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Queanbeyan-Palerang council December news roundup

QPRC Council Dec2018

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

Economy not working for all: what we want

Eden Monaro Mike Kelly MP

Prioritise schools, hospitals. TAFE, Australian workers, clean energy target, early childhood. EVERYWHERE I GO in Eden-Monaro, people tell me that the economy isn’t working for everyday people. The Liberal and National Federal Government has descended into chaos, and while they're busy fighting themselves, the community suffers from the cost of living going

New Batemans Bay Bridge — it could be better

Batemans Bay Bridge artists impression supplied

A coastal community group has examined the proposed new Batemans Bay Bridge, and found it wanting. This letter on behalf of the group explains the issues with a major transport  infrastructure rebuild that is also relevant to regional visitors. AT A VERY well-attended meeting at the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club on Saturday 1st December

Who wins from QPRC downtown land sales agreement?

QPRC downtown sale

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

Stadium fight heats up

Bryce Wilson and Michael Daley Queanbeyan

NEW NSW OPPOSITION leader Michael Daley wasted no time before visiting the regions and stopped in Queanbeyan on a stormy Wednesday at the end of November. He was accompanied by Monaro Labor candidate Bryce Wilson. The Labor mood was equally stormy — targeted at the Berejiklian-Barilaro Government’s plans to knock down

Governments’ ideology failing TAFE and young people

TAFE trained plumber

Clubs as latest education sites — gambling tips anyone? ONE OF THE MOST important functions that a government can give is access to affordable Vocational Training. By closing down TAFE colleges and sacking 500 TAFE teachers (resulting in the discontinuance of many basic courses), our kids have nowhere to go except for the shonky private

Heritage Grants available, apply by 19 December

grant submission

LOCAL ORGANISATIONS IN Eden-Monaro can now apply for funding to help protect, conserve and raise awareness of Australia’s national heritage. A total of $21.4 million will be available under the Australian Heritage Grants program over four years and from 2022–23 onwards this funding will increase to $5.7 million annually. For the first

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