Margot gave Dr Kelly a brief account of what transpired at the Traffic Meeting last night (14 July). Queanbeyan Council hired Gabites Porter to do a technical study however no terms of reference were included in the report nor could QCC produce the terms of reference - it was difficult to ascertain what QCC asked the consultants to do. The General Manager, Gary Chapman, pointed out two things – 1. that this was a technical engineering report and, 2. that they had to develop a plan that was legally defensible in court against the developers based on developer contributions.
This study was called the Queanbeyan Transport Report Overview but Council have since changed that to the Strategic Plan. Now they have developed a Plan that has only the engineering components in it – they haven’t included the social, community or environmental impacts or any form of cost benefit analysis that is absolutely critical to be included in a plan. Had they added these in, the results would have been very, very different.
QCC have had very clear instructions from the NSW Planning Department about having to reserve the land for Dunns Creek Road and the popular conclusion is that Dunns Creek Road is critical to solve the Googong traffic problems. The JRA is shocked to see that this has been totally discounted and what we have been able to ascertain is that our QCC General Manager is firmly focussed on Ellerton Drive as the only option.
QCC have locked in 26 August Council meeting to approve the Ellerton Drive extension and will then be seeking State and Federal funds for this $100m road.
One memorable comment from the meeting was “where in the world do you put a by- pass through the middle of a suburb that is family central?”
Former Planning Minister, Frank Sartor, specified in his report that the ambience of the current community was not to be jeopardised by these 2 green-field development sites.
Dr Kelly reiterated the fact that he was opposed to the idea of the by-pass coming through the middle of Jerrabomberra and QCC would have to provide some overwhelming argument for him to change his mind. He has always been in favour of pursuing the Dunns Creek Road option as a priority and he intends to continue to pursue the Council about making sure that it is at the top of the roads’ agenda and address it as a priority. Dr Kelly also noted that he had not seen any proposal put to either State or Federal Government and assumes that Council will need additional funding and they have not factored this into any of their considerations at this stage. “It won’t happen without us being happy with the concept”, Dr Kelly stated.
The Jerrabomberra community would really like Dr Kelly to get in touch with the Council as soon as possible and get to the bottom of this as it looks like this will be pushed through at the 26 August council meeting.
The JRA understand that the solution is a combination between Ellerton Drive and Dunns Creek Road because Googong is going ahead and we know Ellerton Drive is going to take a lot of traffic out and around Pialligo Avenue but also acquiring the land for Dunns Creek Road is the second part of fixing the problem.