Council tackles super highway impact statement

The WestConnex project is sparking growing concerns about its environmental impacts in the Strathfield area, according to a report produced by Strathfield Council.

Residents are worried about increased noise and air pollution, carbon dioxide emissions, traffic woes and property devaluation due to close proximity to M4 developments.  

At this month’s council meeting, Councillor Gulian Vaccari added that council needed to help residents whose properties will be acquired by WestConnex authorities. “We need to help them get fair compensation from WestConnex,” said Cr Vaccari. 

Based on community feedback, Strathfield Council drafted a submission in response to the WestConnex Environmental Impact Statement.

The submission outlines contamination impact, noise and vibration, waste management, health and flooding impacts, and other issues.

The Homebush precinct will be the most affected due to extensive M4 East developments including new tunnel entries and exits, a westbound on-ramp over Arnotts Reserve, ventilation stacks near Underwood Road, construction sites at Bill Boyce Reserve and motorway operations near Homebush Bay Drive.

To further back their recommendations with evidence, council sought help from SLR Consulting, a leading environmental consultancy.

The council requested a detailed analysis from WestConnex about air quality impacts at Arnotts Reserve and residential development at 17-35 Parramatta Road and
5 Powell Street in Homebush.

Council has also strongly recommended the installation of an air-filtration system for the ventilation stacks to maintain the air quality.

Council has also requested an alternative location for the westbound on-ramp proposed for Arnotts Reserve, arguing accelerated traffic and noise pollution would affect nearby residents and up to 5,000 dwellings. 

As the project is expected to cause extensive loss of flora species and tree canopy cover, council has also offered to advise WestConnex authorities on establishing habitat areas where possible, retrieving habitat trees and providing nest box hollows for kookaburras and other bird species.


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