New South Wales
I am writing to you to raise my concerns and opposition to the Northern Beaches Tunnel. I am very concerned about the impact
the tunnel plans will have on my, my neighbouring communities and Sydney as a whole.
I am opposed to the proposed road tunnel and it’s route. My reasons for opposing the
1. The route covers the highest density of schools and pre-schools, hospitals and nursing
homes in Sydney where green space and amenity is already under considerable strain. We
dont want a road tunnel constructed which will be detrimental to our quality of life and
which will compete with several other coinciding major projects in the area.
2. Tunnelling will be completed in and around predominantly historic residential areas and
will subject homes to tremors, cracking, noise and sleepless nights during 24/7 construction
over a long period due to drilling, drawdown and truck movements.
3. Air pollution from construction puts our community’s health at risk. Fine dust particles
will enter the air, both in and around construction sites and transport corridors. Homes
around the construction sites will be exposed to silica dust (WHO Carcenogen), sporting
teams playing adjacent will breathe it in and local school communities will encounter this dust.
Hundreds of heavy vehicles will also move to and from dive sites spreading
carcinogenic diesel fumes across our communities, playing fields and natural environments.
This is a considerable health risk given dive sites are in valleys surrounded by sports fields
4. Noise pollution will be a 24/7 problem. Trucks, drilling, ground work and preparation
activities will mean noise along and around the construction corridor. Noise travels. It will
impact residents, students and local businesses. It affects sleep, concentration, stress levels
and health. There are thousands of children living along the tunnel route who will be
5. Road safety is a major concern, especially for our young children and the elderly. At least
70 trucks an hour will travel along residential streets from multiple dive sites across the
area, putting children at risk. Given the age of the area and the density it is unreasonable to
suggest this volume of trucks.
6. Sports and community recreation will suffer. Sports grounds have been targeted for
construction sites and will make them unusable. Where construction is planned for next to
sports grounds and parks, we will be affected by noise and air pollution and they will not be
safe to use for the duration of construction.
7. Precious bushland which supports endangered and native species and holds significant
indigenous value is at risk. The bushland and habitats around Wakehurst Parkway and at
Flat Rock Gully is particularly significant and will be destroyed due to clearing, run off, noise,
dust and contamination. Of particular concern is the idea that an old tip site (Flat Rock)
containing asbestos and heavy metals would be opened up in the heart of a residential and
recreational area – this is inconceivable and should not occur at any cost.
8. Flat Rock Gully is a significant water catchment area and runs down to Tunks Park and
Middle Harbour. Middle harbour is a sensitive marine ecosystem and mangrove area and
will be dredged. Both the noise along the echo chamber of Middle Harbour and the
contamination of the harbour via dredging and turbidity is objectionable.
7. The proposed design does not move the stacks away from schools, there are dozens of
child care centres and preschools also impacted. The health impacts on our young children
from unfiltered stacks in unacceptable. Doctors from the Children’s Hospital as well as
researchers from the World Health Organisation have repeatedly warned us about the
health impacts of increased pollution from roads. The WestConnex Inquiry found that stacks
should be filtered and tunnels built overseas have treated air. It is unacceptable that we are
proposing to build inferior infrastructure which poses a risk to our health.
8. Properties stand to significantly devalue. The reasons are many and varied including
construction noise, pollution concerns, dust, smoke stacks, the presence of tunnels
underneath homes and increased traffic and parking issues. Banks will re-classifying our
homes risk in terms of borrowing - in areas with high mortgages this puts families at
considerable financial risk.
9. There has been no business case released for these projects so there is no transparency
with regard to their justification and no ability for the community to publicly scrutinise the
allocation of public funds. A stated benefit of 15% reduction of traffic on Military Rd, which
planners say will be absorbed within 2 years, is an extremely poor return on investment for
our communities. Alternative sustainable public transport solutions have not been
presented to the community.
10. A road tunnel is a climate change contributor and the location significantly threatens
biodiversity via land clearing, hard surfaces/heat, diesel emissions from construction
vehicles, run off contamination, water pollution and ultimately an increase in carbon
emissions via increased reliance on cars (and roads which produce pollutants regardless of
the fuel source)
Based on the concerns raised, the only option is to stop the tunnels and consider alternate
routes and public transport options. In the interest of transparency and proper community
consultation an alternative options analysis and the business case should be presented to
the community as a minimum. Federal support for the projects is unacceptable until this has
been done. In fact, we would ask that our federal member represent our best interest and
the best interests of Sydney in addressing the above well researched concerns with the
State Government and insist on the Worlds Best Practice planning and transport solutions.