Palerang Council News
Council will be undertaking several major road works projects in the coming months.
Flood repair works near Candy Road are now complete and work has commenced on major pavement rehabilitation works on the section leading down to Little Burra Road. These works involve some minor realignment of the road and clearing of trees on the road verge to allow for widening of the pavement. Weather permitting, works will be complete by the end of March.
Initial services location works have been completed on the intersection of Ellendon & Gibraltar Streets in preparation for the construction of the new roundabout. The proposed works, which include angle parking bays on Ellendon Street, on the northern side of the roundabout, and parking space line marking in Gibraltar Street, will commence later this month and run until the end of May, weather permitting.
Macs Reef Road
Following consultation with local residents, Council will proceed with the temporary closure of Macs Reef Road to expedite the rehabilitation of the section between Bankers and Newington Roads. As a result, Macs Reef Road will be permanently closed to through traffic while the initial earthworks are undertaken. The closure is expected to come into effect on Monday 8 April, and remain in place for 6 weeks. The road will be re-opened, under traffic management, while the final surface is prepared and sealed.
Works are expected to be complete by the end of July, and residents are encouraged to use alternate routes throughout the intervening period. For traffic travelling to the Federal Highway, heading to north Canberra, the detour along Bungendore Road takes less than 2 minutes longer under normal traffic conditions. For traffic heading to Sutton Road and south Canberra, the detour along Weeroona Drive and Norton Road is also less than 2 minutes longer. Factoring in delays at the road works when the road is initially reopened, the detours will be a quicker route, in most cases, for the duration of the works.
Captains Flat Floodplain Risk Management Community Forum
The Captains Flat Floodplain Risk Management Committee will hold a public information session, starting at 6.30 pm on Thursday 14 March. Council’s consultant will provide an update on progress with the flood study.
An important part of this meeting is to seek confirmation from attendees that the model being developed is accurately predicting the behaviour of previous floods. As such, community members who have had experience with flooding in Captains Flat are encouraged to attend.
Smart Work Hubs Workshop
Regional Development Australia ACT and Southern Inland have received funding to investigate the feasibility and promote the concept of Smart Work Hubs in our region. A workshop will be held in the Bungendore War Memorial Hall, 5.30 pm – 7.00 pm on Thursday 14 March to outline the concept and answer any questions interested residents may have about the proposal.
The program targets employers and anyone who currently commutes to work who would like to evaluate teleworking as an option in their workplace.
For more information, please contact Richard at Regional Development Australia Southern Inland on (02) 6297 0966.
Community First Responder Information Session
The Community First Responder (CFR) program operates under the auspices of the Ambulance Service of NSW and seeks to extend the services that can be provided within small or remote communities. Ambulance NSW will host a public meeting on Monday 18 March, at 7.00 pm in the Bungendore Council Chambers, to provide information about this program.
CFR volunteers receive formal training and accreditation from the Ambulance Service of NSW, and provide a first response patient care services in communities where ambulance services may not be immediately available. Local residents who may be interested in developing these life-saving skills and helping to expand the services available within our community are encouraged to attend.
Council will hold its annual Seniors Week luncheon at the Braidwood Servicemen’s Club on Tuesday 19 March. Entertainment will be provided and residents over the age of 55 years are invited to attend.
Council has also arranged for a bus to pick up residents from the Captains Flat Community Hall at 10.30 am, and the Bungendore Council office at 11.15 am, returning after the luncheon.
Bookings are essential for the lunch and the bus. Please contact Council (see below) to book your place.