Beverly Hills resident rejects WestCONnex impacts on South West Sydney

By Kathy Calman, spokesperson for the Beverly Hills/Kingsgrove WestCONnex Action Group

For those of you who are not familiar with our suburbs, the communities of Beverly Hills, Kingsgrove, Bexley North, Earlwood and Arncliffe lived through years of construction for the first M5 circa 2001, (Legacy M5).

The legacy M5 resulted in a ‘Berlin Wall’ effect that separated our community into two. The North and South sides.  It also had a devastating impact on residents in regards to pollution. Turrella and Earlwood, with an unfiltered exhaust stack, and Bexley North and Arncliffe with tunnel portals (openings).

Homes, the trees and parks taken. Years of construction, and then, to thank us for our endurance, we were handed cheap, visually divisive noise walls and poor urban design.   The urban design and landscaping was of such a poor standard that Allambee Crescent Nth Beverly Hills actually features in the RMS Landscape and Design Principles as an excellent example of what NOT to do.

Allambee Crescent Nth Beverly Hills circa 2015.

Screenshot from the RMS Urban Landscape Design Principles
Screenshot from the RMS Urban Landscape Design Principles
The noise wall is visually divisive and bears no contextual relationship to the setting in this residential area on the Northern side of the M5 East
The noise wall is visually divisive and bears no contextual relationship to the setting in this residential area on the Northern side of the M5 East

It is a credit to Council and a few residents of these communities that they took the repair of our environment into our own hands.  We had no choice because the RMS would not.

“Landscaping” by the Community & Canterbury Council – maturing growth circa 2015.
“Landscaping” by the Community & Canterbury Council – maturing growth circa 2015

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The M5 turned out to be a noisy congested old fashioned solution to traffic congestion. But the NSW government has learned nothing. Again last year we found ourselves faced with new projects.  Firstly there was the expansion of the King Georges Road Interchange and now a duplicate of the old failed M5 – call the New M5

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Vol-1B Chapter-14 Visual-impacts-and-urban-design

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Vol 1B Chapter 14 Visual impacts and urban design

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Section Pages
14 Visual impacts and urban design 14-1
14.1 Assessment methodology 14-2
14.2 Existing environment 14-9
14.3 Assessment of potential impacts 14-31
14.4 Environmental management measures 14-82

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Appendix Vol 2E App K Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment

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Section Pages
1.0 Introduction 1
1.1 Overview of WestConnex 1
1.2 Overview of the project 2
1.3 Project location 4
1.4 Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements 4
1.5 Study area 5
2.0 Urban and Landscape Design 7
2.1 Western surface works and the Kingsgrove motorway operations complex 8
2.2 Bexley Road South motorway operations complex 12
2.3 Arncliffe motorway operations complex 12
2.4 St Peters interchange and surrounds 16
3.0 Methodology 23
3.1 Project description 23
3.2 Analysis of existing environment 23
3.2.1 Definition of Landscape Character Zones 24
3.3 Assessment of landscape character and visual impact 25
3.3.1 Sensitivity and magnitude 25
3.3.2 Visual envelope mapping 26
3.3.3 Photos and panoramas 26
3.3.4 Assessment of night lighting impacts 26
4.0 Existing environment 29
4.1 Introduction 29
4.2 Western surface works 32
4.2.1 Topography and visibility 32
4.2.2 Context 34
4.2.3 Heritage sites 43
4.2.4 Landscape Character Zones 44
4.3 Bexley Road surface works 52
4.3.1 Topography and visibility 52
4.3.2 Context 56
4.3.3 Heritage sites 63
4.3.4 Landscape Character Zones 63
4.4 Arncliffe surface works 69
4.4.1 Topography and visibility 69
4.4.2 Context 74
4.4.3 Heritage sites 77
4.4.4 Landscape Character Zones 77
4.5 St Peters interchange and surrounds 80
4.5.1 Topography and visibility 82
4.5.2 Context 82
4.5.3 Heritage sites 88
4.5.4 Landscape Character Zones 90
5.0 Policy and Planning Setting 99
5.1 Urban design, landscape character and visual amenity 99
6.0 Assessment of potential impacts 103
6.1 Construction visual impacts 103
6.1.1 Kingsgrove North construction compound (C1) 106
6.1.2 Kingsgrove South construction compound (C2) and Commercial Road 123
6.1.3 Bexley Road North construction compound (C4) 132
6.1.4 Bexley Road South construction compound (C5) 147
6.1.5 Bexley Road East construction compound (C6) 155
6.1.6 Pedestrian and Cyclist Routes – Beverly Hills, Kingsgrove, Bexley 165
6.1.7 Arncliffe construction compound (C7) 171
6.1.8 Canal Road construction compound (C8) 183
6.1.9 Campbell Road construction compound (C9) 198
6.1.10 Landfill Closure construction compound (C10) 207
6.1.11 Burrows Road construction compound (C11) 208
6.1.12 Campbell Road bridge construction compound (C12) 213
6.1.13 Gardeners Road bridge construction compound (C13) 216
6.1.14 Sydney Park construction compound (C14) 219
6.1.15 Western surface works – Construction activity within the roadway 227
6.2 Operation landscape character impacts 237
6.2.1 Western surface works 237
6.2.2 Bexley Road South motorway operations complex 242
6.2.3 Arncliffe motorway operations complex 245
6.2.4 St Peters Interchange and surrounds 249
6.3 Future character / context assessment 255
6.3.1 Western surface works 255
6.3.2 Bexley Road South motorway operations complex 255
6.3.3 Arncliffe motorway operations complex 260
6.3.4 St Peters Interchange 262
6.4 Operational visual impacts 264
6.4.1 Western surface works 264
6.4.2 Bexley Road South motorway operations complex 282
6.4.3 Arncliffe motorway operations complex 292
6.4.4 St Peters Interchange 313
6.4.5 Local road upgrades 349
6.4.6 Tolling gantries within the M5 East Motorway corridor 378
7.0 Mitigation and management measures 379
7.1 Construction 379
7.2 Operation 380
Appendix A Visual impact summaries A

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