Safeguard the Health, Safety & Well-being of all Children at Rozelle Public School
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Objection to WestConnex M4-M5 Link
I write to express my strong objection to the WestConnex M4-M5 Link motorway concept design.
I object to this design as it:
- Proposes 3 to 4 years of 24/7 construction of a tunnel entrance/exit on Victoria Road approximately 200m from Rozelle Public School and Preschool (the School).
- Proposes two unfiltered tunnel exhaust ventilation stacks; one 200m North West of and at a lower elevation to the School in line with prevailing winds, and the other 600m South of the School, also in a secondary prevailing wind direction, which will shower unfiltered emissions and toxic particular matter down on our children while at school, as they walk to and from the School, as they play at the School and in their own back yards and at local parks, and while they sleep in their beds which will lead to adverse health effects on our children due to the unfiltered exhaust emissions.
- Proposes buildings adjacent to or nearby the School being demolished for construction sites, leading to more dust and noise pollution, and unsafe demolition methods being used as evidenced at other WestConnex sites which poses a serious risk to our children’s safety.
I am opposed to construction for the following reasons:
- Construction within 500m of the School between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday will result in adverse health, safety, educational, developmental and well-being effects on children due to its proximity and during exactly the entire time that our children are present on School grounds.
- Construction noise and vibration from trucks and tunnelling for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a period of months or years which will;
- Adversely affect our children’s opportunities to learn and play during these times;
- Adversely affect those of our children in Preschool to adequately rest during nap-times;
- Further exacerbate and potentially endanger those of our children afflicted by pre-existing respiratory conditions;
- Be deleterious to learning outcomes for those of our children suffering learning disabilities.
- Construction is likely to result in the disturbance of lead and other soil pollutants known to be present in the soil throughout Rozelle which will be dispersed throughout the surrounding area, including the School.
- Construction will have an adverse impact on our children’s sleep, leading to impaired cognitive processing and compromised learning
will adversely affect the children living to the North West of the construction site, in the area between Victoria Road, Springside Street and Byrnes Street as the road closures will isolate them and make it impossible for them to walk to school.
- To use all or part of King George Park and Oval as a construction site due to its proximity to the School and the use of this site will;
- Impede the children’s ability to participate in the School cross country carnival or the athletics carnival which are normally held at King George Oval, and pose a safety risk when the children walk to and from the School and the Oval to attend the carnivals
- Be detrimental to the health of the children participating in the School swimming carnival which is normally held at Drummoyne Swim Centre due to the proximity of exercising close to the construction site.
- Be detrimental to the general health and well-being of the children who use this park, playground and oval as their only means of recreation, as Rozelle is already severely lacking in safe open spaces for children to play in.
I am opposed to the ventilation shafts for the following reasons:
- They will increase car emissions, which are already responsible for the high levels of lead polluting the air at Rozelle, and the increased traffic volumes due to the tunnel will result in increased exhaust emissions and toxic particulates from both the tunnel entrance and the unfiltered exhaust stacks;
- They will increase the concentration of air pollution at the tunnel entrance, given that the Iron Cove Bridge and Victoria Road in Drummoyne are already at capacity, which will lead to stop/start and slow moving traffic at the entrance;
I am opposed to the tunnel at the Iron Cove Bridge for the following reasons:
- The tunnel will increase the road safety hazards to our children when walking and cycling to school during construction due to the volume of heavy construction vehicles as evidenced at other existing WestConnex construction, in particular along Victoria Road, Darling Street, Wellington Street, Terry Street and all side streets adjacent to these roads and within 200m of the School;
- SMC offers no traffic plans for children to safely walk and cycle to School after construction, particularly near tunnel entrances;
- SMC Offers no traffic plans or contingencies to prevent rat runs and increased traffic volumes in residential streets in the catchment area by drivers seeking to avoid tolls;
- SMC provides no assurances that current pedestrian crossings across Victoria Road between Toelle Street and Terrey Street, Moodie Street and Terry Street are preserved, or safe and convenient alternatives are found both during and after construction;
- SMC provides no assurances that current bus routes and stops on Victoria Road are preserved, or alternative safe and convenient routes and stops are instated both during and after construction;
- SMC provides no assurances that current cycle paths on Victoria Road are preserved, or alternative safe and convenient cycle paths are instated both during and after construction;
SMC does not provide adequate information to provide more detailed feedback and objections, and without any consultation with us and our community, we must object to the current very vague and potentially disastrous proposals being put forward by SMC.
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