WestConnex Weekly Update

WestConnex Weekly Update - 18 May 2018

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M4 EAST  

Signage preparation works – Parramatta Road, Ashfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised that works to prepare for installation of permanent traffic signage will continue from Sunday 20 May 2018. The signs will provide road users with directional information. This work is expected to take one month to complete and will be carried out at night from 9pm to 5am Sunday to Friday. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Meeting on legacy plans for open spaces – Haberfield

This week Council staff met with staff from SMC and SMC’s consultants on Wednesday 16 May 2018 to discuss: identification of the legacy project area; a review landscaping around the ventilation facility; the landscaped open space area adjacent to Walker Avenue; and Waratah Street pedestrian crossing improvements. SMC’s consultants will review current designs in line with Council staff’s comments made at the meeting.

Variable message signage gantry installation – Crane Avenue & Dobroyd Parade, Haberfield

SMC has advised that on Wednesday 23 May 2018 work will commence to install the permanent electronic variable message sign (VMS) gantry on Dobroyd Parade, Haberfield. Once installed, the sign will provide road users with up-to-date information on traffic conditions and planned/unplanned incidents and events. Works are scheduled to take one month to complete, finishing on Wednesday 23 June 2018. Standard construction hours apply, with night works (when necessary) undertaken between 9pm to 5am Sunday to Friday. For more information refer to Local Updates.

NEW M5  

Ongoing works & traffic changes – Unwins Bridge Road & Campbell Street intersection

SMC has advised that day, night and weekend work will be undertaken over a two-week period to install new power and communications conduits and water pipes at the above location. This work will involve night and day-time traffic changes. Work will commence on Monday 21 May 2018 and finish on Sunday 3 June 2018. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Night work & lane closures – Canal Road & Burrows Road, St Peters

SMC has advised service maintenance work is required to repair Telstra conduits between Canal Road and Burrows Road. This will be undertaken at night to minimise impacts on peak hour traffic. Lane closures will be required to facilitate the work. Works will be undertaken from Monday 21 May 2018 to Tuesday 22 May 2018 from 8pm to 5am. For details on traffic changes and how this affects residents, refer to Local Updates.

Meeting on handover of roads & landscaped areas – St Peters

This week Council staff met with staff from Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) and SMC to commence discussions about the handover of road reserves and landscaped areas to Council at the completion of the New M5 contractors’ works, and to establish a working group to manage the process through to the final handover. The main issues discussed included: local road pavements and landscaped areas along Campbell Street west of the Princes Highway (a Regional road); landscaped areas between property boundaries and on Campbell Road east of Princes Highway and Euston Road north of Campbell Road (both State roads); review of the scope of landscaping works as described in the Urban Design and Landscape Plan (UDLPs); a review of fencing options along the south side of Campbell Street; and proposals for the public use of the former auto electrician building at the corner of Princes Highway and Canal Road.

M4-M5 LINK   

Public meetings at Balmain and Annandale on WestConnex & other major infrastructure projects

As previously reported, Council and the Rozelle Public School Parents and Citizens (P&C) are organising a public meeting to address issues related to these projects. The meeting will be held on Saturday 26 May 2018 at the Balmain Town Hall, 370 Darling Street Balmain from 2pm. A media release for this meeting is available on Council’s website here. Council is also working with the Annandale community to organise a public meeting on the impacts of WestConnex and other major infrastructure projects on the Annandale area. This meeting will be held on Wednesday 30 May 2018 from 7pm to 8:30pm at the Annandale Community Centre, 79 Johnston Street Annandale. This meeting is being notified on Council’s website here. For both meetings, local residents will receive letterbox notifications.

GENERAL   

WestConnex Local Area Improvement Strategy

As was reported last week, Council has recently resolved to adopt the above strategy and forward it to RMS with a request for funding of strategy works. In doing so, Council will argue that NSW Government funding is justified as the need for these works has been directly created by WestConnex. The report to Council and associated resolution are available on Council’s website here, the consultant’s strategy report is available here and Council’s media release is available here.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 11 May 2018

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M4 EAST  

Signage preparation works – Dalhousie Street & Parramatta Road, Haberfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised that service relocation and investigation work will commence to help finalise approved signage on Dalhousie Street Haberfield including the electronic variable message sign (VMS). Works will be undertaken from Tuesday 15 May through to Tuesday 29 May 2018 from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 9pm to 5am Sunday to Friday. A second round of community consultation for the proposed signage closed on Thursday 12 April 2018 and comments have now been provided to relevant Stage agencies for consideration in the approval of the final design. SMC has also advised that works will start on Wednesday 16 May 2018 to prepare for the installation of an electronic variable message sign (VMS) on Parramatta Road Haberfield. The sign will provide road users with up-to date information on traffic conditions and planned and unplanned incident and events. Expected works completion date is Saturday 16 June 2018. Standard construction hours apply, with night work from 9pm to 5am Sunday to Monday. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Drainage work, Iron Cove Creek Haberfield

SMC has confirmed work will commence on Monday 14 May 2018 to continue the installation of a new stormwater drainage connection into the Iron Creek in Haberfield. This will take up to two months and is expected to be completed on Tuesday 12 June 2018. Works will be undertaken from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 9pm to 5am Sunday to Friday. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Driveway reinstatement – Chandos Street, Ashfield

SMC has advised that from Wednesday 16 May 2018 work will commence to re-instate the drive-way at 77-79 Chandos Street, Ashfield. Pedestrian and vehicular access will be maintained at all times. Works will be completed on Tuesday 22 May 2018. Standard construction hours apply, i.e. 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays, with no work will carried out on Sundays or Public Holidays. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Operational air quality monitoring

SMC has advised that all Sydney road tunnels have management plans that involve 24/7 hour-a-day monitoring of tunnel air quality to ensure they are complying with independent pre-determined standards for in-tunnel air quality. Air quality monitoring actions required according to M4 East conditions of approval include:

  • local (ambient) air quality will monitored for at least 12 months before the tunnel opens to traffic and for at least two years after opening;
  • air quality inside road tunnels will monitored to ensure standards are met;
  • monitoring results publicly available and independently audited;
  • monthly summary reports available for the M4 East project corridor online;
  • and live air quality data from all M4 East monitoring stations available online.

In 2017 SMC established the Air Quality Community Consultative Committee (AQCCC) for the M4 East (Stage 1) project, as required by conditions of approval. The AQCCC is made up of community members and representatives from the project, tunnel operator, and councils. For further information on the M4 East AQCCC including terms of reference and minutes of meetings and monthly ambient air quality and weather monitoring reports, refer to SMC's website.

NEW M5  

Monthly interface meeting

On 4 May 2018 Council staff and the Department of Planning & Environment’s (DP&E’s) WestConnex compliance officer met with the New M5 Project team at a monthly interface meeting. A number of items were discussed, including: reinstatement of areas around the WestConnex construction site in Tempe Reserve; construction activities along Campbell Street and adjoining streets; designs for Camdenville Basin; dilapidation reporting processes; and at-property noise treatments.

M4-M5 LINK  

Public meeting at Balmain on WestConnex & other major infrastructure projects

Council and the Rozelle Public School Parents and Citizens (P&C) are organising a public meeting to address issues related to these projects. The meeting will be held on Saturday 26 May 2018 at the Balmain Town Hall, 370 Darling Street Balmain from 2pm. As previously reported, the NSW Government has approved WestConnex Stage 3 and is in an early planning stage for the Western Harbour Tunnel (WHT), which would connect to WestConnex at the Rozelle Interchange and pass beneath Balmain and Birchgrove. The NSW Government has proposed compulsorily acquiring the former Balmain Leagues Club site as a dive-site (spoil extraction site) for the WHT. This site is in close proximity to the Rozelle Primary School. Truck marshalling for WestConnex Stage 3 and other construction uses are also planned for White Bay.

Public meeting at Annandale on WestConnex & other major infrastructure projects

Council has been working with the Annandale community to organise a public meeting on the impacts of WestConnex and other major infrastructure projects in the Annandale area. The meeting will be held on Wednesday 30 May 2018 from 7pm to 8:30pm at the Annandale Community Centre, 79 Johnston Street Annandale. Council officers will provide information on WestConnex construction and operational impacts in the Annandale area, including likely traffic impacts on streets that serve as trucking routes to/from White Bay, including Johnston Street. Information will also be given on the WHT and non-WestConnex construction-related development proposals in the White Bay area.

GENERAL   

WestConnex Local Area Improvement Strategy

At its 8 May 2018 meeting, Council resolved to adopt the above strategy and forward it to RMS with a request for funding of strategy works. In doing so, Council will argue that NSW Government funding is justified as the need for these works has been directly created by WestConnex. The report to Council and associated resolution are available on Council’s website. Council has always been concerned about WestConnex creating additional traffic (rat-runs) on residential streets. Although WestConnex Stage 1 & 2 approvals require the proponent to address rat-running after the project opens, Council believes this should occur before the project opens. In late 2016 Council resolved to commission traffic modelling to identify streets that may be at risk from adverse traffic condition changes (i.e. increased traffic and speed) and to develop an indicative works program to protect these streets. In 2017 Council commissioned consultants to undertake traffic modelling and prepare a WestConnex Local Area Improvement Strategy (LAIS). The LAIS report is available on Council’s website. To assist the development of the LAIS, Council and its consultants undertook community consultation in late 2017 to identify the community's local traffic issues and concerns. The LAIS was then developed to guide the design and ultimately implementation of a set of precinct improvement schemes to protect streets from increased traffic. Schemes were developed for five precincts: Ashfield, Haberfield, Leichhardt West, Johnston Street and St Peters. They include three categories of treatments: integrated traffic calming (slow points, thresholds, raised platforms etc.); intersection modifications (roundabouts, T-treatments etc.); and traffic diversions (diagonal, partial and full road closures). The total cost of scheme treatments is estimated to be around $29M, which Council considers to be a modest sum compared to the cost of WestConnex itself. Scheme treatments are indicative and will require funding, further investigation, final approvals, local community engagement and detailed design prior to implementation.

Regional air quality reporting

Above operational air quality monitoring for the M4 East project has been discussed. It should also be noted that regional quality monitoring is undertaken by the NSW Government’s Office of Environment & Heritage. Monitoring sites relevant to WestConnex are at Rozelle (currently undergoing an upgrade) and Earlwood. Monitoring data from these sites is available on the Office of Environment & Heritage website.

NSW health air quality fact sheets

NSW Health has a variety of fact sheets available on air quality and pollution on their website. Information on the potential health impacts from airborne particulate matter includes impacts from mining dust, which may have relevance to WestConnex construction dust. The website states that if members of the community have concerns about the health impacts of dust after reviewing the fact sheets, they can contact the Sydney Local Health District Public Health Unit on 1 300 066 055.

Geotechnical investigations - Thomas Street, Birchgrove

In 2017 and 2018 Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) has been undertaking a range of investigative works in the Rozelle, Birchgrove and Balmain areas for the proposed WHT. RMS has recently advised that groundwater monitoring investigations will commence on Thomas Street Birchgrove on Monday 14 May 2018 and are expected to finish by Friday 14 December 2018. Footpath and road access will be maintained and traffic management measures will be in place. Wherever possible these works will be undertaken during standard working hours, i.e. 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm Saturday, with no work will carried out on Sundays or Public Holidays. Any work undertaken outside standard working hours will be in accordance with the Office of Environment and Heritage’s Interim Construction Noise Guidelines and RMS’s Construction Noise and Vibration Guideline. For more information, refer to RMS’s website.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 04 May 2018

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M4 EAST  

Road opening – Martin Street,  Haberfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised that the intersection of Martin Street and Wattle Street (eastbound) has reopened to motor vehicles and pedestrian and cyclist traffic from 5am on Tuesday 1 May 2018. Martin Street will become have a permanent left-in only arrangement the intersection of Wattle Street (eastbound). Access out onto Wattle Street will be via Ramsay Street. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Construction & utility work – Parramatta Road construction site

SMC has advised that from Monday 9 May 2018 work will continue around the Parramatta Road construction site following the westbound traffic switch. These works will take one month to complete. Standard construction hours will apply, and there will be some night-works from 9pm to 5am Sunday to Monday. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Monthly interface meeting

This week Council staff met with M4 East and SMC staff for the April 2018 monthly interface meeting. The following matters were discussed: upcoming road work requiring temporary closures in Waratah and Ramsay Street; Dobroyd Parade noise wall construction, design and associated landscaping; and Road closures in Ormond and O’Connor Streets Haberfield.

NEW M5   

Road closures & weekend work – Campbell Road, St Peters

SMC has advised there will be a one-day full road closure on Campbell Road between Euston Road and Burrows Road to facilitate trenching and installation of underground communication services. This work will involve excavation of a trench across Campbell Road to install the underground cables. Work is scheduled to take place on Saturday 5 May 2018 from 8am to 6pm. Traffic changes will be in place, with controllers present to direct local traffic. Campbell Road residents are being asked to exit from Campbell Street or Barwon Park Road onto the Princes Highway. For futher information refer to Local Updates.

Night, weekend work & traffic changes – Unwins Bridge Road & Bedwin Road, St Peters

SMC has advised that work is ongoing to install and upgrade utilities at the intersection of Bedwin Road, Campbell Street, May Street and Unwins Bridge Road. Some of the work will be conducted at night and over the weekend when traffic volumes are lower. Work will be undertaken on Unwins Bridge Road on Friday 4 May 2018, Saturday 5 May 2018 and Sunday 6 May 2018 between 7am and 6pm. Bedwin Road works start on Monday 7 May 2018 and will continue on Tuesday 8 May 2018 and Wednesday 9 May 2018 between 7pm and 6am. Traffic changes will be in place. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Ongoing traffic changes on Florence Street – St Peters

SMC has confirmed that day-works will continue on Florence Street St Peters to facilitate delivery of new drainage culverts and associated materials into the site compound on the southern side of Campbell Street (west). These works commenced on Monday 12 March 2018 and will continue until August 2018 between 7am and 6pm. Traffic control will be in place around the work areas and on surrounding streets to manage road users through the changes. More details are available on Local Updates.

Road closures & weekend work – intersection of Crown Street & Campbell Street, St Peters

A notice has been placed on the WestConnex website advising road closures are required on Campbell Street (East) between Princes Highway and Barwon Park Road and at the intersection of Crown Street and Campbell Street, St Peters at various time from 7am Thursday 10 May 2018 to 5am Monday 4 June 2018. Day work will be carried out from Thursday 10 May 2018 to Friday 18 May 2018 (inclusive) to install new gas, communications, power pipes and conduits at the intersection of Crown Street and Campbell Street, St Peters. Construction will take place during day-time work hours however the road closure at the intersection of Crown Street and Campbell Street including associated traffic changes will remain in place day and night for the duration of the work. For more details on the road closures, refer to Local Updates.

EPA commences prosecutions related to WestConnex-St Peters odours

The NSW Environment Projection Authority (EPA) has commenced prosecution proceedings in the Land and Environment Court against CPB Contractors Pty Ltd for allegedly causing offensive odours from the WestConnex St Peters M5 Interchange site on four occasions in 2017. This is in contravention of section 129 of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act, which could attract a penalty of up to $1 million dollars for a corporation. For more details, refer to the EPA’s press release.

M4-M5 LINK  

Stage 3 (M4-M5 Link) approval

On Friday 27 April 2018 the Minister for Planning announced approval of WestConnex Stage 3. The Minister’s media release is available on the Department of Planning & Environment’s (DP&E’s) news webpage. The Instrument of Approval, Environmental Assessment (EA) Report and associated documents are available on DP&E’s major projects website. Following is a summary of Council staff’s initial assessment of the approval. A more detailed assessment is available on Council’s WestConnex Stage 3 web page.
As has been previously reported, Council had raised a multitude of issues in its Stage 3 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) submission, many based on Council’s and the community’s experiences with Stages1 and 2. Whilst all of these issues were assessed in the Stage 3 Submissions & Preferred Infrastructure Report (SPIR), Council expressed disappointment that the assessment had not resulted in major changes to the project. The approval has not altered this situation – the project as approved in essentially the same form as described in the EIS. It is acknowledged that the approval includes some tangible improvements for Stage 3 compared to Stages 1 and 2, such as: establishing the White Bay truck marshalling area; GIS tracking of project trucks; a preference for construction site Option A at Haberfield-Ashfield; appointment of a Public Liaison Officer, Community Complaints Mediator, Utility Coordination Manager and Acoustic Advisor; and preparation and implementation of a Road Network Performance Plan prior to operation. The EA report also describes a number of other processes considered by DP&E to be improvements, such as implementation of best-practice dust management, consultation when developing construction management plans and the Premier’s recently announced reforms for regulation of emissions from tunnel ventilation facilities. Despite these improvements , it remains that Council strongly opposes WestConnex and has many outstanding issues with Stage 3, including: project business case and funding process issues still not addressed; health issues not adequately addressed; relegation of many important construction, mitigation and management measures to a range of construction management plans; no filtration of ventilation stacks or in-tunnel filtration; acknowledgment in the EA report of elevated air pollution levels on some surface roads; no night curfew on construction; concern about use of Johnston Street by project trucks; concern about possible use of Darley Road, Tebbutt Street and surrounding roads by trucks travelling from White Bay to the Parramatta Road construction site at Ashfield; traffic safety and parking issues associated with the Darley Road dive-site; cumulative traffic impacts on James Craig Road and surrounding roads; no overarching ban on project trucks on local roads; no reduced speed limit on project trucks; removal of Buruwan Park for widening of The Crescent; no consideration of rights-of-way for future light rail to White Bay & Balmain; and the proposed Rozelle Rail Yards (RRY) site recreation area compromised by motorway facilities, tunnel portals and a temporary construction area for the Western Harbour Tunnel (WHT).

Legal challenge by Desane to compulsory acquisition of Rozelle property

On 1 May 2018 it was reported that the NSW Supreme Court had upheld Desane's legal challenge of the proposed compulsory acquisition by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) of its Rozelle commercial property. Private timber merchant Swadlings and crane hire firm Gillespies, which have properties neighbouring Desane's in Rozelle, are also seeking to negotiate higher compensation payments than what the RMS has offered to acquire their land for WestConnex. These properties are located within a commercial/industrial area on the northern side of the Rozelle Rail Yards site.

GENERAL  

Truck awareness campaign

Transport for NSW will conduct a media campaign during May and June 2018 with the main message being: Increased construction in Sydney means more trucks on our roads, so be Truck Aware. The primary target audiences are pedestrians and drivers. The main objectives of the campaign are: to generate awareness of increased truck movements; to interrupt habits and promote desired behaviours for vulnerable road users; to facilitate a heightened sense of safety and responsibility within concentrated precincts; and to highlight to localised communities that road conditions have changed. The key messages include: look out before you step out; take extra care; avoid lane filtering near trucks; and trucks have four main blind spots. More information is available on the Transport for NSW 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 on Council's website.   

WestConnex Weekly Update - 20 April 2018

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M4 EAST 

Temporary road closure – Ormond Street, Ashfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised that from 9pm on Sunday 22 April 2018, Ormond Street will be temporary closed at the intersection of Parramatta Road for 14 weeks, reopening on Wednesday 1 August 2018. The closure is to complete the installation of utility services required for the new Parramatta Road Interchange. During this closure, motorists will not be able to turn onto Parramatta Road from Ormond Street or into Ormond Street from Parramatta Road. Ormond Street can be accessed via Parramatta Road, Orpington Street and Pembroke Street. Standard construction hours apply in addition to night work from Sunday to Friday 9pm to 5am. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Tunnelling update – Haberfield & Ashfield

SMC has advised that major tunnel excavation for the M4 East has been completed. Associated tunnelling works are now underway in both directions from the Northcote Street construction site. These works will occur 24/7 in accordance with the project’s Environmental Protection Licence. These underground activities are not expected to create significant surface impacts. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Ambient Air Quality & Weather Monitoring Validated Report

SMC has released this report for the period 1 March 2018 to 31 March 2018. The report is produced by Ecotech Pty Ltd, who has been commissioned by the M4 East Joint Venture (JV) for air quality monitoring, data collection and reporting at six external ambient air quality monitoring stations: Allen Street (Homebush), Powells Creek (Concord), St Lukes Park (Concord), Concord Oval, Ramsay Street (Haberfield) and Haberfield Primary School. The data presented in this report describes air quality measurements and compares monitoring results. It has been quality assured and complies with relevant accreditation requirements where applicable. To view the report, refer to Local Updates.

Proposed modification – Dobroyd Parade & Rogers Avenue, Haberfield

Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) has recently applied to the Department of Planning & Environment (DP&E) to modify M4 East Conditions of Approval (CoA) to allow for two changes. The first is construction of a permanent cul-de-sac at Dobroyd Parade and associated footpaths. The second is construction of a permanent kerb extension along Parramatta Road at Rogers Avenue, and closure of a service station entry and exit onto Parramatta Road adjacent to Rogers Avenue. The modification request (M4 East Modification No.4) can be viewed on the DP&E website. Council has commented in writing, confirming it has no objection to both changes. Council is of the view that the changes make these intersections safer and notes the changes would appear to have community support. The cul-de-sac treatment at Dobroyd Parade is consistent with former Ashfield Council’s Traffic Management Strategy, although Council does not support full closure of Waratah Street for construction of the cul-de-sac at Dobroyd Parade. For the change proposed for the Rogers Avenue / Parramatta Road intersection, Council raised an issue about the potential for fuel tankers to use Roger Avenue, which is classified by Council as a ‘light-traffic thoroughfare’. Council also raised an issue about the potential for light vehicles to use the petrol station as a through-route.

M4 East Legacy Project

At its 10 April 2018 meeting, Council considered a report on SMC’s offer to Council of $2.5M for facilities that would benefit the Haberfield-Ashfield community. This funding is part of the M4 East Legacy Project. Council staff had recommended the funding be used to upgrade to the Haberfield Community Centre. Council resolved to accept the funding, but to investigate other options for consideration at a later Council meeting. These options are now being investigated. The report and resolution is available on Council’s website.

NEW M5   

Road closures & weekend work – Church Street, St Peters

SMC has advised that Church Street, at the intersection of Campbell Street Street, will be closed for two weeks to allow utility installation works. The closure will be in place from 10am Monday 23 April 2018 to 6pm Friday 4 May 2018. Construction hours will be 7am to 6pm daily. A further Church Street closure will be required in May/June 2018 for approximately four weeks to allow pavement constuction in the newly-widened section of Campbell Street between Princes Highway and St Peters Street. A further notication will be issued once the dates are finalised for these works. For futher information refer to Local Updates.

Proposed modification - access behind the properties along the Princes Highway

RMS recently applied to the DP&E to modify New M5 CoA B67 to allow public access to an strip of open space within the St Peters Interchange (SPI) site behind properties along the Princes Highway. CoA B67 explicitly prevents public access, but the opportunity to provide a public walk/cycle pathway in this area was identified as construction of the New M5 progressed in 2016/17. Council had initially supported the pathway proposal in February 2017 on the proviso that RMS undertakes a safety-by-design assessment and considers separation of the walk/cycle path. The assessment has been undertaken and a separated path is proposed. The modification request (New M5 Modification No.5) can be viewed on the DP&E website. Council has recently re-confirmed its support for the path, stating that whilst Council continues to oppose WestConnex, it also strives to minimise impacts and seize opportunities for local benefits from the project. It follows that Council continues to support the proposed walk/cycle path and open space at the rear of the Princes Highway properties. Council is aware of the particular challenges involved with designing the path and open space at this site, but can see that RMS has striven to address security issues and achieve an appropriate design. There may be opportunities as planning progresses to further improve access and/or surveillance from other adjacent Princes Highway properties. There may also be opportunities to consider other activities (beyond walking/cycling) that could help activate the space and provide further surveillance, e.g. exercise equipment. Council stated that surveillance would also be improved by maximising use of the path, promoted by the fact that this path links to the wider walk/cycle network, provides both a recreational and commuter function and provides a transport link between densely-developed residential areas at St Peters, Sydenham, Marrickville (and beyond) to Sydney Park and a future St Peters Interchange Recreation Area. Council raised no objection to the proposed modification that would allow for public access and implementation of the walk/cycle path and opens space behind the Princes Highway properties.

WestConnex works in Tempe Reserve

This item was previously reported in the 29 March 2018 Weekly Update Report. It was explained in a report to the 12 December 2017 Council meeting that New M5 contractors had occupied part of the Tempe Reserve netball courts area and part of the adjacent vegetated area for a works compound. This compound is needed to support tunnelling beneath the Cooks River and Tempe Reserve. At its 12 December 2017 meeting, Council resolved not to support the proponent’s proposal to expand the works compound from an area occupying three of the netball courts to five courts. The proponent has since used its powers under the NSW Roads Act to expand the compound. In February 2018 the proponent requested a further expansion of the compound to occupy an area of around 460 sqm in the northern corner of the reserve car park for approximately ten weeks. A total of 15 parking spaces will be occupied for this work – nine spaces for the worksite and a further six paces to allow vehicles to turn. The exit at the northern end of the carpark will be closed and detour signage will be in place to guide motorists. This is detailed in the notice posted on Local Updates on 29 March 2018. Consistent with Council’s 12 December 2017 resolution, Council’s March 2018 response was that it did not support the further expansion of the works area. RMS is using its powers under the NSW Roads Act to occupy this additional area. Council staff have been recently informed by the proponent that some work activity outside the works compounds will be necessary to ‘make good’ parts of the reserve that have been affected by WestConnex works, e.g. restoration of the walk/cycle path adjacent to the Cooks River foreshore near the works compound. Staff have not opposed these works as they are necessary for restoring areas affected by the project so the park can be left in good condition for use by the community. They are also short-duration works that are not expected to significantly affect park users.

M4-M5 LINK  

Annandale public meeting

Previously it was reported that Council had resolved to hold a public meeting about the impacts of WestConnex and other major infrastructure projects in the Annandale, Rozelle, Lilyfield and Balmain areas. This meeting will be held on Wednesday 30 May 2018 at the Annandale Community Centre from 7pm to 8:30pm. Further notifications will be issued by various means as the meeting date approaches.

GENERAL  

Next WestConnex Weekly Update Report

Owing to Anzac Day and school holidays, there will be no update report next week, i.e. Friday 27 April 2018. The next update report will be posted on Friday 4 May 2018.

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 on Council's website.    

WestConnex Weekly Update - 13 April 2018

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M4 EAST  

Temporary road closure – Waratah Street, Haberfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised that from Friday 13 April 2018, Waratah Street will be closed to facilitate the construction of permanent pavement works for the new Wattle Street interchange. The closure will be in place for six weeks. Standard construction hours apply, with additional night works from 9pm to 5am Sunday to Saturday. During this closure, motorists will be unable to turn into Waratah Street from Dobroyd Parade or out of Waratah Street onto Dobroyd Parade. Detours will be in place. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Drainage works – Iron Cove Creek, Haberfield

SMC has confirmed from Thursday 12 April 2018, work will continue to complete the installation of a new stormwater drainage connection into the Iron Cove Creek, Haberfield. This is expected to take up to three months to complete, with residents being provided with updates monthly. Night work will be undertaken between 9pm and 5am Sunday to Monday in addition to standard construction hours. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Concrete pour – Parramatta Road Ventilation Facility

As work continues on the construction of the Parramatta Road Ventilation Facility (PRVF), SMC has posted a notice advising on Friday 20 April 2018 a concrete pour is required outside standard construction hours. If works are not completed on this date, a contingency date of Thursday 26 April 2018 maybe used. The two tower cranes will continue to only be used during standard construction hours. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Line marking – Ramsay Street & Martin Street, Haberfield

Following community feedback, RMS has given approval to the project to paint a “Do Not Queue Across the Intersection” sign on the road at the intersection of Martin Street and Ramsay Road, Haberfield. This work will take two shifts to complete commencing on Tuesday 17 May 2018 to Wednesday 18 May 2018. For more details, refer to Local Updates.

Draft Haberfield temporary resident parking scheme on exhibition

There has been extensive community feedback from residents abut project-related parking in streets near M4 East Haberfield-Ashfield construction sites. In response, Council conducted a parking occupancy study in the area in August 2017, which found generally high occupancy rates. Council is now considering introducing a new temporary resident parking scheme in areas covering Allum Street, Alt Street, Ash Lane, Bland Street, Cove Street, Denman Avenue, Northcote Street, Walker Avenue, Wolseley Street and Yasmar Avenue. The draft scheme is currently on exhibition on the Your Say Inner West website. The exhibition closes on Monday 14 May 2018. Visit the Your Say website for further details.

Overhead electrical work – Parramatta Road, Ashfield

SMC has advised that from Sunday 15 April 2018, work will commence to relocate existing overhead electrical cables to an underground location along Parramatta Road, Ashfield. Works will take one month to complete. These works are in preparation for the installation of a new Variable Message Sign (VMS), which is scheduled to occur in mid-2018. The VMS is intended to provide road users with up-to-date information on traffic conditions, incidents and events. For additional information, refer to Local Updates.

NEW M5  

Odour monitoring reports

SMC has posted on its website the St Peters Interchange Odour and Gas Monitoring Report for 3 January 2018 to 9 January 2018. The report shows the results of odour and gas monitoring at five sites around the St Peters Interchange site. For futher informaiton, refer to Local Updates.

Road closures on Campbell Street/Road for girder delivery & installation

SMC has advised that work will be carried out around Campbell Street (east) and Campbell Road at St Peters for the delivery, unloading and installation on concrete girders (large concrete beams) into the St Peters Interchange (SPI) site. Relocation of the crane throughout the girder installation will occur in four different areas within the SPI site. Work will commence on Monday 16 April 2018 and will be completed by Thursday 3 May 2018. Traffic changes will be in place, with day construction hours being 10am to 3pm and night works from 10pm to 6am. For more details, refer to Local Updates.

Day-time road closures & traffic changes – Campbell Street & surrounding streets

SMC has updated prior Notification No. 384 to advise that work will now commence on Monday 16 April 2018 and conclude on Friday 20 April 2018. The work involves delivery of large stormwater drainage culverts into the Campbell Street construction area (on the southern side of Campbell Street between Unwins Bridge Road and Florence Street) over five day-shifts. Campbell Street (between Unwins Bridge Road and Floresnce Street) will be closed in both directions to facilitate these deliveries. The five day-shifts will be from 7am to 6pm. Further details are available on Local Updates.

Night-work, road closures & traffic changes – Bedwin Road, Campbell Street & Princes Highway, St Peters

SMC has advised work is ongoing to install and upgrade utilities along Campbell Street and surrounding streets. Some of this work will be conducted at night when traffic volumes are lower. Work will undertaken on Monday 16 April 2018 from 7pm to 5am, Tuesday 17 April 2018 from 7pm to 5am; Thursday 19 April 2018 from 7pm to 5am and Friday 20 April 2018 from 7pm to 6am. Traffic changes will be in place. Details (including maps) are available on Local Updates.

Night-work for barrier relocation – Campbell Road, St Peters

Night-work will be carried out to relocate the exitiisting concrete barriers on Campbell Road between Barwon Park Road and Harber Street. Work will be undertaken on Sunday 15 April 2018 from 7pm to 6am and Monday 16 April from 7pm to 5am. For more information (inlcuding maps and details of traffic changes), refer to Local Updates.

M4-M5 Link  

Council’s comments on the Submissions & Preferred Infrastructure Report (SPIR)

The SPIR outlines Roads and Maritime Service's (RMS’s) response to the submissions received on the M4-M5 Link Environmental Impacts Statement (EIS) during the public exhibition period in 2017. It also outlines changes proposed to be made to the project since exhibition of the EIS. Key changes include establishing a truck marshalling and employee parking area at White Bay and use of Johnston Street (southbound) and Tebbutt Street (and surrounding streets) by project trucks. The SPIR also ruled out an alternative (potentially lower impact) spoil loading option for the Darley Road site. Council staff met with DP&E staff in March 2018 to discuss SPIR issues and sent written comments on the SPIR to the DP&E in April 2018 – available on Council’s website. Council’s comments raised concerns about the fact that the high number of submissons made did not result in a correspondingly high number of project changes. Council is also concerned about the impact of the abovementioned trucking routes and is disappointed that the lower impact loading uption at Darley Road was ruled out. Council also sought support (via any conditions of approval) for its WestConnex Local Area Improvement Strategy, i.e. works to protect residential streets from WestConnex-related operational traffic impacts. Attached to the comments are notes from the five meetings Council convened in November 2017 and February 2018 in relation to M4-M5 Link construciton and traffic issues.

WestConnex protest rally – King George Park, Rozelle

As previously reported, a coalition of WestConnex advocacy groups (led by Rozelle Against WestConnex (RAW)) has organised a Rage Against WestConnex public rally for Saturday 14 April 2018. The rally will commence at 1pm at King George Oval, Rozelle. There will be speeches, entertainment, a BBQ and information stalls. For more information go to the Rozelle Against WestConnex website.

GENERAL  

Annandale public meeting

As previously reported, a public meeting will be held in Annandale to inform the community about the impacts of WestConnex and other major infrastructure projects in the Annandale, Rozelle, Lilyfield and Balmain areas. Council’s engagement team are currently working to determine a suitable date and venue for the meeting.

WestConnex Community Reference Group - terms of reference

As previously reported, SMC has placed terms of reference for a new round of WestConnex Community Reference Group (WCRG) meetings on Local Updates. For more information (including nomination details) refer to WCRG terms of reference. Nominations should be emailed to WCRG@rms.nsw.gov.au by Thursday 17 April 2018.

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 on Council's website.    

WestConnex Weekly Update - 06 April 2018

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M4 EAST  

Construction & utility work – Parramatta Road construction site

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised that from Monday 9 April 2018 work will continue around the Parramatta Road construction site following the westbound switch. Works will take up to three months to complete, and this will include adjusting traffic barriers, asphalt, signage and line marking. Further notices will be issued as required. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Haberfield Primary School protest – Parramatta Road pedestrian bridge, Haberfield

Haberfield Primary School parents and other local residents have organised a rally to protest against WestConnex construction impacts. This includes impacts from Stage 3 construction and tunnelling sites which will be located less than 200m from the school. The rally will be on Tuesday 10 April 2018 at 7:45am-8am at the pedestrian bridge next to the Muirs site on the corner of Parramatta Road and Bland Street in Haberfield. For more information, email westconnex.hps@gmail.com.

Monthly interface meeting

On 29 March 2018 Council staff and the Department of Planning & Environment (DP&E) WestConnex Senior Compliance officer met with the M4 East Project team and SMC representatives at a regular monthly interface meeting. The following matters were discussed: revised design for Variable Message Signage (VMS) and static signs for Dalhousie & Waratah Streets; the westbound traffic switch on Parramatta Road; temporary closure of Ramsay Street over the Easter long weekend; and community consultation on the potential removal of hoarding/fencing along Walker Avenue.

NEW M5   

Construction Heritage Sub-Plan

SMC has made available a New M5 Construciton Heritage Sub-Plan (CHSP) on Local Updates. The objective of this plan is to ensure that impacts on Aboriginal and non-Aborginal hertiage are minimised and are within the scope permitted by the Conditions of Approval (CoA). Further information on this plan is available on the SMC website.

New grouting area – Tempe Reserve

It was reported previoulsy that the New M5 works area in Tempe Reserve would be further expanded to occupy an area of around 460 sqm in the northern corner of the reserve car park for approximately ten weeks. This expansion was not supported by Council, but is being undertaken according to the NSW Roads Act. This week SMC posted a notice explaning that the expansion has been necessary to allow for additional grouting, i.e. sealing the area tunnel from the water table prior to the arrival of the roadheaders. This work will occur from April to June 2018, with standard daytime work hours applying. The area will be restored to its original condition once the work is completed. A Site-Specific Ancillary Facilities Mangement Plan for Tempe Reserve has also been placed on the SMC website. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Night work & lane closures – Canal Road and Burrows Road, St Peters

SMC has advised that service maintenance work is required to repair Telstra conduits between Canal Road and Burrows Road. This will be undertaken at night from 8pm to 5am to minmise the impact of works on peak-hour traffic. Lane closures are required to facilite this work, which will occur on Thusday 12 April, Friday 13 April, Monday 16 April, Tuesday 17 April and Wednesday 18 April 2018. For more information on the work (including traffic changes) refer to Local Updates.

M4-M5 Link  

WestConnex protest rally – King George Park, Rozelle

As previously reported, a coalition of WestConnex advocacy groups and transport groups (led by Rozelle Against WestConnex (RAW)) has organised a Rage Against WestConnex public rally for Saturday 14 April 2018. The rally will commence at 1pm at King George Oval in Rozelle. There will be speeches, entertainment, a BBQ and information stalls. For more information go to the Rozelle Against WestConnex website.

GENERAL  

Annandale public meeting

A public meeting will be held in Annandale to inform the community about the impacts of a number of major infrastructure projects in the Annandale, Rozelle, Lilyfield and Balmain areas. Projects include WestConnex, the Western Harbour Tunnel, the proposed multi-user facility and concrete batching plant on Glebe Island and plan to use White Bay as a construction site for the Western Harbour Tunnel. At its 27 March 2018 meeting, Council resolved: “THAT Council holds a local public meeting in Annandale to inform the community about the current plans and proposals for major infrastructure projects, and their expected impacts on the health, safety and amenity of people living and working in the local area.” The date has yet to be determined, but it will be communicated as soon as it is known.

WestConnex Community Reference Group - terms of reference

SMC has placed terms of reference for a new round of WestConnex Community Reference Group (WCRG) meetings on Local Updates. WCRG meetings were previously convened by SMC, but from 2018 onwards they will be convened by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS). The purpose of the WCRG is to provide a forum for discussion and feedback between RMS’s WestConnex team and representatives of the community, stakeholder groups and local councils on matters relating to WestConnex. The RMS team will include representatives from SMC and its contractors. WCRG meetings will be based on project stages – a format that was suggested at WCRG meetings in 2017. For more information (including nomination details) refer to WCRG terms of reference. Nominations should be emailed to WCRG@rms.nsw.gov.au by Thursday 17 April 2018.

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 tocompliance@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 on Council's website.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 29 March 2018

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M4 EAST   

Changes to permanent signage design – Dalhousie Street & Waratah Street, Haberfield

Following community consultation undertaken in July 2017, Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has issued a notice confirming revised designs for this signage. For Dalhousie Street, the variable message sign (VMS) panel size has been made smaller and moved closer to Parramatta Road and the two static signs have been incorporated into one. For Waratah Street, the VMS panel has been made smaller and moved closer to Dobroyd Parade and the two static signs have been incorporated into one. The original VMS was 1.67m tall and 6.83m wide, whilst the revised version is 1.3-1.5m tall and 3.5-4.1m wide. The original static sign was 1.68m tall and 3.05m wide, whilst the revised version is 2.45m tall and 2.13m wide. The M4 East project team is seeking feedback from the community by Thursday 12 April 2018 by phoning 1 800 660 248 or by emailing info@m4east.com.au.

Temporary road closures – Ramsay Street, Haberfield

SMC has advised that further to a notice issued on 22 March 2018, approval has been received for the closure of Ramsay Street from Thursday 29 March to Tuesday 2 April 2018 - the Easter long weekend. This closure is to complete the installation of stormwater drainage for the future Wattle Street Interchange. There will be no through access from Ramsay Street across the intersection during this time. For more details refer to Local Updates.

Changed traffic conditions – civil site, Parramatta Road

A notice has been posted by SMC advising that from Thursday 5 April 2018 work to realign Parramatta Road westbound between Dalhousie Street and Bland Street will commence. This work, which will take one week to complete, is part of the traffic switch that will move the current westbound traffic onto the top of the newly-constructed cut-and-cover area. The newly-aligned Parramatta Road westbound is scheduled to open to traffic from 10am on Sunday 8 April 2018. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Ongoing construction work – Haberfield

SMC has advised that from Wednesday 4 April 2018, work will continue for one month along Wattle Street and Dobroyd Parade in Haberfield. This work includes the continued temporary closure of Ash Lane at the intersection of Wattle Street, which is expected to reopen in May 2018. Work hours will be 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 1pm Saturday and 9pm to 5am Sunday to Friday. For more information refer to Local Updates

NEW M5   

Night-time traffic changes – Campbell Street (west) and surrounding streets, St Peters

SMC has advised that work is ongoing to install and upgrade utilities along Campbell Street and surrounding streets. Night work will take place on Campbell Street near the intersection of St Peters Street, Church Street and the Princes Highway. This work will be conducted at night when traffic volumes are lower. Work will commence on Wednesday 4 April and finish on Thursday 5 April 2018 during the hours of 7pm to 5am. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Construction spoil management plan

SMC has released a Construction Spoil Management Plan for the New M5, required in accordance with Conditions of Approval (CoA) B56 and D51. The objectives of the plan are to: minimise spoil removal and associated impacts on the commuity and the environment; maximise the benefical reuse of spoil; manage spoil in an orderly and logical manner; and to meet the project’s sustainability objectives, targets and requirements. For more details, refer to Local Updates.

Heavy vehicle movement report – use of Barwon Park Road

SMC has recently posted this report as part of the project seeking approval from the Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E) for the use of Barwon Park Road to enable installation of Intelligent Transport Sydney (ITS) infrastructure. This is permitted as part of the project’s approval. ITS infrastructure includes communicaitons cabling and a VMS. In order to carry out these works, regulation of access to Barwon Park Road (using lights) will be needed for the duration of the work, and heavy vehicles will use this road. As Barwon Park Road is not identified in the project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for use by construction vehicles this arrangement requires DP&E approval according to CoA D46. To view the report, refer to Local Updates.

Construction activities within Tempe Reserve

It was explained in a report to the 12 December 2017 Council meeting that New M5 contractors had occupied part of the Tempe Reserve netball courts area and part of the adjacent vegetated area for a works compound. This compound is needed to support tunnelling beneath the Cooks River and Tempe Reserve. At its 12 December 2017 meeting, Council resolved not to support the proponent’s proposal to expand the works compound from an area occuping three of the netball courts to five courts. The proponent has since used its powers under the NSW Roads Act to expand the the compound. In February 2018 the proponent requested a further expansion of the compound to occupy an area of around 460 sqm in the northern corner of the reserve car park for approximately ten weeks. A total of 15 parking spaces will be occupied for this work – nine spaces for the workside and a further six spaces to allow vehicles to turn. The exit at the northern end of the car park will be closed and detour signage will be in place to guide motorists. Consistent with Council’s 12 December 2017 resolution, Council’s March 2018 response was that it did not support the further expansion of the works area. RMS is using its powers under the NSW Roads Act to occupy this additional area. Council staff have been recently informed by the proponent that some work activity outside the works compounds will be necessary to ‘make good’ parts of the reserve that have been affected by WestConnex works, e.g. restoration of the walk/cycle path adjacent to the Cooks River foreshore near the works compound.

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 on Council's website.

WestConnex  Weekly Update - 23 March 2018

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M4 EAST 

Temporary hoarding removal – Parramatta Road, Ashfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has issued a notice about installation of new permanent fences along property boundaries adjacent to the existing Parramatta Road West construction site. Works to remove the temporary hoarding will commence on Monday 26 March 2018 and all fencing works will be completed on 13 April 2018. Works will be undertaken between 7am and 6pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. This signals completion of major construction activities in this area – remaining works include completion of support structures, landscaping and footpath construction. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Temporary road closures – Ramsay Street, Haberfield

In addition to the closure of Ramsay Street from Thursday 23 to Monday 26 March 2018 (previously notified), SMC has advised the same intersection will again be closed from Thursday 29 March to Tuesday 2 April 2018 (over the Easter long weekend). This second closure (pending approval) is needed to complete the installation of stormwater drainage for the future Wattle Street Interchange. There will be no through-access from Ramsay Street across the intersection during this time. Work hours (subject to approval) will be from 10pm Thursday 29 March to 5am Tuesday 2 April 2018. For more information refer to Local Updates.

NEW M5  

Night work & traffic changes - Unwins Bridge Road & Bedwin Road, St Peters

SMC has advised that night works will be undertaken on Unwins Bridge Road and Bedwin Road near the intersection of Campbell Street and May Street. This involves digging trenches in the road to install new power, Optus cables and water services. Traffic changes will be implemented at night when traffic volumes are lower. Work hours will be 7pm to 5pm on the following days: Monday 26 March, Wednesday 28 March, Wednesday 4 April, Friday 6 April, Monday 9 April, Wednesday 11 April and Friday 13 April 2018. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Day road closures & traffic changes – Campbell Street (east) & Campbell Road, St Peters

Day works will be carried out on Campbell Street (east) and Campbell Road between the Princes Highway and Euston Road. This is continuation of work to backfill a section of the excavation on Campbell Street (east), between Crown Street and Barwon Park Road. These works will be carried out in preparation for road pavement construction. To facilitate this work, traffic changes and road closures will be in place on Tuesday 27 March and Wednesday 28 March 2018 from 10am to 3pm. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Compaction & piling work – St Peters Interchange

A notice has been posted by SMC confirming work is continuing at the St Peters Interchange (SPI) site to remediate the former landfill and to construct the interchange. Part of this work involves compaction to improve the ground conditions, and driven piling to provide stability for the road pavement. Compaction work involves the use of a 7.5 tonne hammer dropped from a controlled height (up to 1 metre) approximately 40 times a minute. Piling involves driving large concrete or steel beams into the ground to approximately 40m below the surface. Piling is expected to last for six months. Compaction work will now be moving across to the construction area next to Campbell Street (east) on a trial basis for two weeks from Monday 19 March 2018. On each day there will be a one hour respite after three hours of work. If successful, the compaction work will continue for a period of two months. Work hours will be Monday to Friday 7am to 6pm and Saturday 8 am to 1pm. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Construction update - Autumn 2018

SMC has released a construction update for works within the SPI site and on surrounding local roads over the next three months. This work includes: installation of almost 2,500 piles (as described above); completion of tunnel portals, involving approximately 30 girders being delivered and positioned by crane; excavation of the mainline tunnels at a rate of 25-30 metres per week; completion of compaction of the mound at Canal Road, which will soon be capped and landscaped; installation and upgrading of utilities as part of local roads upgrades; and realignment of a section of Burrows Road to facilitate construction of the new Campbell Road Bridge across Alexandra Canal. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Proposed Modification 5 of Condition of Approval B67 – restrictions on open space

Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) has recently asked Council to comment on a RMS proposal to modify New M5 Condition of Approval (CoA) B67 to allow the corridor to the rear of 178-310 Princes Highway to be publicly accessible. This is to facilitate public access along the proposed pedestrian/bicycle path at the rear of the Princes Highway properties. In general terms, Council supports any appropriately designed addition to the local walk/cycle network, so will likely support this modification. The modification can be viewed on the Department of Planning & Environment (DP&E) website.

Traffic changes – Sydney Park roundabout

SMC has advised there will be changed traffic conditions in place at the Sydney Park Road roundabout over two weekends: from 9pm Friday 23 March to 6am Monday 26 March 2018; and 9pm Friday 6 April to 6am 9 April 2018. This roundabout is within the City of Sydney but near the Inner West Council border. Traffic will be directed though the roundabout one direction at a time and drivers should expect queuing and delays. Huntley Street will be closed westbound between Burrows Road and the roundabout, and Euston Road northbound will remain closed between Campbell Road and Sydney Park Road. A reduced 40 km/h speed limit will be in place around the roundabout and in approaching streets. Drivers should avoid Sydney Park Road and instead use Canal Road, Ricketty Street, Burrows Road, and Bourke Road. For more information refer to westconnex.com.au/traffic

M4-M5 LINK  

WestConnex protest rally – King George Park, Rozelle

A coalition of WestConnex advocacy groups and transport groups (led by Rozelle Against WestConnex (RAW)) has organised a Rage Against WestConnex public rally for Saturday 14 April 2018. The rally will commence at 1pm at King George Oval in Rozelle and will end at the former Balmain Leagues Club on Victoria Road. There will be speeches, entertainment, a BBQ and information stalls. For more information go to the Rozelle Against 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. 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 on Council's website.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 16 March 2018

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M4 EAST  

Temporary road closure – Ramsay Street, Haberfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised to facilitate the installation of storm water drainage for the future Wattle Street Interchange, Ramsay Street will be closed at the Wattle Street intersection from 10pm Friday 23 March 2018 to 5am Monday 26 March 2018. There will be no through access from Ramsay Street across the intersection during this time. Drivers travelling north on Ramsay Street will be detoured via Dalhousie Street, Parramatta Road and Great North Road. Drivers travelling south on Ramsay Street will be detoured via Wattle Street, Waratah Street and Alt Street. Drivers can still turn left from Ramsay Street into Wattle Street and left from Wattle Street onto Ramsay Street. Bus detours will be in place for routes 438, 439, L38 and L39. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Preparation for signage installation – Parramatta Road, Ashfield

A notice has been posted by SMC advising from Monday 19 March 2018 works to prepare for the future installation of permanent traffic signage will commence on Parramatta Road. The signs will provide road users with directional information. This work is expected to take one month to complete. For safety purposes, it will be carried out at night when traffic volumes are lower. For more details refer to Local Updates.

NEW M5 

Weekend work, road closures and traffic changes – Campbell Street (west), St Peters

SMC has advised ongoing work to install and upgrade utilities along Campbell Street and surrounding intersections is continuing. Weekend work will take place on Campbell Street, near the intersection of Brown Street and Hutchinson Street, from 7am Friday 16 March 2018 to 5am Monday 19 March 2018. If the work is completed on Sunday 18 March, the road will be reopened to traffic and traffic changes removed. Note there will be access for eastbound traffic only on Campbell Street (west) between Church Street and Princes Highway. As a result of this, there will be no access into Campbell Street (west) from Campbell Street (east). To view all traffic changes that will be in place and associated maps, refer to Local Updates.

Public Arts Strategy

SMC has engaged Cultural Capital to develop a Public Art Strategy for the New M5; this will involve consultation with Inner West and City of Sydney Councils around the opportunity for sites for public art spaces at the St Peters Interchange. Further details will be reported once they become available.

Monthly interface meeting

On 8 March 2018 Council staff and the Department of Planning & Environmental (DP&E) WestConnex Senior Compliance Officer met with the New M5 Project team and Roads and Maritime Services at a regular monthly interface meeting where the following matters were discussed:

  • Campbell Street construction update;
  • St Peters community street meeting and resident feedback;
  • Tempe Reserve works update;
  • Noise impacts of works in the St Peters Interchange; and
  • Urban Design and Landscape Plan update.

M4-M5 LINK  

Geotechnical investigations – Rozelle Interchange Site

RMS is carrying out geotechnical investigation work to gather information about the ground conditions within the M4-M5 Link project area. This will occur along the boundary of the Gordon Street Rozelle compound and is expected to start from Monday 19 March 2018 and be completed by Thursday 15 April 2018. Where possible work will take place between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday. Some investigations will need to take place outside business hours to minimise disruption to businesses operating with the Lilyfield Road industrial precinct and in this case work will occur between 8am and 6pm Saturday and Sundays. No work will take place on public holidays. Works are expected to take six weeks to complete. Further queries should be directed to the RMS Project team on 02 8588 5027 during office hours or email annie.bedrossi@rms.nsw.gov.au.

GENERAL 

Site management work – Rozelle Rail Yards

RMS has advised hoarding will be installed around a section of the site on the city bound side of Victoria Road, near the pedestrian overpass. This work has been scheduled to take place on Wednesday 21 March 2018 between the hours of 11pm to 5am. The hoarding is being installed to prepare for future infrastructure removal on site. Pedestrian and cyclist access will be maintained at all time by traffic controllers with access to the pedestrian and cyclist overpass not impacted. For more information, contact the Project Information Line on 1800 870 248 or email rozellerailyards@fultonhogan.com.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. 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 on Council's website.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 09 March 2018

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M4 EAST  

Changed traffic conditions – Parramatta Road Civil Site

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised that from Monday 12 March 2018 work to realign Parramatta Road westbound, between Dalhousie Street and Bland Street at Haberfield/Ashfield, will commence. This is part of the traffic switch that will move existing westbound traffic onto the top of the newly-constructed cut-and-cover area. Lane closures on Parramatta Road (westbound) will be required during the night-works, and the speed on Parramatta Road will be reduced from 60km to 40km per hour. Standard work hours of 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays apply, and there will also be night-work from 9pm to 5am. The newly-aligned Parramatta Road is scheduled to open to traffic from mid-late March 2018. For further information refer to Local Updates.

Drainage work – Iron Cove, Haberfield

SMC has confirmed from Monday 12 March 2018 work will commence to complete a stormwater drainage connection to the Iron Cover Creek in Haberfield. This work will take four months to complete, with standard work hours of 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm Saturday applying. Any night-works will be notified separately and will occur between 9pm to 5am Sunday to Monday. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Yasmar site inspection – 185 Parramatta Road Haberfield

This week Council convened a site visit to the Yasmar Training Facility which included an Inner West councillor, Council staff, compliance officers from the Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E), SMC staff and community representatives from the Haberfield Association, Friends of Yasmar and the WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF). The main aim of the site visit was to view the footpath in front of Yasmar and discuss what measures would be required to ensure tree roots under the Parramatta Road footpath were protected when utility works are undertaken. The SMC representative confirmed the project was investigating the possibility of not having to undertake any utility works in front of the property.

M4 East Air Quality Community Consultative Committee (AQCCC)

Council staff attended the third meeting of the M4 East AQCCC, held on 6 March 2018. This committee has been established according to M4 East Condition of Approval B9 to monitor the project’s impact on air quality. At the meeting, SMC’s air monitoring consultants gave a presentation on technical aspects the pre-operational monitoring now underway. Within the Inner West Council area there are two monitoring stations – one at Haberfield Primary School, the other near the intersection of Ramsay and Martin Streets at Haberfield. It is proposed that M4 East monitoring results be publicly available online in the same way that the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage publishes regional air quality monitoring results online. Background information on the M4 East AQCCC is available on the WestConnex website.

NEW M5 

Utility work – Princes Highway, Tempe

SMC has posted a notice advising that the western footpath and two northbound lanes of the Princes Highway will be closed at night near the Cooks River to facilitate utility works. The footpath and lanes will remain open during the day. Work is scheduled from Tuesday 13 March 2018 to Friday 16 March 2018 between 9pm and 5am. A detour route will be in place for pedestrians, and traffic control measures will be in place to guide pedestrians for the duration of works. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

Ongoing traffic changes – Florence Street, St Peters

SMC has advised that on-going day-work and traffic changes will be occurring on Florence Street, St Peters to facilitate deliveries of new drainage culverts and associated materials into the site compound on the southern side of Campbell Street (west). This will form part of the new stormwater system below the newly-widened Campbell Street road pavement. A 250-tonne crane will be required for the on-going day-time delivery and unloading of concrete culverts and other materials. Works will commence on Monday 12 March 2018 and will continue until August 2018, hours of operation will be Monday to Friday 7am to 6pm. Traffic changes will be in place. For detailed information (including maps) refer to Local Updates.

Quarterly Construction Compliance Report

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

GENERAL 

Rozelle Rail Yards – night work

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has advised that vegetation clearing is required along a section of Victoria Road and the City West Link, within the boundary of the Rozelle Rail Yards Site. This work was originally scheduled to take place in mid-December 2017. Due to the height of some of the vegetation being removed and its close proximity to main roads, a lane closure is required. The work will take two nights to complete on Monday 12 March 2018 and Tuesday 13 March 2018, between 11pm and 5am. Further information is available from the Project Information Line on 1800 870 248 or email rozellerailyards@fultonhogan.com.au.

Western Harbour Tunnel – possible acquisition of former Balmain Leagues Club site

RMS has recently announced that it may compulsorily acquire the above site (on Victoria Road at Rozelle) for use a mid-tunnel construction dive-site for the Western Harbour Tunnel. The Inner West Council Mayor’s response to this announcement 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 - 02 March 2018

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M4 EAST  

Preparation work for variable message (VMS) sign – Dobroyd Parade, Haberfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised that on Monday 5 March 2018 work will commence to prepare for the installation of a permanent VMS on Dobroyd Parade, Haberfield. This sign will provide road users with up-to-date information on traffic conditions. This is expected to take up to six shifts over three weeks to complete. Where possible, work is scheduled to take place between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday. Work requiring road or lane closures will occur between 9pm and 5am Sunday to Friday. For further information refer to Local Updates.

Sewer manhole investigations – Haberfield

SMC has issued a notice confirming that from Tuesday 6 March 2018 inspections of sewer manholes on Waratah Street, Dobroyd Parade and Alt Street will commence. This work will take up to two shifts to complete and will occur between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Vegetation clearing – corner of Waratah & Dobroyd Parade, Haberfield

A notice on Local Updates from SMC advises work to remove vegetation and trees on the corner of Waratah Street and Dobroyd Parade will start on Wednesday 7 March 2018. This work is required for the widening of Dobroyd Parade and future construction of the footpath. This work is expected to take one week to complete.

NEW M5  

Girder installation – Canal Road, St Peters

SMC has posted a notice about night work required for delivery and unloading of concrete girders within the New M5 construction site near the intersection of Canal Road and the Princes Highway. Work will commence on Monday 5 March 2018 and is expected to take up to three nights, weather permitting. Work hours are between 6pm and 6am Monday to Thursday. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Night work & traffic changes – Princes Highway, Campbell Street (east) & Campbell Road & Burrows Road (south)

SMC has advised that night work will be carried out on the Princes Highway, St Peters and Burrows Road, Alexandria. Asphalting work on the eastern verge of the Princes Highway will be undertaken to create a road surface connection between the Princes Highway and the new Campbell Street road surface. Works will take place on Tuesday 6 March 2018 from 7pm to 5am. Work to finalise and open the diversion of a section of roadway on Burrows Road (south) from the intersection of Campbell Road for around 200m south will occur on Wednesday 7 March 2018 from 7pm to 5am. This will include installing concrete barriers, milling and placing asphalt, line marking and installing signage. Traffic changes, including lane and road closures, will be in place for both nights. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Designs for proposed land bridge across Campbell Road, St Peters

Council staff recently attended a meeting to discuss detailed designs for the proposed land bridge across Campbell Road, St Peters. The bridge is part of the New M5 Urban Design & Landscape Plan (UDLP), and is within the City of Sydney council area close to the border with Inner West Council. The meeting included staff from Roads & Maritime Services (RMS), City of Sydney and Inner West Council, as well as RMS’s design consultants. At the meeting staff made a number of comments about the design of the path on the bridge, landscaping, seating and linkages to proposed paths within the St Peters Interchange Recreation Area and existing paths within Sydney Park. Further comments will be sought at another staff meeting before designs are finalised.

Weekend work, road closures & traffic changes - Campbell Street, Hutchinson Street, Brown Street and Crown Street, St Peters

SMC has advised work is ongoing to relocate and upgrade utilities along Campbell and surrounding streets in St Peters. Work will take place on Hutchinson and Campbell Streets to install new gas services, traffic changes and road closures will be necessary to facilitate this work. Works will commence Friday 9 March 2018 from 7am to 6pm, Saturday 10 March 2018 8am to 10pm and Sunday 11 March 2018 from 8am to 6pm. Traffic changes and roads closures will remain in place from 7am Friday 9 March 2018 to 6pm Sunday 11 March 2018. For more detailed information, refer to Local Updates.

Environmental licence monitoring data report

SMC has placed on Local Updates the report for January 2018.

M4–M5 LINK   

Submissions & Preferred Infrastructure Report

As was reported previously, Council staff are preparing a written response to the above report, which has been placed on the DP&E website for information. This week Council and DP&E staff met to discuss Council’s key outstanding issues from the M4-M5 Link Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Submissions & Preferred Infrastructure Report. The discussion included lessons from Stages 1 and 2 that can guide improved conditions of approval and compliance procedures for better mitigation of impacts. It also included opportunities for positive outcomes from the project, such as local street improvements guided by Council’s Local Area Improvement Strategy. Further discussion of these points will be included in Council’s written response.

GENERAL  

WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF)

The WCLF met on Thursday 1 March 2018, and the next meeting is scheduled for Friday 6 April 2018, venue to be confirmed. Minutes of WCLF meetings 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 - 23 February 2018

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M4 EAST 

Road Opening – Orpington Street Ashfield

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has advised Orpington Street, at the intersection of Parramatta Road, will be reopened to traffic, buses, pedestrians and cyclists from 7am Wednesday 28 February 2018. Work to carry out these changes is expected to take two night shifts to complete and will take place between 9pm and 5am Sunday 25 February to Tuesday 27 February 2018. For more information refer to Local Updates.

Monthly Interface meeting

Council staff this week met with M4 East and SMC staff for the February 2018 monthly interface meeting. The following matters were discussed:

  • Wattle Street/Ash Lane drainage works; Orpington Street reopening;
  • Drainage work designs adjacent to Yasmar Estate;
  • Variable Messaging Sign (VMS) designs for Waratah and Dalhousie Streets – yet to be finalised by Roads and Maritime Service (RMS); and
  • Consultation process for possible removal of the Walker Avenue hoarding/fencing.

Traffic & Transport Group meeting

The WestConnex Unit’s Engineer attended the M4 East Traffic and Transport Liaison Group (TTLG) meeting this week, the first for 2018. An update on progress of construction and forthcoming works was given, summarised as follows:

  • Ramsay Street will be closed between the 2 carriageways on four consecutive weekends commencing late March 2018. Traffic will be detoured to Waratah Street and Parramatta Road. Pedestrian access will be maintained;
  • Waratah Street will be closed at Wattle Street for utility works in April 2018. This will not coincide with the closure of Ramsay Street (details will be notified);
  • Orpington Street will be reopened on 28 February 2018 and bus services will be reinstated along that street;
  • and It has been announced that private operator Transit Systems has secured the Inner West Region 6 Bus Contract – a representative of Transit Systems will be attend TTLG meetings.

NEW M5 

Night work & road closures – Campbell Road & Euston Road, Alexandria

SMC has advised that night work will be carried out around the intersection of Campbell Road and Euston Road to install Optus and Telstra communications conduits and pits. Tree stump removal will also take place at this time. Work will occur on Monday 26 February, Tuesday 27 February, Wednesday 28 February and Friday 2 March 2018 between 7pm and 5am. Traffic changes will be in place. For more details refer to Local Updates.

M4–M5 LINK 

Public meeting on EIS construction & traffic impacts

On Wednesday 21 February 2018, Council held the fifth and final public meeting concerned with Stage 3 construction and traffic impacts. This meeting, held at the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, focused on St Peters impacts related to the proposed Campbell Road Civil and Tunnel Site. This site is at the northern end of the St Peters Interchange and is currently being used for construction of Stage 2. The presentation given by Council officers at the meeting is available on Council’s website.

GENERAL 

Night Work - Rozelle Rail Yards

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has advised that Ausgrid works to disconnect a power cable from a building within Rozelle Rail Yards site near the Victoria Road overhead footbridge have been rescheduled. Originally planned to take place in mid-December 2017, the works will now take place on Wednesday 21 February and Thursday 22 February 2018 between 11pm and 5am. This power cable runs beneath the Victoria Road footpath. To safely disconnect the power, Ausgrid requires a temporary lane closure, as well as pedestrian and bike path restrictions on the eastern side of Victoria Road. The footpath will be reinstated. Electricity supplies to neighbouring properties will not be affected by this work, unless notified directly by Ausgrid. For more information, contact the Project Information Line on 1800 870 248 or email rozellerailyards@fultonhogan.com.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. 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 - 16 February 2018

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M4 EAST  

Environmental Protection Licence monitoring data report – water discharge

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has placed on Local Updates this report for January 2018.

Electrical work – Parramatta Road, Haberfield

SMC has advised from Tuesday 20 February 2018 work will commence to relocate existing overhead electrical cables underground. This is in preparation for the installation of a new Variable Messaging Sign (VMS) which is scheduled to occur mid-2018. The future sign will provide users with up-to-date information on traffic conditions, planned/unplanned incidents and events. This work will take approximately nine shifts to complete and due to roads and lane closure requirements, work will occur at night between 9pm and 5am Sunday to Friday. For more information, refer to Local Updates.

NEW M5  

Night work, Saturday work and road closures – Campbell Street (east) & Campbell Road, St Peters

SMC has advised that night work will be carried out on Campbell Street (east) and Campbell Road St Peters for the delivery and unloading of concrete girders into the site compound opposite Barwon Park Road on the southern side of Campbell Street. Day and night-time road closures will be in place for this activity. Traffic and timing changes will be as follows:

  • Monday 19 February 2018 from 10am to 7am (day and night work);
  • Tuesday 20 February 2018 from 10pm to 7am (night work);
  • Wednesday 21 February 2018 from 10pm to 7am (night work); and
  • Friday 23 February 2018 from 10am to 3pm on Saturday 24 February 2018 (day work).

During these works, the following vehicular access arrangements will apply:

  • Crown Street residents will enter through Barwon Park Road and exit via Campbell Street and Princes Highway;
  • Barwon Park Road residents will enter and exit via Princes Highway; and
  • Campbell Road residents will enter via Euston Road and exit via Burrows Road.

Further details (including road diversion maps) are available on Local Updates.

M4–M5 LINK   

Public meeting on EIS construction & traffic impacts

On Wednesday 14 February 2018 Council held the fourth of five public meetings concerned with Stage 3 construction and traffic impacts. This meeting, held at the Petersham Town Hall, focused on Annandale-Camperdown impacts related to the mid-tunnel dive-site proposed to be located on a site at the intersection of Pyrmont Bridge Road and Parramatta Road at Annandale. The presentation given by Council officers at the meeting is available on Council’s website. The fifth and final meeting in this series is to be held on Wednesday 21 February 2018 at the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, 1 Bedford Street, Newtown from 6:30pm to 8pm. This meeting will focus on Stage 3 construction sites at St Peters.

GENERAL  

Fix NSW Transport public rally

As has been reported previously, a coalition of WestConnex advocacy groups and transport groups has organised a Fix NSW Transport rally for Saturday 17 February 2018. The rally will commence at 2pm the Archibald Fountain, Hyde Park North and will end 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 - 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 Project interface meeting, M4-M5 Link Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) exhibition.

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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Works compound within Tempe Reserve, Urban Design Review Panel, Concept Design assessment.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 23 June 2017

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Work for variable message sign - Parramatta Road, Haberfield, Draft Sydenham / St Peters Parking Strategy review, M4-M5 Link Concept Design exhibition, Disconnex: Reframing Resistance art exhibition.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 16 June 2017

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St Peters Primary School interface meeting, WestConnex Community Reference Group (WCRG).

WestConnex Weekly Update - 09 June 2017

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M4-M5 Link Concept Design, Rozelle Rail Yards site visit, Meeting with Minister for WestConnex, City of Sydney’s alternative proposal to WestConnex.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 02 June 2017

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Monthly interface meeting, Air quality assessment Development Control Plan (DCP), WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF).  

WestConnex Weekly Update - 26 May 2017

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Land acquisitions - Reg Coady Reserve, Concept design community consultation sessions, Funding for WestConnex advocacy, Movie – Tunnel Vision.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 19 May 2017

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M4 East tree replacement program, M4-M5 Link public exhibition of M4-M5 Link Concept Design.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 12 May 2017

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Download the Odour Diary (PDF 178.6KB)

Odour diary – St Peters Interchange area, M4-M5 Link public exhibition of M4-M5 Link Concept Design.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 05 May 2017

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Dobroyd Parade Haberfield – installation of a permanent variable message sign, Community & Social Management Plan, Urban Design & Landscape Plan (UDLP), WestConnex Residual Lands, Western Harbour Tunnel & Beaches Link, WestConnex Community Reference Group (WCRG) & WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF).

WestConnex Weekly Update - 28 April 2017

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New M5 Heritage Salvage.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 21 April 2017

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M4-M5 Link Exhibition of design plans, Traffic modelling study, Civilising WestConnex exhibition.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 13 April 2017

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M4-M5 Link Proposed modification of Secretary’s Environmental Impact Assessment Requirements (SEARs) for the Stage 3 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

WestConnex Weekly Update - 7 April 2017

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Ramsay Street closure, Haberfield, Traffic & Transport Liaison Group (TTLG), Haberfield businesses, New M5 Draft Urban Design & Landscape Plan (UDLP), Council staff UDLP workshop, M4-M5 Link mid-tunnel construction dive-sites, Council submission on the draft District Plan, Legal advice on validity of Stage 1 & 2 consents.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 31 March 2017

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Damage to roads in Alt Street, Haberfield, St Peters interchange recreation area, M4-M5 LINK Construction dive-site options, Complaints procedures for out-of-hours works.WestConnex Weekly Update - 24 March 2017.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 24 March 2017

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Air Quality Consultative Committee, Draft addendum to the Urban Design & Landscape Plan (UDLP), Camdenville Basin, New M5 Project update meeting, M4-M5 Link exhibition of design plans, WestConnex Community Grant Scheme.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 17 March 2017

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Legacy project, Heritage Salvage Catalogue - Campbell Street, St Peters, Construction dive-site options, WestConnex compliance, Western Harbour Tunnel & Beaches Link.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 10 March 2017

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Urban Design & Landscape Plan, Proposed variable message sign - Haberfield, Pedestrian & Bicycle Network Review, Report on Condition D19 - Architectural Treatments, Local Roads, WestConnex Community Reference Group (WCRG).

WestConnex Weekly Update - 3 March 2017

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Urban Design & Landscape Plan, Construction dive-site options.

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.

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, 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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WestConnex Weekly Update - 28 October 2016

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WestConnex Weekly Update - 21 October 2016

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General, WestConnex Consultative Group, Council’s WestConnex Unit. 

WestConnex Weekly Update - 14 October 2016

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WestConnex Weekly Update - 7 October 2016

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 23 September 2016

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Reg Coady Reserve Compensation, St Peters Interchange Recreation Area, Legal Advice.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 16 September 2016

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Heritage Salvage Catalogue – M4 East, Letter to Minister Gay.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 9 September 2016

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Heritage Salvage Catalogue – M4 East, WestConnex Community Consultative Group.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 2 September 2016

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 26 August 2016

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 19 August 2016

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Compliance Monitoring, Temporary Road Closures, Reg Coady Reserve Compensation.

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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