First Westconnex tender awarded

Thursday 10 October 2013

Getting on with delivering Westconnex: first major tender awarded

The NSW Government is wasting no time moving ahead with WestConnex, awarding the first major tender for the project, NSW Premier and Minister for Western Sydney Barry O’Farrell and Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay announced today.

A joint team from SMEC/RPS has been appointed to prepare an environmental impact assessment for the WestConnex M4 Widening stage.

“The NSW Government is working to get WestConnex underway as soon as possible for frustrated Sydney motorists,” Mr O’Farrell said.

“The awarding of the first major tender follows the approval of the WestConnex business case late last month and the lodgement of the M4 Widening planning application.

“This is a game-changing project for Western Sydney and for the NSW economy and I’m delighted with the enormous momentum that is now behind the project.”

Mr O’Farrell also announced the first large-scale industry briefing for all three stages of WestConnex will be held later this month.

“WestConnex is the biggest infrastructure project underway anywhere in Australia and industry is keen to be involved,” Mr O’Farrell said.

“The main construction industry briefing for all three stages of WestConnex will be held in late October - it follows two briefings already on the first stage of the project attended by more than 100 industry leaders.

“The WestConnex industry briefing and engagement process is seeking innovative ideas from the market to deliver value for money for NSW taxpayers.”

Mr Gay said feedback is being sought on the project through workshops and written submissions. This will include testing the procurement strategy for the M4 widening.

“WestConnex will be delivered in three stages over 10 years, and the infrastructure and finance sectors are being invited to help shape the delivery plan for the project,” Mr Gay said.

“The NSW Government is embarking on one of the broadest community consultation programs of any infrastructure project in Australia.

“This includes displays in major shopping centres along the M4 corridor, including Westfield Parramatta, Rhodes Shopping Centre, Westfield Penrith, Westfield Burwood, DFO Homebush and Wentworthville Shopping Plaza.

“These displays will be staffed by Roads & Maritime Services employees, who will be answering questions about the project to members of the public, explaining its benefits and the construction timetable.

“In addition, advertised public briefings will be held in community venues such as Westmead Christian Grammar School, Five Dock Leisure Centre, Burwood Park Community Centre, Ashfield Bowling Club and Newington Community Centre.”

The EIS for the M4 widening will be exhibited for public comment in early 2014.

MEDIA: Cameron Hamilton or Mark Tobin (Premier) 9228 5239 or Marie Scoutas (Minister) 0467 739 976.

View the original media release (PDF)

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