How to Write a submission

There are lots of different approaches to writing a submission.

The EIS is 7000 pages so it is unlikely that you can cover all your concerns in one document. You can do more than one submission. In fact, you can do as many as you like.

If you OBJECT to the proposal, it is important to state this very clearly at the top of your submission.  If you do not do this, you may be categorised as a person who only wishes to comment, rather than OBJECT.

You can use any or all of these approaches to preparing a submission:

  • You can read the EIS and come up with your own ideas. We have made it easy to download and search.
  • You can use information provided by community groups or Councils about what is in the EIS to prepare a submission based on your concerns. These concerns can be both specific (e.g. the impact on parking in your street) or they can be general.(e.g. your opposition to unfiltered stacks).
  • You can read one of our sample submissions and use it with or without your own additions.
  • You can sign a community submission at a stall.
  • You can use our online Do Gooder submission site to which you can add comments or change in any way you like.
  • Don’t worry about the language you use. Just state your concerns in your own words.
  • Don’t feel like you need to write pages of detailed submissions. There is no minimum or maximum submission length.

Read about what information must be included in your submission and how to submit it. 

What happens to your submissions

NSW Planning will give every submission a number and publish it on the department’s website. planning.

If you are using our online submission site or any other prepared submission site, we highly recommend that you insert your own comments so that your submission is treated as an individual one.  If NSW Planning receives standard prepared submissions, it accepts each one as an individual submission and assigns it a number, but those that are the same get grouped as  “FORM submissions”.

After the Submissions period ends on October 16, NSW Planning will send all the submissions to the NSW Roads and Maritime Services and Sydney Motorway Corporation who have commissioned engineering firm AECOM who prepared to EIS to prepare a RESPONSE TO SUBMISSIONS report. .

If you’re interested, you will be able to track your number to read the response to your concerns. We will announce when the Response to Submissions report is published and publish a guide to how to do track the response to particular concerns. Unfortunately in the case of the M4 East and New M5, we found the responses to be very inadequate.

The Councils and government department submissions will be published separately. We will publish the key points in these submissions.

The People’s EIS will publish our own response to the RESPONSE TO SUBMISSIONS REPORT.