for the mechanical and electrical team. A new mobile lunch room will be installed within the existing work site in Reg Coady Reserve. There may be some noise associated with the installation of these facilities. For more information refer to Local Updates.

NEW M5 

Partial road closure – May Street, St Peters

SMC has posted a notice stating that work is underway to install, relocate and upgrade storm water drainage along Campbell Street, St Peters. A ‘potholing’ program to identify existing underground services/utilities is planned along a portion of May Street. Traffic changes and a partial road closure are required to carry out this work. Traffic changes will be in place on May Street on Saturday 16 September 2017 between 8am and 6pm at the intersection of Campbell Street (west) and May Street. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Upcoming night works – Canal Road, St Peters

SMC has advised that night work will be carried out along Canal Road on Friday 15 September 2017 to undertake drainage works. Working hours will be 6pm to 8am and it is expected to take one night to complete. For further information, refer to Local Updates.

Environmental Protection Licence Monitoring Data Report

SMC has placed on Local Updates this report for August 2017. It covers environmental factors such as water discharge, dust and odour. It includes details of daily monitoring results, on what days the odour was at unacceptable levels, when EPA was informed and when use of the masking agent was required to mitigate odour impacts.

St Peters interchange odour & gas monitoring report

This report for the period 5 September to 11 September 2017 has been posted on SMC’s Local Update webpage.

Night work – Bedwin Road, St Peters

SMC has posted a notice about night work to be carried out on the eastern or Camdenville Park side of Bedwin Road to restore footpath access at that location. This work is scheduled to commence on Thursday 21 September 2017and will be undertaken between 7pm and 5am. It is expected the work will take one shift to complete. The work involves relocating concrete barriers using cranes, trucks, lighting towers and other construction vehicles. For more information refer to Local Updates.

M4-M5 LINK  Geotechnical investigations and ground survey works in Haberfield & Ashfield

SMC is planning on carrying out geotechnical investigations and ground survey works at a number of private properties along Parramatta Road in Haberfield and Ashfield from Monday 18 September 2017. SMC has negotiated with property owners over these works, and they are expected to take six weeks to complete. Standard construction hours apply. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Exhibition of Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

As previously reported, the DP&E has placed the Stage 3 EIS on public exhibition until 16 October 2017. It is available on the DP&E website and print copies are available in all of Council’s libraries and service centres. Print copies of Council’s submission on the Stage 3 Concept Design are also available at these venues and on Council’s website. Council’s submission on the Concept Design provides a guide to the issues raised for Council by the EIS.

Council staff are analysing the EIS and are drafting Council’s submission. As the submission is being drafted, feedback from staff, newly-elected councillors, the community and other stakeholders from various briefings and meetings will continue to be integrated. SMC briefed staff on the EIS on 14 September, and briefings for the councillors planned for 19 September and 5 October. A public meeting on the EIS is planned for 4 October 2017, and EIS issues will be discussed at the 5 October WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF) and the 12 October 2017 Ordinary Meeting of Council. Drafting of the submission is being assisted by planning/engineering firm Beca Australia, who has been commissioned by Council for this task.

SMC has recently posted a notice to advise that it has used feedback from 12 months of consultation with the community and other stakeholder to influence the Stage 3 design, as outlined in the EIS. The notice discusses community issues raised over Easton Park, Blackmore Park, Traffic on Victoria Road, provision of open space and trucks parking on local roads. This information, along with details of EIS availability, SMC community information sessions, SMC’s Concept Design Community Feedback Report and other relevant background information is available on SMC’s website.

Council encourages the community to make a submission on the EIS, and community members are welcome to forward their submissions or issues to Council by e-mail to westconnex@innerwest.nsw.gov.au. SMC has posted a document designed to assist the community with their submissions. All submissions received will be assessed and documented in a forthcoming submissions report, which will be considered by the Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E) as part of the project’s determination process. For further updates from SMC, refer to Local Updates.

GENERAL  

Western Harbour Tunnel geotechnical investigations – Balmain

RMS has recently advised Council geotechnical investigations will be carried out on Little Darling Street, near the corner of Montague Street, Balmain. Works will commence from Wednesday 20 September 2017 and will take around two weeks to complete, depending on ground conditions and weather. Hours of work are 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday with no weekend or night work scheduled. For more information, contact the Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) project team on 1 800 789 297 during business hours or motorwaydevelopment@rms.nsw.gov.au.

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 08 September 2017

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M4 EAST  

Consultation for traffic signage – Waratah Street, Haberfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) is seeking feedback from residents on new road signs planned for Waratah Street. As is the case for the Dalhousie Street signs (reported previously), the signs are intended to assist motorists to navigate connections to the Haberfield interchange. One of the signs is a Variable Message Sign (VMS), which will provide real-time information about unplanned changes to roads conditions. Three signs are proposed: Sign A: tunnel clearance / no dangerous goods in tunnel – height 1.7m, width 3.2m, post height 7m; Sign B VMS – height 6m, width 5.6m and post height 7m; and Sign C tunnel clearance / over height vehicle warning – height 2.2m, width – 4m and post height 7.8m. Comments can be made by phoning SMC on 1 800 660 248, by emailing info@m4east.com.au or calling in to the Community Information Centre at 52 Railway Parade, Burwood. Submissions close Tuesday 19 September 2017. Council will be making a submission.

Traffic & transport group meeting

Council staff recently attended a M4 East Traffic and Transport Liaison Group meeting (held monthly). The project team briefed the meeting on forthcoming construction activities. Council staff raised a number of issues based on a recent Haberfield site visit attended by Council staff, Department of Planning & Environment (DP&E) compliance staff and local residents. Access and pedestrian safety issues were raised in relation to the footway on the north-eastern corner of the Ramsay / Wattle Street intersection. Concerns were also raised about the vulnerability of pedestrians to turning at the intersection of Ramsay and Martin Streets. Project staff gave an undertaking to investigate and resolve these issues.

NEW M5  

Project interface meeting

Staff from Council and the New M5 project team met this week at a regular (monthly) staff project interface meeting. Items discussed were:

  • scheduling a meeting between project and Council staff to further discuss detailed designs for the end-use of the area around the Camdenville Basin, with reference to Council’s Camdenville Park Masterplan;
  • current and forthcoming construction activities in the St Peters area – these are being reported as notices are posted on Local Updates;
  • blasting trials currently being carried out and the likely surface impacts of blasting and other tunnelling works; consultation underway with businesses at 178-310 Princes Highway St Peters about the proposed walk/cycle paths at rear of these properties;
  • details for the landscaping of reserve at the corner of May and Campbell Streets to be discussed with local residents and Council staff;
  • consultation with Council on proposed spoil truck haulage route for the Arncliffe mid-tunnel construction dive-site via Bellevue Street, St Peters;
  • update on start-date and other aspects of works proposed for the netball courts area of Tempe Reserve; postponement of proposed Stage 3 investigative works within Simpson Park;
  • recent parking issues and update on Council’s Sydenham Parking Review, which also applies to St Peters;
  • update on issues from recent meetings of the WestConnex Community Liaison Forum and WestConnex Community Reference Group;
  • proposed minor kerbside parking changes along Unwins Bridge Road near the intersection with Bedwin Road; and impact of construction activities on residents around Barwon Park Road.

St Peters interchange odour & gas monitoring report

Reports for the period 29 August to 4 September 2017 have been posted on SMC’s Local Update web page.

M4-M5 LINK    

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) facts sheets

SMC has released a number of fact sheets on the individual suburbs directly impacted by Stage 3, detailing how key components of the EIS will affect these areas. They include: Rozelle; St Peters; Haberfield; Leichhardt; Camperdown; Iron Cove Link; Noise & Vibration; Tunnelling; Air Quality; and General Community Update. These fact sheets provide a detailed summary of the relevant sections of the EIS. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Council’s assessment of the EIS

The DP&E has placed the Stage 3 EIS on public exhibition until 16 October 2017. It is available on the DP&E website and print copies are available in all of Council’s libraries and service centres. As previously reported, Council has commissioned planning/engineering firm Beca Australia to assist with the drafting of its submission on the EIS. SMC is convening a number of community information sessions during the EIS exhibition and Council is currently planning a public meeting on the EIS to be held during the exhibition period. Details of EIS availability, SMC community EIS information sessions, SMC’s Concept Design Community Feedback Report and relevant background information is available on SMC’s website. Council’s August 2017 submission on the Concept Design, available on the Council’s website, provides a guide to the key issues raised for Council by the EIS.

GENERAL   

Western Harbour Tunnel ground water monitoring well installation – Rozelle & Balmain

RMS has recently advised Council of sites identified for test drilling and ground water monitoring works. These sites are: Alice Street Rozelle and Beattie Street Balmain, commencing 12 September 2017 and taking around half a day to complete; Little Darling Street Balmain (west of Montague Street), to be undertaken between 15 September and 20 October 2017; and Ellen Street Rozelle (near Evans Street) to be undertaken between 15 September and 20 October 2017. For more information, contact the Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) project team on 1 800 789 297 during business hours or motorwaydevelopment@rms.nsw.gov.au.

Movie screening - Citizen Jane – Battle for the City

No WestConnex Public Transport is holding a fundraising screening of Citizen Jane – Battle for the City, a documentary recently featured at the 2017 Sydney Film Festival. The movie is based on the 1960 Jane Jacobs book The Death and Life of Great American Cities that explored the impact on cities of motorways and other elements of modernist planning and architecture. The movie will be screened at 6pm-8:30pm on Tuesday 26 September 2017 at the Palace Cinema, Norton Street Leichhardt. Tickets can be purchased online through Eventbrite.

WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF)

Council’s WCLF met on Thursday 7 September 2017. Minutes of WCLF meetings are posted on Council’s website.

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 01 September 2017

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M4 EAST

Traffic changes – Walker Avenue, Haberfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has posted a notice about a traffic change that will occur on Walker Avenue from Friday 1 September 2017 until early 2018 to allow heavy vehicles to enter the Wattle Street construction site at Gate 1. Both lanes of Walker Avenue will remain open to the public, with only construction vehicles able to utilise the left turn into Walker Avenue from Parramatta Road. Works to install these changes will occur between 7pm and 5am Sunday to Friday from 1 September 2017. SMC have not advised how long these works will take. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Construction work – Haberfield

Further to prior notifications N179a & N178a, construction work and utilities investigations will continue along Wattle and Ramsay Streets, Parramatta Road, Dobroyd Parade and some surrounding streets from Sunday 3 September 2017 for up to three months. Standard construction hours will generally apply, but where night works are necessary, affected residents will be notified. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Service investigation – Dalhousie Street, Haberfield

SMC has advised that investigation works to help inform the design of proposed traffic signage on Dalhousie Street will commence on Monday 4 September 2017. Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) is currently reviewing the large number of community submissions made on the proposed signage. Works are expected to take eight shifts to complete, with each shift occurring between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Parramatta Road Vent Facility (PRVF) – Haberfield

SMC has posted a notice about works commencing on the PRVF located within the Wattle Street construction site from Monday 4 September 2017. Most works will be undertaken during standard construction hours, with some instances of low-noise work to be completed from 6pm to 7am Monday to Friday and 1pm to 5pm on Saturdays. The PRVF is due for completion late 2018. For more information, Local Updates.

Project interface meeting

Staff from Council and the M4 East project team met this week at a regularly (monthly) staff project interface meeting. The main issues discussed were:

  • Wattle Street construction site - commencement of works to construct the ventilation stack structure (as explained above);
  • Parramatta Road construction site – the Orpington Street closure has been extended to mid-December 2017;
    noise wall design at Walker Avenue – consultations with local residents have concluded and a final design drafted;
  • the extensive community feedback received on the proposed signage for Dalhousie Street that is currently under review by RMS; and
  • a recent site visit to discuss and agree on actions to resolve pedestrian/access issues around Haberfield construction sites - attended by Council and DP&E staff and local residents, including visually impaired residents.

NEW M5 

Road closure, night work and utility installation – Campbell Street St Peters

SMC has posted a notice to advise that Campbell Street (from May Street to Barwon Park Road) will be closed from 8am Saturday 2 September to 6pm Sunday 3 September 2017. Extended working hours are required on Saturday from 8am to 10pm and Sunday from 8am to 6pm. No night work will occur on Saturday 2 September, however excavated areas are required to be left open for commissioning purposes. Traffic control and signage will be in place and access to local streets and properties will continue to be maintained. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

St Peters interchange odour & gas monitoring reports

Reports for the period 22–28 August 2017 have been posted on SMC’s Local Updates web page.

St Peters Interchange & local roads update

SMC has released a construction update for works occurring within the St Peters Interchange and on surrounding local roads over the next three months. Works will generally be carried out during standard daytime construction hours. Nearby residents and businesses will be notified in advance of any night work commencing. For more information refer to Local Updates.

M4-M5 LINK 

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) exhibition

It was reported in previous WestConnex Weekly Update Reports that the Department of Planning & Environment (DP&E) had placed the M4-M5 Link EIS on public exhibition for two months – commencing on 18 August 2017 and closing on 16 October 2017. Council has written to the DP&E and SMC seeking an extension of the exhibition period to allow the community sufficient time to draft a submission, accommodate Council’s meeting schedule and to account for the September/October school holiday period.
Council has commissioned planning/engineering firm Beca Australia to assist with the drafting of its submission on the EIS. The EIS is available on the DP&E website and print copies are available in all of Council’s libraries and service centres. SMC will be convening a number of community information sessions during the EIS exhibition, and Council is currently planning a public meeting on the EIS to be held during the exhibition period. Details of EIS availability, SMC community EIS information sessions, SMC’s Concept Design Community Feedback Report and relevant background information is available on SMC’s website.

Geotechnical investigations - Simpson Park, St Peters

It was reported previously that SMC was planning to undertake M4-M5 Link geotechnical investigations in Simpson Park for three weeks from 22 August 2017. Council had lodged an appeal against these works with Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) under the NSW Roads Act to allow for resolution of issues raised by local residents. A site meeting between SMC and Council staff and local residents was planned, but SMC has recently advised that it has postponed this work until further notice. As a result, the site meeting has been postponed. If/when SMC plans to undertake these works, a site meeting will held before the works are undertaken.

GENERAL

Western Harbour Tunnel geotechnical investigations – Darling Street, Balmain

RMS has advised that geotechnical testing will be carried out at Deloitte Avenue, Birchgrove Park. A site will be established next to Birchgrove Oval and works will commence from Wednesday 4 September 2017 and will take about a week to complete. Working hours will be 7am to 6pm weekdays and there will be no work on Saturdays or on public holidays. For more information, refer to RMS’s website.

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 25 August 2017

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M4 EAST   

Electrical cable relocation – Ramsay Street, Haberfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has posted a notice about installation of a new electricity pole on Ramsay Street. Works will be carried out from Tuesday 29 August 2017 at 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday, with some night work from 9pm to 5am Sunday to Friday. It is expected works will take three shifts to complete. For more information refer to Local Updates.

NEW M5

St Peters Interchange odour & gas monitoring report

Reports for the periods 8 to 14 and 15 to 21 August 2017 have been posted on SMC’s Local Updates webpage.

Environmental Protection Licence Monitoring Data report

SMC has posted this report for the July 2017 period. It reports on factors such as water discharge, dust and odour. It includes details of daily odour monitoring results, on what days the odour was an unacceptable levels, when EPA was informed and when use of the masking agent was required. To view the report, refer to Local Updates.

Road closures – Florence Street, St Peters

SMC has posted a notice advising that traffic changes will be in place at the intersection of Campbell and Florence Streets from Monday 4 September until Friday 8 September 2017 between the hours of 7am and 4pm. Traffic management measures will remain in place 24 hours a day for the duration of this work. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

M4-M5 LINK 

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) exhibition

It was reported in last week’s WestConnex Weekly Update Report that the Department of Planning & Environment (DP&E) had placed the M4-M5 Link EIS on public exhibition for two months – commencing on 18 August 2017 and closing on 16 October 2017. Council has recently written to the DP&E and SMC seeking an extension of the exhibition period to allow the community sufficient time to draft a submission, accommodate Council’s meeting schedule and to account for the September/October school holiday period. As was the case for the Concept Design assessment, Council has commissioned planning/engineering firm Beca to assist with the drafting of its submission on the EIS. The EIS is available on the DP&E website and print copies are available in all of Council’s libraries and service centres. SMC will be convening a number of community information sessions during the EIS exhibition, and Council is currently planning a public meeting on the EIS to be held during the exhibition period. Details of EIS availability, SMC community information sessions and general background information on the EIS is available on SMC’s website.

Concept Design Community Feedback Report

The Community Feedback Report on submissions made during the exhibition of the M4-M5 Link Concept Design has recently been posted on SMC’s website. The report outlines how information on the Concept Design was disseminated to the community and summarises the issues raised in submissions according to the following categories: air quality; public transport; traffic; active transport; property impacts; construction; community, health safety and sustainability; environment and heritage; engagement process; and upcoming EIS. Links to submissions from key stakeholders (including Inner West Council) are also available from SMC’s website.

Geotechnical investigations – Parramatta Road, Annandale

SMC has recently advised that as part of planning the M4-M5 Link, geotechnical investigations will be carried out on Parramatta Road, Annandale from Monday 28 August 2017. Work will take place Monday to Friday (four nights) between 8pm and 5am, and it is expected works will take up to three weeks to complete, weather permitting. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Geotechnical investigations - Simpson Park, St Peters

It was reported in last week’s WestConnex Weekly Update Report that SMC was planning to undertake M4-M5 Link geotechnical investigations in Simpson Park, St Peters from 22 August 2017 for three weeks. Council has recently lodged an appeal against these works with Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) under the NSW Roads Act to allow for resolution of issues raised by local residents. A site meeting between SMC and Council staff and local residents will be held shortly to discuss the details of these works, issues raised by local residents and how these issues can be resolved.

GENERAL

 

Western Harbour Tunnel geotechnical investigations – Darling Street, Balmain

RMS has advised that geotechnical testing will be carried out at the end of Yerroulbin Street, Birchgrove. Work will start from Wednesday 30 August 2017 and will take around three weeks to complete. Construction hours will be 7am to 6pm weekdays and there will be no work on Saturdays or on public holidays. For more information, refer to RMS’s website.

WestConnex Community Reference Group (WCRG)

The State WCRG met on 22 August 2017. Background information and meeting minutes for this committee are available on SMC’s website.

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 18 August 2017

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M4 EAST  

Legacy project - open space concept plans

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised that submissions for the M4 East Legacy Project concept plans, which include designs for residual open space areas, will be accepted up until Tuesday 22 August 2017. Plans are available to view at the M4 East community information centre, Ground Floor, 52 Railway Parade, Burwood and on SMC’s website. Comments can be made directly online via a collaborative map.

Ongoing construction work – Parramatta Road Vent Facility, Haberfield

Further to SMC notifications N164 and N164A, SMC has advised work will continue on the Parramatta Road Vent Facility. Work is scheduled to commence on Saturday 19 August 2017 and is expected to continue for up to six weeks. Working hours are 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturday. Some excavation activities will continue in extended hours between 8am and 5pm on Saturdays and 9am to 5pm on Sundays, which will take up to four weeks. Works include concrete work, earthworks, drilling and installation, spoil removal, and demobilising plant and equipment from excavation. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

NEW M5

Tunnelling to commence – St Peters

SMC has posted a notice advising that in the next one to two weeks, tunnelling for the New M5 will start in the St Peters area approximately 44m underground, and will be carried out 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The tunnelling site is located at the St Peters Interchange site. For more information on what to expect and what is involved, refer to Local Updates.

Traffic changes & road closures – St Peters & Church Streets, St Peters

SMC has posted a notice about works to install, relocate and upgrade utilities along the southern side of Campbell Street, which will affect traffic along St Peters and Campbell Streets. St Peters Street traffic changes will be in effect from Monday 21 to Friday 28 August 2017 between 7am and 6pm. Church Street traffic changes at the intersection of Campbell Street will be in effect from Monday 28 to Friday 1 September 2017 will commence from 7am. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Installation of Intelligent Transport System (night works) – Princes Highway, St Peters

SMC has posted a notice about night work commencing on Monday 21 August 2017 to facilitate the installation of an Intelligent Transport System (ITS). This will result in the Campbell Street (east) signals using a sensor system rather than the current automatic timing system. Night work are required between the hours of 8pm and 4:30am and works are expected to take one shift to complete. Campbell Street and Campbell Road between Princes Highway and Burrows Road will be affected. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

M4-M5 LINK  

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on Exhibition

The Department of Planning & Environment (DP&E) has placed the M4-M5 Link EIS on public exhibition for two months – commencing on 18 August 2017 and closing on 16 October 2017. In Council’s media release WestConnex EIS jumps the gun, available on Council’s website, the Administrator has expressed concern about the short timeframe between the close of exhibition of the Concept Design and start of exhibition of the EIS, which would not allow submissions on the former document to influence the latter. Other concerns include retention of the Darley Road and Bridge Road mid-tunnel construction dive sites, no change to large unfiltered ventilation stacks at Haberfield, Rozelle Rail Yards, Victoria Road and St Peters, and the Rozelle Rail Yards recreation area now appearing less linear and more fragmented. Council will shortly commission a planning/engineering consultant to assist with the drafting of its submission, and progress of the assessment will be reported through WestConnex Weekly Update Reports and reports to Council. The EIS is available on the DP&E website and print copies are available in all of Council’s libraries and service centres. Further background information is available on SMC’s website.
SMC will be convening the following community information sessions during the EIS exhibition: Leichhardt - Saturday 2 September 2017 at 11am–2pm in the Leichhardt Town Hall, 107 Norton Street, Leichhardt; Haberfield - Tuesday 5 September 2017 at 4pm–7pm in the Michael Maher Room, The Haberfield Centre, 78-80 Dalhousie Street, Haberfield (next to Haberfield Library); Newtown - Tuesday 12 September 2017 at 4pm–7pm in the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, 1 Bedford Street, Newtown; Balmain - Saturday 16 September 2017 at 11am–2pm in the Balmain Town Hall, 370 Darling Street, Balmain; and Camperdown - Thursday 21 September 2017 at 4pm–7pm in Rydges Camperdown, 9 Missenden Road, Camperdown.

Site management works – Rozelle Rail Yards

RMS has advised the surface clean-up of this site will commence on Monday 21 August 2017. Works are expected to take up to 12 months to complete and will include: site establishment, including installation of fencing, temporary site offices and erosion, sediment and drainage controls; removing waste, stockpiles of materials and vegetation; removing existing rail infrastructure, buildings and redundant services; and site stabilisation and storm water controls. SMC will be managing the site works on behalf of RMS. RMS has appointed Fulton Hogan Australia Pty Ltd as the principal contractor on this project. For more information, refer to the RMS website.

Geotechnical investigations – Parramatta Road, Annandale

SMC has recently advised that as part of planning the proposed M4-M5 Link, geotechnical investigations will be carried out on Parramatta Road, Annandale from Monday 21 August 2017. Work will take place Monday to Friday between 8pm and 5am, and is expected works will take up to one week to complete, weather permitting. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Geotechnical investigations – Simpson Park, St Peters

Further to previous notifications, SMC has advised that as part of planning the proposed M4-M5 Link, geotechnical investigations will be carried out in Simpson Park, St Peters from Tuesday 22 August 2017. Work will take place Monday to Friday between 7am and 6pm and is expected to take up to three weeks to complete, weather permitting. For more information refer to Local Updates.

GENERAL   

Western Harbour Tunnel – geotechnical investigations – Darling Street, Balmain

Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) has advised that geotechnical testing will be carried out on Darling Street, near the corner of Montague Street, in Balmain. Work will commence from Wednesday 23 August 2017 for one week. Construction hours will be 7am to 1pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. There will be no work at night or on Sundays. For more information, refer to the RMS website.

Sydney Motorway Corporation Community Grant Scheme

As previously reported, SMC is promoting its Community Grant Scheme, which provides grants of up to $10,000 for local initiatives that can improve the well-being of communities affected by WestConnex. Key focus areas include health, safety, education, economic development, environmental sustainability and cultural heritage. The first round of funding for 2017 – 2018 is now available, and applications close at 3pm on Friday 1 September 2017. Further information is available on SMC’s website.

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 11 August 2017

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M4 EAST  

Legacy project - open space concept plans

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) is seeking comments on concept plans for the design of M4 East residual lands in Haberfield, Ashfield, Concord and Powells Creek. This is part of the M4 East Legacy Project guided by Conditions of Approval B53 to B58. Land within the Inner West Council area is referred to as Haberfield Gardens and Ashfield. The concept plans show how existing spaces and additional land around the M4 East for community use will be treated, including landscaping designs and walk/cycle connections. SMC has recently commenced a dialogue with Council about future ownership and maintenance arrangements for this land. The concept plans are available to view at the M4 East community information centre, Ground Floor, 52 Railway Parade, Burwood and on SMC’s website. Comments can be made directly online via a collaborative map.

Tree Clearing for Variable Message Sign (VMS) – Dobroyd Parade, Haberfield

SMC has advised that further to notification N091B, from Monday 14 August work will continue in preparation for the installation of a permanent VMS on Dobroyd Parade. Works will be undertaken Sunday to Friday 9pm to 5am, although works that can be undertaken a safe distance away from the Parade will be undertaken between 7am and 6pm. It is expected to take three shifts to complete. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Wattle Street Traffic Switch 2A-1 – Haberfield

SMC has advised from Tuesday 15 August work to realign Wattle Street between Martin and Waratah Streets will commence. This is the first stage of the 2A traffic switch, which involves building a new section of road and shifting traffic slightly to the north. The second stage 2A-2 will occur later in the year. Works will be undertaken Sunday to Friday 9pm to 5am and take up to 10 shifts to complete. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Electricity utility installation – Haberfield

SMC has advised from Monday 14 August the M4 project will be installing an electrical connection that will provide power to the cut and cover structure at the Parramatta Road Interchange. Standard construction hours apply and works are expected to take one month to complete. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

NEW M5

Quarterly Construction Compliance Report

SMC has released the New M5 Quarterly Construction Compliance Report. The purpose of this report is to show the Department of Planning & Environment (DP&E) how the project is achieving compliance with its conditions of approval. To view this report, refer to Local Updates.

Traffic changes and road closure – St Peters Street and Church Street, St Peters

SMC posted a notice about work underway to install, relocate and upgrade utilities along the southern side of Campbell Street, mostly within the existing site compound. To facilitate these works, traffic changes will be in place on St Peters Street from Monday 21 August to Friday 28 August 2017 between 7am and 6pm; and on Church Street traffic changes occur at the intersection of Campbell Street from 7am on Monday 28 August to 6pm Friday 1 September 2017. Daytime weekday working hours will apply but the above traffic arrangements will remain in place 24 hours a day for the duration of this work. For more information refer to Local Updates.

M4-M5 LINK 

Geotechnical investigations – Norton Street, Leichhardt

SMC has recently advised that as part of planning the proposed M4-M5 Link, geotechnical investigations will be carried out on Norton Street, Leichhardt from Friday 11 August 2017. Works are expected to take up to three weeks to complete, weather permitting. Standard daytime hours apply. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Council’s submission on Concept Design

Council lodged its submission on the M4-M5 Link Concept Design with SMC on 4 August 2017, and it is available on Council’s website. The submission was prepared by Council staff, assisted by a review of the document by planning/engineering firm Beca Australia and a review of dive site options by an independent engineer. The submission has also integrated comments from specialist Council staff, feedback from meetings of Council and the Local Representation Advisory Committee (LRAC) and feedback from residents and community groups throughout 2016-17.Though the submission deals primarily with ‘content’ issues, ‘process’ issues are also raised – for example, the document’s lack of detail and the possibility there will not be sufficient time between the close of exhibition of the Concept Design and commencement of exhibition of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to allow issues raised by the former document to influence the latter.

Council’s position on the Concept Design is expressed in three tiers, noting that all three are inter-related:

  • The first-tier position is that Council remains strongly opposed to all parts of WestConnex, including Stage 3;
  • The second-tier position is that Council reluctantly accepts that Stages 1 and 2 are approved and under construction, and a redesign of Stage 3 is sought to reduce local traffic/amenity impacts and improve transport outcomes. Key elements of Council’s alternative proposal for Stage 3 are: acceptance of the main Stage 3 tunnel between Haberfield and the M5, as without this link residents around the Haberfield and St Peters interchange sites would suffer unacceptable operational traffic impacts; a relocated/downgraded interchange closer to Sydney Airport and Port Botany to provide a more direct connection to these facilities; downgrading the Rozelle Interchange by removing entry/exit points to surface roads around the interchange; acceptance of the Iron Cove Link with associated improvements to Victoria Road and other surface roads around the interchange; extension of dedicated bus lanes across the Anzac Bridge; acceptance of the Rozelle Rail Yards recreation area; and implementation of a range of other traffic demand management measures; and
  • Council’s third-tier position is that should Stage 3 proceed according to the Concept Design, a number of issues would need to be thoroughly assessed in the EIS and resolved and/or managed by design changes and conditions of approval. This is necessary to ensure all impacts on the local community are minimised and all opportunities seized for beneficial outcomes. Key issues include: air quality and visual impacts from proposed ventilation facilities, with Council requesting all ventilation facilities be fully filtered; overall construction impacts including, traffic, parking, noise and dust; particular concerns about impacts from mid-tunnel construction dive-sites, including that dive-sites proposed for Leichhardt and Camperdown be dropped; and operational traffic impacts.

The M4-M5 Link EIS is expected to be exhibited in late August or early September 2017.

GENERAL 

Western Harbour Tunnel – geotechnical investigations in Balmain, Rozelle & Birchgrove

Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) has advised that geotechnical testing will be carried out at the following locations commencing Monday 14 August 2017: Cross Street, Rozelle; Alice Street, Rozelle; Beattie Street Balmain, between Elliott and Mullens Streets; and Thomas Street, Birchgrove. Works commencing on Wednesday 16 August are at: Lilyfield Road, between Foucart and Hutcheson Streets; and the Terrace, near the corner of Rose Street in Birchgrove. Works are expected to take around nine days to complete depending on ground conditions, weather permitting. Standard daytime working hours apply, and there will be no work at night, on Sundays or on public holidays. For more information refer to the RMS website.

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 04 August 2017

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M4 EAST 

Consultation for permanent signage – Dalhousie Street, Haberfield

As was reported previously, Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has recently consulted with residents on new directional and variable message signs proposed for Dalhousie Street. Comments have now closed. Council made a submission raising a number of issues, including: need to notify Council and the wider community via Local Updates at the same time as flyer distribution to residents; Council is concerned about indirect negative impacts of WestConnex, such impacts created by these signs; signs should only be erected if absolutely necessary, as Haberfield is a Heritage Conservation Area; if deemed necessary, then their number, size, height and bulk should be minimised and their location considered carefully; exemption from road sign standards may be necessary; sign footings should not obstruct walk/cycle paths of travel on footways; and comments from the local community should be carefully considered before designs are finalised.

Tunnelling progress update – Northcote Street construction site

SMC has advised there are now eight road headers excavating the mainline tunnels, as well as the Wattle Street and Parramatta Road entry/exit ramps and the M4-M5 Link tunnel stubs. In accordance with the project’s Environmental Protection Licence conditions, tunnelling activities (including spoil removal) will occur 24 hours per day, seven days per week. For more information refer to Local Updates.

NEW M5

Road closure & utility works - Campbell Street, St Peters

As previously notified by SMC on 14 July 2017, the installation of a 250mm steel pipe along Campbell Street between May and Hutchinson Streets is continuing. Campbell Street will be closed between Unwins Bridge Road and the Princes Highway to allow for these works. Extended working hours are required on Saturday 5 August 2017 from 8am to 10pm and Sunday 6 August from 8am to 6pm. Campbell Street/Road from May Street to Burrows Road will be closed from 8am on Saturday 5 August to 6pm Sunday 6 August 2017. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Night works – Campbell Road, St Peters

SMC has further advised that night work will be undertaken on Campbell Road for utilities works. This will take place on Monday 7 August 2017 between 7pm and 5am and is expected to take one shift to complete, weather permitting. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Traffic impacts – Euston Road, Alexandria

SMC has advised that further utilities relocation works will be undertaken this weekend at the Sydney Park Road / Euston Road roundabout and the Maddox Street / Euston Road intersection. This is within the City of Sydney, but close to the Inner West Council area. Work will commence on Friday 4 August 2017 at 7pm and continue until Monday 7 August at 5am. This work will be continuous and is expected to cause local traffic impacts. Drivers are being encouraged to plan ahead and take alternative routes over the weekend. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Resident community session – construction update

New M5 has recently conducted several community consultation sessions designed to inform residents on all current and future project works. SMC’s presentation to these sessions is available on the WestConnex website.

Various project reports

SMC has made available the following New M5 reports: Quarterly Construction Compliance Report: Issue 1; Quarterly Construction Compliance Report: Issue 2; Aboricultural Impact Assessment – McEvoy Street and Euston Road; Heavy Vehicle Movement Report – Use of Bellevue Street Tempe; and Construction Spoil Management Plan. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

St Peters Interchange odour & gas monitoring report

A report for the period 25 to 31 July has been posted on SMC’s Local Updates webpage.

New M5 Air Quality Community Consultative Committee (AQCCC)

SMC has recently advised that the time available to register an expression of interest to become a community representative on this committee has been extended until Friday 11 August 2017. Nominations can be made via SMC’s website.

M4-M5 LINK

Geotechnical investigations – Leichhardt, St Peters & Annandale

SMC has recently advised that as part of planning the proposed M4-M5 Link, geotechnical investigations will be carried out at the following locations: Hubert Street Leichhardt from Friday 4 August 2017; Silver Street, St Peters from Friday 4 August; and Reserve Street, Annandale from Tuesday 8 August. Works are expected to take up to three weeks to complete, weather permitting. Standard daytime hours will apply and there will be no work on Sunday or public holidays. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Council’s submission of Concept Design

As has been previously reported, Council has been drafting its submission on the M4-M5 Link Concept Design, assisted by consultants. The final submission will be lodged on 4 August 2017 and posted on Council’s website soon after. Council has circulated a flyer to residents which highlights the main issues raised by the Concept Design and encourages residents to make a submission. The M4-M5 Link Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is expected to be exhibited in late August or early September 2017.

GENERAL 

Western Harbour Tunnel

Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) representatives recently met with Council staff to give a briefing on planned geotechnical drilling for the proposed Western Harbour Tunnel motorway. Council staff were informed that a further nine geotechnical investigations and 10 topographic surveys would be undertaken in Rozelle, Balmain and Birchgrove. Investigations are expected to be undertaken between Monday 14 August and Monday 2 October 2017. Similar to equivalent works being undertaken for WestConnex, drilling sites will be occupied for 5-7 days, while cone penetration sites in Birchgrove Oval will be occupied for 24 hours. Each site will be returned to its original condition. Residents will be notified no less than 5 days in advance of work commencing at each site. The Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) project team will be door-knocking residents to answer any questions they may have, and notifications will be posted on the RMS website.

WestConnex Community Reference Group (WRCG)

The minutes from the 13 June 2017 meeting of the State Government’s WCRG are now available on SMC’s website. The next meeting will be held on 22 August 2017.

WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF)

Council’s WCLF met on Thursday 3 August 2017. Minutes of WCLF meetings are posted on Council’s website.

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 28 July 2017

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M4 EAST

Consultation for permanent signage – Dalhousie Street, Haberfield

As was reported previously, Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) is seeking feedback from residents on new road signs planned for Dalhousie Street. The signs are designed to assist motorists to navigate the new connections to the Haberfield Interchange. Three signs are proposed: Sign A: tunnel clearance / no dangerous goods in tunnel – height 1.68m, width 3.05m, post height 7m; Sign B: variable message – height 6m, width 5.6m, post height 7m; and Sign C: tunnel clearance / over height vehicle warning – height 2.2m, width 4.5m, post height 7.8m. Comments can be made by: calling 1 800 660 248 and asking for Sally Brough; or emailing info@m4east.com.au with your name and residential address; or calling in to the community Information Centre at 52 Railway Parade Burwood. Submissions close Wednesday 2 August 2017. Council will be making a submission.

M4 East Legacy Project – Concept Plan, Haberfield Gardens & Ashfield

M4 East Conditions of Approval B53 to B58 require SMC to undertake a number of actions and prepare draft plans to improve the social, economic and aesthetic well-being of neighbourhoods around the project. Collectively these plans/actions are known as the M4 East Legacy Project. The project provides an opportunity to increase open and public spaces and enhance accessibility to these spaces by the community. Following ongoing feedback from the community about urban design and landscape issues (including feedback from formal exhibition of the M4 East Urban Design & Landscape Plan), SMC has recently released a set of Legacy Project concept plans. The plan relevant to the Inner West Council area is the Haberfield Gardens & Ashfield concept plan, available from Local Updates.

Out of hours work – Ashfield & Haberfield

SMC has advised that from Monday 31 July 2017 service relocation, investigation and pavement construction works will continue on and around Parramatta Road and Chandos, Bland and Orpington Streets. Standard daytime construction hours will generally apply, but some night work is required. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Road work & traffic changes – Martin Street, Haberfield

SMC has advised that from Wednesday 2 August 2017, work to construct the new Martin/Wattle Street intersection will continue. Martin Street will be temporarily closed on the northern side of its intersection of Wattle Street for the duration of this work. Work has been scheduled to take place Monday to Friday from 7am to 6pm and 8am to 1pm on Saturday (where possible) for a period of up to two months. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Meetings of the M4 East traffic & transport and interface groups

This week Council staff attended a M4 East Traffic and Transport Liaison Group meeting and a M4 East Interface meeting (both held monthly). Following is a summary of the main issues discussed: general works update, including works Martin and Wattle Street works; proposed Dalhousie Street signage; proposed Parramatta Road variable message sign (VMS); M4 East Legacy Project; and ongoing local parking issues. Further information on each of these items will be included in the Weekly Update Report if/when notices are posted on SMC’s Local Updates webpage.

NEW M5

Establishment of temporary site compound – Tempe Recreation Reserve

As previously reported, SMC proposes to use a section of the Tempe Reserve netball courts as a temporary worksite to support tunnelling work. Council has been working with the New M5 project team to minimise disruption to the netball playing season, local facilities and the local environment. Council has also been negotiating compensation for occupation of this land with Roads & Maritime Services (RMS). Council is seeking significant compensation. Work is expected to commence on 31 July 2017 and to be completed by December 2017. Standard daytime construction hours will apply. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Piling for the Campbell Road Bridge – Alexandria & Mascot

SMC has advised that in preparation for construction of the Campbell Road Bridge, pile driving on both sides of Alexandria Canal will be carried out. This involves large concrete cylinders being screwed into the ground until they hit rock at approximately 15m below the surface. A core is then extracted from the rock and the concrete cylinder is lodged into place. Works are expected to commence on Monday 31 July 2017 and last for approximately six weeks, weather permitting. Standard daytime construction hours will apply. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Road closures & utility works - Princes Highway & Campbell Street/Road

SMC has advised that further to their 14 July 2017 notification, additional work outside standard construction hours is required to complete their scope of works. Dates and times are as follows: Saturday 29 July 2017 8am–10pm; Sunday 30 July 8am–6pm; Saturday 5 August 8am–10pm; Sunday 6 August 8am–6pm; and Saturday 12 August 8am–10pm. For more information refer to Local Updates.

St Peters Interchange odour & gas monitoring report

A report for the period 18 to 24 July has been posted on SMC’s Local Updates webpage.

M4-M5 LINK

Geotechnical investigations – Empire Street & Rawson Street, Haberfield

SMC has advised that as part of the planning for the proposed M4-M5 Link, geotechnical investigations will be carried out on Empire Street at from Tuesday 27 July 2017 and Rawson Street from Monday 31 July 2017. Works are expected to take up to three weeks to complete, weather permitting. Standard daytime hours will apply. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Council’s assessment of Concept Design

As has been previously reported, Council continues to draft its submission on the M4-M5 Link Concept Design, assisted by consultants. The final submission will be lodged before the 4 August 2017 exhibition close date. Council is also currently circulating a flyer to residents which highlights the main issues raised by the Concept Design and encourages residents to make a submission. The M4-M5 Link Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is expected to be exhibited in late August or early September 2017.

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 21 July 2017

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M4 EAST

Traffic signage proposed for Dalhousie Street, Haberfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has recently notified the local community about proposed installation of traffic direction signs along Dalhousie Street. These signs are indirectly related to WestConnex as they are intended to direct traffic in the vicinity of the Haberfield interchange. Consultation will continue for two weeks, after which SMC will provide a summary of feedback received. SMC’s construction team will be undertaking service investigation works for these signs in Dalhousie Street in the week commencing 31 July 2017, which will be notified shortly. Further details will be reported when available.

NEW M5

St Peters Interchange odour & gas monitoring report

A report for the period 11 to 17 July 2017 has been posted on SMC’s Local Updates web page.

Works along Campbell Street/Road, St Peters

Widening Campbell Street/Road between the Princes Highway and Burrows Road will create the need for works, road closures and traffic changes. Works involve upgrading and relocating multiple utilities including gas, water, power and communications cables. Working hours will generally be during the day, but out-of-hours works will be undertaken on Saturdays from 29 July to 12 August 2017. Traffic control and signage will be in place to assist local residents, road users, pedestrians and cyclists navigate through the changes. Access to local streets and properties will continue to be maintained. Campbell Street/Road from May Street to Burrows Road will be closed from 8am Saturday 5 August to 6pm Sunday 6 August 2017. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Monthly interface meeting

This week council staff attended an interface meeting with New M5 project staff, where the following matters were discussed: a workshop to be convened between project and Council staff to discuss Camdenville Basin masterplan drainage designs; Council’s detailed designs of the proposed BMX track adjacent to Camdenville Basin; forthcoming drainage and utilities relocation works along and around Campbell Street/Road (described above); progress of Council’s claim for compensation for the project’s occupation of a portion of the netball courts area at Tempe Reserve; and various complaints resolution items.

M4-M5 LINK

Geotechnical investigations – Kingston Street, Haberfield

SMC has advised that as part of the planning for the proposed M4-M5 Link, geotechnical investigations will be carried out on Kingston Street from Tuesday 25 July 2017. It is expected to take up to three weeks to complete, weather permitting. Works will take place between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturday. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Assessment of Concept Design

As has been previously reported, Council continues to draft its submission on the M4-M5 Link Concept Design, assisted by consultants. Available on Council’s website is a report that includes a summary of Council’s draft submission, to be considered by Council at its 25 July 2017 meeting. The final submission will be lodged before the 4 August 2017 exhibition close date. Council is also circulating a flyer to residents which highlights the main issues raised by the Concept Design and encourages residents to make a submission. The M4-M5 Link Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is expected to be exhibited in late August or early September 2017.In the draft submission, Council’s position on Stage 3 is expressed at three levels. The first tier response is that Council continues to oppose WestConnex, preferring public transport and other demand-management (traffic reduction) solutions to Sydney’s traffic problems. The second tier response is that whilst Council reluctantly accepts that Stages 1 and 2 are approved and under construction, Stage 3 should be redesigned to reduce traffic impacts, reduce costs and improve transport outcomes. Council’s third tier response is that should the project proceed according to Concept Plan, a number of modifications and conditions are required to protect the Inner West community from what may otherwise be unacceptable construction and operational impacts.

Lantern procession along WestConnex Stage 3 route

As reported previously, a coalition of local WestConnex advocacy groups is convening a lantern parade on Saturday 22 July 2017, which will follow the planned route of the Stage 3 tunnel beneath Newtown and Camperdown. Starting locations are as follows: Haberfield - corner of Bland Street and Parramatta Road at 4pm; Leichhardt - Pioneer Park at 5pm; Annandale - corner of Moore and Catherine Streets at 5:30pm and the Post Office at 5:45pm; St Peters - corner of Crown and Campbell Streets at 4:45pm and the Brickworks at 5pm; and Newtown - at the neighbourhood centre (opposite the station) at 5:30pm. The procession will conclude at Camperdown Park at 6:30pm where a free barbeque will be available.

GENERAL

Council’s Local Area Traffic Improvement Strategy

As reported previously, a traffic modelling consultant has been engaged by Council to undertake the required modelling, assisted by Roads & Maritime Services (RMS). A second consultant has been engaged to use the modelling to shortlist local roads that may be affected by additional traffic generated by WestConnex and to develop Local Area Traffic Management (LATM) schemes to manage the impacts. The second consultant is currently reviewing relevant transport/planning documents and is working with the traffic modelling consultants to ensure consistency between the modelling work and strategy development. Progress of this project will be reported to Council’s 25 July 2017 meeting, and to Council meetings later in 2017.

WestConnex Community Reference Group (WCRG)

The State WCRG met on 18 July 2017 - background information and meeting minutes for this committee are available on the SMC website.

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 14 July 2017

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M4 EAST

Consideration of Haberfield in M4-M5 Link Concept Design assessment

As is reported below, Council is currently assessing the M4-M5 Link Concept Design, assisted by consultants, with a view to lodging a submission by the 4 August 2017 close date. One of the key local issues is continued use of M4 East construction sites at Wattle Street and Walker Avenue for M4-M5 Link construction. Council is particularly concerned about this issue as residents around these sites have already been subject to considerable impacts from M4 East construction. An assessment of this issue will be included in Council’s submission.

Haberfield Borgo street party

As has been previously reported, Council has provided a marketing support package of $30,000 to Haberfield businesses that have experienced a drop-off in trade due to WestConnex-related road closures. The latest event supported by this package is a pop-up winter Borgo street party presented by Haberfield Heritage Village - to be held in Federation Plaza in Ramsay Street on Saturday 22 July 2017, 9am – 2pm. The event will feature local Italian food and activities for families and children. More information is available in Council’s media release.

NEW M5 

Air Quality Community Consultative Committee

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) is seeking expressions of interest from community members to join the New M5 Air Quality Consultative Committee (AQCCC). Similar to the equivalent committee for the M4 East (now established), the New M5 AQCCC’s role is to:

  • provide advice on the location of the air quality monitoring stations;
  • provide input on operational environmental management plans;
  • compliance tracking reporting
  • audit reports and complaints relating to air quality; and
  • disseminate monitoring results before and after operation of the New M5.

Community representatives from each geographical portion of the project are being sought, with registrations closing on 4 August 2017. Further information, including the application form and terms of reference, are available from SMC’s website.

Aboricultural Impact Assessment Report – Campbell Road north

SMC has posted on its website the Aboricultural Impact Assessment Report, commissioned by New M5 Joint Venture (JV). The report applies to a site along Campbell Road between Barwon Park Road and Burrows Road, St Peters, within Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) owned land and adjoining properties. The proposed works are part of the larger New M5 scope-of-works for this area, which also include: construction of walk/cycle between Haber Street and Barwon Park Road; installation of drainage swale to mitigate existing issues between Euston and Burrows Roads; installation of underground electricity lines and service pits; and road construction. For more details refer to Local Updates.

Managing construction dust

SMC has advised on its website that potential environmental impacts from construction are managed under an Environmental Protection Licence, issued by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA). The licence includes requirements for the management of dust and air quality, and sites are managed by the approved Construction Air Quality Plan. Mitigation measures are in place to reduce impacts to the local community and include: using waters carts , sprinklers and hoses to dampen work areas, stockpiles and vehicles routes; spraying the biodegradable soil-binding polymer regularly throughout the site; covering inactive areas; sealing haulage roads and installing wheel washers; air quality monitoring; and monitoring weather conditions to prepare for windy conditions. SMC encourages community members to contact New M5 immediately on 1 800 660 248 or info@newm5.com.au if they observe dust leaving the construction site. For more information refer to Local Updates.

M4-M5 LINK 

Assessment of M4-M5 Link Concept Design

As has been previously reported, Council is preparing its submission on the M4-M5 Link Concept Design, assisted by planning/engineering firm Beca. Staff from Beca and Council gave a presentation to Council’s 11 July 2017 Local Representation Advisory Committee (LRAC) on progress of the assessment and key issues that have been identified - including Council’s strategic position on Stage 3 and local impacts, such as mid-tunnel construction dive sites, continuation of construction impacts at Haberfield and emissions from ventilation facilities. Issues raised by LRAC members at the meeting were noted for inclusion in the submission. It is planned that a final draft submission be presented to the 25 July 2017 Council meeting and the final submission be lodged before the 4 August 2017 closing date. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for WestConnex Stage 3 is expected to be exhibited in late August or early September 2017, and at that time, Council will seek a consultant to assist with its assessment of the EIS. Council encourages anyone to make a submission on the Concept Design and to inform Council of their issues - by e-mail to westconnex@innerwest.nsw.gov.au. Council is also finalising a flyer on the Concept Design for distribution to all residents.

Lantern procession along WestConnex Stage 3 route

A coalition of local WestConnex advocacy groups led by Newtown Residents Against WestConnex (NRAW) has organised a lantern parade on Saturday 22 July 2017 which will follow the planned route of the Stage 3 tunnel beneath Newtown and Camperdown. Starting locations are as follows: Haberfield - corner of Bland Street and Parramatta Road at 4pm; Leichhardt - Pioneer Park at 5pm; Annandale - corner of Moore and Catherine Streets at 5:30pm and the Post Office at 5:45pm; St Peters - corner of Crown and Campbell Streets at 4:45pm and the Brickworks at 5pm; and Newtown - at the neighbourhood centre (opposite the station) at 5:30pm. The procession will conclude at Camperdown Park at 6:30pm where a free barbeque will be available.

Geotechnical Investigations

Council has received advice that RMS will be carrying out geotechnical investigations on additional public roads in the Inner West LGA commencing 17 July 2017. Roads affected are:

  • Annandale Annandale Street, Reserve Street;
  • Camperdown Cardigan Street;
  • Haberfield Empire Street, Kingston Street, Rawson Street;
  • Leichhardt Norton Street, Hubert Street;
  • Newtown May Street; and
  • St Peters Silver Street, rear parking area off Lackey Street.

GENERAL

WestConnex Community Reference Group (WCRG)

The minutes from the 2 May 2017 meeting of the State Government’s WCRG are now available on SMC’s website. The next WCRG meeting will be held on 18 July 2017.

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 07 July 2017

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M4 EAST 

Tolling on the New M4

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has posted on its website the latest edition of The Inside Lane. This includes an update on tolling on the New M4. Following are some of the ‘fast facts’ in this edition: WestConnex will be funded by motorists using distance-based tolling, similar to what is place on the M7; for the first month of operation, the widened M4 will be toll-free; tolls across WestConnex will be capped at a maximum amount; and new toll prices will be introduced on 1 January each year and limited to 4% or CPI, whichever is greater. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Air Quality Community Consultative Committee (AQCCC)

The AQCCC held its first meeting on 13 June 2017. Background information on this committee and on WestConnex air quality matters is available on SMC’s website. This Committee, established according to M4 East Condition of Approval (CoA) B9, comprises an independent chair and representatives from the proponent, tunnel operator, relevant councils (including Inner West Council) and the local community. It meets quarterly and will continue to operate for two years after the M4 East is operational. Its role is to review and provide advice on: the location of the air quality monitoring stations required under CoA E8; operation environmental management plans and other operation stage documents; compliance tracking reporting; monitoring results and other information on air quality issues; and audit reports or complaints as they relate to air quality.

NEW M5 

Temporary Noise Barrier Strategy, Campbell Street

The New M5 Joint Venture (JV) has prepared the above strategy in accordance with New M5 CoA D20. This report takes into account works associated with the construction of the upgraded Campbell Street/Road at St Peters, and the out-of-hours use of the minor ancillary facility being established at Camdenville Basin. It identifies temporary noise barrier locations, outlines the consultation processes, and includes acoustic reports detailing barrier specifications and predicted noise attenuation benefits. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Pedestrian & Bicycle Transport Network Review

This review is being undertaken by SMC in consultation with relevant councils and Bicycle NSW in accordance with New M5 CoA B50. This week Council staff attended a meeting to progress this strategy. Key matters discussed were: detailed design treatments for walk/cycle routes and facilities in and around Sydney Park, along Campbell Street/Road and across the Bedwin Road Bridge. The current version of this review can be downloaded from Local Updates.

Upcoming road closures, night work & utility installation, Campbell Street/Road St Peters

SMC has advised that as part of the road widening of Campbell Street/Road, upgrading and relocating of multiple utilities continues to be undertaken. On Saturday 8 July and Saturday 15 July 2017, extended work hours will be required between 7am and 6pm. Night work will be carried out on Thursday 13 July between 8pm and 5am. Traffic changes will be in place on Campbell Street and surrounding streets in St Peters. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Community information sessions for residents of St Peters

New M5 has confirmed the following St Peters community consultation sessions, to be held in the New M5 Community Information Centre located at 27 Burrows Road St Peters (parking available and the centre is wheelchair accessible):

  • Wednesday 26 July 2017 for residents and businesses of Unwins Bridge Road, May Street, Brown Street, Hutchinson Street, Lackey Street, Applebee Street, Florence Street, St Peters Street, Church Street and Victoria Street - three sessions offered at 1:00pm, 5:30pm and 7:00pm; and
  • Wednesday 2 August 2017 for residents of Crown Street, Campbell Street and Barwon Park Road - two sessions offered at 5:30pm and 7:00pm. 

M4-M5 LINK 

Concept Design assessment

As has been reported previously, Council is currently working with planning/engineering consultant Beca to draft its submission on the M4-M5 Link Concept Design. It is planned that a summary of an early draft be discussed at the 11 July 2017 Local Representation Advisory Committee (LRAC) meeting, a final draft presented to Council’s 25 July 2017 meeting and the final submission lodged before the 4 August 2017 closing date. Council encourages anyone to make a submission and to inform Council of their issues with the Concept Design - by e-mail to westconnex@innerwest.nsw.gov.au.

GENERAL 

Inner West Council Community Grants now open

Inner West Council’s Community Grants Program provides financial and in-kind assistance of up to $7,500 to not-for-profit community-based organisations or community groups. These must be auspiced by an organisation for projects which address local issues, promote social justice, enhance well-being and foster inclusion and social connection. The grants support community development projects and initiatives that strengthen the sustainability and capacity of the Inner West community. All applications should show how the project could provide community benefits for all residents of the Inner West Council area. Grants close Thursday 10 August 2017. Projects could be WestConnex-related. For more details including the Community Grants Guidelines refer to Council’s website.

WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF)

A WCLF meeting was held on 6 July 2017. Background information on the WCLF, including meeting minutes, is available on Council’s website.

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 30 June 2017

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M4 EAST

Tunnelling update reports

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has posted on its website two tunnelling update reports for the construction site at Northcote Street, Haberfield – one report showing tunnels to the east, the other to the west. The reports explain that in September 2016 construction of the temporary access tunnel at the Northcote Street tunnelling site commenced, which now allows access for construction of the M4 East tunnels. Eight roadheaders are currently excavating the mainline tunnels as well as the Wattle Street and Parramatta Road entry and exit ramps and the M4-M5 Link tunnel stubs. The reports include tunnelling fact sheets, with a map showing the approximate location of the several stages of tunnelling. For more information, refer to Local Updates

Project interface meeting

Staff from Council and the M4 East project team met this week at a regular (monthly) staff project interface meeting. The main issues discussed were:

  • general works update, including works within Reg Coady Reserve;
  • planned heavy vehicle movements – some approved, others under consideration;
  • local parking issues;
  • noise barrier options for dwelling at 24 Wattle Street, Haberfield;
  • vermin issues from Wattle Street construction activities;
  • site meeting planned for July 2017 to discuss traffic and other issues with residents of Walker Avenue; and
  • an update on progress of the M4 East Urban Design & Landscape Plan.

Further information on these items will be included in the Weekly Update Report if/when notices are posted on SMC’s Local Updates webpage

NEW M5

Odour monitoring reports

SMC has posted on its website three reports entitled St Peters Interchange Odour and Gas Monitoring Report. The reports show the results of odour and gas monitoring at five sites around the St Peters Interchange site over the period 11 to 27 June 2017. For further information, refer to Local Updates.

Works compound within Tempe Reserve

In the 26 May 2017 Weekly Update Report it was reported that SMC and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) were negotiating with Council and relevant netball associations over part use of the netball courts area within the reserve as a WestConnex works compound. All parties involved have now negotiated a mutually-agreed outcome for use of the courts during the works period. RMS is now considering a request from Council and one of the netball associations for financial compensation under the provisions of the Roads Act 1993.

Urban Design Review Panel

This panel met recently to progress the New M5 Urban Design & Landscape Plan (UDLP) and its sub-plans. The panel has been established according to New M5 Condition of Approval (CoA) B60 to oversee development of the UDLP, a requirement of CoA B61 and B62. It includes representatives from relevant agencies and councils, including Inner West Council. The meeting provided an opportunity for Council staff to learn of progress and next steps for progressing the UDLP, and to revisit issues that were raised in Council’s May 2017 submission on an earlier exhibited draft. It was reported in the 5 May 2017 Weekly Update Report that one of the key UDLP design issues raised by Council in its submission was the need to create a slower/safer traffic environment along Campbell Street, St Peters for all road users - as required by New M5 Consent Conditions B47 and B62cii. Some progress toward resolution of Council’s issues has been made, but several outstanding issues remain.

M4-M5 LINK

Geotechnical investigations, Newtown

SMC has advised that geotechnical investigations will be carried out in vacant land owned by Newtown Public School adjacent to St John Street from 3 July 2017. The work at this location is expected to take up to two weeks to complete, weather permitting. Generally, work will take place during standard daytime hours and there will be no work on Sunday or public holidays. Work will involve: identifying underground services and utilities and marking out locations for each investigation site; setting up a safe work area with site specific environmental controls for each site; traffic and pedestrian management to ensure the safety of motorists, residents and workers; and collecting borehole soil and rock samples. For further information, refer to Local Updates.

Concept Design assessment

As has been reported previously, Council is currently working with planning/engineering consultant Beca to draft its submission on the M4-M5 Link Concept Design. It is planned that an early draft be discussed at the 11 July 2017 Local Representation Advisory Committee (LRAC) meeting, a final draft presented to Council’s 25 July 2017 meeting and the final submission lodged before the 4 August 2017 closing date. Council encourages anyone to make a submission and to inform Council of their issues with the Concept Design - by e-mail to westconnex@innerwest.nsw.gov.au

General

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 23 June 2017

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M4 EAST

Construction update sessions

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) project teams for the M4 Widening and M4 East are hosting two information sessions to talk to the community about progress of these projects. The first is 4pm-7pm on Tuesday, 27 June 2017 at Club Ashfield, 1-11 Charlotte Street, Ashfield, whilst the second is 4pm-7pm Wednesday, 28 June 2017 at the Concord Community Centre, 1A Gipps Street, Concord. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Parramatta Road Vent Facility, Haberfield

SMC has advised that further to a prior notification, work will continue to build the Parramatta Road Vent Facility (PRVF) from 24 June 2017, located within the Wattle/Walker Street construction site. Once completed it will provide tunnel ventilation for WestConnex Stages 1 and 3. In addition to working within standard daytime construction hours, excavation activities will occur from 1pm-5pm Saturday and 8am-5pm Sunday for up to two months. There will be noise and vibration associated with this work and monitoring will be undertaken to ensure compliance. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Work for variable message sign - Parramatta Road, Haberfield

SMC has advised that on 28 June 2017 work will commence to confirm the location of a permanent electronic variable message sign (VMS) on Parramatta Road, Haberfield. The future sign will provide road users with up-to-date information on traffic conditions, planned and unplanned incidents, and events. Work will be undertaken from 8pm to 5am Sunday to Friday. The work will take approximately three months to complete and will involve potholing to locate services, relocation of electricity poles, underground cables and overhead lines and installing power/telecommunications cabling. Traffic control and pedestrian management will be in place and access to properties will be maintained. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

NEW M5

Draft Sydenham / St Peters Parking Strategy review

In June 2017 Council has been exhibiting a draft review of its Sydenham / St Peters Parking Strategy. Whilst the review is largely concerned with current parking conditions, it will also consider factors that are likely to alter the future parking situation. Two factors in this category that are particularly important for St Peters are future development and traffic changes attributable to WestConnex. Council encourages any interested person to make a submission on this review and to raise issues related to WestConnex where relevant. The review document is available on Council’s website, and the exhibition closes on 28 June 2017.

M4-M5 LINK  

Concept Design exhibition

SMC has advised that in May and June 2017, over 500 local people have attended the community information sessions for the M4-M5 Link Concept Design. SMC has recently set a closing date for Concept Design submissions of 4 August 2017. Council encourages any interested person to make a submission to SMC, which can be made by completing the online feedback form, emailing SMC on info@westconnex.com.au, pinning a comment on the online collaborative map and/or calling the M4-M5 Link community engagement team on toll-free 1800 660 248. The community will have further opportunity to provide feedback on the M4-M5 Link during the display of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which is expected to be released in the third quarter of this year – most likely late August or early September 2017.

Council is continuing to draft its submission on the Concept Design, assisted by planning/engineering consultants Beca Australia and specialist Council staff. Progress on the assessment is being reported to Local Representation Advisory Committee (LRAC) and Council meetings in June 2017. It is planned that an initial draft submission be reported to LRAC on 11 July 2017, a final draft be reported to Council on 25 July 2017 and the final submission lodged before the 4 August 2017 closing date. Anyone is welcome to inform Council of their issues with the Concept Design and/or send Council their submission (draft or final) by e-mail to westconnex@innerwest.nsw.gov.au.

GENERAL 

Disconnex: Reframing Resistance art exhibition

A group exhibition at Council’s Chrissie Cotter Gallery at Camperdown will showcase salvaged heritage items from homes destroyed due to WestConnex. It will also include feature films, photographs, placards and costumes that creatively challenge the displacement caused to communities across Sydney. The exhibition’s organiser has said that “The works stem from a social movement opposing WestConnex that is bringing destruction to parts of Sydney, causing suffering and trauma to the community,”. Opening night is Wednesday 28 June 2017 6pm-8pm and the exhibition continues through to Sunday 9 July 2017. Opening hours are Thursdays to Sundays 11am-4pm. For more information, refer to Council’s media release.

WestConnex information & enquiries

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 16 June 2017

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M4 EAST 

Utility diversion work - Chandos Street, Ashfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised that further to a prior notification, work to identify services and relocate utilities along Chandos Street, Ashfield continues. In addition to work occurring during standard daytime construction hours, from 17 June 2017 works will be carried out between 8:00am and 6:00pm on Saturday and Sunday for three consecutive weekends - 17-18 June, 24-25 June and 1-2 July 2017. From 3 July 2017 work will return to standard daytime hours. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Ongoing pedestrian diversions, Haberfield

SMC has advised that further to a prior notification, a number of pedestrian diversions remain in place throughout Haberfield. Footpath closures and diversions are in place in the following areas: Dobroyd Parade; Reg Coady Reserve; Wattle Street; and Ramsay Street. For more information (including maps) refer to Local Updates.

Out of hours piling work at Wattle Street, Haberfield

SMC has advised that from Friday 23 June 2017 the project will be constructing a pile that will become an integral part of the support structure for the Wattle Street interchange. In order to carry out these works the furthest westbound lane of Wattle Street will be temporarily closed. Night work has been scheduled to take place in two shifts, between: 11:00pm Friday 23 June to 8:00am Saturday 24 June; and 11:30pm Saturday 24 June to 9:30am Sunday 25 June 2017. For more information refer to Local Updates.

NEW M5 

Night work on the Princes Highway & Unwins Bridge Road, St Peters

SMC has advised that from 26 June 2017, reinstatement work will be carried out at night on the Princes Highway and Unwins Bridge Road near Silver Street. The night work will be carried out in three stages for up to three weeks between 8:00pm and 5:00am Monday to Saturday. To minimise impacts on residents, no more than four night shifts will be carried out in one week, with no more than three night shifts in a row. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Footpath reinstatement on the Princes Highway, St Peters

From 19 June 2017 work will be carried out to reinstate the footpath on the northern side of the Princes Highway between Edith and Silver Streets. This work will take up to one week to complete and will occur within standard construction hours. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Environmental Protection Licence Monitoring Data report

SMC has released its Environmental Protection Monitoring Data report for May 2017. It reports on factors such as water discharge, dust and odour. Of interest to residents in the St Peters and Tempe area is a detailed map showing St Peters Interchange leachate and odour monitoring stations. This, along with daily monitoring results of odour, provides detail on what days the odour was at unacceptable levels, when the EPA were informed and when use of the masking agent was required. To view this document, refer to Local Updates.

St Peters Primary School interface meeting

This week Council staff attended a meeting at St Peters Primary School involving SMC and Joint Venture (JV) staff, concerned parents and the school principal. Following is a summary of the main issues and outcomes discussed:

  • Parent representatives raised concerns about the flooding on Campbell Street. SMC is considering undertaking a site audit when the next heavy rain event occurs and informing the community of potential flood-related hazards via the JV’s e-mail database;
  • A presentation on odour management was given by the project’s Environment Manager. School parents raised the issue of compensation from SMC/JV for keeping the children indoors when the odour occurs. Parents were advised by SMC to put their requests in writing, but SMC stated it was unlikely any compensation would be forthcoming. Parents also requested copies of the air quality assessment report; and
  • As a solution to the continued illegal use of the school’s car park by construction vehicles, SMC suggested the community police illegal parking by taking photos of offending vehicles and sending them to the New M5 project team.

Monthly interface meeting

Council staff recently attended a New M5 interface meeting (held monthly), where the following matters were discussed:

  • scheduling a staff meeting to discuss the Camdenville Basin master plan design, with a focus on the basin’s end use;
  • an update on the assessment of the New M5 Urban Design & Landscape Plan (UDLP) - submissions are now being assessed and the DP&E will issue a determination in due course;
  • an update on the timing of works affecting a portion of Tempe Reserve on and around the netball courts – commencement of these works now expected in early July 2017;
  • an update on correspondence between Council and Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) regarding financial compensation for use of part of Tempe Reserve; 
  • matters discussed at a recent meeting at St Peters Primary School involving SMC, JV and Council staff and the school principal (see school item above);
  • forthcoming night works on the Princes Highway & Unwins Bridge Road, St Peters (see works item above); and 
  • an update from Council and RMS on meetings planned to discuss traffic modelling arrangements for Council’s Local Area Improvement Strategy.

M4-M5 LINK  

Concept Design assessment

Council is continuing its assessment of the Concept Design document. Key recent actions include meetings with Council’s consultant (Beca Australia) to exchange information, expand and refine Council’s list of issues and develop a strategic position on Stage 3. Council staff continue to learn of the community’s issues through day-to-day communications and where individuals or community groups have forwarded to Council their draft submissions. Anyone is welcome to forward their submission (draft or final) to Council – by e-mail to westconnex@innerwest.nsw.gov.au. Council staff recently attended a community meeting on the Concept Design at Rozelle to inform the meeting of Council’s position and assessment process, and to hear the issues raised at the meeting.

GENERAL

WestConnex Community Reference Group (WCRG)

The WCRG met on 13 June 2017 - background information and meeting minutes for this committee are available on SMC’s website.

WestConnex information & enquiries

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 09 June 2017

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M4 EAST

Construction work – Tinana & Chandos Streets, Haberfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised that work on a redundant disconnected power cable Tinana and Chandos Streets in Haberfield will be undertaken to supply power to the cut-and-cover area on the Parramatta Road worksite.  Most of the work will be during the day, with minor night work required when working close to traffic on Parramatta Road.  SMC will shortly post further information (including dates) in a notice on Local Updates.

NEW M5

Update on St Peters Interchange works

SMC has provided an update on construction works at or around the St Peters Interchange (SPI) site.  SPI works include: remediation to formally close the landfill (commenced in October 2016 and will continue until early 2018); continued 24-hour tunneling; installing piles to support road bridges and tunnel portals; constructing retaining walls along the site boundary near Canal Road; deliveries of oversized plant, equipment and concrete bridge segments.  Campbell Street/Road works include: preparing for road construction; removing remaining buildings; installing temporary noise barriers; establishing the temporary site compound next to the Camdenville Basin; installing new drainage systems; utilities works; and constructing the cut-and-cover tunnel at Albert Street.  The update also covers: odour management; mitigation measures; monitoring and health; and environmental management and approvals, including the Environment Protection Authority’s (EPA’s) involvement in the management of odour control.  For more information, refer to Local Updates.

M4-M5 LINK

M4-M5 Link Concept Design

Council has engaged engineering/planning firm Beca Australia to assist with the drafting of its submission on the M4-M5 Link Concept Design.  Beca’s assessment (now underway) will integrate comments from specialist Council staff as well as issues that are raised with Council by the community.  A similar process will be undertaken to select a consultant and prepare Council’s submission when the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) exhibition commences – expected in August or September 2017.  In the 19 May 2017 WestConnex Weekly Update Report, a list of Council’s initial issues raised by the Concept Design was included.  This list will be expanded and refined as the assessment proceeds.  The Concept Design has not only raised content issues, but also process issues, and the Administrator has recently written to the Minister for WestConnex on this matter.  Mid-tunnel construction dive site impacts continue to be a significant issue for the M4-M5 Link.  For further detail, refer to the WestConnex Update Report to the 13 June 2017 Local Representation Advisory Committee (LRAC), available on Council's website.

Rozelle Rail Yards site visit

Council’s December 2016 submission on the draft Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the cleanup of Rozelle Rail Yards (RRY) included a request for a Council staff inspection of the RRY site.  On 7 June 2017, staff from Council, SMC and RMS walked around the site to discuss and view issues related to the cleanup of the site.  Preparations have been underway for some months, with the main cleanup works planned to commence in about two months’ time.  Further information on the RRY cleanup is available on SMC's website.

GENERAL

Meeting with Minister for WestConnex

On 8 June 2017 the Administrator and senior Council staff met with the Minister for WestConnex to discuss key WestConnex issues for Inner West Council and its community.  These issues include: Council’s position on WestConnex; current M4-M5 Link planning issues, including the Concept Design and consultation issues, EIS timing and mid-tunnel construction dive-sites; various Stage 1 and 2 issues, including construction impacts (noise, trucks, worker parking etc.), compliance issues and Urban Design and Landscape Plans; operational traffic impacts; and residual lands. The matters raised by the Administrator were acknowledged and the Minister agreed to consider these and respond.

Compliance issues

Throughout 2016 and 2017 Council has assisted relevant State agencies to monitor and enforce WestConnex construction compliance.  A range of actions have been undertaken that have aimed to increase resourcing of compliance monitoring and improve complaints handling processes.  The main issues raised in complaints to-date as follows: noise from project construction sites and truck movements, particularly night-time noise; noise from utility relocations, particularly night-time noise; parking, traffic, public transport and pedestrian impacts from temporary or permanent road/footway closures/diversions; parking and traffic movement/safety impacts from project trucks and employee’s cars; leachate odour from the SPI site; dust from construction sites; and night-time construction lighting impacts.  Added to these have been impacts from works ‘external’ to the core project - relocation of utilities and exploratory drilling.  For further detail, refer to the WestConnex Update Report to the 13 June 2017 LRAC meeting, available on Council's website.

Civilising WestConnex exhibition

It was explained in the 21 April 2017 Weekly Update Report that Council staff had visited this exhibition, hosted by an urban design professor at the University of NSW.  Council staff have recently undertaken a brief assessment of the planning and engineering feasibility of using WestConnex for mass-transit, as advocated by the exhibition.  It was found the WestConnex route was not ideal from a transport planning perspective, but would be more viable in the longer term if development were to proceed around the stations.  Although WestConnex tunnels are large enough to accommodate metro rail, further assessment is required to determine the extent to which stations and ancillary metro facilities could be accommodated.  Guided bus systems operating on a dedicated motorway lane would likely be more feasible and cost effective.  For further detail, refer to the WestConnex Update Report to the 13 June 2017 LRAC meeting, available on Council's website.  Council Officers are undertaking further consideration of the City’s alternative proposal.

City of Sydney’s alternative proposal to WestConnex

This week the City of Sydney released its WestConnex – Alternative Proposal document, which argues that with demand-management actions and alternative road and tunnel configurations, the aims of WestConnex could be largely achieved without the significant financial costs and environmental impacts associated with the current project.  The Alternative Proposal document and associated summary report The WestConnex Challenge are available on the City of Sydney's website.

WestConnex information & enquiries

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 02 June 2017

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M4 EAST 

Construction work – Dobroyd Parade, Parramatta Road and Wattle & Ramsay Streets, Haberfield

SMC has advised that further to a prior notification, from 1 June 2017 utilities investigation work will continue along these streets and some surrounding streets. To minimise impacts, work has been scheduled to take place during daytime hours where possible, but some night work is required and residents will be notified separately of night works. Works will take approximately three months to complete. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Monthly interface meeting

On 31 May 2017 Council staff and the Department of Planning & Environment’s WestConnex Compliance Officer met with SMC’s M4 East project team at a regular monthly interface meeting. A number of matters were discussed, including:

  • issues associated with the reopening of Ramsay Street – including the condition of footways and whether they are in a suitable state for people with disabilities;
  • proposed works for the Martin / Wattle Street intersection – including raising of the intersection and proposed traffic movements; 
  • issues associated with construction truck movements;
  • proposed locations of air quality monitoring stations;
  • recent consultations with the community around Wattle Street over detailed treatments for proposed noise walls – the design of which is part of the M4 East Urban Design & Landscape Plan; and 
  • arrangements with Council for restoration of local roads damaged by WestConnex construction vehicles.

Meeting of Traffic & Transport Liaison Group (TTLG)

This week Council staff attended a meeting of M4 East TTLG. At the meeting, the Joint Venture (JV) gave an update of the status of road access changes, including the Ramsay Street reopening and the operation of new Ramsay / Martin Street intersection. Council staff raised Ramsay Street footpath issues with the JV, including uneven surface and inadequate lighting. Some of these issues were discussed at the 31 May interface meeting and at the 1 June 2017 WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF) meeting. The TTLG’s Sydney Buses representative raised concerns about altered bus operations at the eastbound approach to the Ramsay Street / Wattle Street intersection. The ‘left turn - buses excepted’ sign previously at the intersection’s approach has not been reinstated due to traffic performance considerations. The Sydney Buses representative was concerned that this would result in delays to bus operations along this busy route.

Air quality assessment Development Control Plan (DCP)

Council and SMC staff recently met for early discussions about drafting an M4 East air quality assessment DCP – a requirement of Condition of Approval (CoA) E18. For Inner-West Council, this would apply to the area around the proposed Parramatta Road ventilation facility at Haberfield. The DCP would ensure air quality impacts from the facility are a consideration in assessing future proposals for developments near the ventilation facility. SMC staff will consult Council on future drafts of the DCP.

NEW M5 

Road closure – Campbell Street, St Peters

SMC has advised that as per previous notifications, utilities work will continue in preparation for the widening of Campbell Street and Campbell Road. To facilitate this work, changed traffic conditions will be in place on Campbell Street. Works will take place on Saturday 3 June from 7:00am to 6:00pm, and traffic changes affect the following streets: Campbell Street between Unwins Bridge Road and Barwon Park Road; Crown Street at the Campbell Street intersection; St Peters Street at the Campbell Street intersection; Florence Street at the Campbell Street intersection; and Brown Street at the Campbell Street intersection. Traffic control and signage will be in place to assist local residents, road users, pedestrians and cyclists through the changes. Access to local streets and property will continue to be maintained under traffic control. For more detailed information refer to Local Updates.

Night work – May Street and Bedwin Road, St Peters

SMC has advised that further to a prior notice, night work scheduled for 15 May 2017 was postponed and will now be carried out from 5 June 2017 and will take three nights to complete, weather permitting. Work involves installing concrete barriers along May Street and Bedwin Road and setting up a safe work area and traffic management arrangements. Working hours are between 7:00pm and 6:00am and traffic changes will include: temporary lane closures on May Street and Bedwin Road (traffic will be maintained in both directions); reduced speed limits; and footpath closures and detours. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

M4-M5 LINK

Concept Design community consultation session - Haberfield

As previously reported, anyone can post a comment on the M4-M5 Link Concept Design on the online collaborative map, by completing a feedback form, by emailing mailto:info@westconnex.com.au and/or calling SMC toll free on 1800 660 248. Residents can also share their feedback on the design at community information session being held at multiple locations across the M4-M5 Link project area. There is one remaining community consultation session - Wednesday 7 June 2017, 4pm-7pm Michael Maher Room, The Haberfield Centre, 78-80 Dalhousie Street, Haberfield (next to Haberfield Library). Council staff will be attending. Up-to-date information on WestConnex and the M4-M5 Link is available by subscribing to the SMC newsletter - visit westconnex.com.au/subscribe.
Council is continuing to assess the limited information available in the Concept Design and will provide a further update shortly.

GENERAL  

WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF)

Council’s WCLF met on 1 June 2017 to discuss a range of matters related to all three stages of the project, as well as general WestConnex matters. WCLF agendas and minutes are available from Council’s WestConnex web page. The next meeting will be held on 6 July 2017.

WestConnex information & enquiries

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 26 May 2017

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M4 EAST 

Reopening of Ramsay Street

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has recently advised that Ramsay Street, Haberfield will be reopened to traffic and cyclists from 9am on Sunday 28 May (subject to weather). Works will continue until Saturday 27 May from 8:00am to 1:00pm. Traffic will return to the same arrangement as prior to the closure, however, Ramsay Street will now be on a bridge structure. The temporary right turn onto Wattle Street southbound (towards Parramatta Road) from Ramsay Street will be removed. State Transit Authority buses will return to their standard routes and timetables from 9:00am Sunday 28 May. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Changes to pedestrian footbridge across Parramatta Road

SMC has advised that from Sunday 28 May work will continue to finalise the realignment of the stairs on the western side of the pedestrian footbridge on Parramatta Road near Bland Street, Ashfield. The western stairs have been replaced with new stairs that connect with Bland Street. To minimise the impact to the community, the staircase was precast offsite and installed as a single unit using a mobile crane. Work will be undertaken from Sunday 28 May to Friday 2 June between 9:00pm and 5:00am. Access to the footbridge will be maintained throughout this time. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Land acquisitions - Reg Coady Reserve

It was reported in the 18 November 2016 WestConnex Weekly Update Report that Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) had paid Council $1.65M in compensation for the acquisition of a parcel of Council land within Reg Coady Reserve at Haberfield. The compensation sum was the outcome of successful Court negotiations. RMS’s acquisition of a second smaller parcel of land within Reg Coady Reserve (which includes a leasehold acquisition) was proceeding at that time. Council disputed RMS’s offer of $3,300 for this second parcel and lodged an appeal in the Land & Environment Court in early 2017. Negotiations have been proceeding in the Court in the first half of 2017 but an agreement has yet to be reached. A notice will be included in the Weekly Update Report when the matter is resolved. Compensation funds are being allocated to a special Council reserve. Allocation of these funds for open space purposes will be a decision for the consideration of a future elected Council.

NEW M5

Upcoming night work - Canal Road St Peters

SMC has advised that night work will be carried out on Canal Road to install concrete barriers and investigate underground utility services. Work will commence on Monday 29 May 2017 and is expected to take up to one week to complete (weather permitting). Working hours are between 7:00pm and 5:00am Monday to Saturday. No work to be carried out on Sundays or public holidays. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Works compound within Tempe Reserve

SMC is currently negotiating with Council and netball associations over part use of the netball courts area within the reserve as a WestConnex works compound. Council has recently appealed the proposal in accordance with the Roads Act to allow for additional time for the negotiations to occur. At a site meeting on 26 May 2017, all parties met and agreed to an arrangement whereby the works compound could be established for a fourth-month period whilst still allowing eight of the 11 courts to be used.

M4-M5 LINK

Site investigations – Easton Park, Rozelle & Railway Parade, Annandale

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has advised it needs to carry out inspections and investigations (geotechnical and geophysical) as part of the planning of the M4-M5 Link. Authorised officers will enter the sites during daylight hours only between Monday 29 May and Friday 9 June.The investigations will involve drilling a borehole with a track mounted drill rig and scanning of survey lines. With regard to geotechnical investigations, the following information has been supplied: that borehole locations will be accessed from Bayview Crescent; work will be carried out within a fenced compound cover with blue mesh and safety signage; pedestrian footpaths along Railway Parade will not be affected; and drilling rigs will be parked within the fenced compound during the night, with security present 24 hours.

Concept design community consultation sessions

Anyone can post a comment on the M4-M5 Link Concept Design on the online collaborative map, by completing a feedback form, by emailing mailto:info@westconnex.com.au and/or calling SMC toll free on 1800 660 248. Residents can also share their feedback on the design at community information sessions being held at multiple locations across the M4-M5 Link project area. Forthcoming sessions are:

  • Newtown: Tuesday 30 May 2017, 4pm-7pm Tom Foster Community Centre, 11-13 Darley Street, Newtown;
  • Balmain: Thursday 1 June 2017, 4pm-7pm Balmain Town Hall, 370 Darling Street, Balmain; and 
  • Haberfield: Wednesday 7 June 2017, 4pm-7pm Michael Maher Room, The Haberfield Centre, 78-80 Dalhousie Street, Haberfield (next to Haberfield Library).

Council staff will be attending most sessions. To stay up-to-date on WestConnex and the M4-M5 Link project, subscribe to our newsletter by visiting westconnex.com.au/subscribe.

GENERAL

Funding for WestConnex advocacy

At its meeting on 23 May 2017 Council considered a WestConnex update report and resolved (among other things) to write to the City of Sydney seeking a contribution of half of the funding for the Community Organiser position for 2017/18. It also resolved to endorse a one-off funding contribution to Rozelle Against WestConnex (RAW) for a WestConnex opposition tabloid publication for distribution to the community. The resolution is available in the meeting minutes, available on Council’s website. Future funding requests of this nature will be assessed according to the new Inner West Council Grant Program Guidelines, scheduled to open in July 2017. Council considered a report on these guidelines at its 23 May 2017 meeting, available on Council’s website.

Western Harbour Tunnel assessment

At its meeting on 23 May 2017 Council considered a WestConnex update report and resolved (among other things) to further consider the need for expert consultant input into the Western Harbour Tunnel proposal and allocate an appropriate budget for this. The resolution is available in the meeting minutes, available on Council’s website.

Movie – Tunnel Vision

A coalition of community and University of Sydney groups opposed to WestConnex will be screening a movie Tunnel Vision about Melbourne’s East-West Link road tunnel project. The film will be screened in the university’s New Law Lecture Theatre 106 at 5:30pm on Wednesday 31 May 2017.

WestConnex information & enquiries

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 19 May 2017

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M4 EAST 

M4 East tree replacement program

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

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

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

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

NEW M5 

Road Closure – Campbell Street, St Peters

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

Environmental Protection Licence Monitoring Data April 2017

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

M4-M5 LINK 

Public exhibition of M4-M5 Link Concept Design

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

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

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

GENERAL 

March Compliance Report - Department of Planning & Environment

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

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

WestConnex information & enquiries

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 12 May 2017

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Download the Odour Diary (PDF 178.6KB)

M4 EAST 

Utility diversion work – Ashfield and Haberfield

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

Ground monitoring wells installation – Parramatta Road, Ashfield

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

NEW M5 

Night work– Campbell Road, Alexandria

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

Night work – Mary Street and Bedwin Road, St Peters

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

Odour diary – St Peters Interchange area

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

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

M4-M5 LINK  

Public exhibition of M4-M5 Link Concept Design

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

GENERAL

Geotechnical investigation works for Western Harbour Tunnel

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

WestConnex information & enquiries

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 05 May 2017

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M4 EAST

Northcote Street construction site - tunnelling progress update

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

Martin Street Haberfield – temporary car park

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

Dobroyd Parade Haberfield – installation of a permanent variable message sign

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

Ongoing pedestrian diversions – Haberfield

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

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

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

NEW M5

Temporary Road Closure – Silver Street St Peters

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

Community & Social Management Plan

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

Urban Design & Landscape Plan (UDLP)

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

M4-M5 LINK

Dobroyd Parade and Alt Street Haberfield – geotechnical investigations

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

GENERAL

WestConnex Residual Lands

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

Western Harbour Tunnel & Beaches Link

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

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

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

WestConnex information & enquiries

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 28 April 2017

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M4 EAST 

Orpington Street Ashfield – road closure

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

Haberfield – groundwater monitoring wells

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

Construction Traffic & Access Management Plan (TAMP)

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

Construction Heritage Management Plan (HMP)

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

Flood Mitigation Strategy

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

Traffic & Transport Liaison Group (TTLG)

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

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

NEW M5

Heritage Salvage – salvage catalogue now online

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

Campbell Street – road closure

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

Sydney Park – shared path closure

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

M4-M5 LINK

City West Link & The Crescent – site investigations

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

Rozelle – geophysical investigations

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

WestConnex information & enquiries

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 21 April 2017

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M4 EAST

Martin Street road works & traffic changes

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

Ancillary facility at former RMS Motor Registry, Five Dock

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

NEW M5

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

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

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

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

M4-M5 LINK

Exhibition of design plans

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

GENERAL

Traffic modelling study

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

Civilising WestConnex exhibition

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

WestConnex information & enquiries

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 13 April 2017

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M4 EAST

Alt Street & Dobroyd Parade - geotechnical investigations

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

NEW M5  

St Peters/Newtown – Geotechnical Investigations

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

M4-M5 LINK

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

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

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

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

WestConnex information & enquiries

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 7 April 2017

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M4 EAST

Ramsay Street closure, Haberfield

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

Traffic & Transport Liaison Group (TTLG)

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

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

Haberfield businesses

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

NEW M5

Draft Urban Design & Landscape Plan (UDLP)

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

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

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

Council staff UDLP workshop

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

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

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

M4-M5 LINK

Mid-tunnel construction dive-sites

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

GENERAL

Council submission on the draft District Plan

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

Legal advice on validity of Stage 1 & 2 consents

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

WestConnex information & enquiries

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 31 March 2017

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M4 EAST 

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

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

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

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

Damage to roads in Alt Street, Haberfield

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

NEW M5

 

St Peters interchange recreation area

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

M4-M5 LINK   

Construction dive-site options

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

Survey work at Rozelle

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

GENERAL

 

Complaints procedures for out-of-hours works

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

WestConnex information & enquiries

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 24 March 2017

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M4 EAST

 

Air Quality Consultative Committee

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

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

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

NEW M5

Road closure Campbell Street – St Peters

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

Camdenville Basin

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

Project update meeting

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

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

M4-M5 LINK

Exhibition of design plans

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

GENERAL    

WestConnex Community Grant Scheme

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

WestConnex information & enquiries

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 17 March 2017

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M4 EAST

Road work and traffic changes - Martin Street, Haberfield

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

M4 East maintenance works – Ashfield and Haberfield

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

Traffic around schools

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

Legacy project

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

NEW M5  

St Peters Interchange & local road upgrades

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

St Peters Interchange site

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

Activities along Campbell Street/Road, St Peters

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

Euston Road establishment works

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

Heritage Salvage Catalogue - Campbell Street, St Peters

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

M4-M5 LINK 

Construction dive-site options

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

GENERAL

WestConnex compliance

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

Western Harbour Tunnel & Beaches Link

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

WestConnex information & enquiries

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 10 March 2017

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M4 EAST

 

Urban Design & Landscape Plan

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

Proposed variable message sign, Haberfield

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

NEW M5

 

Pedestrian & Bicycle Network Review

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

Report on Condition D19 - Architectural Treatments, Local Roads

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

M4-M5 LINK

 

Utility investigations in Annandale/Camperdown

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

Construction dive-site options

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

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

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

General

 

WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF)

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

WestConnex Community Reference Group (WCRG)

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

WestConnex information & enquiries

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 3 March 2017

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M4 EAST

Construction work – Haberfield

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

Tunnelling progress update – Northcote Street construction site

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

Construction work – Dobroyd Parade, Haberfield

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

Urban Design & Landscape Plan

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

NEW M5 

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

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

M4-M5 LINK

Geotechnical investigations – City West Link

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

Construction dive-site options

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

GENERAL     

WestConnex Community Liaison Forum

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

WestConnex information & enquiries

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 24 February 2017

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Urban Design & Landscape Plan, Construction dive-site options, State Community Reference Group, Council traffic modelling study.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 17 February 2017

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Community information sessions, Tunnelling progress update, Parramatta Road Vent Facility, Stormwater pipe installation in Reg Coady Reserve, Sewer manhole in Reg Coady Reserve, Auditor-General’s report on

WestConnex Weekly Update - 10 February 2017

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Water main relocations, Campbell Street heritage salvage.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 3 February 2017

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Tunnelling update, Traffic & Transport Liaison Group, Letter from Administrator to new WestConnex Minister.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 27 January 2017

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Pedestrian footbridge across Parramatta Road at Ashfield, Reinstatement of roads, footpaths, driveways & tree planting at St Peters.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 20 January 2017

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Closure of Ramsay Street Haberfield, Reg Coady Reserve pedestrian path, M4 East Legacy Projects, Staging Report, Ancillary Facilities Management Plan, Commencement of tunnelling from Arncliffe, Legal opinion on impact of recent project changes.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 13 January 2017

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Modification of consent condition related to archaeological relics, Employee car park options at Haberfield, Geotechnical investigations in Tempe Reserve, Works around Campbell Street/Road St Peters, Rozelle Rail Yards cleanup, Exhibition of design plans, Construction dive-site options.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 6 January 2017

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M4 East Legacy Projects, Status of Brescia Furniture showroom site, Construction Parking & Access Strategy, Property clearing, Bourke Road Alexandria, Construction dive-site options, WestConnex Community Reference Panel.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 23 December 2016

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M4 East construction & compliance,M4 East Urban Design Review Panel, M4 East socio-economic consent conditions, New M5 Urban Design Review Panel, M4-M5 Link Construction dive-site options.

WestConnex Weekly Update -  16 December 2016

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M4 East construction & compliance, M4 East tree replacement program, New M5 Community Information Centre, M4-M5 Link Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for clean-up of Rozelle Rail Yard.

WestConnex Weekly Update -  9 December 2016

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M4 East construction & compliance issues, M4 East socio-economic consent conditions, M4-M5 Link - Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for clean-up of Rozelle Rail Yard, WestConnex Community Liaison Forum meeting.

WestConnex Weekly Update -  2 December 2016

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M4 East,New M5, M4-M5 Link, General (WestConnex Community Liaison Forum meeting, Council’s request to RMS for traffic modelling data, Administrator’s minute on WestConnex).

WestConnex Weekly Update -  25 November 2016

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M4 East Reg Coady Reservce, New M5 Occupation & Use of land on May Street St Peters, M4-M5 Link Clean up of Rozelle Rail Yards.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 18 November 2016

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M4 East, New M5, M4-M5 Link, WestConnex Community Reference Group, General.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 11 November 2016

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M4 East, New M5, M4-M5 Link, Establishment of Community Consultation Forum, General.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 4 November 2016

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M4 East, New M5, M4-M5 Link, General.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 28 October 2016

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M4 East, New M5, M4-M5 Link, General.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 21 October 2016

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M4 East, New M5, M4-M5 Link, General, WestConnex Consultative Group, Council’s WestConnex Unit. 

WestConnex Weekly Update - 14 October 2016

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M4 East, New M5, M4-M5 Link.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 7 October 2016

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New M5 - Heritage Salvage, IWC WestConnex Webpage, M4-M5 Link - Addendum to State Significant Infrastructure Application, M4 East, WestConnex Unit.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 30 September 2016

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New M5, WestConnex Community Liaison Forum, M4-M5 Link, Reg Coady Reserve, WestConnex Unit, Legal Advice.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 23 September 2016

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M4 East, Reg Coady Reserve Compensation, New M5, St Peters Interchange Recreation Area, M4-M5 Link, Legal Advice.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 16 September 2016

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M4 East, M4-M5 Link, New M5, Heritage Salvage Catalogue – M4 East, Letter to Minister Gay.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 9 September 2016

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M4 East, M4-M5 Link, New M5, Heritage Salvage Catalogue – M4 East, WestConnex Community Consultative Group.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 2 September 2016

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M4 East, New M5, Traffic Modelling – St Peters, Heritage Salvage – M4 East.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 26 August 2016

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Compliance Monitoring, WestConnex Unit, M4-M5 Link, Reg Coady Reserve Lease Acquisition, WestConnex Community Liaison Forum, WestConnex Consultative Group.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 19 August 2016

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Compliance Monitoring, New M5 - Temporary Road Closures, Reg Coady Reserve Compensation, M4-M5 Link, M4 East.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 12 August 2016

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Compliance Monitoring, Legal Advice, M5 Stormwater Design Meeting, Reg Coady Reserve.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 5 August 2016

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Compliance Monitoring, Stage 1 - M4 East Project Meeting, Council LGA Wide Flyer, Community Organiser Position, Stage 3 – Active Transport Workshop, Stage 2 – Flood Modelling (St Peters Interchange).

WestConnex Weekly Update - 29 July 2016

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Legal Advice, Compliance Monitoring, WestConnex Response Unit, Community Liaison Forum, Council LGA Wide Flyer, Community Organiser Position.

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