Community consultation key for M4 East EIS
09 September 2015
Joint release with:
Hon. Duncan Gay MLC
NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight
Federal Assistant Minister for Infrastructure Jamie Briggs and NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay today invited the community to comment on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the M4 East, the first underground section of Sydney's world class motorway network, WestConnex.
The M4 East will connect to a widened M4 at Homebush and extend underground in twin tunnels (three lanes in each direction) for 5.5 kilometres, emerging near the Bunnings Warehouse on Parramatta Road or on Wattle Street at Haberfield (i.e. motorists can exit at two locations).
Minister Briggs said WestConnex was critical to busting congestion which is currently costing the NSW economy billions each year in time delays and lost productivity.
“WestConnex is a key part of the Australian Government's biggest ever infrastructure investment programme to support thousands of new jobs and reduce congestion on major transport corridors throughout NSW,” Mr Briggs said.
“This world class project will generate 10,000 new jobs during construction, slash travel times for motorists and inject $20 billion worth of benefits into the national economy.
“The construction of the M4 East alone will generate more than 2,500 direct jobs and support a further 1,500 indirect jobs. The M4 East will employ more than 100 apprentices/trainees.”
Minister Duncan Gay encouraged the community to get involved in the comprehensive EIS consultation process which will take place over the next 45 days, a 50 per cent increase on a standard EIS period.
“The EIS shows in 2021 travel volumes on sections of Parramatta Road are expected to be cut by up to 53 per cent as a result of WestConnex, compared to a do nothing scenario, and motorists will bypass 22 sets of traffic lights,” Mr Gay said.
“An independent air quality assessment detailed in the EIS also found air quality will generally improve along the Parramatta Road corridor by removing stop start traffic and providing motorists with a continuous free flowing motorway.
“I encourage all interested community members to take advantage of the EIS consultation and provide feedback.”
The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has put the EIS on public display from today until Friday 23 October. The EIS is also available online via www.westconnex.com.au.
Hard copies are available for review at 18 different locations mainly throughout the inner west—including Ashfield, Auburn, Burwood, Strathfield and City of Canada Bay Councils; local libraries; and the WestConnex information kiosk at Westfield Burwood.
Community members are invited to attend the following information sessions about the M4 East EIS:
- Monday 14 September Concord RSL 4pm to 7:30pm
- Thursday 17 September Club Ashfield 4pm to 7:30pm
- Saturday 19 September Strathfield Town Hall 11am to 2pm
- Tuesday 6 October Canada Bay Club 4pm to 7:30pm
- Saturday 10 October Strathfield Town Hall 11am to 2pm
- Tuesday 13 OctoberClub Burwood RSL 4pm to 7.30pm
- Thursday 15 October Wests Ashfield 4pm to 7.30pm
- Saturday 17 October Concord RSL 11am to 2pm
Following exhibition of the EIS and consideration of community feedback, a submissions report will be provided to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.
Visit www.westconnex.com.au for more information and to register for project updates.