Queanbeyan Conservation Alliance

Make a difference

You can make a difference by voting for council candidates who oppose the proposed Ellerton Drive Extension (EDE) and who will develop a better transport plan for our community.

The Queanbeyan Conservation Alliance and other community groups involved in the campaign for a better transport plan wrote to all candidates for the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council in August 2017.

We asked them three questions about where they stood on the proposed EDE and related transport matters.

We received responses from three groups by the closing date of 23 August. They are listed below in the order in which they appear on the ballot paper.

Country Labor – opposed

Community Voice

The Greens – opposed

Two candidates have stated publicly they support the EDE:

  • Tim Overall and team
  • Hunter Harper Independents.

The Jerrabomberra Residents Association (JRA) conducted its own survey of council candidates, as it has traditionally done. The survey included questions about the proposed EDE and related matters.

In addition to Tim Overall’s team and Hunter Harper Independents, the following candidates told the JRA they supported the EDE:

  • Trevor Hicks and team
  • The Liberal Party

Read the responses.

Ian Marjason’s team did not provide a response to the JRA survey.

The election is on 9 September.

Pre-poll voting opens on 28 August in Queanbeyan and Braidwood, and on 2 September in Bungendore.

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Below is information about the the survey of candidates we conducted for the Australian Government election in July 2016

Make a difference on 2 July 2016 – vote for a better transport plan – not the proposed Ellerton Drive Extension (EDE)

You can make a difference by voting in the federal election on 2 July 2016 for a candidate who supports a sustainable transport plan, not the proposed Ellerton Drive Extension (EDE).

Read what the candidates told The Queanbeyan Age bout their policies including transport.

The Queanbeyan Conservation Alliance and other community groups wrote to the candidates for Eden-Monaro on 6 June 2016 to find out where they stand on transport and the proposed EDE.

We told the candidates that more than 1,200 people have signed our petition against the proposed EDE and for a sustainable transport plan instead.

We also told the candidates that we want public funds spent on the most effective and sustainable transport infrastructure and services for our newly merged community, and former Palerang residents to have a say on the issue.

And we noted that the former Queanbeyan City Council acknowledged in 2009 that a sustainable transport plan was needed, and said it’s well past time to develop one.

Below are the questions we asked the candidates.

  1. Do you support a sustainable transport plan being developed for the Queanbeyan-Palerang region before funds are spent on major new roads?
  1. If you support a sustainable transport plan, please state what should be in it and whether you back the proposed Ellerton Drive Extension.
  1. If elected, how would you actively support developing a sustainable transport plan for our community?
  1. If you don’t support a sustainable transport plan what is your policy on this issue?

We asked them to respond in time for us to publish their views before pre-poll voting opens on Tuesday, 14 June.

As at 12 June we had received responses from four candidates, from Daniel Grosmaire, Tamara Ryan, Frankie Seymour and Mike Kelly.

You can read responses by clicking on the name of the candidate.  We have also added a public statement from the Member for Eden-Monaro, Peter Hendy.

Candidates are listed in the order they appear on the ballot paper.

Daniel Grosmaire (Independent)

Don Friend (Veterans Party)

Ray Buckley (Independent)

Peter Hendy (Liberal Party)

Tamara Ryan (The Greens)

Frankie Seymour (Animal Justice Party)

Mike Kelly (Australian Labor Party)

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Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council wants to build the Ellerton Drive Extension, at a cost of about $100 million or more (current at June 2016). This road would change Queanbeyan forever. It would:

  • destroy bushland habitat for native animals
  • disturb the Queanbeyan River corridor
  • increase traffic noise close to homes
  • send more vehicles through our suburbs
  • add to traffic congestion
  • pose a financial risk to our community

Is this really the best option for Queanbeyan?

We don’t think so, and neither do around 1200 people (at June 2016) who’ve signed our petition calling on Council to halt the current process and instead prepare a transport plan with a focus on reducing dependence on cars by improving public transport services and facilities for cycling and walking. Read the Comments from people who signed the Queanbeyan Conservation Alliance online petition.

The results of our online survey conducted in 2015 also showed overwhelming support for a different approach to meeting the community’s transport needs. Of the 141 respondents who completed the survey, 86% want Council to develop a regional transport plan before deciding whether to build the EDE.

We submitted a report of the survey results to Council as part of the consultation on the EDE, and distributed them to councillors and the Mayor, along with additional comments people made when they responded to questions.

What you can do:

  • Sign the online petition
  • Write to the Administrator, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council, Mayor, Tim Overall
  • Contact the Member for Monaro, John Barilaro, and the Member for Eden-Monaro, Peter Hendy
  • Talk to your neighbours, friends and family about the EDE proposal
  • Read the local papers, write letters to the Editor or post comments online
  • Follow our Facebook page

Contact details

Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council
6285 6000
PO Box 90, Queanbeyan NSW 2620

council@qprc.nsw.gov.au
http://www.qprc.nsw.gov.au

Member for Monaro, John Barilaro
6299 4899
monaro@parliament.nsw.gov.au

The Queanbeyan Age
6297 3033
editor@queanbeyanage.com.au

The District Bulletin
0418 731 691
media@districtbulletin.com.au

The Canberra Times
6280 2211
letters.editor@canberratimes.com.au

Queanbeyan Conservation Alliance:
qbnconservationalliance@gmail.com
www.qbnconservationalliance.wordpress.com

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