Engagement to date
We recognise a project of this scale will have an unavoidable impact on local communities. This is why we completed one of the most extensive engagement programs for a motorway project both ahead of and during the EIS exhibition period.
Since 2017, starting with the release of the preferred route and concept design, we engaged with thousands of you who live and work in and around our project area. We have listened to better understand your concerns and have incorporated your feedback and suggestions into our design where possible.
In 2018, we carried out a wide range of consultation and engagement activities to help refine our design based on community feedback and we aimed to reduce community impact where possible.
In 2020, during the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) exhibition period, we carried out another wide range of consultation and engagement activities. During this time we received your submissions and we are now currently working on a submissions report to ensure your valued comments and concerns are taken into consideration as the project progresses.
Our engagement program for the Western Harbour Tunnel and Warringah Freeway Upgrade project has also included the companion project, Beaches Link, for which we are currently preparing a separate EIS. This will assess construction and operational impacts of the Beaches Link project. We expect to have this EIS available for public exhibition in late 2020.
Our commitment to you is that we will continue to listen and actively engage with you to hear your feedback on these city-shaping projects.
What you told us
Your feedback on the Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link Proposed Reference design 2018 focused on the following topics:
We thank you for your feedback, which has helped us make a number of positive improvements to the project. They include:
- maintaining the connection between the Warringah Freeway and Ernest Street by keeping the Ernest Street ramps
- working with the original landscape architect for Yurulbin Park to develop plans which will finally deliver the original vision for this park
- committing to collaborating with the community in 2020 to develop new public open space at Berrys Bay once the project is complete
- minimising the impact of our work at the Ridge Street North construction site
- reducing the land we need to use at the Cammeray Golf Course during construction and for our permanent motorway facilities
- retaining more trees and plantings along the northern boundary of the Cammeray Golf Course to minimise visual impact from our work
- putting our motorway facilities within the Warringah Freeway corridor so we can move them further away from communities where possible
- revising the construction staging at the Warringah Freeway to reduce impact to you at night
- improving pedestrian and cycle paths along and across the Warringah Freeway
- improving public access to the beach at Berrys Bay and working with North Sydney Council on providing boat or kayak storage racks at the beach before construction starts.
Managing community concerns
We know building a road of this scale and significance does not go without impact.
We will have a community contact system in place during construction and will ensure there are a number of different ways you can contact us and raise concerns or make enquiries at any time.
We will also be working closely with teams from nearby construction projects to help minimise the construction and consultation fatigue in your local area.
What happens next
Planning process and future engagement
The EIS display period has now closed. During this time, many of you took the opportunity to review the assessments and provide feedback on our findings. Your submissions were sent to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE). You can view all submissions made by visiting the DPIE website.
We are now working on a submissions report to respond to the issues raised. This report will be made public. The report will be submitted to DPIE in order to help inform the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces’ decision on the project.
Subject to approval by the Minister, the project will be built and operated in accordance with the mitigation measures described in the EIS, and the Conditions of Approval.
The plans proposed in the EIS may evolve depending on several factors including community feedback, and the construction methodologies developed by the contractor/s once appointed. If a change to the project is proposed, which is not consistent with the planning approval, an application will be made to the Minister to modify the approval.
Though the EIS submissions period has closed, we welcome your comments and questions at any time. Please contact us via 1800 931 189 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to ask a question or subscribe to ongoing email updates about the project.