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Community alliance to quiz council candidates on proposed Ellerton Drive Extension

Community groups who want to halt the proposed Ellerton Drive Extension (EDE) will be surveying candidates prior to council elections on 9 September.

It’s the third election in three years that the proposed EDE has featured as an election issue.

A spokesperson for the community campaign said people can in this way vote to secure a better transport plan. The campaign aims to provide all voters with information about where the candidates stand on the proposed EDE and more effective and better-value alternatives.

Council Administrator Tim Overall and the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) have flagged a contract to build the EDE in August, with work tipped to start in September, just as voters go to the polls to elect a new council.

“After sacking our councillors shortly before they were set to vote on the proposed EDE, and ramming through an undemocratic approval in June 2016, Tim Overall and the RMS now want to start building the road before we elect a new council,” the Queanbeyan Conservation Alliance spokesperson said.

“We note that, as Administrator, Tim Overall ignored a resolution of the former Palerang council for full consultation of Palerang residents on the proposed EDE in the event of a forced merger.”

Almost 1,500 people have so far signed a petition against the proposed EDE and for an integrated sustainable transport strategy which includes better public transport, more cycle paths and more effective road solutions.

“There is still time to stop this financially wasteful and environmentally destructive road project. Voters who want a better transport plan need to know where the candidates stand and use their vote to send a clear message to the new council.”

Candidate responses will be published on the Queanbeyan Conservation Alliance website shortly before pre-poll voting opens on 28 August.

Supplied by the Queanbeyan Conservation Alliance.

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