Monthly Archives: January 2016

ARAG’s Objection to the westCONnex ‘New M5’ EIS

ARAG today submitted its objection to the westCONnex ‘New M5’ Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Submissions to the Planning Department in relation to this debacle of a project – $16.812 BILLION of your taxpayer dollars – close today.

ARAG’s PDF submission is enclosed here for you to download here: ARAG Submission – westCONnex M5 EIS.

Here’s hoping that somebody is listening.

If you’re quick, you can still submit your own objection. Feel free to copy / adapt from the information here, or visit A People’s M5 EIS on the embedded link.

Both our site and the site contain links to direct you to the Department of Planning’s submission portal.

M5 EIS objection

Vanessa and I have just submitted our objection to the westCONnex M5 EIS. It is based largely on the NOwestCONnex template but raises additional points.

The enclosed PDF may be of interest to others still preparing their submissions.

20160126 – M5EIS Submission – Speechley – Knight

How WestConnex Noise and Vibration will impact on Alexandria

noise_table_111_treatmentContributed by one of our co-ord group members.

On my reading of the EIS chapters, there are impacts on Alexandria both on the noise and vibration front, but the main impact on us is noise. The EIS generally dismisses vibration as an issue that won’t cause us problems. ( EG See, Vol 2D, App J Page 149 5.5.2 ).

There are a couple of points worth making Continue reading

Save Sydney Park from WestConnex

WestConnex, if it goes ahead, will be devastating for Sydney Park.

To see how to object, click here.


It will take a large chunk out of the south eastern side, for a ‘construction compound’ that will reach almost to the large lake.

It will take off the southern corner, to create a massive intersection between Euston Rd, Campbell Rd and the tunnel ramps. (See the black line on Continue reading

WestConnex Business Case does not add up

WestConnex_cost-savings_mapThe State Government plans to spend $18 billion on WestConnex, an inner city tollway that is to connect the M4 to the M5 via a tunnel. The tunnel will be one of the world’s longest, and most expensive. The $18 billion bill for WestConnex dwarfs spending on other forms of transport infrastructure. Continue reading

No right hand turn into Sydney Park Rd

We’ve had confirmation from WestConnex that they do not plan to allow right hand turns from Euston Road into Sydney Park Road, except for buses. So the diagrams showing two right hand turn lanes are wrong – there will only be one right hand turn lane, and it will be buses only.

How to object to the New M5

To lodge an objection to the WestConnex New M5 , please:

  1. download a copy of westconnex_newm5_objection.doc
  2. add your own comments, if you wish
  3. upload to

Or for other ways to object to the WestConnex M5 EIS, visit:

Submissions close at Midnight!

WestConnex EIS Public Forum – Wed 13 Jan

The New M5 EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) has been released. The impact on Alexandria will be devastating.

Alexandria Residents’ Action Group will be running a workshop on the EIS, at:

7pm on Wednesday 13 January
Alexandria Town Hall (73 Garden St).

Please come along and:

  • Hear more about what the impact will be on Alexandria
  • Get advice on how to submit an objection
  • Learn what more you can do to save your suburb

We only have until 29 January to submit objections.

How WestConnex will impact traffic in Alexandria

The M5 East EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) has been released. Comments on the EIS are being accepted until 29 January.

The impact on Alexandria is every bit as bad as we had feared. If anything, it’s worse than expected.

From about 2019, the M5 will terminate at Sydney Park. When complete, it will dump over 100,000 cars into our suburbs, much of which will end up on local streets. This is not by accident – it is intentional.

60,000 vehicles are expected to use Euston Road. This is more traffic than uses Victoria Road. It is almost ten times the traffic that Euston Road currently handles.


An extra lane in each direction will be added to Euston Road. The north-bound lane will go as far as Maddox Street, where it becomes a new left-hand turn lane, channelling traffic off Euston Road and into Maddox Street. Continue reading

Vale Robyn Kemmis

The Alexandria Residents’ Action Group (ARAG) and residents of Alexandria are saddened by the news of the unexpected passing of Robyn Kemmis, Deputy Lord Mayor and a great friend of ARAG.

ARAG is a relatively new residents’ group and in our short time since formation Robyn has offered quiet counsel and unqualified support for us and the issues that affect Alexandria. Robyn always was accessible, knowledgeable and professional in her interactions with ARAG.

We always have been impressed by Robyn’s performance on Council – her calm and considered presentation of issues and representation of constituents’ concerns. Continue reading