WestConnex Weekly Update

WestConnex Weekly Update - 22 September 2017

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M4 EAST  

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

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

Changes to the pedestrian footbridge – Parramatta Road, Ashfield

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

NEW M5 

Night work – Campbell Road, St Peters

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

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

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

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

For further information, refer to Local Updates.

St Peters interchange odour & gas monitoring report

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

Urban Design Review Panel (UDRP) meeting

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

M4-M5 LINK  

Exhibition of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

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

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

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

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

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

GENERAL  

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

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

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 15 September 2017

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M4 EAST  

Site layout changes – Haberfield

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

NEW M5 

Partial road closure – May Street, St Peters

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

Upcoming night works – Canal Road, St Peters

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

Environmental Protection Licence Monitoring Data Report

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

St Peters interchange odour & gas monitoring report

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

Night work – Bedwin Road, St Peters

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

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

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

Exhibition of Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

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

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

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

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

GENERAL  

Western Harbour Tunnel geotechnical investigations – Balmain

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

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 08 September 2017

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M4 EAST  

Consultation for traffic signage – Waratah Street, Haberfield

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

Traffic & transport group meeting

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

NEW M5  

Project interface meeting

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

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

St Peters interchange odour & gas monitoring report

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

M4-M5 LINK    

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) facts sheets

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

Council’s assessment of the EIS

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

GENERAL   

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

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

Movie screening - Citizen Jane – Battle for the City

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

WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF)

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

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 01 September 2017

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M4 EAST

Traffic changes – Walker Avenue, Haberfield

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

Construction work – Haberfield

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

Service investigation – Dalhousie Street, Haberfield

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

Parramatta Road Vent Facility (PRVF) – Haberfield

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

Project interface meeting

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

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

NEW M5 

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

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

St Peters interchange odour & gas monitoring reports

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

St Peters Interchange & local roads update

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

M4-M5 LINK 

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) exhibition

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

Geotechnical investigations - Simpson Park, St Peters

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

GENERAL

Western Harbour Tunnel geotechnical investigations – Darling Street, Balmain

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

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 25 August 2017

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M4 EAST   

Electrical cable relocation – Ramsay Street, Haberfield

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

NEW M5

St Peters Interchange odour & gas monitoring report

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

Environmental Protection Licence Monitoring Data report

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

Road closures – Florence Street, St Peters

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

M4-M5 LINK 

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) exhibition

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

Concept Design Community Feedback Report

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

Geotechnical investigations – Parramatta Road, Annandale

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

Geotechnical investigations - Simpson Park, St Peters

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

GENERAL

Western Harbour Tunnel geotechnical investigations – Darling Street, Balmain

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

WestConnex Community Reference Group (WCRG)

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

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 18 August 2017

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M4 EAST  

Legacy project - open space concept plans

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

Ongoing construction work – Parramatta Road Vent Facility, Haberfield

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

NEW M5

Tunnelling to commence – St Peters

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

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

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

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

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

M4-M5 LINK  

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on Exhibition

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

Site management works – Rozelle Rail Yards

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

Geotechnical investigations – Parramatta Road, Annandale

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

Geotechnical investigations – Simpson Park, St Peters

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

GENERAL   

Western Harbour Tunnel – geotechnical investigations – Darling Street, Balmain

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

Sydney Motorway Corporation Community Grant Scheme

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

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 11 August 2017

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M4 EAST  

Legacy project - open space concept plans

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

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

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

Wattle Street Traffic Switch 2A-1 – Haberfield

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

Electricity utility installation – Haberfield

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

NEW M5

Quarterly Construction Compliance Report

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

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

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

M4-M5 LINK 

Geotechnical investigations – Norton Street, Leichhardt

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

Council’s submission on Concept Design

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

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

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

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

GENERAL 

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

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

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 04 August 2017

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M4 EAST 

Consultation for permanent signage – Dalhousie Street, Haberfield

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

Tunnelling progress update – Northcote Street construction site

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

NEW M5

Road closure & utility works - Campbell Street, St Peters

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

Night works – Campbell Road, St Peters

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

Traffic impacts – Euston Road, Alexandria

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

Resident community session – construction update

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

Various project reports

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

St Peters Interchange odour & gas monitoring report

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

New M5 Air Quality Community Consultative Committee (AQCCC)

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

M4-M5 LINK

Geotechnical investigations – Leichhardt, St Peters & Annandale

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

Council’s submission of Concept Design

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

GENERAL 

Western Harbour Tunnel

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

WestConnex Community Reference Group (WRCG)

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

WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF)

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

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 28 July 2017

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M4 EAST

Consultation for permanent signage – Dalhousie Street, Haberfield

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

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

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

Out of hours work – Ashfield & Haberfield

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

Road work & traffic changes – Martin Street, Haberfield

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

Meetings of the M4 East traffic & transport and interface groups

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

NEW M5

Establishment of temporary site compound – Tempe Recreation Reserve

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

Piling for the Campbell Road Bridge – Alexandria & Mascot

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

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

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

St Peters Interchange odour & gas monitoring report

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

M4-M5 LINK

Geotechnical investigations – Empire Street & Rawson Street, Haberfield

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

Council’s assessment of Concept Design

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

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 21 July 2017

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M4 EAST

Traffic signage proposed for Dalhousie Street, Haberfield

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

NEW M5

St Peters Interchange odour & gas monitoring report

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

Works along Campbell Street/Road, St Peters

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

Monthly interface meeting

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

M4-M5 LINK

Geotechnical investigations – Kingston Street, Haberfield

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

Assessment of Concept Design

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

Lantern procession along WestConnex Stage 3 route

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

GENERAL

Council’s Local Area Traffic Improvement Strategy

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

WestConnex Community Reference Group (WCRG)

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

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 14 July 2017

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M4 EAST

Consideration of Haberfield in M4-M5 Link Concept Design assessment

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

Haberfield Borgo street party

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

NEW M5 

Air Quality Community Consultative Committee

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

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

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

Aboricultural Impact Assessment Report – Campbell Road north

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

Managing construction dust

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

M4-M5 LINK 

Assessment of M4-M5 Link Concept Design

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

Lantern procession along WestConnex Stage 3 route

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

Geotechnical Investigations

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

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

GENERAL

WestConnex Community Reference Group (WCRG)

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

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 07 July 2017

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M4 EAST 

Tolling on the New M4

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

Air Quality Community Consultative Committee (AQCCC)

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

NEW M5 

Temporary Noise Barrier Strategy, Campbell Street

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

Pedestrian & Bicycle Transport Network Review

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

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

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

Community information sessions for residents of St Peters

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

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

 

M4-M5 LINK 

Concept Design assessment

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

GENERAL 

Inner West Council Community Grants now open

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

WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF)

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

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

 

WestConnex Weekly Update - 30 June 2017

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M4 EAST

Tunnelling update reports

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

Project interface meeting

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

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

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

NEW M5

Odour monitoring reports

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

Works compound within Tempe Reserve

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

Urban Design Review Panel

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

M4-M5 LINK

Geotechnical investigations, Newtown

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

Concept Design assessment

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

General

WestConnex information, enquiries & complaints

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 23 June 2017

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M4 EAST

Construction update sessions

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

Parramatta Road Vent Facility, Haberfield

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

Work for variable message sign - Parramatta Road, Haberfield

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

NEW M5

Draft Sydenham / St Peters Parking Strategy review

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

M4-M5 LINK  

Concept Design exhibition

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

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

GENERAL 

Disconnex: Reframing Resistance art exhibition

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

WestConnex information & enquiries

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 16 June 2017

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M4 EAST 

Utility diversion work - Chandos Street, Ashfield

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

Ongoing pedestrian diversions, Haberfield

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

Out of hours piling work at Wattle Street, Haberfield

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

NEW M5 

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

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

Footpath reinstatement on the Princes Highway, St Peters

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

Environmental Protection Licence Monitoring Data report

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

St Peters Primary School interface meeting

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

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

Monthly interface meeting

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

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

M4-M5 LINK  

Concept Design assessment

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

GENERAL

WestConnex Community Reference Group (WCRG)

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

WestConnex information & enquiries

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 09 June 2017

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M4 EAST

Construction work – Tinana & Chandos Streets, Haberfield

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

NEW M5

Update on St Peters Interchange works

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

M4-M5 LINK

M4-M5 Link Concept Design

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

Rozelle Rail Yards site visit

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

GENERAL

Meeting with Minister for WestConnex

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

Compliance issues

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

Civilising WestConnex exhibition

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

City of Sydney’s alternative proposal to WestConnex

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

WestConnex information & enquiries

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 02 June 2017

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M4 EAST 

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

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

Monthly interface meeting

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

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

Meeting of Traffic & Transport Liaison Group (TTLG)

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

Air quality assessment Development Control Plan (DCP)

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

NEW M5 

Road closure – Campbell Street, St Peters

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

Night work – May Street and Bedwin Road, St Peters

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

M4-M5 LINK

 

Concept Design community consultation session - Haberfield

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

GENERAL  

WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF)

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

WestConnex information & enquiries

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 26 May 2017

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M4 EAST 

Reopening of Ramsay Street

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

Changes to pedestrian footbridge across Parramatta Road

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

Land acquisitions - Reg Coady Reserve

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

NEW M5

Upcoming night work - Canal Road St Peters

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

Works compound within Tempe Reserve

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

M4-M5 LINK

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

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

Concept design community consultation sessions

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

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

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

GENERAL

Funding for WestConnex advocacy

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

Western Harbour Tunnel assessment

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

Movie – Tunnel Vision

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

WestConnex information & enquiries

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 19 May 2017

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M4 EAST 

M4 East tree replacement program

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

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

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

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

NEW M5 

Road Closure – Campbell Street, St Peters

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

Environmental Protection Licence Monitoring Data April 2017

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

M4-M5 LINK 

Public exhibition of M4-M5 Link Concept Design

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

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

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

GENERAL 

March Compliance Report - Department of Planning & Environment

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

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

WestConnex information & enquiries

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 12 May 2017

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M4 EAST 

Utility diversion work – Ashfield and Haberfield

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

Ground monitoring wells installation – Parramatta Road, Ashfield

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

NEW M5 

Night work– Campbell Road, Alexandria

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

Night work – Mary Street and Bedwin Road, St Peters

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

Odour diary – St Peters Interchange area

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

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

M4-M5 LINK  

Public exhibition of M4-M5 Link Concept Design

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

GENERAL

Geotechnical investigation works for Western Harbour Tunnel

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

WestConnex information & enquiries

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 05 May 2017

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M4 EAST

Northcote Street construction site - tunnelling progress update

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

Martin Street Haberfield – temporary car park

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

Dobroyd Parade Haberfield – installation of a permanent variable message sign

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

Ongoing pedestrian diversions – Haberfield

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

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

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

NEW M5

Temporary Road Closure – Silver Street St Peters

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

Community & Social Management Plan

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

Urban Design & Landscape Plan (UDLP)

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

M4-M5 LINK

Dobroyd Parade and Alt Street Haberfield – geotechnical investigations

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

GENERAL

 

WestConnex Residual Lands

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

Western Harbour Tunnel & Beaches Link

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

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

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

WestConnex information & enquiries

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 28 April 2017

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M4 EAST 

Orpington Street Ashfield – road closure

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

Haberfield – groundwater monitoring wells

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

Construction Traffic & Access Management Plan (TAMP)

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

Construction Heritage Management Plan (HMP)

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

Flood Mitigation Strategy

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

Traffic & Transport Liaison Group (TTLG)

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

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

NEW M5

Heritage Salvage – salvage catalogue now online

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

Campbell Street – road closure

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

Sydney Park – shared path closure

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

M4-M5 LINK

City West Link & The Crescent – site investigations

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

Rozelle – geophysical investigations

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

WestConnex information & enquiries

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 21 April 2017

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M4 EAST

Martin Street road works & traffic changes

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

Ancillary facility at former RMS Motor Registry, Five Dock

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

NEW M5

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

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

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

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

M4-M5 LINK

Exhibition of design plans

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

GENERAL

Traffic modelling study

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

Civilising WestConnex exhibition

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

WestConnex information & enquiries

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 13 April 2017

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M4 EAST

Alt Street & Dobroyd Parade - geotechnical investigations

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

NEW M5  

St Peters/Newtown – Geotechnical Investigations

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

M4-M5 LINK

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

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

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

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

WestConnex information & enquiries

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 7 April 2017

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M4 EAST

Ramsay Street closure, Haberfield

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

Traffic & Transport Liaison Group (TTLG)

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

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

Haberfield businesses

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

NEW M5

Draft Urban Design & Landscape Plan (UDLP)

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

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

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

Council staff UDLP workshop

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

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

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

M4-M5 LINK

Mid-tunnel construction dive-sites

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

GENERAL

Council submission on the draft District Plan

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

Legal advice on validity of Stage 1 & 2 consents

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

WestConnex information & enquiries

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 31 March 2017

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M4 EAST 

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

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

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

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

Damage to roads in Alt Street, Haberfield

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

NEW M5

 

St Peters interchange recreation area

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

M4-M5 LINK   

Construction dive-site options

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

Survey work at Rozelle

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

GENERAL

 

Complaints procedures for out-of-hours works

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

WestConnex information & enquiries

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 24 March 2017

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M4 EAST

 

Air Quality Consultative Committee

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

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

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

NEW M5

Road closure Campbell Street – St Peters

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

Camdenville Basin

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

Project update meeting

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

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

M4-M5 LINK

Exhibition of design plans

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

GENERAL    

WestConnex Community Grant Scheme

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

WestConnex information & enquiries

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 17 March 2017

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M4 EAST

Road work and traffic changes - Martin Street, Haberfield

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

M4 East maintenance works – Ashfield and Haberfield

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

Traffic around schools

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

Legacy project

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

NEW M5  

St Peters Interchange & local road upgrades

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

St Peters Interchange site

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

Activities along Campbell Street/Road, St Peters

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

Euston Road establishment works

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

Heritage Salvage Catalogue - Campbell Street, St Peters

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

M4-M5 LINK 

Construction dive-site options

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

GENERAL

WestConnex compliance

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

Western Harbour Tunnel & Beaches Link

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

WestConnex information & enquiries

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 10 March 2017

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M4 EAST

 

Urban Design & Landscape Plan

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

Proposed variable message sign, Haberfield

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

NEW M5

 

Pedestrian & Bicycle Network Review

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

Report on Condition D19 - Architectural Treatments, Local Roads

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

M4-M5 LINK

 

Utility investigations in Annandale/Camperdown

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

Construction dive-site options

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

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

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

General

 

WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF)

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

WestConnex Community Reference Group (WCRG)

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

WestConnex information & enquiries

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 3 March 2017

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M4 EAST

Construction work – Haberfield

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

Tunnelling progress update – Northcote Street construction site

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

Construction work – Dobroyd Parade, Haberfield

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

Urban Design & Landscape Plan

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

NEW M5 

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

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

M4-M5 LINK

Geotechnical investigations – City West Link

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

Construction dive-site options

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

GENERAL     

WestConnex Community Liaison Forum

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

WestConnex information & enquiries

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 24 February 2017

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M4 EAST

Utility diversion work in Ashfield & Haberfield

Further to a November 2016 notice, SMC has recently posted a notice about continuation of work to relocate utilities and to identify services in the Ashfield and Haberfield areas. Bland, Curt, Chandos, Cecil, Loftus and Orphington Streets in Ashfield are affected along with Tinana and Dalhousie in Haberfield and Parramatta Road. Some night work is required between 9.00 pm and 5.00 am Sunday to Friday, and in some instances preparatory work may commence at 6.00 pm. This work will take approximately three months to complete, weather permitting. Further information is available on the Local Updates page on the WestConnex website.

Urban Design & Landscape Plan

As was reported last week, the draft addendum to the M4 East Urban Design & Landscape Plan is on public exhibition from 22 February to 22 March 2017. The document is available at: www.westconnex.com.au/M4EastUDLP and in hard copy at local venues, and community information sessions are being convened for the UDLP. All community members who provide submissions on the UDLP will be notified of future revisions if contact details are provided. Council will be making a submission, a summary of which will be reported through the Weekly Update Report and other information channels.

NEW M5  

Meetings of New M5 traffic & transport and interface groups

This week Council staff attended a New M5 Traffic and Transport Liaison Group meeting (held quarterly) and a New M5 Interface meeting (held monthly). Following is a summary of the main issues discussed and outcomes:

  • Campbell Street westbound traffic lane to be reinstated by next Tuesday 28 February 2017 - works to be undertaken on Monday night, 27 February.
  • Building demolition along Campbell Street will be completed by mid-March 2017 - demolition of a few buildings on the southern side of Campbell Street has been delayed due to the need for Ausgrid to clear power lines attached to these buildings, and noise barriers to be installed once the demolition has been completed;
  • The new M5 Construction Traffic Management Plan (CTMP) process was discussed - it was agreed that the CTMP will be provided to Council for review soon and the final CTMP will incorporate Council’s comments;
    residents’ requests for improved road safety at the Unwins Bridge Road intersection with Conway Place and Silver Street were discussed - the project team agreed to investigate further safety improvement measures and to generally improve road safety around the construction site;
  • The New M5 communications team agreed to liaise with Council’s communication team to improve communications and notification of local residents;
    SMC will organise a separate staff workshop on Campbell Street designs in the coming weeks;
  • Noise walls along Campbell Street to be installed in March 2017 - Council to provide comments on wall designs shortly;
  • Gas main works around the Unwins Bridge Road / May Street / Campbell Street intersection are planned – Council to provide comment on plans shortly; and
  • Council staff have requested a written response from SMC on relevant WestConnex Community Liaison Forum issues, to be reported back to WCLF at the earliest opportunity.

M4-M5 LINK

Geotechnical investigations in Haberfield & Lilyfield

SMC has posted notices about M4-M5 Link geotechnical investigations to be carried out at:

  •  Alt Street, Haberfield, between Waratah Street and Miller Street, from Monday 27 February 2017 - expected to take up to three weeks to complete, weather permitting; and
  • City West Link, between Catherine Street and The Crescent at Lilyfield, from Monday 6 March 2017 - expected to take up to two weeks to complete, weather permitting.
    Further information is available on the Local Updates page on the WestConnex website.

Construction dive-site options

SMC is actively considering two potential mid-tunnel construction ‘dive’ sites in the Leichhardt/Lilyfield area – one at 7 Darley Road (site of the current Dan Murphy’s liquor outlet) and one at 29 Derbyshire Road next door to the Leichhardt Secondary College Campus.
Council engaged a consultant engineer to assess these sites and any other potential dive sites. The consultant report has found significant issues with both sites and as a result Council is not supportive of either option. Council has informed SMC that its preferred position is for no dive site to be located in the densely populated Leichhardt/Lilyfield area.
The consultant report identified a site at the western end of the Rozelle Rail Yards as a possible alternative option, however SMC has ruled this out on the basis of interference with light rail facilities and operations. Council will be formally considering the consultant report at its meeting on Tuesday 28 February.
SMC has distributed by letterbox drop a notice to residents around the two sites under consideration, following the release on Council’s website of minutes of a meeting between Council’s Administrator and SMC, at which these two sites were discussed.

It is anticipated that further information on dive site options will be available when M4-M5 Link design plans are publicly exhibited in coming weeks.

GENERAL 

State Community Reference Group

The inaugural meeting of the State WestConnex Community Reference Group (WCRG) was held on Tuesday 21 February 2017 Council’s Petersham Service Centre. Terms of reference (including representation) for the WCRG are available on the SMC website at: www.westconnex.com.au/community-reference-group

Council traffic modelling study

As has been reported previously, Council adopted the recommendations of an Administrator’s Minute in December 2017 for funding of a major traffic modelling study to identify areas that are likely to be affected by increased traffic as a result of WestConnex. Council has recently invited tenders for consultants to undertake this study.

WestConnex information & enquiries

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

 

WestConnex Weekly Update - 17 February 2017

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M4 East

Community information sessions

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has posted an invitation to the community to attend M4 East community information sessions at Concord, Homebush and Ashfield. The Ashfield session, within the Inner West Council area, is at 4-7pm on Thursday 2 March at Club Ashfield, 1-11 Charlotte St, Ashfield. At these sessions, community members can discuss the draft addendum to the M4 East Urban Design and Landscape Plan (UDLP), which includes plans for the eastern and western ventilation facilities. The draft addendum will be available on the WestConnex website from 22 February 2017. Community feedback is due by 22 March 2017. Further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates page

Tunnelling progress update

SMC has posted an update report to inform that four road headers have now commenced excavation of the mainline tunnels in both directions, east and west, and tunnelling activities are now underway 24 hours a day, seven days a week. People’s experience of noise and vibration from tunnelling and related activities will vary due to a range of local conditions and variables - including distance from tunnelling equipment, ground conditions, building quality/type and background noise levels. Once tunnels are complete and the project is operational, it is unlikely that noise and vibration impacts will felt from vehicles using the motorway. Further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates page

Parramatta Road Vent Facility, Haberfield

SMC has sent a notice to Council about work to commence on 13 February 2017 to build the Parramatta Road Vent Facility (PRVF) within the Wattle Street construction site at Haberfield. Once completed, the PRVF will provide tunnel ventilation for the M4 East Project and future M4-M5 Link. Work to construct the PRVF will involve bulk earthworks followed by building construction. The work expected to take up to 6 months.

Stormwater pipe installation in Reg Coady Reserve, Haberfield

SMC has posted a notice about works to commence on 20 February 2017 to construct a scour valve outlet and stormwater pipe for the newly installed water main. Work to demobilise the water main relocation construction site will continue in Reg Coady Reserve. This work will take approximately six weeks to complete, weather and site conditions permitting. Traffic control and pedestrian management will be in place to assist with these works. Further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates page

Sewer manhole in Reg Coady Reserve, Haberfield

SMC has posted a notice about construction of a sewer manhole in Reg Coady Reserve, to be undertaken over a six week period from 13 February 2017, weather permitting. Equipment to be used includes excavators, soil mixers, chainsaws, trucks and a mulcher. Further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates page

Utility diversion work in Ashfield and Haberfield

Further to a prior notice in November 2016, SMC has posted a notice about ongoing work to relocate utilities and to identify services in the Ashfield and Haberfield area. To ensure the safety of workers and motorists, some night work is required. Residents will be notified separately when work is scheduled to commence at 6.00 pm. Work to identify, relocate and install electrical and water services will take approximately three months to complete, weather permitting. Traffic control and pedestrian management will be in place, and access to properties will be maintained at all times. Further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates page

New M5

 

Temporary closure of Campbell Street, St Peters

Further to prior notifications, SMC has posted a notice about the temporary closure and associated changes to traffic conditions on Campbell Street, St Peters - in both directions between Unwins Bridge Road and Barwon Park Road. The closure will take effect between 7am and 6pm on 18 February 2017. Access to local roads will be maintained from the eastbound direction during the closure. The closure is necessary to enable power adjustment work to be carried out to accommodate the widening of Campbell Street. Further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates page

Night work on Euston Road, Alexandria

Work is underway to establish the New M5 construction site along Euston Road between Sydney Park Road and Maddox Street at Alexandra. This is within the City of Sydney, but near the Inner West Council area. Intermittent night work along Euston Road, will be undertaken in February and March 2017. Further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates page

M4-M5 Link

Geotechnical investigations in Lilyfield & Annandale
SMC has posted notices about geotechnical investigations to be undertaken in:

  • Starling Street, Lilyfield (near Brenan Street) from 13 February 2017 - expected to take up to three weeks to complete, weather permitting;
  • Edna Street, Lilyfield (near Ilka Street) from 21 February 2017 - expected to take up to three weeks to complete, weather permitting; and
  • Whites Creek Valley Park, between Wisdom Street and Arguimbau Street, from 16 February 2017.

Further information is available from the WestConnex Local Updates page

General

 

Auditor-General’s report on WestConnex

The Australian Auditor-General’s report on WestConnex, released this week, is critical of many aspects of the WestConnex funding and approvals process. This reinforces Council’s concerns to date about lack of due process, lack of strategic oversight and an apparent rush to implementation. Although the report’s findings are likely to lead to process improvements for infrastructure funding in the future, it will not affect WestConnex Stages 1 and 2 as these are already approved and under construction. Whether the recommendations have implications for Stage 3 is not known. The report is available from the Australian National Audit Office website

WestConnex information & enquiries

Information on all WestConnex plans, construction activities etc. is available from various pages of the WestConnex website
For up-to-date notices about WestConnex-related activities in affected suburbs and streets, visit the WestConnex Local Updates page
Enquiries related to WestConnex can be directed to  Sydney Motorway Corporation 1800 660 248, info@westconnex.com.au or GPO Box 3905, Sydney NSW 2001.
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 council@innerwest.nsw.gov.au

 

WestConnex Weekly Update - 10 February 2017

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M4 East

Water main relocations

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has posted a notice about water main relocations in Alt and Waratah Streets, Haberfield. From 30 January 2017 work will be continuing on the newly-installed water main in the Haberfield area to prepare for the construction of the Wattle Street interchange. It will take approximately three weeks to complete the water main relocation, weather permitting. Traffic control and pedestrian management will be in place. Further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates page.

New M5

Campbell Street heritage salvage

Demolition of acquired dwellings along the south-western side of Campbell Street at St Peters has proceeded in January and February 2017. Throughout this process, Council’s heritage staff have been working with SMC’s heritage consultants by commenting on relevant reports and identifying items of heritage value for storage. The process is similar to that followed for items salvaged from dwellings in Haberfield for the M4 East. To date, nine shipping containers have been filled with salvaged items, and all items have been photographed, given a unique number and logged in an inventory. The shipping containers will be delivered to a warehouse and items distributed in the near future.

M4-M5 Link

Forthcoming exhibition of design plans

As has been previously reported, SMC is preparing to publicly exhibit M4-M5 Link design plans, with an exhibition of the M4-M5 Link Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) planned for mid-2017. This week, Council’s Administrator, the M4-M5 Link Project Director, relevant Council/SMC staff and Council’s engineering consultant met to discuss the forthcoming exhibition. SMC informed Council that SMC is currently briefing relevant newly-appointed State ministers on the project and it is expected the exhibition will commence in coming weeks. Though SMC is not in a position to disclose to Council detail of the content of exhibition, an undertaken was given at the meeting to give Council advanced notice of the exhibition start date.

Geotechnical investigations in Rozelle, Annandale & Lilyfield

Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) has written to inform Council that geotechnical investigations will be undertaken in Easton Park, Rozelle and in Whites Creek Valley Park, Annandale. This will be undertaken from 6 to 10 February and from 13 to 17 February 2017 (inclusive), and will be carried out between 9am and 3pm to avoid school arrival/departure times and peak dog walking times. The NSW Roads Act allows RMS, SMC and its contractors to carry out geotechnical investigations for proposed roads within road reserves and parks. Contact SMC (details below) for further information.

SMC has posted a notice about geotechnical investigations to be undertaken in Starling Street, Lilyfield (near Brenan Street) from 13 February 2017. The work at this location is expected to take up to three weeks to complete, weather permitting. Further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates page

General

Information on all WestConnex plans, construction activities etc. is available from various pages of the WestConnex website
For up-to-date notices about WestConnex-related activities in affected suburbs and streets, visit the WestConnex Local Updates page
Enquiries related to WestConnex can be directed to  Sydney Motorway Corporation 1800 660 248, info@westconnex.com.au or GPO Box 3905, Sydney NSW 2001.
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 council@innerwest.nsw.gov.au

WestConnex Weekly Update - 3 February 2017

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M4 East

Tunnelling update

SMC has posted M4 East tunnelling updates, advising that tunnelling has been ongoing in a southerly direction from the Cintra Park Haberfield construction site since July 2016. Four roadheaders have now commenced excavation of the mainline tunnels in both directions, east and west. A road header has recently completed the construction of the temporary access tunnel which will allow access to the mainline tunnels of the M4 East. Tunnelling and removal of excavated material will occur 24 hours per day, seven days per week, and some new tunnelling activities will commence in February and March 2017. Tunnelling vibration and noise impacts felt by residents depend on a number of factors, including ground conditions, building types, existing background noise levels, quality of buildings and distance from tunnel. Further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates page

Traffic & Transport Liaison Group

This week Council staff attended the first 2017 meeting of the M4 East Traffic & Transport Liaison Group. Matters discussed included the general status of construction of the M4 East and forthcoming works and associated road closures/diversions, including the following within the Inner West Council area:

  • closure of Orpington Street at Parramatta Road Haberfield from May to October 2017, where general traffic will be diverted to nearby Liverpool Road, Ormond Street and Chandos Street. Southbound bus route of Route 406 will be diverted to Liverpool Road and Pembroke Street, while there will be no change to this route in the northbound direction;
  • weekend closure of Bland Street Haberfield for heavy vehicle use from April to October 2017, with general traffic diverted to Alt Street and Frederick Street; and
  • changes to Martin Street traffic arrangements from the recent commencement of construction of the new intersection at Ramsay Street Haberfield, expected to be completed in April 2017. Once the proposed Ramsay Street intersection is open, access at Martin Street / Wattle Street will be closed, and the final design will only allow a left-in entry from Wattle Street, with all movements allowed at the new Ramsay St / Martin St intersection. Access to Martin Street at Wattle Street will remain for residential traffic.

At this meeting, Council staff also raised issues in relation to the recent Ramsay Street closure, including the need for more signage and an extension of the shuttle bus operation time. Some of these issues had been raised at the 2 February 2017 meeting of Council’s WestConnex Community Liaison Forum.

New M5

General construction update

SMC has posted a general update summarising a number of New M5 construction activities and issues - most within the St Peters interchange site and along Campbell Street and Campbell Road St Peters.

Read the New M5 Construction Activities and Issues Information (PDF 955.6KB) here

Traffic changes at St Peters

SMC has posted a notice advising that due to delays in completing overhead power relocation, work to allow the clearing of some properties and previously notified traffic changes are now expected to be in place until late February. Changed traffic conditions at St Peters include reduced speed limits, footpath closures and detours and closure/detour of Campbell Street between Unwins Bridge Road and Barwon Park Road. This is assisted by traffic control and signage, and access to streets and properties will continue to be maintained. Further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates page

Night work at St Peters

SMC has posted a notice about night work that is required to move the concrete safety barriers currently in place along Campbell Street and Princes Highway, and to facilitate ongoing power adjustment work. During the night work, Campbell Street will be fully closed in both directions between Unwins Bridge Road and Barwon Park Road. Further information is available on the Local Updates page on the WestConnex website.

Investigation work on Unwins Bridge Road & May Street, St Peters

SMC has posted a notice to advise that from 30 January 2017, investigation work will be carried out on Unwins Bridge Road and May Street at St Peters. This work is expected to take up to two weeks to complete, weather permitting. The work will involve: scanning, surveying and monitoring roadways and footpaths; identifying utility services using high pressure water from a vacuum truck; inspecting utility pits and pipes; and setting up a safe work area and traffic management. All worksites will be restored to their original condition after the work is completed. The work will involve some temporary changes to traffic conditions that will affect road users, pedestrians, cyclists and workers, and this will be assisted by traffic control and signage. Property access will be maintained during the work. Further information is available on the Local Updates page on the WestConnex website.

M4-M5 Link

Geotechnical investigations in Lilyfield

Further to a notice posted in early January 2017, SMC has posted a notice about geotechnical investigations continuing in Alberto Street, Lilyfield (near O’Neill Street) from Wednesday 1 February 2017 for up to two weeks, weather permitting. A notice has also been posted about geotechnical investigations in Catherine Street, Lilyfield (between Brenan Street and Piper Street) from Friday 3 February 2017. This work at this location is expected to take up to three weeks to complete, weather permitting. Further information is available on the Local Updates page on the WestConnex website.

Geotechnical investigations in Annandale

SMC has posted a notice about geotechnical investigations in Whites Creek Valley Park, Annandale (between Piper Street and Wisdom Street) from Monday 6 February 2017. This work is expected to take up to two weeks to complete, weather permitting. The park will remain open for general use; however, access to the immediate area around the work compound will be restricted while work is underway. Further information is available on the Local Updates page on the WestConnex website.

Geotechnical investigations in Rozelle

SMC has posted a notice to advise of geotechnical investigations in Easton Park, Rozelle (near Lilyfield Road and Gordon Street) from Friday 3 February 2017. This work is expected to take up to three weeks to complete, weather permitting. The park will remain open for general use; however, access to the immediate area around the work compound will be restricted while work is underway. A notice has also been posted about geotechnical investigations in: Evans Street Rozelle (near Catherine Street) from Wednesday 8 February 2017; Hancock Street Rozelle (near Belmore Street) from Monday 13 February 2017; and Cook Street Rozelle (near Angelini Street) from Monday 13 February 2017. Work at these locations is expected to take up to three weeks to complete, weather permitting. Further information is available on the Local Updates page on the WestConnex website.

General

 

Letter from Administrator to new WestConnex Minister

Council’s Administrator has recently written to the new Minister for WestConnex to relate Council’s position of opposition to WestConnex and to raise some key WestConnex issues, including:

  • need for better management of construction impacts;
  • need for enhanced resources for compliance monitoring and enforcement;
  • a commitment to no M4-M5 Link mid-tunnel construction dive site in the Leichhardt area;
  • a commitment to funding and implementing traffic calming schemes in areas that will experience increased traffic due to WestConnex;
  • facilitating full access to Roads & Maritime Services traffic modelling data to assist Council to target its traffic calming scheme plans;
  • a commitment to dedication of all residual lands from WestConnex to parkland or other community uses;
  • implementation of a 40kph school zone along Campbell Street, St Peters near St Peters Public School; and
  • retention of rail tracks within Rozelle Rail Yards until corridors for future light rail extensions have been identified and protected.

Council’s Administrator has requested to meet with the new Minister to discuss these issues.

WestConnex Community Liaison Forum

Council’s WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF) met on Thursday 2 February 2017 in Council’s Leichhardt Service Centre. Draft minutes will be distributed by e-mail to members shortly and will be adopted at the next meeting planned for 2 March 2017. Minutes of all previous meetings are available on Council’s WestConnex web page (details below).

WestConnex information & enquiries

Information on all WestConnex plans, construction activities etc. is available from various pages of the WestConnex website
For up-to-date notices about WestConnex-related activities in affected suburbs and streets, visit the WestConnex Local Updates page
Enquiries related to WestConnex can be directed to  Sydney Motorway Corporation 1800 660 248, info@westconnex.com.au or GPO Box 3905, Sydney NSW 2001.
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 council@innerwest.nsw.gov.au

WestConnex Weekly Update - 27 January 2017

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M4 East

Geotechnical investigations

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has recently posted a further notice about geotechnical investigations continuing in Alt Street Haberfield (near the intersection of Waratah Street) from 30 January 2017 for up to two weeks, weather permitting. Further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates page

Pedestrian footbridge across Parramatta Road at Ashfield

SMC has recently posted a notice to inform that from 11 January 2017 work will commence to realign the stairs on the western side of the pedestrian footbridge on Parramatta Road, near Bland Street at Ashfield. To allow for the realignment of Parramatta Road and the construction of the tunnel portals, the western stairs will be replaced with new stairs that connect with Bland Street. Work is expected to take up to one month to complete. Pedestrian diversions will be in place while the staircase is installed, however access to the footbridge will be maintained throughout the work, assisted by signage and traffic controllers. Further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates page

New M5

Reinstatement of roads, footpaths, driveways & tree planting at St Peters

SMC has recently posted a notice to outline progress of these works. This includes recent completion of power cabling from St Peters to the New M5 construction site at the corner of Canal Road and Princes Highway. It also includes reinstatement of the new cable route on Silver Street, Edith Lane, Edith Street, Bakers Lane, Roberts Street, Roberts Lane and Mary Street to its original condition. These works are to commence on 30 January and will take approximately three months to complete. Works will begin on the northern side of Silver Street near Princes Highway and will progress along the street before moving to the remaining streets/lanes. Parking will be temporarily unavailable as works progress. The works have been planned in consultation with Council and in accordance with Council’s specifications. To undertake these works, temporary road closures will be implemented on Edith Lane, Edith Street and Bakers Lane. Pedestrians and motorists will be kept informed of upcoming closures and traffic changes along the cable route via variable message signs and traffic control personnel located around the work areas. Further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates page

M4-M5 Link

Geotechnical investigations

SMC has posted notices about geotechnical investigations to be undertaken in Easton Street Rozelle (near Denison Street) from Friday 27 January 2017, and in Alberto Street Lilyfield (near Maida Street) from Monday 30 January 2017. These works are expected to take up to three weeks to complete, weather permitting. Further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates page

General

WestConnex Community Liaison Forum

The next meeting of Council’s WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF) will be held at 10am-12:30pm on Thursday 2 February 2017 in Council’s Leichhardt Service Centre. An agenda will be distributed by e-mail to members before the meeting.

WestConnex information & enquiries

Information on all WestConnex plans, construction activities etc. is available from various pages of the WestConnex website.
For up-to-date notices about WestConnex-related activities in affected suburbs and streets, visit the WestConnex Local Updates page
Enquiries related to WestConnex can be directed to  Sydney Motorway Corporation 1800 660 248, info@westconnex.com.au or GPO Box 3905, Sydney NSW 2001.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 20 January 2017

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M4 East

Closure of Ramsay Street Haberfield

SMC (Sydney Motorway Corporation) has posted several notices about this closure, and Council’s Weekly Update Reports have reported these. A recent notice advises that Ramsay Street Haberfield will be closed between Walker Avenue and Wattle Street to facilitate the construction of the Wattle Street interchange. The closure will be in place for three months, commencing on Friday 20 January 2017. Further information is available on the Local Updates page on the WestConnex website

Reg Coady Reserve pedestrian path

SMC has recently advised Council staff that it plans to close and relocate the existing pedestrian pathway along Dobroyd Canal from January to May 2017 to enable construction of box culverts to the canal. SMC has notified the community by letterbox drop and door-knocking. Due to the extent and nature of construction activities, SMC is of the view it will be difficult to maintain safe pedestrian access along the existing pathway. A safe pedestrian route is required according to consent condition D44, and SMC is of the view that a relocated route along Henley Marine Drive is a satisfactory alternate route. Council staff have noted that the alternative route is longer than the existing pathway, but this is unavoidable. Along with the DP&E’s WestConnex Compliance Officer, Council staff have expressed a concern about the potential for pedestrian/vehicle conflicts where the route crosses Henley Marine Drive, particularly as there may be addition traffic along this road due to the Ramsay Street closure. SMC is investigating crossing options and will shortly notify Council of outcomes.

M4 East Legacy Projects

A previously advised, SMC is advertising for community members to register to attend two workshops for development of M4 East Legacy Projects, to be held in February 2017. Registrations remain open until Friday 27 January 2017. Further information and registration forms are available on the WestConnex M4East Legacy website

New M5

Night works in St Peters

SMC has recently posted a notice about night works along Campbell Street and the Princes Highway St Peters, to be undertaken on 21 and 22 January 2017 to facilitate property clearing for the New M5. The work will involve adjusting the power supply at the Princes Highway / Campbell Street intersection, including removing existing power lines, installing new power poles and restringing power lines to the newly installed poles. This work is required to be undertaken outside of standard construction hours due to Ausgrid requirements for the power adjustments. Changed traffic conditions will be in place during this work. Further information is available from the Local Updates page on the WestConnex website

Staging Report

SMC has recently completed and posted a Staging Report for the New M5 and has lodged this report with the DP&E for approval. New M5 consent condition A10 requires this report to be submitted prior to the commencement of each proposed stage. The report details how the project would be staged, including details of work activities associated with each stage and the timing of when each stage would commence. It also details the relevant conditions of approval applying to each stage and how these will be complied with across and between the stages of the project. Further information is available within the report, available on the Local Updates page on the WestConnex website

Ancillary Facilities Management Plan

SMC has recently completed and posted this plan, required in accordance with New M5 consent condition D57. The conditions require that such a plan must be prepared and implemented prior to the establishment of the ancillary facilities described in the New M5 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Ancillary facilities are temporary facilities for construction, e.g. an office and amenities compound, construction compound or concrete batch plant. The plan identifies and describes all ancillary facilities, as well as the timing of their operation, proposed activities, environmental impacts, environmental mitigation measures, monitoring/management procedures, the approvals framework and the process for identifying any additional facilities and their impacts. Further information is within the plan, available on the Local Updates page on the WestConnex website

Commencement of tunnelling from Arncliffe

SMC has posted a notice advising that from 18 January 2017 the first of six road headers will begin tunnel excavation from the Arncliffe construction dive-site (Bayside Council area). Tunnelling will pass beneath the existing M5 Motorway to construct the temporary access tunnel before continuing west to the main New M5 tunnels. Further information is available on the Local Updates page on the WestConnex website

M4-M5 Link

Geotechnical investigations

SMC has posted notices about geotechnical investigations to be undertaken in Ryan Street Lilyfield (between O’Neill Street and Joseph Street) and in Terry Street Rozelle (near Victoria Road) from Friday 20 January 2017. The work at these locations is expected to take up to three weeks to complete, weather permitting. Further information is available on the Local Updates page on the WestConnex website

Construction dive-site options

As previously reported, Council has commissioned an engineering consultant to provide independent advice on M4-M5 Link construction dive-site options. Council is currently reviewing the consultant’s draft report which is expected to be finalised in February 2017. The final report will be made publicly available.

Legal opinion on impact of recent project changes

At a 2016 WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF) meeting, queries were raised about changes to the M4-M5 Link project, particularly deletion of the Camperdown traffic portal leading to adverse traffic impacts for the other two stages of WestConnex project. Some WCLF members were of the view that these changes would require revision of traffic forecasts for Stage 1 & 2, and on this basis questioned the legality of these stages. Council has referred this matter to Tim Robertson for a legal opinion. His advice was originally anticipated in mid-January but there has been a short delay and it is now expected to be provided in February 2017.

General

WestConnex information & enquiries

Information on all WestConnex plans, construction activities etc. is available from various pages of the WestConnex website.
For up-to-date notices about WestConnex-related activities in affected suburbs and streets, visit the WestConnex Local Updates page
Enquiries related to WestConnex can be directed to 1800 660 248, info@westconnex.com.au or GPO Box 3905, Sydney NSW 2001.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 13 January 2017

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M4 East

Modification of consent condition related to archaeological relics

SMC (Sydney Motorway Corporation) has posted a notice about the Department of Planning & Environment’s (DP&E’s) recent approval to modify M4 East Consent Condition D38 in relation to archaeological relics. The intent of the modification is to improve the effectiveness of the archaeological relics identification and reporting process. Further information is available on the Local Updates page on the WestConnex website.

Employee car park options at Haberfield

Council and SMC staff have recently discussed options for WestConnex employee parking in the area around Reg Coady Reserve at Haberfield. Council does not support proposed use of part of Reg Coady Reserve for this purpose and has suggested that the Council’s Cove Street depot site be investigated for consideration as a possible alternative. Though potential use of the Cove Street site would involve remediation costs, Council is of the view that these costs should be met by SMC. Use of the Cove Street site would result in a positive legacy by facilitating cleanup of the site and allowing it to be put to a beneficial community use at the end of the M4 East construction period. It would also mean that Reg Coady Reserve would not be affected by the car park during the construction period.

New M5

Geotechnical investigations in Tempe Reserve

SMC written to Council and has posted a notice about forthcoming geotechnical investigations in three locations in Tempe Reserve. SMC, as a delegate to Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) has authority to undertake these kinds of works within road reserves and along the routes of proposed roads in accordance with the NSW Roads Act. The notice states that investigations are needed to finalise the detailed design for the New M5 tunnel which will pass beneath Tempe Reserve. Investigations will be carried out from 18 January 2017 and will continue for up to 6 weeks, weather permitting. Further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates web page and enquiries can be directed to 1800 660 248 or info@newm5.com.au

Works around Campbell Street/Road St Peters

Various WestConnex-related works around Campbell Street/Road St Peters have been previously notified by SMC and reported Council’s Weekly Update Report. These works are underway, and Council staff are working with the DP&E’s WestConnex Compliance Officer to try to resolve issues raised by the community as they arise. Issues include noise from night-time works and pedestrian and vehicular traffic diversions. Almost all of the issues raised have been forwarded to SMC, who is responsible for ensuring these works are undertaken in accordance with consent conditions and associated management plans.

Aboricultural reports

SMC are preparing arboricultural reports as part of its responsibility to address New M5 Consent Condition B63 Tree Removals & Plantings. A report applying to lands within the City of Sydney entitled Aboricultural Report, Euston Road, New M5 has been posted on the Local Updates page of the WestConnex website. A draft version of a similar report Aboricultural Report, Campbell Street, New M5 (applying to lands within Inner West Council) has been recently referred to Council for comment.

M4-M5 Link

Geotechnical investigations

SMC has posted a notice about forthcoming geotechnical investigations in Milton Street, Leichhardt (near Mackenzie Street) from 18 January 2017 - expected to take up to three weeks to complete, weather permitting. Further information is available on the WestConnex Local Updates web page, and enquiries can be directed to 1800 660 248 or info@westconnex.com.au

Rozelle Rail Yards cleanup

It has recently been brought to Council’s attention that it would be prudent to retain the existing railway tracks on the Rozelle Rail Yards (RRY) site to assist with identification and retention of corridors for future light rail connections to White Bay and Balmain. Consequently, Council has written to SMC to raise this issue as an addendum to its December 2016 submission on the RRY Review of Environmental Factors (REF).

Exhibition of design plans

SMC has advised Council that at this stage, public exhibition of M4-M5 Link design plans is planned to commence at the end of this month – most likely in the week beginning 30 January 2017. Council is currently identifying suitable specialist consultants that could be called upon if necessary to assist Council’s assessment of these design plans.

Construction dive-site options

Further to previous reports on dive-site options, Council is aware that Sydney Motorway Corporation is actively considering a number of possible dive sites in the Leichhardt/Lilyfield area. At this stage, no site acceptable to Council has been identified. While it may add to costs and time for construction of the M4-M5 link, Council has clearly informed Sydney Motorway Corporation that our preferred option is for no dive site to be located in the densely populated Leichhardt / Lilyfield area. It is anticipated that further information on dive-site options will be available when M4-M5 Link design plans are exhibited later this month.

General

WestConnex information & enquiries

Information on all WestConnex plans, construction activities etc. is available from various pages of the WestConnex website.
For up-to-date notices about WestConnex-related activities in affected suburbs and streets, visit the WestConnex Local Updates page
Enquiries related to WestConnex can be directed to 1800 660 248, info@westconnex.com.au or GPO Box 3905, Sydney NSW 2001.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 6 January 2017

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M4 East

M4 East Legacy Projects

In December 2016 it was reported that Council had been consulted by Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) on draft plans for M4 East socio-economic conditions, known as M4 East Legacy Projects. SMC is advertising for community members to register to attend two workshops to be held in February 2017 to assist with further development of this project. Registrations remain open until Friday 27 January 2017. Further information and registration forms are available on the WestConnex website at:
https://www.westconnex.com.au/M4EastLegacy

Status of Brescia Furniture showroom site

Responding to community concerns in 2016 about the future of this derelict site at Ashfield, Council’s Administrator had written to SMC’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) inquiring about its status. The SMC CEO has recently responded to advise that Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) has a legal agreement in place with the owner of the property. This includes a temporary lease agreement and partial acquisition of a small section of land that has been acquired for the realignment of Parramatta Road at this location. Unfortunately, there is no requirement or agreement for the partially demolished building on the site to be removed as part of the project work. Upon completion of the M4 East project in 2019, the leased land will be returned to the owner.

Works notifications

M4 East works notifications recently posted on the Local Updates page of the WestConnex website include:

  • various utility works at Haberfield;
  • three-month closure of Ramsay Street Haberfield commencing 20 January 2017; and
  • construction update for Concord Road interchange.

New M5

Construction Parking & Access Strategy

This week the New M5 Construction Parking & Access Strategy was posted on the Local Updates page of the WestConnex website. This strategy, a requirement of New M5 Consent Condition D50, deals with a range of matters, including:

  • removal of on- and off-street parking;
  • parking surveys of spaces to be removed to determine demand;
  • consultation with affected stakeholders utilising parking stock;
  • assessment of the impacts of changes to parking stock taking into consideration outcomes of consultation with affected stakeholders;
  • identification of mitigation measures to manage impacts to stakeholders;
  • mechanisms for monitoring to determine the effectiveness of implemented mitigation measures;
  • contingency measures should the results of mitigation monitoring indicate implemented measures are ineffective; and
  • reporting of monitoring results.

Other management plan notifications

New M5 management plan notifications recently posted on the Local Updates page of the WestConnex website include:

  • Arboricultural Report, Campbell Street and Campbell Road;
  • New M5 Catalogue of Historic Building Fabric 28, 32 and 42-44 Campbell Street St Peters;
  • New M5 Construction Contaminated Land Management Plan; and
  • New M5 Water Quality Plan & Monitoring Program.

Works notifications:

New M5 works notifications recently posted on the Local Updates page of the WestConnex website include:

  • night work on Euston Road between Campbell Road and Maddox Street, Alexandria (City of Sydney);
  • night work on Campbell Street and Princes Highway, St Peters;
  • Continued investigation work on Euston Road, Lawrence Street, Huntley Street, Harley Street and McEvoy Street, Alexandria (City of Sydney); and
  • Site establishment on Euston Road, Huntley Street and Sydney Park Road, Alexandria (City of Sydney).

Property clearing, Bourke Road Alexandria

This week SMC issued a notice about property clearing along a section of Bourke Road, Alexandria (within the City of Sydney). Two new bridges are proposed to be built over Alexandra Canal at Campbell Road and Gardeners Road to connect the New M5 to Alexandria and Mascot. To complete this work, vacant buildings owned by RMS within the project footprint will be progressively cleared. Property clearing will be undertaken between January and April 2017, weather permitting. Further information is available on the Local Updates page of the WestConnex website.

M4-M5 Link

Geotechnical investigations at Lilyfield

This week notice was given on geotechnical investigations to be undertaken in Alberto Street, Lilyfield, near O’Neill Street, from 11 January 2017 - expected to take up to three weeks to complete, weather permitting. Geotechnical investigations such as these are undertaken in accordance the NSW Roads Act. Further information is available from the Local Updates page of the WestConnex website.

Forthcoming exhibition of M4-M5 Link concept designs

SMC has indicated that M4-M5 Link concept designs will be placed on public exhibition some time in the second half of this month, with an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to be exhibited in May or June 2017. Council will keep stakeholders informed of further details as they are known.

Construction dive-site options

In the 23 December 2016 update it was reported that SMC staff, Council staff and an engineering consultant commissioned by Council were discussing M4-M5 Link construction dive-site options. These discussions are continuing into January 2017. At this stage, no site acceptable to Council has been identified.

General

WestConnex Community Liaison Forum (WCLF)

The next WCLF meeting will be held on 2 February 2017. An agenda will be sent to Forum members prior to the meeting.

WestConnex Community Reference Panel

This week Council’s Administrator and relevant Council staff met with SMC to discuss arrangements for the new State WestConnex Community Reference Group. This State-level group will have an independent facilitator and is intended to improve communication on WestConnex matters by providing a forum for direct communication between community members and staff from the WestConnex project, relevant State agencies and all affected Councils. SMC will soon select panel members, finalise terms-of-reference and arrange a date/venue for the first meeting. Further details will be reported as they are known, and information is also available on the WestConnex Reference Group webpage 

WestConnex information & enquiries

Information on all WestConnex plans, construction activities etc. is available from various pages of the WestConnex website. For up-to-date notices about WestConnex-related activities in affected suburbs and streets, visit the WestConnex Local Updates page

WestConnex-related enquiries can be directed to 1800 660 248, info@westconnex.com.au or GPO Box 3905, Sydney NSW 2001. 

WestConnex Weekly Update - 23 December 2016

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

WestConnex Weekly Update -  16 December 2016

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

WestConnex Weekly Update -  9 December 2016

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

WestConnex Weekly Update -  2 December 2016

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

WestConnex Weekly Update -  25 November 2016

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 18 November 2016

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 11 November 2016

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 4 November 2016

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 28 October 2016

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M4 East, New M5, M4-M5 Link, General.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 21 October 2016

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 14 October 2016

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M4 East, New M5, M4-M5 Link.

WestConnex Weekly Update - 7 October 2016

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 30 September 2016

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 23 September 2016

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 16 September 2016

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 9 September 2016

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 2 September 2016

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 26 August 2016

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 19 August 2016

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 12 August 2016

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 5 August 2016

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

WestConnex Weekly Update - 29 July 2016

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

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