NSW Branch of AMSA submitted comments on the NSW Legislative Council Parliamentary Inquiry into the impact on the Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link on 8 June 2021.
Our comments address term of reference (ToR) (j) the impact on the environment, including marine ecosystems with application to term of reference (i) whether the project is subject to the appropriate levels of transparency and accountability that would be expected of a project delivered by a public sector body.
The Transport for NSW Environmental Impact Statement (EIS, January 2020) and the Submissions Report (SR, September 2020) did not sufficiently consider the impacts to the marine environment and natural resource assets of Sydney Harbour. This is particularly disappointing, considering the considerable improvement of water quality of Sydney Harbour which now supports significant biodiversity as one of the most diverse harbours in the world.
Please refer to the attached document for full details.