Encouraging Community Feedback on the Northconnex Environmental Impact Statement

Media Release

JB072/2014

15 July 2014

Joint release with:

Duncan Gay

NSW Minister for Roads and Freight
Leader of the Government Legislative Council

Federal Assistant Minister for Infrastructure Jamie Briggs and NSW Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay today urged communities to have their say on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the $3 billion NorthConnex project.

The Australian and NSW Governments, Transurban and M7 Shareholders are planning to construct twin tunnels around nine kilometres long under Pennant Hills Road linking the M1 to the M2.

“The Australian and New South Wales Governments are getting on with delivering world class infrastructure to grow the NSW economy and create thousands of new jobs,” Mr Briggs said.

“NorthConnex will ease congestion on Pennant Hills Road which is often named as one of the worst roads in Sydney.

“NorthConnex will return local streets to local communities by taking up to 5,000 trucks a day off Pennant Hills Road and provide a free flowing continuous road between the M1 and M2.

“The project will also provide a key link to the Sydney motorway network in one of the busiest freight corridors in the country.

“We believe the preferred design for NorthConnex gets the balance right for the community living along this road corridor and it's now over to the community to provide feedback on the EIS,” Mr Briggs said.

“We've seen strong community interest in the EIS process and I encourage people to provide their feedback over the next 60 days,” Mr Gay said.

“People can visit the community information office on Pennant Hills Road or a range of locations throughout the corridor to view the EIS and get more information about the project.

“There will also be community drop-in sessions at Pennant Hills Golf Club, Pennant Hills Community Centre, Murifield Golf Club and Hornsby RLS but residents should visit northconnex.com.au for dates and times of operation.

“Local MPs will have copies of the EIS in their electorate offices and it will be on display at the Councils of Gosford, Hills Shire, Hornsby, Ku-ring-gai, Parramatta and Wyong.

“It will be on display at the Department of Environment and Planning in the CBD, the Nature Conservation Council of NSW and Roads and Maritime Services North Sydney Office.

“After representations from local MPs Barry O'Farrell and Matt Kean we will be holding an air quality forum at Hornsby RSL on 29 July at 7pm.

“The air quality forum will enable the community to speak with experts across a range of fields, many who had input into the EIS document.

“As well as community scrutiny of the EIS it will go through a rigorous assessment process by NSW Departments including the EPA and Health.

“Since October last year the NorthConnex project team has conducted 27 information sessions and stakeholder briefings and that engagement will continue to ensure we get the best possible outcome for our communities,” Mr Gay said.

The EIS will be on display until 12 September and can be viewed at majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au/index.pl?action=view_job&job_id=6136

For details of the community information drop in sessions where members of the community can speak to the project team visit www.northconnex.com.au

Key benefits of the project include:

  • Bypassing 21 sets of traffic along Pennant Hills Road and saving up to 15 minutes travel time
  • An alternative route to the Sydney CBD, avoiding 40 traffic lights along the Pacific Highway from the M1 Pacific Motorway to the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Enabling motorists to drive from Newcastle to Melbourne without encountering a single set of traffic lights
  • Taking around 5,000 trucks off Pennant Hills Road and easing congestion on this busy road for local road users
  • Interchanges to the north and south to offer connections to Pennant Hills Road at either end of the project
  • Linking to the Sydney Orbital network to form part of the National Highway route.