Planning approvals

Each WestConnex project is subject to a thorough environmental impact assessment under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. 

This process involves the preparation and public exhibition of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Each EIS includes information on the project design, air quality, heritage, traffic and transport impacts, and the management of other construction and operational impacts. 

We invite stakeholders and members of the community to provide feedback during the preparation and exhibition of the EISs for our projects. All submissions are addressed in a Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report and submitted to the Minister for Planning for his consideration in the planning approval assessment.

These WestConnex projects have received planning approval: 

In addition, the New M5 project had the potential to impact on some species listed under the Commonwealth Environmental Protection and Biodiversity (EPBC) Act 1999. This meant it needed approval from the Australian Government Minister for the Environment, in addition to environmental and planning approvals required under State legislation. Australian Government approval was given on Monday 11 July 2016. 
We are now building these projects following the mitigation measures in their EIS, the Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report and the conditions of approval issued by the Department of Planning and Environment.

Planning for M4-M5 Link

Planning is underway for the M4-M5 Link.

The EIS for the M4–M5 Link will be exhibited in 2017. Planning documents for the project are publicly avaialble on the Department of Planning and Environment's website