Metro south

DiveSiteSydney Metro City & Southwest extends the new metro network from the end of Sydney Metro Northwest at Chatswood, under Sydney Harbour, through the CBD, and west to Bankstown.

John Holland CPB Contractors Ghella Joint Venture (JHCPBG) has been contracted by Transport for NSW (TfNSW) to complete the major Tunnel and Station Excavation (TSE) Works for Sydney Metro City and Southwest, which involves designing and constructing the twin 15.5 kilometre tunnels between Chatswood and Sydenham.

To facilitate the delivery of these works, a tunnel dive site will be established at Chatswood. JHCPBG will start works in October to set-up the site in preparation for tunnelling to commence in 2018.

Come and meet the JHCPBG team for a coffee or tea and learn about the works we will doing at the Chatswood dive site. Our team will be happy to answer your questions.

Where: Chatswood dive site, 339 Mowbray Road, Chatswood (see attached map)

When: Saturday 23 September 2017

Time: 9am-11am (drop in any time)

Parking available on site.

Please do not hesitate to contact us via or 1800 171 386 if you have any questions.


And the winners are:

The final results from the recent elections have now been published.

Throughout Willoughby, 46,226 residents were enrolled to vote. However, only 37,466 turned out to vote on the day. So, around 20% of residents did not vote in the Mayoral election. The result:
Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney – 24,713 votes

Predictably, Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney won with 70% of votes cast. Informal votes accounted for 5% of votes cast.

 In West Ward, there were 11,72 residents enrolled to vote. Of these only 9,527 came out on the day. The result:
Tony Mustaca – 30%
Craig Campbell –  25%
Lynne Saville – 23%.
Maria Chan (9%), Maisy Yan (7%) and Kenrick Cheah (7%) ran credible campaigns.
21% of residents did not vote. Of those that did, 7% voted informal.
Perhaps the most noteworthy outcome was Craig Campbell, a first time candidate, polled so strongly. Craig was the President of the Mowbrary School P&C; on the Mowbray School Council and the Treasurer of the Chatswood West Ward Progress Association.
Another interesting outcome was that 77% of West Ward voted for Independent candidates. Willoughby Council has long been the champion of Independents with 12 out of 13 of the newly elected Councilors being Independents. This matches the often expressed view of residents in favour of independents.

Beaconsfield Lights

We have received the following information on this issue:

right turn light arrowWe promised to let you know when there was something new to report on the Beaconsfield lights saga—happily, there is some movement since the last update.

We left off previously that Willoughby and Lane Cove traffic engineers had come up with 3 options for allowing a right hand turn from Beaconsfield southbound into Mowbray Rd westbound.  These were:

  • Option 1:  This option involves the construction of islands in Mowbray Rd to prevent straight through movements from Beaconsfield Rd into Ralston St
  • Option 2:  This option is a variation of Option 1 with the additional modification to the configuration of the intersection on the south-eastern corner to improve left turn movements from Mowbray Rd west into Ralston St.
  • Option 3: This option relies on the use of signs only (no physical islands) to prohibit entry into Ralston St from Beaconsfield Rd.  This is the least expensive option and has been successfully implemented at many similar intersections.  (An example being the treatment at the Gore Hill Freeway exit at the Pacific Highway where entry into Howarth Rd is prohibited)

The engineers preferred option 3, which they submitted to the RMS.  The RMS has been the sticking point so far, so it’s good news that RMS has come back and agreed:

Willoughby Council has now received advice from RMS indicating that Option 3 is their preferred one as well (signage only stopping through traffic movements, no physical barriers in place).

Council forwarded a project brief to a traffic planning consultancy last Friday to provide traffic data collection, traffic modelling, and analysis services of the existing situation and option 3.  We are not sure what they will learn that they haven’t already learned from the previous several studies, but it’s progress, so we are not going to try to stop them.  Anyway, the consultants notified Council yesterday that they will submit a fee proposal to proceed.

We are not entirely clear on the exact order of the next steps, but assuming the traffic study concurs with the engineers’ views, this should then head to the respective traffic committees of Lane Cove and Willoughby (the RMS-led ones) for approval.  Willoughby has already approved doing this, so it should be a minimal issue; we are not sure about Lane Cove but will follow up.  In any case, it’s slow progress but heading in the right direction nonetheless.


688 Pacific H’way – again

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The closing date for submissions is 7 September 2017.

We received the following information from a local resident:

Last week Aqualand submitted a new development proposal for 688-692 Pacific Highway (thanks Jenny for the early alert!)
They had withdrawn their earlier application for a 6 storey building. This was likely because Willoughby Council had rejected the application, listing many items requiring attention.
This new proposal is available for viewing at Willoughby Council until early September.  On Tuesday this week I took a look and include some images below.
It is worth visiting to look at the plans (make sure you are handed two large white folders and ask to see the physical model – required for developments over $3,000,000). As can be seen in one image below, the development exceeds the height limit only marginally. Affordable housing needs, bulk, setback, traffic and safety considerations and some overshadowing may be concerns.
Aqualand has addressed many of Council’s objections to the original proposal in this current proposal and anyone can make a submission to Council. Residents within a certain perimeter will be formally notified by Council.
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