Make Your Submission to the WestConnex New M5 EIS


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Submissions can be made directly to NSW Planning here at their site by midnight Friday 29 January 2016.

The 33km WestConnex tollroad is now set to cost NSW $16.8 billion. It will not solve Sydney’s traffic congestion problem but it will have devastating, irreversible impacts on our communities, our health, our heritage, our open spaces and our environment.

Voice your opposition to WestConnex and the New M5 below.

The NSW Government has released the second WestConnex EIS, for the New M5, and are now calling for public submissions. In an unfair and cynical move, they’ve timed it to coincide with summer holidays, when many Councils and community organisations are on break, and many residents are away or spending time with family and friends.

The Government is trying yet again to avoid community accountability.

Make sure your voice is heard. Make your submission here.

Personal submissions have more impact. Take the time to say:

  1. Why you object to WestConnex and the New M5
  2. What impact the construction of WestConnex and the New M5 will have on you

If you have donated more than $1000 to any political party, elected member, group or candidate within this financial year, we recommend that you make your submission at the NSW Planning website, noting their requirements around disclosure of reportable political donations.

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Submission: WestConnex New M5 Environmental Impact Statement (SSI 14_6788)

To the Director, Major Planning Assessments, Department of Planning

I write to express my strong objection to the WestConnex New M5 motorway proposal.

Global experience of major toll road construction has demonstrated conclusively that these projects are enormously expensive and counter-productive. WestConnex will increase air pollution and encourage more car use, quickly filling the increased road capacity. It is not a long-term solution to Sydney's congestion problem.

The fact that the State Government has already signed multi-billion dollar contracts for WestConnex before this EIS was even placed on public exhibition undermines community confidence that this is a genuine consultation process.

This EIS considers benefits for all stages of the project but doesn't address the negative impacts along the whole route.

I object to this proposal because:

1) The New M5 will have devastating impacts on our local communities and local amenities.
2) The New M5 will be a massive contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, while destroying important habitat and greenspace.
3) WestConnex and the New M5 is a financial black hole that won’t solve Sydney’s traffic congestion.
4)  The WestConnex project including the New M5 lacks transparency and accountability.
5) The WestConnex project comes with no real evaluation of alternative options such as world class public transport.
 
I agree that I have not donated more than $1000 to any political party, elected member, group or candidate within this financial year.
I agree to the NSW Planning Department publishing my submission on their website, including any personal details it contains.
 

This survey has no published questions.


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  • answered 2016-01-29 21:38:12 +1100
    Q: Q2. What impact will the construction of WestConnex and the New M5 will have on you?
    A: This will decimate Newtown which is a place I often visit. It will lose it’s soul and culture.
  • answered 2016-01-29 15:58:43 +1100
    Q: Q2. What impact will the construction of WestConnex and the New M5 will have on you?
    A: 1) It will drastically increase road traffic in the inner west.
    2) It will dramatically increase pollution in the inner west, west and southwest of Sydney.
    3) Large areas of Sydney Park will be lost. This park is an oasis in the inner west.
    4) King Street will be forced to become a clearway, which will devastate shops and community
  • answered 2016-01-29 15:57:05 +1100
    Q: Please respond to these two questions:

    Q1. Why do you object to WestConnex and the New M5?
    A: I am a long-term homeowner at the south end of Newtown, and I strongly object to West Connex New M5 for a number of reasons.

    1) The secrecy with which the government and private industry are colluding on the project

    2) The fact that this road will not solve the challenges to transporting freight to the airport and ports

    3) The facilitation of more vehicle traffic rather than less in Sydney

    4) The deceit regarding costs for this project.

    5) The increased pollution

    6) The damage to Sydney Park

    7) The devastating impact this will have on Newtown

    There is more, but I will stick with these issues, commenting briefly on each below.

    1) The secrecy with which this project is progressing is frightening and undemocratic. It smacks of corruption, and therefore the Federal Auditor General must review the process thoroughly and ensure that issues impacting on public health, the environment, proper budget projections, and consideration of upgraded public transport instead of vehicle traffic are assessed.

    I can see no possible reason for this secrecy other than business and politicians being so determined for the project to go ahead that they have to prevent revelations of information that could get in the way of the project’s progress.

    2) I understand the project is aimed at resolving the problem of freight access to Sydney Airport and to ports.

    I also understand that West Connex does not lead to either the airport or the ports, and that the road that would link West Connex to these locations is not yet funded. No doubt, government will force that through after West Connex is built. However, the point is that West Connex is not resolving the freight issue.

    3) The freight issue would likely be addressed if the NSW and Federal Governments took the wise and brave stance of improving public transport between outlying areas, and from outlying areas to the city.

    This would of course require similar losses and inconveniences and grief for many due to construction requiring loss of existing homes and lands. But it would lift Sydney into it’s deserved place among other brilliant cities with excellent public transport systems that are recognised worldwide for their efficient transport systems which decrease pollution.

    With far less need for cars on the roads due to a much improved public transport system, trucks would be able to travel much more safely and efficiently to Sydney airport and to ports.

    4) The budget for this road has already blown out significantly, and this is before so much of it has even begun. This budget blow out will no doubt continue to escalate further, as new challenges are faced.

    This will require similar forcing through of new or wider roads, with the argument being that there is now no alternative.

    This again is undemocratic and deceitful.

    5) Importantly, budget forecasts do not take into account the huge increase in air particulates and other air pollutants that will impact on public health. Southwest and Western Sydney already have visible smog overhead, and now the NSW and Australian government are putting West Connex in place which will only increase air pollution.

    With all we know about the direct impacts on both public health and global warming, how can the government possibly be considering adding to this problem, instead of making the brave and budget conscious decision to decrease the problem by investing in public transport, not more roads???

    6) Similar to budget forecast blow-outs, the revised plan is now going to take even more land off of the amazingly successful and beloved Sydney Park.

    The renovation of this park from a tip to a beautiful open space, thriving with families, children, dogs, performers, wetlands, cricket oval, water recycling is an absolute joy.

    Sydney, NSW and Australia deserve to be SO proud of this accomplishment, and now not only is significant amount of land going to be taken from it, but the roads surrounding this park will disperse high levels of air pollution into these beautiful green spaces, and further off into southwest and western Sydney.

    The NSW and Federal governments surely cannot argue positively for such a short-sighted road insfrastructure!!!

    7) The huge interchange planned for the St. Peter’s is going to impact in a massively negative way on traffic here in Sydney’s inner west.

    While some of these roads are not overly trafficked now, this is already changing due to the massive increase in apartment blocks already complete or near completion throughout the inner west area.

    Accurate traffic projections, taking into consideration both the huge population growth here, as well as this huge interchange, have not been undertaken.

    The almost unimaginable damage that this interchange will result in for Newtown is inexcusable.

    Newtown is a treasure in NSW, known for it’s diversity, pedestrian friendly atmosphere, community connections, huge range of shops, cafes and restaurants.

    The interchange will force King Street becomes a clearway, then shops will not be able to last, and this thriving precinct will become boarded up buildings.

    Again, I call on the Federal Auditor General to review all aspects of this project thoroughly and objectively. This would need to include an honest environmental impact assessment, consideration of the impacts of greater pollution, an assessment of improved public transport options, budget considerations, and the opportunity for NSW to once again model to the world a proactive approach to facilitating strong communities and a proactive approach to reducing global warming.
  • answered 2016-01-29 08:45:39 +1100
    Q: Please respond to these two questions:

    Q1. Why do you object to WestConnex and the New M5?
    A: Toll road projects such as WestConnex are not a viable solution to Sydney’s traffic congestion. The project will devastate the surrounding communities and comes at a time when the effect of vehicle emissions on human health is under intense scrutiny. If the massive project budget was spent on public transport and effective road management, a project like WestConnex would not be necessary. Enough with the short-sighted policy making!
  • answered 2016-01-28 15:23:17 +1100
    Q: Q2. What impact will the construction of WestConnex and the New M5 will have on you?
    A: Congestion in and around areas close to my home and a loss of quality public space and amenity.
  • answered 2016-01-28 07:14:26 +1100
    Q: Q2. What impact will the construction of WestConnex and the New M5 will have on you?
    A: More traffic- destruction of communities and parklands
  • answered 2016-01-28 00:26:22 +1100
    Q: Please respond to these two questions:

    Q1. Why do you object to WestConnex and the New M5?
    A: I object to westconnex and the new M5 because it will cut a swathe through local communities and amenities including crucial parkland. It will increase traffic congestion in an already traffic-logged city and also increase air pollution and carbon emissions. There has been a lack of transparency and accountability throughout the planning process and a definite sense that the proposals will be pushed through at all costs without heeding the serious concerns of those who live in the path of the new roads. Safer, cleaner, more sustainable alternatives have not been properly considered and the current plans are out of step with twenty-first century urban planning in the rest of the developed world where the endless expansion of artery roads has been proven to exacerbate traffic problems and devastate the communities in their path. Westconnex and a new M5 would be a massive waste of public money and are not in the best interests of a modern Sydney.
  • answered 2016-01-27 21:58:43 +1100
    Q: Q2. What impact will the construction of WestConnex and the New M5 will have on you?
    A: it will impact negatively on the environment, air quality and overall traffic congestion in the area. These road works will ruin newtown and its surrounding suburbs as well as destroy sydney park. More roads to cater to the outer west at the expense of the inner west neighbourhoods .. shame
  • answered 2016-01-27 21:16:41 +1100
    Q: Q2. What impact will the construction of WestConnex and the New M5 will have on you?
    A: The project will dump over 61000 cars into the inner west with nowhere to go
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  • answered 2016-01-27 19:58:29 +1100
    Q: Q2. What impact will the construction of WestConnex and the New M5 will have on you?
    A: I don’t live in Sydney so it wouldn’t really impact on me so much but I can imagine the frustration everyday and the pollution that comes with this new submission.
  • answered 2016-01-27 19:57:45 +1100
    Q: Please respond to these two questions:

    Q1. Why do you object to WestConnex and the New M5?
    A: I object to this new submission as this comes as a huge financial cost and a negative impact on our health. We are wasting our money on things which should not be invested in – this is one of them. This will not help the traffic congestions either – rather have public transport available here. Please vetoe against this new plan.
  • answered 2016-01-27 16:29:11 +1100
    Q: Q2. What impact will the construction of WestConnex and the New M5 will have on you?
    A: I fear that traffic will be even worse than it currently is. The area is already struggling under the weight of commuter and commercial traffic.
    I suspect that air quality in the local area will be adversely affected and that the noise levels will increase at all times of the day and night.
    The loss of parklands means less greenspace – there is so little in the area now that any loss will hit hard.
  • answered 2016-01-27 14:56:05 +1100
    Q: Q2. What impact will the construction of WestConnex and the New M5 will have on you?
    A: i think i speak for everyone who lives in the inner west when i say that i strongly believe that this project will create so much congestion, traffic chaos & pollution. it will kill of the vibrancy & individuality of one of Sydney’s most unique & important suburbs such as Newtown & the businesses along King street will die, as they did along Parramatta road. A part of Sydney park will also be forever destroyed. All this without even a consideration for the future & the desperate need for a good & reliable public transport (and i don’t mean more buses) – why is PT not even on the agenda? how many stupid mistake projects, which bleed the public purse need to go through before the government realizes what is really important & desperately needed here????
  • answered 2016-01-27 14:20:05 +1100
    Q: Q2. What impact will the construction of WestConnex and the New M5 will have on you?
    A: It will impact on my travelling time to work as it will be more difficult to drive around (more congestion, and probably more restrictions – no turn there etc)
    I will impact my daily life with more noise and pollution
    It will destroy an area I love, especially Sydney park
    it will most likely decrease the value of my property
  • answered 2016-01-27 14:09:21 +1100
    Q: Q2. What impact will the construction of WestConnex and the New M5 will have on you?
    A: Again, money is taken away from public transport/ pedestrian and bike access to spend billions on a badly thought out project that will bring even more traffic to the area. The construction will bring hundreds of trucks every day for years driving through the already congested area.
  • answered 2016-01-27 14:06:31 +1100
    Q: Please respond to these two questions:

    Q1. Why do you object to WestConnex and the New M5?
    A: This new project will destroy areas like Newtown and Alexandria by pushing more traffic into these already congested streets. Next will be clearway through King Street and it will end up being another Parramatta road.
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  • answered 2016-01-27 13:17:37 +1100
    Q: Q2. What impact will the construction of WestConnex and the New M5 will have on you?
    A: These new roads will add to traffic congestion and pollution in my neighbourhood, Newtown. This will be a less pleasant environment in which to live.
  • answered 2016-01-27 13:15:26 +1100
    Q: Please respond to these two questions:

    Q1. Why do you object to WestConnex and the New M5?
    A: WestConnex will increase air pollution and encourage more car use, quickly filling the increased road capacity. It is not a long-term solution to Sydney’s congestion problem.

    I want to see more public transport and more efficiency in the system to encourage more people to use it.
  • answered 2016-01-27 12:41:34 +1100
    Q: Q2. What impact will the construction of WestConnex and the New M5 will have on you?
    A: I am a taxpayer and as such am entitled to have a say in how my money is spent.
    Spending the huge amounts of money involved in this project on something that will decimate parkland and will not be effective in the reduction of traffic congestion is irresponsible and alternatives should be found.
  • answered 2016-01-27 12:08:09 +1100
    Q: Q2. What impact will the construction of WestConnex and the New M5 will have on you?
    A: The increase in pollution from exhaust stacks in residential areas will result in health consequences to myself and other people in these areas.
  • answered 2016-01-27 12:07:00 +1100
    Q: Please respond to these two questions:

    Q1. Why do you object to WestConnex and the New M5?
    A: I object to the WestConnex project because the business case has never been made public, has been independently shown to increase traffic congestion in the inner city and diverts crucial public funds to a privately-operated lemon project which won’t be used by most people choosing to avoid tolls.
  • answered 2016-01-27 11:27:44 +1100
    Q: Q2. What impact will the construction of WestConnex and the New M5 will have on you?
    A: One of the most beautiful places to go to in Sydney is Sydney Park, The Tree removal ( mature paperbarks)plans are devastating. To be replaced with more pollution in an age where environmental safeguards must be paramount.
  • answered 2016-01-27 11:22:49 +1100
    Q: Please respond to these two questions:

    Q1. Why do you object to WestConnex and the New M5?
    A: I write to express my strong objection to the WestConnex New M5 motorway proposal.

    Global experience of major toll road construction has demonstrated conclusively that these projects are enormously expensive and counter-productive. WestConnex will increase air pollution and encourage more car use, quickly filling the increased road capacity. It is not a long-term solution to Sydney’s congestion problem.

    The fact that the State Government has already signed multi-billion dollar contracts for WestConnex before this EIS was even placed on public exhibition undermines community confidence that this is a genuine consultation process.

    This EIS considers benefits for all stages of the project but doesn’t address the negative impacts along the whole route.
  • answered 2016-01-27 11:12:10 +1100
    Q: Q2. What impact will the construction of WestConnex and the New M5 will have on you?
    A: It will remove the possibility of me going through St Peters, Tempe, Sydhenham and Newtown and surrounds by bike.
    It will take away the houses of many in the local community with whom I have long association. As well as shops and other amenities I patronise.
    It will take away parkland I access on a regular basis.
    It will cause massive congestion and pollution that will affect me as a nearby sydneysider.
  • answered 2016-01-27 11:11:15 +1100
    Q: Q2. What impact will the construction of WestConnex and the New M5 will have on you?
    A: It will affect my health, the enjoyment of my suburb and its parks and the value of my property.
  • answered 2016-01-27 11:09:56 +1100
    Q: Please respond to these two questions:

    Q1. Why do you object to WestConnex and the New M5?
    A: I’m writing to express my opposition to the WestConnex New M5 motorway proposal.
    All over the world, major roadway construction is winding down, due to the massive expense and the fact that increased motor vehicle traffic brings more pollution and more congestion. As Sydney’s population grows, projects like WestConnex will not provide long-term solutions, but be counterproductive.
    It is deeply alarming to me, as a taxpayer, rate payer, and citizen voter, that the State Government has already signed multi-billion dollar contracts for WestConnex before the EIS was even placed on public exhibition. I have no confidence that this is a genuine, nor even legal, consultation process.
    And the EIS itself, while considering benefits for all stages of the project, doesn’t look at negative impacts along the whole route.
    Local communities – among our city’s oldest – will be obliterated, along with amenities, parks and habitat.
    Traffic congestion will worsen. And the cost will get us deeply into debt.
    Most of all, this is NOT as transparent and accountable project.
    All over the world, efficient public transport is known to be the backbone of great cities – Paris for example. That is what we need here. As well as bike paths, which in my thirty plus years of living in the inner city, have been one of the greatest innovations.

    I agree that I have not donated more than $1000 to any political party, elected member, group or candidate within this financial year.
    I agree to the NSW Planning Department publishing my submission on their website, including any personal details it contains.
  • answered 2016-01-27 11:09:51 +1100
    Q: Please respond to these two questions:

    Q1. Why do you object to WestConnex and the New M5?
    A: Quite aside from the environmental impacts, the costs and the fact that public transport would be a more appropriate solution, I would like to comment on the social and tourism impact this project will have on our city.

    In recent years King Street Newtown has become a tourist destination for interstate and overseas visitors. Its vibrant shops and restaurants are a major economic contributor for the city and a defining cultural hub.

    Westconnex risks destroying a valuable economic and social asset by changing the fabric of our inner city and in particular this unique streetscape. This debate is abour more than transport and dollars – think before you destroy our cultural heritage.
  • answered 2016-01-27 10:51:35 +1100
    Q: Q2. What impact will the construction of WestConnex and the New M5 will have on you?
    A: As a visitor to the park, I will find the reduced space a great shame…especially with the increasing numbers of people who are using the amenity