The EDE has been publicly called a ‘developer road’ by more than one Queanbeyan councillor in recent times.
Apart from the proposed council loan to Googong township developer CIC Australia (for the company’s required road contribution to be repaid years later) what does this mean?
Councillor Kenrick Winchester is in no doubt. “It’s well known, he said, ”that CIC will get access to its proposed Jumping Creek subdivision via the EDE. Both the Googong township and CIC submissions I have seen urged building the East Queanbeyan to Greenleigh sections of the EDE first.”
Explained Karabar community activist Graham Franklin-Browne, “[CIC] has already submitted a concept proposal to build this new suburb between the Queanbeyan River and the Cuumbean Nature Reserve, in what was a designated environmental zone at Jumping Creek. The NSW government approved rezoning [to residential] to facilitate this proposed housing development on the condition that the EDE is built.”
Some 300 houses, or possibly more, are proposed, including along the river corridor.
Image: The hard-to-see but spectacular-sounding lyre bird has been spotted by several residents within 100 metres of the road corridor.