The government released this tunnel route for WestConnex Stage 3a on Dec 18, 2018. It will be an 8 lane tollroad running under Leichhardt, Annandale, Stanmore, Camperdown, Newtown and St Peters.
Homes which sit within the identified ‘zone of influence’ of the tunnel route may be impacted and damaged due to the tunnelling especially as large sections this proposed tunnel will be at more shallow depths than was originally stated in the Environmental Impact Statement.
To see more details and the proposed tunnel depths for specific properties go to https://stage3a.anzgeo.com
I'm concerned that:
- The map which was released on Dec 18 has a route and tunnel depths which were not indicated in the original EIS.
- The government will compulsorily acquire land beneath properties in the area without offering any compensation.
- The shallow depth of tunnels increases the risk of serious, permanent damage to homes as well as ground noise and vibration.
- The current proposal ignores the recent experience of residents in Strathfield, Concord and Homebush who have seen huge cracks form through their homes as contractors burrow to build the M4 East.
Sign the petition to tell the Premier to reconsider the proposed tunnel depths.
I oppose WestConnex and the continued damage it is doing to lives, homes and communities in our local area.
The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Stage 3a was approved despite the route and tunnelling depths only being indicative. Now that proposed depths and routes have been released, it's clear that they are significantly different to those that were indicated in the initial EIS approval.
Tunnel depths through Leichhardt, Annandale, Stanmore, Camperdown, Newtown and St Peters must be reconsidered as a matter of urgency and the community must be given a formal opportunity to comment on the new proposed tunnel depths.