How to make a submission to the New M5 East

The New M5 EIS was published by the NSW Department of planning on November 27, 2015. The end of the exhibition period and the current deadline for submissions is January 29, 2016. Currently the Greens and community campaign groups are pushing for an extension to this deadline which would make it extremely difficult for Councils, groups and individuals to prepare an adequate response to the massive EIS over the Summer holidays. The EIS is massive because there are thousands of potential risks to sustainable transport for Sydney, the health and safety of communities and the survival of species and habitat.

This link tells you how to make a formal submission to the EIS. You will note that the Department promises to publish a list of submitters with their suburb and submission with attachments. In relation to the M4 East EIS this has turned out to be a lie. Despite an explicit undertaking this has not been done. Instead nearly 4000 submissions have been dumped in 60 big PDFs that are not even searchable. The People’s M4 East is currently attempting to get Brent Devine, planner in charge of the M4 EIS to meet this obligation.

If you are making a submission directly to the Department of Planning for the New M5 EIS make sure you include this statement: “I make this submission on the understanding that you will publish a list of submitters including my name, suburb and submission.”

The People’s New M5 EIS will be publishing lots of material that will help you produce your submissions. You can make more than one. MPs and community groups such as the Westconnex Action Group will also be preparing submissions that you can adopt and add your own comments.

We welcome contributions and ideas.  You can send them to If you have skills in environmental science, transport planning, heritage, community planning, sociology, economics, maths or accountancy, health work, journalism, editing, internet or multimedia production, photography, interviewing, transcribing  or any other relevant occupation or interest, please consider assisting us in reading sections of the EIS and providing summaries of key issues, critical analysis and research.


Newtown Greens MP Jenny Leong says Christmas release of EIS is unfair

Newtown Greens MP Jenny Leong has accused the Baird government of unfairness and cynicism in its release of a massive EIS for the new M5  last week just weeks before Christmas. She has called for a review of the end of January deadline for submissions.

“The NSW Government has released the New M5 Environmental Impact Statement just before everyone breaks for the year but it’s no gift to the residents, councils or organisations that will be forced to digest this massive document – made up of 149 individual multi-page attachments – during the holiday period.  Submissions are due at the end of January, just as many families will be returning from summer holidays.”

“The Government is trying yet again to avoid community accountability.

“It’s such a cynical move, requiring residents, councils and organisations to comment on a huge planning document like this over the holiday period, when they should have the opportunity to spend with their families and friends. Many councils are having their final meeting for the year in the next couple of weeks and aren’t due to return until February.

“Giving residents only until the end of January to make submissions on the New M5 is completely unfair and is yet another example of the Government attempting to fast track this project without due diligence or concern for those people who will be severely affected by this project.

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The New M5 East EIS has now been released and we have until the end of January to provide submissions.

The aim of this site is to help you understand what Westconnex means for you so that you can provide an effective response.

In the mean time, the business case for the overall WestConnex project has been released, and it contains quite a lot on the M5.

You might also like to visit where we have published many submissions. The next step will be Westconnex to come back with its response to submissions.