COMMUNITY GROUPS are hosting a ‘community conversation’ in late August on Queanbeyan transport options. They question whether the Ellerton Drive Extension (EDE), from Jerra through Karabar and behind Greenleigh, is the best option for getting trucks off Monaro Street and commuters from new subdivisions to Canberra.
President of the Jerrabomberra Residents Association, Michael Ziebell, said there is no community consensus that the EDE is the best way of meeting the city’s transport needs.
“$50 million will do a lot for Queanbeyan and the region so let’s ensure that the money is put to the best use,” Mr Ziebell said.
The recent federal and state government infrastructure boost of $50 million currently slated for the EDE beginning next year, has refocused concerns by those who believe there are better ways to solve Queanbeyan’s transport needs.
“Council claims in its latest newsletter that there was extensive consultation last year on preliminary design concepts for the 4.6 km four-lane road and initial environmental impact studies,” Queanbeyan Conservation Alliance spokesperson Katrina Willis said.
[But] “Council appears not to have heard the concerns of residents who question whether the road can achieve its stated objectives and who are alarmed at the harm it would cause to our local environment and native wildlife, and the adverse impacts on the health and wellbeing of residents living along the route and other major roads that are likely to be affected.”
Member for Monaro John Barilaro has distributed a map showing the EDE route and a northern bypass route [which might work for trucks] and Dunns Creek Rd as future projects. The northern bypass would run from Canberra Avenue near Harman past Oaks Estate to Yass Road and the Kings Highway. Queanbeyan City Council is said to have no plans for the northern bypass, while Dunns Creek Rd might be built, but not before 2031.
Both community groups have commented that no government agenda at any level looks to improve Queanbeyan Canberra bus service or really upgrade cycling facilities.
Jerrabomberra-based Labyrinth Consulting Services will host the ‘facilitated community conversation’:
Jerrabomberra Community Centre, Sunday 24 August, from 2–4:30pm, with afternoon tea and lunch available. Entry is free All welcome.
Facilitated Community Conversation, Dave Lavers at 0422 880 707, email@example.com.
Jerrabomberra Residents’ Association – Michael Ziebell at 0415 858 202 or MZiebell@acsmail.net.au
Queanbeyan Conservation Alliance – Katrina Willis – 0431 184 717 or firstname.lastname@example.org