Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

NorthConnex Environmental Impact Statement comment period closing

Media Release


10 September 2014

Joint release with:

Duncan Gay

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

The Australian and NSW Governments have encouraged the community to provide submissions on the NorthConnex Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) ahead of the comment period closing on 12 September.

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure Jamie Briggs and NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay said the EIS provides the community with detailed information and analysis around modelling for the proposed project.

“The Australian Government is committed to delivering world class infrastructure projects across Sydney to ensure we create thousands of new jobs and slash travel times for motorists,” Mr Briggs said.

“Motorists could bypass 21 sets of traffic along Pennant Hills Road and save up to 15 minutes travel time once NorthConnex is complete.

“NorthConnex will also provide motorists with 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,” he said.

“In March we announced the preferred scheme for this project to provide nine kilometre twin tunnels under Pennant Hills Road, relieving congestion along the corridor linking the M1 Pacific Motorway at Wahroonga to the M2 Motorway at the Pennant Hills Road interchange at West Pennant Hills,” Mr Gay said.

“If approved, the $3 billion NorthConnex would link into the Sydney Orbital network to form part of the National Highway route.

“Already during the EIS period more than 1000 people have attended information sessions and briefings and the project team has sent more than 25,000 pieces of correspondence to residents, business owners and other stakeholders to help them provide valuable feedback.

“All feedback provided as part of the EIS will be collated, responses provided and a submissions report prepared for public display.

“Feedback from the document will be overseen by the Department of Planning and Environment, with submissions expected from several government agencies including the EPA, Department of Health, NSW Office of Water and the Office of Environment and Heritage.

“The Department of Planning and Environment will consider all feedback and make a recommendation to the Minister for Planning about whether the project should proceed,” he said.