Environment

Sydney Motorway Corporation has invested in project-specific environmental expertise and management systems that advise, guide, monitor and report on the fulfilment of environmental obligations by our contractors and delivery teams.

Sydney Motorway Corporation and its contractors are delivering WestConnex in accordance with:

  • The measures identified in the related Environmental Impact Statement and Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report
  • The Conditions of Approvals set out by the Department of Planning and Environment and Minister for Planning
  • The related project Environmental Protection Licences.

Our key stakeholders and regulators include:

  • The NSW Environment Protection Authority, which monitors compliance with the Environmental Protection Licences and regulates environmental performance
  • Department of Planning and Environment, which monitors compliance with the conditions of project approval and mitigation measures agreed to during planning approval
  • Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy, which regulates national environmental laws.

Planning approvals for WestConnex

Each WestConnex project is subject to a thorough environmental impact assessment under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979.

This process involves the preparation and public exhibition of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Each EIS includes information on the project design, air quality, heritage, traffic and transport impacts, and the management of other construction and operational impacts.

Stakeholders and members of the community are able to provide feedback during the preparation and exhibition of the EIS. Submissions received during the EIS exhibition are addressed in a Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report and submitted to the Minister for Planning for consideration in the planning approval assessment process.

These WestConnex projects have received planning approval:

In addition, the New M5 project had the potential to impact on some species listed under the Commonwealth Environmental Protection and Biodiversity (EPBC) Act 1999. This meant it needed approval from the Australian Government Minister for the Environment, in addition to environmental and planning approvals required under State legislation. Australian Government approval was given on Monday 11 July 2016. 

We are now building these projects following the mitigation measures in their EIS, the Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report and the conditions of approval issued by the Department of Planning and Environment.

The EIS exhibition period for the M4-M5 Link has now closed and a Submissions Report is currently being prepared by Sydney Motorway Corporation and Roads and Maritime.