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3207 - WESTCONNEX AIR QUALITY M5 REPORT

Leong, Jenny to the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure representing the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, and Vice-President of the Executive Council
  1. Has the Minister read the Independent Air Quality Review by Todoski Air Sciences regarding the WestConnex- New M5 Environmental Impact Statement which was commissioned by the Department of Planning as part of the New M5 Planning Department approval process?
  2. Is the Minister aware that this review raised serious questions about the methodology and impacts of the New M5 including that the net effect of the project on the community 'cannot be shown to be positive in terms of air quality' and that the project 'may have a more significant (than marginal) net negative outcome on air quality relative to the do minimum case that would otherwise be expected'?
  3. Is the Minister also aware that this Review states that :
    1. There is no reasonable evidence provided in the air assessment or in the responses to the preliminary review to show that the uncertainty in the predicted annual average PM2.5 results lies within an acceptable range?
    2. That the review was not convinced that the proponent's (the Sydney Motorway Corporation and Roads and Maritime Services) claims of a 'considerable safety margin" can be supported with regard to PM2.5s?
  4. What action will the Minister take to prevent the serious health impacts of this project on the communities that will be so badly impacted by WestConnex?
Answer -

Planning approval for the New M5 project was received from the Minister for Planning on 21 April 2016 stipulating a number of environmental protections which include strict air quality limits for the tunnel and ventilation facilities, and the establishment of an Air Quality Consultative Committee with members of the community and local councils.

The Air Quality Consultative Committee will provide advice on the locations of air quality monitoring stations and on the dissemination of monitoring results and other information on air quality issues.

Question asked on 12 May 2016 (session 56-1) and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 69
Answer received on 16 June 2016 and to be printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 73