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2351 - WESTCONNEX IMPACTS ON SCHOOL AND CHILDCARE FACILITIES

Leong, Jenny to the Minister for Early Childhood Education, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, and Assistant Minister for Education
  1. Is the Minister aware of the close proximity of a number of child care centres, primary schools and playing fields to the proposed WestConnex routes on the M4 East and new M5?
  2. Is the Minister aware that numerous significant omissions have been identified in the WestConnex new M5 EIS including at least 10 local schools and day care centres and three sports fields, all of which are in the project zone or immediate perimeter and will be significantly impacted by the project?
  3. Did the Minister or any relevant departments have any input into the EIS's or Updated Business Case for WestConnex given the proximity of schools, childcare facilities and sports fields to unfiltered ventilation stacks and highly congested local roads due to the forecast congestion predictions in these documents as a result of WestConnex?
Answer -

(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.

Question asked on 18 February 2016 (session 56-1) and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 50
Answer received on 29 March 2016 and to be printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 63