Submissions have closed. We still need your help.

Submissions have closed.

The next part of the campaign starts now.

We still need your help.

We need your help to make sure the submissions are taken seriously.

We need your help to campaign for an audit of WestConnex.

And we need your help, to help politicians from both major parties understand that WestConnex is a project with no winners.

 

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More ways to have your say on WestConnex

To object to the M5 EIS or to support it, you can create your own submission, or you can use a prepared submission.

Hardcopy submissions closed at 5pm on Friday 29 January.

Online submissions are still being accepted, until midnight.

Lodge an objection to the New M5 online

If you prefer to add your comments to a prepared submission, you can, and you can add your own comments as well:

Make your own submission

You can make your own submission. There is already some information on this site, and more will be coming.

You can lodge your submission through the government’s major projects website.
You can send it to Department of Planning at:

SSI 6788
NSW Department of Planning and Environment
GPO Box 39
Sydney NSW 2001

Or if you prefer, you can deliver it to the main desk of the Department of Planning, Information Office, 23-33 Bridge Street, Sydney NSW 2000

The small print

Unless you ask for it not to be, your name will be published on the Major Project website where all submissions will published. If you use a pro forma letter submission, you should add that you have NOT donated more than $1,000 to a political party in the current financial year, or if you have, you need to provide details. Unless you ask for it not to be, your name will be published on the Major Project website where all submissions will published.

You can develop your own submission and upload on to the Planning website. If you are doing this, there are great contributions on this site that will help you add detail and arguments that will enrich your submission.

If you object to the project make sure you state that clearly at the beginning of your submission. Use the word ‘object’. If you don’t state this, then even if you do object with a thousand reasons, Planning officials will rank your submission as ‘comments’ rather than ‘objects’.

You can make more than one submission. For example, you might make one submission on air quality and another on traffic. You might make one submission and then update with Part 2 the following week.

Other ways to oppose WestConnex

NoWestConnex-Public Transport has:

WestConnex Action Group have pages where you can:

 

How to make a submission to the New M5 East

The New M5 EIS was published by the NSW Department of planning on November 27, 2015. The end of the exhibition period and the current deadline for submissions is January 29, 2016. Currently the Greens and community campaign groups are pushing for an extension to this deadline which would make it extremely difficult for Councils, groups and individuals to prepare an adequate response to the massive EIS over the Summer holidays. The EIS is massive because there are thousands of potential risks to sustainable transport for Sydney, the health and safety of communities and the survival of species and habitat.

This link tells you how to make a formal submission to the EIS. You will note that the Department promises to publish a list of submitters with their suburb and submission with attachments. In relation to the M4 East EIS this has turned out to be a lie. Despite an explicit undertaking this has not been done. Instead nearly 4000 submissions have been dumped in 60 big PDFs that are not even searchable. The People’s M4 East is currently attempting to get Brent Devine, planner in charge of the M4 EIS to meet this obligation.

If you are making a submission directly to the Department of Planning for the New M5 EIS make sure you include this statement: “I make this submission on the understanding that you will publish a list of submitters including my name, suburb and submission.”

The People’s New M5 EIS will be publishing lots of material that will help you produce your submissions. You can make more than one. MPs and community groups such as the Westconnex Action Group will also be preparing submissions that you can adopt and add your own comments.

We welcome contributions and ideas.  You can send them to wendybacon1@gmail.com. If you have skills in environmental science, transport planning, heritage, community planning, sociology, economics, maths or accountancy, health work, journalism, editing, internet or multimedia production, photography, interviewing, transcribing  or any other relevant occupation or interest, please consider assisting us in reading sections of the EIS and providing summaries of key issues, critical analysis and research.