WAG New M5 submission: Introduction and cover letter

We've broken up our 200-page submission to the WestCONnex New M5 environmental impact statement (EIS) into sections to make it easier for you to work through them. This section contains our cover letter; others contain specific objections split by subject area.

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1.0 Objection to the failure of WestConnex, including the New M5, to achieve its stated core objectives

WAG objects to both the failure of WestConnex to meet its stated core objectives and the manner in which these objectives were formulated.

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2.0 Objection to the lack of transparency and proper process

WAG objects to the lack of transparency and proper process that has characterised the WestConnex project since its inception, and continues to do so with the New M5.

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3.0 Objection to AECOM doing the EIS for the WestConnex New M5

WAG strongly objects to the fact that AECOM, the company contracted to compile this EIS, has deep interests in the planning and construction of the $16.8 billion motorway project, raising questions about the independence and integrity of the planning assessment process.

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4.0 Objection to the traffic modelling and analysis of alternatives to WestConnex

WAG strongly objects to the traffic modelling and analysis of alternatives to building the WestConnex New M5 included in the EIS.

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5.0 Objection to the corruption of planning process

WAG objects the corruption of proper planning processes that characterises WestConnex, including the New M5.

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6.0 Objection to the health impacts

WAG objects to the negative impact the WestConnex project, including the New M5, would have on the health of residents who live, work or study along the motorway’s path, as well as drivers who use the tunnels and feeder roads.

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7.0 Objection to the impact on air quality and EIS assessment of impact

WAG objects to both the impact WestConnex, including the New M5, will have on Sydney’s air quality, and the failure of this EIS to properly assess those impacts.

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8.0 Objection to the impact of WestConnex, including the New M5, on climate change

WAG objects to the increase in emissions WestConnex, including the New M5, will cause, and the worsening of climate change that will result. WAG fundamentally rejects the proponents’ allegation that WestConnex will improve air quality and reduce emissions.

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9.0 Objection to the impact of noise and vibration caused by WestConnex, and failure of the EIS to properly analyse these impacts

WAG objects to the both the long and short-term impact that increases in noise and vibration will have on the lives of the hundreds of thousands of people who currently live, work or study in or near the route of the planned WestConnex, including the New M5. We also object to the poor analysis of these impacts in the New M5 EIS.

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