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Date for submissions extended in Sydney Orbital to F3 link study.



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Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600

Date for Submissions Extended in Sydney Orbital to F3 Link Study

A102/2003 8th September 2003

The closing date for public submissions on the route selection study for the Sydney Orbital to F3 link has been extended by three weeks to 3 October, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson, said today.

This extension will not affect the end of year completion date for the study.

The proposed road will provide an alternate link between the M2 to the F3 at Wahroonga and relief to the existing Pennant Hills Road link.

Mr Anderson said the consultation period had been extended a further three weeks, following approaches from stakeholders in the study area concerned they would be unable to complete their submissions before the original September 12 deadline.

“I believe it is important that every opportunity is taken to ensure that the community and their representatives have an input into the study process,” Mr Anderson said.

“Therefore, I am extending the submission period by three weeks, to allow further time for all stakeholders to respond. The new closing date of October 3 will still allow the study to be completed by the end of 2003, as originally planned.

“Public consultation activities on the proposed link have been under way for the past month. More than 300,000 residents in the study area have received a newsletter detailing the options. Public displays have been held at Council offices, libraries and shopping centres.

“To date, public responses to the four route options have included more than 300 telephone calls, over 200 written submissions, and a further 400 electronic submissions.”

Mr Anderson encouraged anyone who had not already done so to view the consultation material and have a say on the options under consideration. Public displays will be able to be viewed at the majority of council chambers and libraries in the area until the closing date. Display details and venues can be found at http://commcons.skm.com.au/f3tosydneyorbital .

“The final report will address the issues raised, and any preferred route will be subject to a separate Environmental Impact Statement for which additional public comment will be sought.”

Anyone who has not already received a study newsletter may request one by contacting the consultants undertaking the study, Sinclair Knight Mertz on free call 1800 550 050 or by e-mailing a request to f3tosydneyorbital@skm.com.au .

Media contact: Paul Chamberlin 02 62777680

Ph: 02 6277 7680 Email: john.anderson.mp@aph.gov.au Fax: 02 6273 4126

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Backgrounder -Sydney Orbital to F3 Link

É The 8 km Sydney Orbital (SO) to F3 link will complete Sydney’s orbital

road network. The four options under consideration all feature some of the

longest road tunnels ever proposed in Australia. It is planned to be

constructed after the completion of the Western Sydney Orbital in 2007,

subject to the availability of funding.

É The Federal Government is contributing more than $4 million for planning and

environmental impact studies of the project over two years.

É Consultants Sinclair Knight Merz Pty Ltd are undertaking the study for the

Commonwealth Department of Transport and Regional Services

(DOTARS). NSW RTA are managing the study for DOTARS.

É The SO to F3 link will connect from the Sydney Orbital (M2) at Pennant

Hills or Epping (depending on which option is chosen) to the F3 at

Wahroonga. It will replace Pennant Hills Road as part of the interstate

highway system in urban Sydney.

É The four options proposed include road tunnels with two or three lanes in

each direction. This will relieve traffic pressure on the area by taking up to

20,000 vehicles per day (including 7,000 heavy trucks) off Pennant Hills

Road and other surface streets. The use of tunnels will also minimise

property impacts on residential and reserve areas.

É After the consultation period is completed a preferred option will be

selected. This will have a detailed Environmental Impact Statement

completed for it. The EIS will examine issues such as property impacts,

ventilation stacks, noise and construction impacts in detail.

At this stage the options are defined as broad bands of interest. Individual property impacts have not yet been identified and will be examined in the EIS stage.