Reaction from immediate neighbours has been mixed to the QPRC administration’s concept plan for a council headquarters and civic plaza in the Q carpark. Concerns revolve around lack of consultation and lack of planning options presented to the community, as well as business access and cost questions. Unhappiness extends to plans for
Despite vigorous neighbourhood protest over poor public consultation, loss of amenity and and habitat destruction along the proposed roadway through suburbs and bushland, the controversial, Ellerton-Drive Extension (EDE) project has been pushed another step towards construction. In May Queanbeyan-Palerang Council received seven tenders and six alternative proposals for the construction project.
Tis the season… for (normal) rate increases With Peter Marshall* Costs will still outstrip income Local social media lit up in May, with Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Administrator Tim Overall’s announcement that rates would rise for the 2017-18 financial year. Many people referred back to the then Premier’s announcement that there would be no
Letter to the Editor QPRC champions linked-up cycle/pedestrian pathways within townships to deliver safer, healthier and child-friendly environments. To a degree, Council is steadily delivering on this vision. In Bungendore, for example, broad cycle/pedestrian pathways connect the preschool, the primary school and the central community park which benefits greatly the kids
Monaro schools may lose $6.1 million Regional schools to lose $400 million under federal proposals Labor candidate for the Monaro electorate, Bryce Wilson, has challenged the Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro, John Barilaro, to stand up for the existing NSW Gonski agreement on school funding. Wilson said Barilaro needs to equal the
An outcome of a Liberal and National Party focus on public asset-stripping and deep job cuts in front-line public services, particularly in the environmental services, is again being highlighted – this time in the restructured Local Land Services (LLS). The NSW Opposition has called on the government to investigate bullying in
The Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council administration has seemingly extensive rate- and taxpayer-funded resources for communicating its activities and policies. For example, the monthly newsletter landing in everyone’s mailbox, backed up by council advertising and Administrator messages in weekly publications. We noticed Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council is using a cute way of getting
Council watch April With Peter Marshall In late March, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Administrator Tim Overall distributed the second tranche of Strong Community Fund grants, colloquially referred to as ‘The Merger Bribes’. The Administrator even alluded to this in his media release: “It is very rare for councils to have $9m to spend