WestConnex connects with local community
26 Apr 2016
The M4 East Community Information Centre opens its doors this week at Burwood as early work continues on the tunnelling project between Homebush and Haberfield.
The information centre, located at 52 Railway Parade, will provide residents and business owners with access to detailed project information and project experts, and will operate throughout the construction of the M4 East.
Its opening follows the completion of a year of successful local community engagement using WestConnex information kiosks, including one located at Burwood.
Sydney Motorway Corporation Stakeholder Engagement Manager Angela Fiumara said the kiosks were a valuable tool during the planning phase of WestConnex, and have been gradually superseded by project information centres specific to each section of WestConnex.
“Since the start of last year we’ve maintained a presence along the WestConnex corridor to make sure we’ve been on hand to answer questions and to allow the community to easily learn more about the project,” she said.
“We are now into construction on the M4 Widening and M4 East, as well as King Georges Road Interchange Upgrade, and subject to planning approval, work is due to get underway mid-year on the New M5.
“The M4 East Community Information Centre will be a valuable local hub for people to access important project information throughout the construction of the project, in addition to our community updates, notifications, door-knocks and information sessions.”
An interim centre is opening to the community at Burwood with a street-shop to open in the coming months at the same location.
More than 40,000 people visited the WestConnex kiosks to learn more about the project during the early stages of the project. The network of kiosks across shopping centres provided the community with easily accessible locations to find out general information about WestConnex.
When completed, WestConnex is expected to save 40 minutes on a typical travel journey between Parramatta and Sydney Airport. It will bypass up to 52 sets of traffic lights, helping the city cope with an expected population increase of 1.6 million in the next 20 years.
In addition to visiting the M4 East Community Information Centre, anyone interested in knowing more about the project or wanting to provide feedback can call the WestConnex information line at 1300 660 248 or visit www.westconnex.com.au/M4East.
The information centre is open weekdays 9am to 5pm.