M6 Stage 1: Connecting Kogarah to the M8

Transport for NSW are delivering the M6 Stage 1 project which will connect President Avenue at Kogarah to the M8 at Arncliffe. The project includes a four kilometre tunnel, linking southern Sydney to the wider motorway network. 

This is a NSW Government project led by Transport for NSW.

The project is expected to cost the NSW Government $2.7bn and it is scheduled for completion in late 2025.

When completed, the M6 Stage 1 will divert more than 2,000 trucks a day from local roads.

About the project

This project includes:

  • a four kilometre tunnel to connect President Avenue at Kogarah to the M8 motorway at Arncliffe

  • upgrading parks and facilities at Ador Reserve Precinct, McCarthy Reserve, and Brighton Memorial Playing Fields

  • new facilities and open space at Marsh Street in Arncliffe and Rockdale Bicentennial Park

  • substantial improvements to the road network, including an upgrade to President Avenue and the intersection off Princes Highway.

  • new pedestrian and cycle paths that will link to other active transport routes, including a bridge over President Avenue.

The project is scheduled for completion in late 2025.

Changes to our parks and facilities

The construction will impact your access to public space and facilities at Rockdale Bicentennial Park from late October 2021 with complete closure from February 2022. 

The new community facilities at McCarthy Reserve, Brighton Memorial Playing Fields and Ador Reserve Precinct (former Rockdale Bowling Club) have been built by Transport for NSW to offset the area being used for construction.  Transport for NSW will also deliver new facilities and open space at Marsh Street in Arncliffe and Rockdale Bicentennial Park once tunnel construction is completed.

There will be significant changes to Rockdale Bicentennial Park as the construction site compound is established and will include some vegetation removal. Assessments regarding environmental and visual landscape impacts were undertaken as part of the Environmental Impact Statement.  

As part of this process, Transport for NSW examined biodiversity, visual landscape and contamination in the project area and has devised mitigation strategies to minimise possible impacts.  

This includes:

  • a tree management strategy will also be developed including measures to offset the loss of trees and achieve a net increase in tree canopy

  • a protected exclusion zone around the wetland will be retained and protected within Bicentennial Park and other key construction sites with supplementary tree planting and screening provided along President Avenue to offset the tree removal

  • the area surrounding the tunnel portal and entry and exit ramps will be planted with a variety of vegetation to reflect the nearby wetlands and parkland species near the conclusion of construction

  • plans are in place such as the development of a biodiversity offset strategy and construction flora and fauna management plan to protect threatened ecological communities present in the project area

  • a Sustainability Management Plan will be implemented to protect and enhance the natural environment and local heritage

  • an Urban Design and Landscape Plan will be prepared in consultation with Council and the local community to revitalise and return open space areas to the community

  • in line with environmental approvals, Transport for NSW will incorporate water-sensitive urban design principles as part of the detailed design process, including maximising the integration of existing and enhanced water features into open space such as enhancements to Scarborough Ponds, Rockdale Wetland, Rockdale Bicentennial Ponds and other waterways.

You can learn more about the newly upgraded facilities, park closure, investigation work, construction site establishment and environmental mitigation strategies in the Summer 2022 project update or the M6 Stage 1 web portal.

New parks and community facilities

Brighton Memorial Playing Fields

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Artists impression of the precinct with one large sports field surrounded by trees and parkland
  • upgraded full-size synthetic field

  • new mid-sized grass field

  • new play area

  • new memorial garden

  • new lawn areas

  • new amenities building including changing rooms, canteen and public amenities

  • fencing around playing fields

  • tree planting and landscaping

  • upgraded car park with increased capacity

  • new and upgraded lighting for improved security

  • new access arrangement for Sybil Lane to improve safety.

Take the interactive digital tour of the new Brighton Memorial Playing Fields to learn more about new facilities – for the best experience use your smartphone.  

Alternatively, listen to John Yates, President of the Brighton RSL talking about the history of the memorial gates (video is 28 seconds).

 

Ador Reserve Precinct and McCarthy Reserve

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Overhead view of Ador Park Precinct including 2 sports fields surrounded by trees and houses
  • upgraded full-sized synthetic field

  • new mid-sized grass field

  • new inclusive playground with new equipment and BBQ area

  • new skate park

  • new amenities building including changing rooms, canteen and public amenities

  • new and upgraded lighting for improved security

  • fencing around playing fields

  • tree planting and landscaping

  • new shared cyclist and pedestrian pathway

  • new pedestrian bridge over Muddy Creek

  • upgrade to West Botany Street Bridge to include a shared cyclist and pedestrian pathway

  • relocated car park with increased capacity

  • new vehicle access off West Botany Street.

 

Rockdale Bicentennial Park and Marsh St Open Space

Once construction of the M6 Stage 1 tunnel is completed, Transport for NSW will deliver new facilities and open space at Marsh Street in Arncliffe and Rockdale Bicentennial Park.   

Transport for NSW engaged our community regarding the design of the M6 Stage 1 tunnel, design of three upgraded community facilities and the establishment of the tunnel construction sites.  

Community feedback on the design was included in the Environmental Impact Statements. Since then, Transport for NSW and their contractors have prepared draft concept plans for new open spaces at Marsh Street in Arncliffe and Rockdale Bicentennial Park for Council feedback.  

At the 3 November 2021 Council meeting, Council endorsed the concept plans for Marsh Street Open Space and Rockdale Bicentennial Park (refer to page 140).  

To stay informed, please subscribe to receive project updates.

New park names

Ador Reserve Precinct and Marsh Street Open Space

Our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) will reshape the way we name our places moving forward. We will encourage and promote recognition of Aboriginal place names and to foster the more frequent use of these names, particularly for new places.

This change also aligns with the Geographical Names Board of NSW Place Naming Policy, which also promotes recognition of Aboriginal cultural heritage by registering the original place names given to features on the land that relates to the ancestors, histories, law and lore of its people. 

As part of the process Council will also consult with the Local Aboriginal Land Council and relevant Aboriginal communities on new Aboriginal place names. It is hoped the first two parks to follow the new process will be: 

Temporary Name: Ador Reserve Precinct

Address: Bay and West Botany Street, Rockdale.  It is also known as the former Rockdale Bowling Club.

Temporary Name: Marsh St Open Space

Address: Marsh St, Arncliffe.  It is also known as the M8 and M6 tunnel construction site.  
More information about this will be available in the coming weeks.

Project updates and quick links

For detailed project information visit the M6 Stage 1 web portal or subscribe to receive project updates.

Quick links:

More information

Our role in the project

This is a NSW Government project being led by Transport for NSW.

Our role is mainly to advocate to Transport for NSW and NSW Government on your behalf.

We will:

  • advocate for and escalate local community concerns

  • advocate to minimise construction impacts to our local streets, parks and open space facilities

  • negotiate with the State Government to achieve the best outcomes for you and our community

  • encourage our community to participate in Transport for NSW community engagement activities

  • work with Transport for NSW to establish project and complaint reporting framework

  • provide access to Transport for NSW project updates via the Council website, newsletters and social media channels

  • enforce local laws in and around the construction site.

Feedback and complaints

For any enquiries about the project please contact Transport for NSW:

To make a complaint about the construction please contact:

Translating and interpreter services: please contact TIS National on 131 450 and ask them to call Transport for NSW on 1800 789 297.

How to stay informed

Transport for NSW provide regular updates through the M6 Stage 1 portal.

The resources on the portal include fact sheets, images, interactive maps and videos.

Subscribe to receive project updates

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Artists impression of intersection of President's Avenue and M6, surrounded by trees