Sydney Metro City & Southwest is subject to NSW state planning approval under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EPA Act). The project was declared to be Critical State Significant Infrastructure by ministerial order on 10 December 2015.
Sydney Metro is currently preparing two Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) for the City & Southwest project. The two EIS documents cover different geographic scopes of work and will be submitted separately for approval to the Minister for Planning and Environment under Part 5.1 of the EPA Act. The scope of works for each EIS is split into:
- Chatswood to Sydenham planning approval
- Sydenham to Bankstown planning approval
The project is not anticipated to include any controlled actions under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and therefore has not been referred to the Australian Government Environment Minister for approval.
Chatswood to Sydenham planning approval
The Chatswood to Sydenham EIS covers the construction and operation of the Sydney Metro rail line for approximately 16 kilometres from Chatswood to Sydenham. This section of the rail line almost entirely comprises of underground rail tunnels (including beneath Sydney Harbour) and new stations at Crows Nest, Victoria Cross, Barangaroo, Pitt Street and Waterloo.
The EIS was on public exhibition from 11 May 2016 to 27 June 2016. Sydney Metro will collate the responses received during the EIS exhibition period, provide a Submissions Report to the public and await assessment and determination by the Minister for Planning and Environment.
Sydenham to Bankstown planning approval
The Sydenham to Bankstown EIS covers the segregation, conversion and operation of the existing Sydney Trains Bankstown heavy-rail line to a Sydney Metro line from Sydenham to Bankstown.
Sydney Metro is currently preparing the Sydenham to Bankstown EIS for public exhibition in 2017.
Project approval stages
Sydney Metro has developed a Construction Environmental Management Framework (PDF3.75MB) for the City & Southwest project that sets out the minimum environmental management standards that would be implemented on the project. Other proposed mitigation measures to be implemented to manage the impacts on the environment are detailed in the Chatswood to Sydenham EIS.