POLLUTION

Global health experts agree that pollution from traffic exhaust poses serious health risks. Emissions include nitrous oxides and particulate matter that, when breathed into the lungs, causes respiratory diseases such as asthma and emphysema, and cancer.

IMPACTS OF 7 YEARS OF CONSTRUCTION

Balgowlah Golf course and a site near Kirkwood St, Seaforth will become construction sites for drilling, rock crushing, provision of concrete lining for the tunnel and removal of waste materials dug from the tunnel, for the 5-7 years of construction.

ACCESS ROAD AND RAT-RUNS

An access road is planned for the full length of Balgowlah Golf course, requiring a new traffic light to be installed in the middle of Burnt Bridge Creek Deviation.

IMPACTS OF TUNNELLING

The design shows the trajectory of the tunnel going underground beneath Hope St, Kempbridge Ave and Brook Rd, including Seaforth Public School (junior campus) at a depth of between 15 and 20m.

IMPACTS ON THE ENVIRONMENT

The construction site and access road on Balgowlah Golf course will involve the removal of valuable green space and approximately 550 established trees, including a large fig tree approximately 150 years old.

WIDER VIEW OF NSW GOVERNMENT PLANNING

A recent parliamentary enquiry into the planning of WestConnex found that the government had “failed to adequately consider alternative options” and had “weakened the accountability and disclosure rules” resulting in limited transparency to the public.