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.
Two candidates have stated publicly they support the EDE:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council
PO Box 90, Queanbeyan NSW 2620
Member for Monaro, John Barilaro
The Queanbeyan Age
The District Bulletin
0418 731 691
The Canberra Times