M4-M5 Link Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report now available
Following the public exhibition of the M4-M5 Link Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), a Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report (SPIR) has been prepared to respond to the submissions made by the community, councils and government agencies.
A Preferred Infrastructure Report has been prepared to outline and assess the impact of two alternative design options that have been identified since the exhibition of the EIS. Two changes to the project have been identified to improve environmental outcomes and address stakeholder and community feedback:
- The White Bay civil site to be used as a heavy vehicle marshalling area; and
- The relocation of the bioretention facility in Rozelle
To access the SPIR, visit the Department of Planning and Environment's Major Projects website.
Each submission received during the exhibition period has been assigned a submitter number by the Department of Planning and Environment. The submitter number and instructions on how to search the document can be found on the Department's Major Projects website.
The Department will review all submissions received, assess the SPIR and then prepare the Secretary's Environmental Assessment Report. This report will include a recommendation to the Minister for Planning who will then make a determination on the project.
If the project is approved by the Minister for Planning, it will be constructed and operated in accordance with the mitigation measures described in the EIS, the SPIR and the Minister's Conditions of Approval.
The plans proposed in the EIS may evolve depending on community feedback and the construction methodologies developed by the contractors, once appointed.
Should changes to the project be required following approval, Roads and Maritime can apply to the NSW Minister for Planning. Any modification requests would be lodged with DP&E for assessment and would be appropriately notified and/or exhibited depending on the scale of the proposed modification and the potential for environmental or social impacts.