megabits per second speed. This should be under way by early 2010 and will be rolled out over a period of 8 years.
Sporting Facilities The Federal Government have recently provided $2.2m for the new indoor sports centre in Queanbeyan. Dr Kelly has spoken with Village Building Co (VBC) as they are planning to include the aquatic centre as part of the Tralee development so he will talk to them about the scale of the project and the Federal Government might be able to help with that. Dr Kelly suggested that we speak with Gary Hetherington from Pambula who was instrumental in getting their aquatic centre up and running.
Margot asked whether Dr Kelly was aware of any instances where a partnership was formed between a community group and private business to be able to fund a major project to provide community facilities however he stated that a project as large as the aquatic centre would have to include Council as they would be funding recurrent maintenance issues, but would be more than happy to write a letter of support.
The Federal Government has committed another $120m for Strategic Infrastructure projects to Councils so a lot of that depends on what the Council prioritises. Dr Kelly will engage in discussions with QCC in this regard but the JRA could also urge them to ensure the aquatic centre for Jerrabomberra is high on their list.
Dr Kelly suggested that if the proposed Bendigo Bank was established in Jerrabomberra, then they might be able to donate some funds towards the aquatic centre infrastructure. Dr Kelly also confirmed that if a Jerrabomberra branch of the Bendigo Bank does get up and running, he has committed to deposit his electoral allowance in the Jerrabomberra branch.
Future Employment in the Jerrabomberra Valley Dr Kelly advised that he has been trying to get Spark Solar into the Tralee technology park as they have massive potential and envisage employing 1000 people in the future.
Margot thanked Dr Kelly for addressing our meeting and Standing Orders were resumed.
4. CONFIRMATION OF PREVIOUS MEETING MINUTES Motion: That the Minutes of the previous meeting be accepted Despite not being a true and accurate reflection of the meeting as some of the questions and answers were inaudible on the tape and therefore could not be included in the Minutes. Moved: Mark Croxford Seconded: Kim Howatson Carried.
MATTERS ARISING FROM THE PREVIOUS MINUTES
Telstra Tower – This issue was to be added to the agenda for tonight’s meeting
with Mike Kelly and this has been covered above.
5.2 Tralee High School – Margot was to contact Bishop Stewart to organise a meeting and this has been arranged for 13 August where Margot, Brian and David will meet