What Can I Do? Submit to the EIS

Read the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

 

We encourage everyone to view the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) released for the Beaches Link Tunnel.

It offers both an overview of the project as a whole, and how it’s construction and operation will affect thousands of residents over the project’s large footprint.

The important detail is found in the Chapters and Appendices that can be downloaded as PDF files. Unfortunately there are also a lot of glossy marketing documents that provide little or no detail.

We appreciate it is a very lengthy set of documents with 12,000+ pages, including some very technical detail, so is not easy for everyone to understand.

You can try using the search function using your street name, or a particular aspect you are interested in like “traffic delay” or “cofferdam”.

 

The EIS can be viewed here:
https://caportal.com.au/rms/bl/documents#eisChapters

Make a Submission to the EIS – By March 1st, 2021

 

It is an easy process to have your say on the EIS – you can either write a simple message or a huge essay, but everyone can make a difference.

We have produced a step-by-step guide on how to make a submission, helping everyone through the steps needed to login and enter their submission to the EIS process on the Department of Planning website.

 

Once you have prepared what you want to say (large or small), it should only take 10 – 15 minutes to go through the process – but there are a few steps involved.

 

It is most important if you have any objections to the project, you must click the option for “I object to the project”. It does not necessarily mean you object to the whole project, just some aspects. The Department of Planning will action appropriately if you tick the “I object” button, but not if you choose the option for comments or support.

 

Download the step-by-step guide here:
https://viabletransportsolutions.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Guide-to-making-a-submission-for-the-Beaches-Link-EIS.pdf

 

(To go straight to the Dept of Planning and lodge your submission: https://www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/major-projects/project/10456)

 

In terms of what to write in your submission, it is important that you write your submission in your own words. Form letters that are copied and pasted into submissions are not treated as seriously as your own submission. You can write as much or as little as you like – all submissions count, they don’t have to be professionally produced.

There is no “right” or “wrong” submission – it is just a way to tell them your opinions. However, do be polite, and make your points clearly.

To write your submission, you can use information from the EIS documents, information on this website, and any other resources from reputable sources.

If you need some help, we have put together a list of important issues that you can reference if you wish.

Download Topics and Tips here:
https://viabletransportsolutions.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Topics-and-Tips-Suggestions-for-EIS-submissions.pdf

 

 

To get ideas or issues to address from other submissions:

– draft submission from Northern Beaches Council to Beaches Link EIS (see pages 547 to 597)

https://files.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/meetings/create-meeting/attachmentbooklet2-councilmeeting-20210223.PDF

– submissions to recent Western Harbour Tunnel EIS

https://www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/major-projects/project/10451/submissions/12921/3251

Please feel free to email us at beachestunnel@gmail.com for help, or to make any suggestions.

 

 

If you experience difficulty, you may wish to ask questions, or express your frustration (whilst remaining polite) to:

– the TfNSW project team – Ph: 1800 931 189  Email: whtbl@transport.nsw.gov.au

– your local MP

James Griffin, Member for Manly – Ph: (02) 9976 2773  Email: manly@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Felicity Wilson, Member for North Shore – Ph: (02) 9909 2594  Email: northshore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Brad Hazzard, Member for Wakehurst – Ph: (02) 9981 1111  Email: wakehurst@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Rob Stokes, Member for Pittwater – Ph: (02) 9999 3599  Email: pittwater@parliament.nsw.gov.au