The EIS assesses the potential environmental and social impacts of the Western Harbour Tunnel and Warringah Freeway Upgrade.
The EIS is now on display and you have the opportunity to review the assessments and provide feedback on our findings. This time, your submissions will go to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) and they will ask us to address your feedback. Once they are satisfied we have addressed all the feedback appropriately and we have responded to the submissions, they will make a decision on whether or not to approve the project.
What’s included in the EIS?
The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 outline the requirements for EISs for State significant projects in NSW. These pieces of legislation contain requirements in relation to the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARS) which you can view on the DPIE Major Projects portal at www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/major-projects/project/10451. As part of the SEARS, we have assessed and provided information on topics such as:
The EIS also includes strategies to avoid, mitigate and manage the potential impact of the project.
Consultation and engagement has been carried out with stakeholders during the design development process and
environmental assessment to ensure key potential impacts have been identified at an early stage, and where
possible, avoided, or appropriate mitigation measures developed.
We welcome your feedback at all stages of the planning process. To make a submission on the EIS, please click here.
We understand a project of this scale will have an impact on you. This is why we have completed one of the most extensive engagement programs for a motorway project at this stage of development ahead of the EIS exhibition period.
Since the release of the preferred route and concept design in 2017, we have engaged with thousands of you who live and work in and around our project area. We have listened to better understand your concerns and your community, and have incorporated your feedback and suggestions into our design where possible.
Our commitment to you is we will continue to listen and actively engage with you to hear your feedback on this city shaping project.
We know building a road of this scale and significance does not go without impact.
We will have a community contact system in place during construction and will ensure there are a number of different ways you can contact us and raise concerns or make enquiries at any time.
We will also be working closely with teams from nearby construction projects to help minimise the construction and consultation fatigue in your local area.
For more information about our community engagement and the feedback we have received please read chapter 7 of the EIS.
This map displays the current construction activities for the project, and is constantly updated.
Select a hotspot from the map or the left sidebar to review the notification. You can also download the notification and add the work time to your calendar.
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Explore our interactive map to see the concept project alignment and key information about the proposed design and construction of the project.
Please note: This interactive map contains information from the Western Harbour Tunnel and Warringah Freeway Upgrade Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) which was published in January 2020. Since then, our design and planning for the Western Harbour Tunnel has continued to progress, including the release of the Submissions Report in September 2020, project approval in January 2021, start of early work activities and award of stage 1 tunnelling to John Holland and CPB Contractors in a Joint Venture in January 2022.
This dedicated interactive portal contains the latest information, maps and videos about the Western Harbour Tunnel project.
If you are looking for information about the Beaches Link and Gore Hill Freeway Connection or Warringah Freeway Upgrade, please visit the dedicated project portals:
If you have any complaints or enquiries, please contact us.
We understand noise can be a source of disruption to local communities during the construction and operation of major road projects. To minimise the impact of our project on local residents, we are delivering at-property noise treatment to eligible properties. Noise treatment refers to architectural acoustic measures which aim to improve the sound resistance of properties, such as window and door upgrades.
We have developed a Noise Insulation Program which outlines the criteria and process for delivering noise treatment to affected properties as part of the project.
Providing at-property treatment is a complex process and involves a number of different steps. To learn more, see our fact sheet.
We are starting the process of delivering noise treatment before the project is approved so residents benefit from reduced noise as early as possible.
We are happy to coordinate virtual tutorials to explain the tools and techniques of the model as required.
Please raise a question in the RFT Data Room should you require any additional support.
The EIS assesses the potential environmental and social impacts of the Western Harbour Tunnel and Warringah Freeway Upgrade during construction and operation. The EIS also includes strategies to avoid, mitigate and manage the potential impacts of the project.
In the EIS, we cover topics such as traffic and transport, air quality, noise and vibration, construction and biodiversity impacts.
The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) placed the EIS on exhibition from 29 January to 30 March 2020. This closing date was extended from 12 March following feedback from the community. During this time everyone had the opportunity to make submissions on the project. We are now working on a submissions report to respond to the issues raised. This report will be made public. All submissions made to DPIE are available on their website.
Have your say on Western Harbour Tunnel and Warringah Freeway Upgrade
How to make an online submission:
How to make a hard copy submission:
You can submit a hard copy of your submission. If you want DPIE to delete your personal information before publication, please make this clear at the top of your letter. You need to include:
You can hand deliver your submission to DPIE’s office, located at:
4 Parramatta Square, 12 Darcy Street
Parramatta NSW 2150
You can post your submission to:
Attention: Director, Transport Assessments
Planning & Assessment, Department of Planning
Industry and Environment
Locked Bag 5022
Parramatta NSW 2124
Submissions must be received by DPIE before midnight 30 March 2020.
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