Led by a Liberal/National council majority, QPRC residents and ratepayers are being deprived of regional response to climate change impacts, called an emergency by many councils now. Responsible emission reduction in energy, transport and planning policies are also stalled after a small start. Other councils in NSW and elsewhere are showing
More hoops to having a say, thanks Coalition government OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE in local council meetings will be curtailed under a proposed new meeting code of practice the NSW government is imposing effective from 14 June 2019. The changes arise from amendments to the Local Government Act in August 2016. QPRC
QPRC borrows millions, construction runoff pollutes river, council satisfaction — what got tick and what didn’t. Council to borrow $50 million Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) is seeking approval from the NSW Government to borrow $50.4 million from Treasury, with an estimated interest bill of $22 million. The loan would be drawn down
Closed-door decisions beg question: what’s in it for ratepayers, existing businesses? TWO YEARS AFTER QPRC interim Administrator Tim Overall approved an exclusive in-principle agreement to sell multiple council sites to a single consortium without a public tender, details are finally starting to emerge about the arrangements, raising questions about who the
QUEANBEYAN-PALERANG MAYOR Tim Overall breached the Local Government Code of Conduct when he considered an in-principle agreement to sell multiple blocks of council land to a consortium of developers in 2016, according to a finding of the NSW Office of Local Government (OLG). The OLG made the finding in response to
THE FIRST SALE and redevelopment of QPRC land in the Queanbeyan CBD under a confidential agreement will bypass council’s inhouse approval process. The project is for a serviced apartment hotel, restaurant/café and residential townhouses. It will be undertaken over three stages. Details, including size and scale, are limited. Councillors approved the sale
IN A PERPLEXING move, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) has recently voted to withhold its membership fees for the state’s peak local government body and a major advocate for councils – Local Government (LG) NSW. The decision was made at the July ordinary meeting of council. It appears to have been prompted
Progress "The Road" ie the Ellerton Drive Extension is ploughing through residential areas and bushland behind Queanbeyan as you read this. A resident sent in these photos. Noise and dust are bothering people but reportedly no noise barriers have yet been erected. A council meeting has been scheduled for May. Stay tuned.