(1) to (3) The Department of Planning and Environment is the responsible
development approval (DA) authority for the WestConnex projects. As part of the
DA approval process, the proponent is required to prepare an Environment Impact
Statement taking into account local land uses such as schools. Stage 1 of the
project, the M4 East, has been approved; and the M5 project is currently under
consideration by the Department of Planning and Environment.