Ward encourages community to have their say on Albion Park Rail Bypass Environmental Impact Statement

28 October 2015

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward has announced that the Albion Park Rail bypass has moved another stop closer, with the community invited to have a say on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which will be displayed for public comment from this Wednesday.

Mr Ward said the NSW Government allocated $3 million in 2015-16 to continue planning the proposed 9.8 kilometre extension of the M1 Princes Motorway between Yallah and Oak Flats.

“The EIS contains detailed information about the proposed motorway’s design features and outlines the potential impact on the community during building work and forecast impact during operation,” Mr Ward said.

“The EIS also assesses the environmental, social and economic impact and provides details of measures to manage and reduce these impacts.

“The submissions process is a vital role in the development of the project providing the opportunity for the community to have a say.

“All comments will be included in a report with responses provided about all issues raised.”

The EIS will be on display from this Wednesday 28 October to Friday 27 November.

Subject to planning approval, building work is planned to start by early 2019.

“The bypass would deliver significant benefits to the local community including reduced traffic congestion and improved access during a flood, improved travel times and safety for motorists,” Mr Ward said.

The community is invited to three drop in sessions to discuss the EIS.

These sessions will be held on 7 November at Albion Park Public School between 9am and 1pm, 15 November at the Camp Quality Convoy Croom Regional Sporting Complex between 9am and 3pm and 19 November at The Rail Community Centre between 6pm and 9pm.

The EIS can be viewed at www.majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au; Roads and Maritime offices at 90 Crown Street Wollongong, Wollongong and Shellharbour Councils and Albion Park, Oak Flats and Dapto libraries.

A 3-D visualisation of the project can also be viewed on line at www.rms.nsw.gov.au/apr.

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