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Buying merger goodwill

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

Luke Foley answers questions in Queanbeyan

Revived Labor takes on ‘ideological’ Liberal, National coalition NSW Opposition leader Luke Foley came to Queanbeyan mid-March for one of Labor’s new series of ‘town hall meetings’. He was introduced by Bryce Wilson, Labor candidate for Monaro in this most marginal of seats. The regional backdrop reflects anger about council amalgamations and

Fire and local government role

Council watch with (former Palerang councillor) Peter Marshall On Friday 17 February, like many other volunteer firefighters, residents and their neighbours, I was involved in defending properties against a fast-moving grassfire in Carwoola, which quickly became a bushfire. Many houses were saved, but sadly many others were lost, as were other structures,

Downtown development proposal begs some questions

Before the Christmas break, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council announced it had received an unsolicited bid from a consortium of ‘experienced’ local property developers to re-develop a large section of the Queanbeyan CBD. The proposal involved a mix of commercial, cinema, office, residential and carparking developments on council-owned property. The amalgamated council administrator,

#HashTag Census Success

It is now early September, and the census tidal wave has receded..somewhat. The website is still up, the ABS is still in business, and although some field officers may be still out there collecting data, most of the country has decided that filling out the census is a worthwhile activity. Most people

Local ‘representation’ except when it’s not

Eight former councillors from the former Queanbeyan City and Palerang councils have been appointed to the Queanbeyan-Palerang Local Representation Committee (LRC). The Committee will be chaired by former Palerang Mayor Pete Harrison and includes four each from the former council areas. Besides Harrison they are Peter Bray (Deputy Chair); Paul Cockram;

Abolition of road safety tribunal for truckies

With an election looming, the office of sitting member for Eden- Monaro Peter Hendy has suddenly become visible with a tide of press releases.  In this one, Dr Hendy explains why he supports the abolition of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT). There is an argument from observers who are not

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