EIS (Environment Impact Study) for the Beaches Link Tunnel: What does it mean for the Residents of Balgowlah?
The EIS was anticipated. It is just that we did not expect the Government to dump it on us just before Christmas – and after the School P&Cs have closed and will not be functioning until the middle of February. We know that TfNSW cannot hold proper community consultation sessions due to the Covid 19 Restrictions that we assume will be in place in January and February.
A copy of the EIS can be found at Beaches Link Tunnel and submissions need to be lodged with TfNSW by the end of February 2021.
We have had a quick review of the EIS Documents (10,000 pages +) and would like to share with you some initial comments on the documents.
While the Minister for Transport Andrew Constance made the point when announcing the release of the EIS along the lines of “this project will be built, some have thought that it could not be built, only the Liberals can be trusted to build infrastructure projects”, the final cabinet decision to proceed with the project has not been made. There are several hurdles that need to be overcome:
The project has been sold to residents of the Northern Beaches on the basis that it will allow a shorter commute to the City, the Airport and Western Sydney. Never, has the Premier, or the Transport Minister or James Griffin told the residents that: Once the Beaches Link Tunnel is completed, it will be easier for the residents of Western Sydney to drive to Manly, Freshwater, Curl Curl, Dee Why, Mona Vale and Newport than to drive to Bondi, Coogee or Cronulla. Over weekends in the summer, there will be as many as 40,000 additional cars arriving in the Northern Beaches – and it is this weekend traffic that will boost the toll revenue for the owners of the Beaches Link Tunnel, the Western Harbour Tunnel, WestConnex and the toll roads leading into WestConnex.
In addition, here are some of the local issues we intend to include in the Community Submission from the Balgowlah Residents Group:
Prepared By : Terry le Roux and Nerissa Levy
Balgowlah Residents Group
Candy Bingham, Deputy Mayor & Manly Ward Councillor on Northern Beaches Council. Background in marketing, public relations and community engagement. Author of five business books. Former Lady Mayoress of Sydney. Aka Candy Tymson.