In December 2018 details of the latest WestConnex M4-M5 route and tunnel depths were published on an interactive map which showed a large number of locations where the proposed tunnel depths would be far shallower than previously indicated.
Depths of between 16-25 metres under many residential streets in St Peters, Camperdown, Annandale and Leichhardt are unacceptable given the severe impacts which have already been seen on homes in other areas at deeper tunneling depths.
The Greens and affected community members are calling for the following:
- Scrap WestConnex and redirect money into public transport
- Deeper tunnelling
- Community representative on the RMS damage assessment panel
- Expand the zone of influence to 250m
- Vibration monitoring at homes within zone of influence
- Deploy ground movement detection technology to confirm causation of property damage
- Commit to compensating property owners for compulsory underground acquisitions
In April 2019 the WestConnex Action Group held a large community meeting to look at options for compensation for damage caused by the M4-M5 tunneling.
You can find information about this meeting here.
Our office wrote to the Premier, Planning Minister Roberts and WestConnex Minister Ayres in December alerting them to the unacceptable tunnel depths and lack of consultation on the new route and the shallow tunnel depths and called on them to ensure that the new plans were considered properly. The response we received in February is unsatisfactory and did not address the issues our office raised in relation to the changed tunnel depths.
You can take action and call on the Premier to act to ensure that the proposed tunnel depths through Leichhardt, Annandale, Stanmore, Camperdown,Newtown and St Peters are reconsidered as a matter of urgency and that the community is given a formal opportunity to respond to these tunnel depths as well as the new route.
You can download a hard copy of this letter and share it with your neighbours.
The Inner West Council has offered a dilapidation report service to those affected by the M4-M5 project as follows:
- Only those properties identified by the Proponent as being affected by Stage 3 of the M4-M5 link project.
- The identified properties must take up the Proponent's offer of a dilapidation report and have received the report.
- Works must not have commenced in the area around the identified property.
- Sufficient time is available to undertake the property inspection prior to works commencing.