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Community Transport Forum 24 August 2014



Does transport matter to you? Are you happy with the status quo?

Are you affected by vehicle noise, speeding, traffic congestion or road planning?

Do you have a view about what needs to be done? Want to hear how current plans affect you?

If better transport for Queanbeyan is important to you then come to a facilitated community conversation on how to meet Queanbeyan’s transport needs now and into the future, before others decide it for you.

WHERE: Jerrabomberra Community Centre

WHEN: Sunday, 24 August, from 2pm – 4:30pm

Please join in the conversation – and ask your friends and neighbours to participate too.

This free forum, hosted by the Jerrabomberra Residents’ Association and the Queanbeyan Conservation Alliance, will be facilitated by a trained professional who lives in Queanbeyan.



Public Meeting 24 July 2011 at 2pm

Dear Fellow Residents of Jerrabomberra

I am writing to encourage you to attend a Public Meeting on Sunday July 24 at 2pm at the Jerrabomberra Community Centre where we will be calling on the NSW Government to finally approve the rezoning of South Tralee.

The Tralee development will deliver educational facilities including a high school, sporting and playing fields, recreational facilities and an aquatic centre for the region.

Each day many hundreds of our children leave Jerrabomberra and Queanbeyan to attend schools in the ACT, and our sporting, community and recreational facilities are limited. As a community we have been fighting for 9 long years to have these important educational, community and recreational facilities built and the residential development of Tralee promises a solution.

The developer has given a watertight contractual undertaking to the Queanbeyan City Council to provide a High School site at no cost, as well as land and finances for a comprehensive range of community and recreational facilities including an aquatic centre.

But we as a community will only ever enjoy these benefits if the rezoning of South Tralee is approved.

A few months ago we got our hopes up. The Queanbeyan City Council unanimously approved the rezoning and it went forward with the bipartisan support from our Federal and State politicians past and present. This time, the recently appointed NSW Planning Minister, the Hon Brad Hazzard, has chosen to defer the decision to approve the rezoning.

This deferral has no legal basis and the development proposal of South Tralee meets all NSW Government planning regulations. We are being denied essential educational and community facilities and denied the benefits of long term economic benefits of the development to our region.

Since 1990 the JRA has represented and promoted the interests of our local community to ensure infrastructure, resourcing and other concerns are addressed by all levels of governments. Join the JRA and show your support for the rezoning of South Tralee by attending the Public Meeting on the 24 July at 2pm.

I hope to see you there. Regards
Kim Howatson

In conjunction with the Queanbeyan Business Council

Land for Schools in Tralee - 26 October 2010

“At the 11th hour, in the Tralee consultation process, Canberra Airport is trying to undermine community support for the project and the benefits and facilities that will flow for Jerrabomberra and the wider Queanbeyan community from the Tralee development,” President of the Jerrabomberra Resident’s Association Kim Howatson said today.

“Land for schools and community facilities are endorsed in the Queanbeyan & Residential Economic Strategy, which is approved by the NSW Government,” Mrs Howatson said.

Tralee meets all of the NSW Government planning requirements and is destined to be approved for rezoning within weeks.

See the media release below from the Village Building Company in regard to their commitment to providing a School.


The JRA suports the Draft Local Environmental Plan for South Tralee - 15 October 2010

Queanbeyan City Council has announced that the Draft Local Environmental Plan for South Tralee will again be on public exhibition from 1 October 2010 closing on 2 November 2010.  It was previously exhibited one year ago but the process is being repeated due to a court decision that invalidated the previous exhibition on technical legal grounds. All previous submissions have been invalidated by the court decision.  

The Draft Local Environmental Plan is not substantially different compared to the previously exhibited documents.  Documents can be viewed at the Council offices or at www.qcc.nsw.gov.au     

To help the Jerrabomberra valley get the community facilities we desperately need, I am asking you to put in a submission in support of Tralee. Every submission will help. Canberra Airport has been urging its contacts to put in submissions opposing the rezoning, which if successful, will rob us of our community facilities. 

If you are unsure about Tralee, have a look at the brochure below outlining some of the features and information which should allay any concerns. Alternatively, I’m happy to talk with you about the Tralee development if you want to give me a call or send an email.


JRA Letter to the Editor - Qbn Age re Jerra Community Centre - 1 September 2010

I would like to make a statement in regard to the articles about the proposed Jerrabomberra Community Centre extension in last week’s Queanbeyan Age. The JRA is not opposed, and has never been opposed, to the delivery of community facilities in Jerrabomberra, of which your reporter has conveyed. In fact, the JRA fully supports better, appropriate facilities in Jerrabomberra. It has always been our position to get the community facilities that we were promised but never received.

It is well known and acknowledged that Jerrabomberra has been a planning debarkle. When the Community Centre was built, other community facilities such as an indoor sporting complex were planned at Firethorn Place, but Council allowed this land to have houses built on it instead. The proposed extension will be only meters away from residents and doomed for noise complaints of which Council has told the JRA in the past to complain to the police, as noise was not something Council can deal with. The JRA believe Council has made a short-sighted decision without fully exploring the other options such as a Preschool in that location, especially considering that there is over $430,000 of State Government money available to the council for such a project.

The JRA’s position is to pool the remaining S94 funds with the S94 funds from the Jerrabomberra Valley development and build a purpose built facility in a well planned manner that doesn’t impact on nearby residents, located in a position central to the whole community. It is important to note that CIC and the GM of QCC agreed verbally (and perhaps in letters that we have been unable to access) last year that S94 funding dedicated for Jerrabomberra could be used in the area known as the Poplars.  As approval for rezoning this area is only months away, this facility can be realised in the medium term. This solution is a win-win for the whole community and will indicate to Jerrabomberra residents that Council is committed to protecting the ambiance of current residents, as well as providing appropriate community facilities for the population of Jerrabomberra and soon to be built Tralee.

Holcim - Great Neighbours!! - 31 August 2010

The JRA really appreciated the opportunity of seeing what goes on over the hill at the Holicm-owned Quarry. It really highlights the great work Holcim does do to protect us from the quarry works. A small group enjoyed the tour on Friday despite the weather, and Saturday was an outstanding hit from the feedback we’ve received (see below).  Holcim went over and beyond what the JRA was expecting.

  Just wanted to thank you both for organising the tour, we both had a great time. It’s quite amazing to see something of that scale going on so near to our backyard and yet until this weekend I was basically unaware of it.”

 I would just like to send a huge thank you to both of you for organizing this tour.  I went on the Saturday session along with a few other Jerrabomberra locals.  We all had a great time and came back with a wealth of knowledge about the goings on over our back fence.  The tour was really well organized and the delicious steak & sausage sambo’s (and the show bags) topped off a really terrific morning. Of all the neighbors we could have ended up with, I think we are pretty lucky to have Holcim.  Keep up the good work Peter!”

 Thanks for organizing the tour.  It was very good.  It is pleasing to know that we have such a good neighbour as the quarry. It is precision run just like the Swiss clocks.  The sample bags were good too as was the sausage sizzle.” 

JRA Meets the Candidates - 18 August 2010

Thank you for those who came along to tonight’s Meet the Candidates Night. I appreciate the effort made in cold and rainy weather.

For those not able to make it, we had an intimate gathering in the Library of the School. We were able to speak openly with each candidate and all candidates provided sufficient answers to our questions that should help us decide who to vote for on Saturday.

I thanked Mike Kelly (Labour), David Gazard (Liberal), and Catherine Moore (Greens) for their support of our community by showing up tonight. I can appreciate how much effort they have gone to throughout this election period to meet with as many community groups as possible. Tonight’s effort shows that the people who will/could make a difference to our region take our concerns seriously by recognising the JRA is an influential body.

Thank you again for your ongoing support of the JRA and in making this a strong community. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you have issues you want to raise – large or small - it’s always good to hear fresh ideas and to be able to help with your concerns. 

Change of Venue for the Meet the Candidates Night - 16 August 2010

Due to the expected increase in attendance at our meeting this week, the venue for the meeting has changed to the Jerrabomberra Public School Library. Please be early to increase your chances of getting a seat.

Jerrabomberra Residents will Meet the Candidates - 15 August 2010

On a smaller scale, but no less important to the Queanbeyan City Council’s Meet the Candidates night held last week, the Jerrabomberra Resident’s Association has arranged for each of the major parties - the Labour, Liberal and Greens Federal candidates for Eden-Monaro to attend this week’s JRA meeting at the Jerrabomberra Public School Library. Each candidate will speak about issues directly related to Jerrabomberra.

Labour candidate, Dr Mike Kelly, will speak from 7.30pm, followed by the Liberal candidate, David Gazard, speaking from 8pm and then the Greens candidate, Catherine Moore from 8.30pm - also for half an hour. It is intended that each candidate will also take questions from the floor to assist Jerrabomberra residents make their voting choices come election day.

Some of the issues directly related to Jerrabomberra include the significant roads and infrastructure planned for the area, the rezoning of Tralee and the Poplars, the poor quality of broadband services and the impact of the night time flights to and from the airport.

Clearly the candidates recognise the importance of winning over Jerrabomberra voters and the JRA appreciate them taking time to speak with us directly. The candidates value the opinions of Jerrabomberra and I’m sure will be listening carefully to the issues raised.

Quarry Tour for JRA Members - 2 August 2010

The new quarry owners Holcim have invited JRA Members to a very rare occasion – a private tour of the quarry.

To allow for maximum participation, Holcim are extending the invitation over two days, Friday the 27th and Saturday the 28th of August.

The tour will start from the Cooma Road quarry from 10am on each day. Set yourself aside around 2-2.5 hours to see it all by guided tour, including a PowerPoint presentation.  All participants will be required to wear covered shoes and long pants for safety reasons. Children are welcome to attend – they may even be allowed to go in a big truck!

If you would like to book seats on either day, please send me a return email or phone me on 0413 135 310 by Thursday 19th of August. Space will be limited, so a third tour may be arranged if required at a later date.

Get in quick – I’m told this is something you don’t want to miss!

A Heart-filled Donation by Jerrabomberra Rotary - 1 July 2010

The Jerrabomberra Rotary Club has recently donated a life saving automated external defibrillator (AED) for the Jerrabomberra community to be installed at the local Village Shopping Centre.

'Project HeartStart Australia' is a Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) program implemented by St John Ambulance Australia placing AED's into the public domain for use in the event of someone suffering a sudden cardiac arrest. More information about the program can be found at www.stjohn.org.au/heartstart - noting that it has already saved 14 lives across Australia.

Once installed the AED links into the local ambulance service so the dispatcher can see there is an AED in close proximity if someone collapses and they are not aware an AED is nearby, the dispatcher can then prompt AED retrieval and usage if required if a trained responder isn't available in the first instance. An emergency response system will be set up with the Village Shopping Centre along with a weekly checking system; the AED will be stored in an alarmed unlocked security cabinet in full public view with signage.

Progress in the Jerrabomberra Valley - 15 June 2010

While some residents aren’t too happy with the devastation for the sake of progress, the trees have started to come down along the Edwin Land Parkway (ELP) extension. The JRA believe, although disappointing trees have to be removed, the ELP extension will be a major benefit to our suburb not only for access to and from Queanbeyan, but the extension will be an essential escape route in the case of a bushfire and for other emergency situations.

The proposed Jerrabomberra Parklands between Tamarind Place and Mariners Court could be the location to make up for the lost trees. A quality Parkland area for the Jerrabomberra community to enjoy is very welcomed by the JRA. Further work needs to be done to ensure the Parkland is developed, but with the Jerrabomberra community supporting the project, it will come to fruition sooner rather than later.

Future progress in the Jerrabomberra valley is still set for Tralee and the Poplars. Ken Ineson General Manager Projects & Feasibility of the Village Building Company will be our guest speaker at our next JRA meeting to be held on Wednesday 16 June at 7.30pm at the Jerrabomberra Community Centre. Ken will be presenting some concept plans of the proposed Tralee and Poplars developments for our community to consider. With the rezoning of land in the Jerrabomberra Valley imminent, this will be a great opportunity to see into the future and have a say on the type of community facilities you would like to see in the new development.

Keeping the Jerrabomberra Community Safe - 25 May 2010

The recent reduction in criminal activity in Jerrabomberra has been partly due to the community safety focus of the Jerrabomberra Residents’ Association and local police presence. The JRA for many months have been reminding members to keep their homes protected, be vigilant and report anything suspicious to the local police. The increase in police presence has also been a great deterrent for would be thieves. 

It would seem that neighbours are looking out for neighbours in Jerrabomberra  – like the good old days! But don’t be lulled into a false sense of security and think you can still leave your doors unlocked. Always lock doors to your house – even when you’re at home. Keep your vehicles locked also and don’t leave anything of value in sight as criminals are looking for easy targets such as mobile phones, money in consoles, and portable electronic equipment including DVD screens.

The JRA and Senior Constable Naomi Nemec from the Monaro Crime Management Unit will be holding an information session at the Jerrabomberra Shopping Village from 4-6pm on Friday 28th of May. Working closely with the local police is a prime example of how the JRA has been representing the Jerrabomberra community for almost 20 years now. Residents are reminded to phone Queanbeyan Police on 6298 0556 if they observe or hear any suspicious activity, phone triple zero ‘000’ if an offence is occurring,  or if you have information relating to suspicious or unusual activity call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Establishment of Community Fire Units in Jerrabomberra - 27 April 2010

Greg Hopcroft from the Bushland Urban Interface section of the NSW Rural Fire Service addressed JRA members at the JRA meeting last Wednesday night. He provided Jerrabomberra residents the opportunity to protect their homes against bushfires by establishing Community Fire Units in the areas most likely to be effected by bushfires. A Community Fire Unit can only be established if there are enough willing participants prepared to undergo basic training to use equipment supplied by the Rural Fire Service. For more information or to get involved, please contact Doug Gordon – JRA Public Officer by email:


Winter Wine Tasting - 27 April 2010

Good wine and good company - just what you need to get you through winter! Everyone is welcome to come along to the JRA’s first Winter Wine Tasting supplied by Local Liquor, Oaks Estate. With a wide range of wines to taste and a selection of people to chat to, it’s an opportunity for all to enjoy. Not into wine? That’s OK because Maggie Beer gourmet goodies will also be available to sample. The event will be held at the Jerrabomberra Community Centre this Friday at 7-9pm. They say nothing in life is free – but this is for JRA members and only a gold coin donation for non-members. We look forward to seeing you there.

New President for the JRA - 22 April 2010

The Jerrabomberra Residents’ Association (JRA) has had a mid-term re-shuffle with Kim Howatson (former Vice President) now President.

Mark Croxford stepped down at the end of March from his role as President due to conflicting workloads with his new employment. This resulted in a vacancy in the President’s role. Mrs Howatson was elected unopposed at a special JRA Committee meeting held on 20 April 2010. Jon Hawkins has moved into the Vice President’s role and a fresh new face, Chris Pearson, has filled the remaining vacancy on the committee.

“The work the JRA has done for the Jerrabomberra community has been priceless,” Mrs Howatson said. “A lot of work goes on behind the scenes because the committee is totally devoted to the community they live in.”

Mother of 14 month old twins, Mrs Howatson has a community focus that is pitched at community facilities for all ages. With the prospect of Tralee becoming a reality in the near future, Mrs Howatson can see the benefits the Jerrabomberra community will gain from such an extensive development.

“I realise taking on the role of JRA President is quite a daunting task however with help from the Committee and using their wealth of knowledge, I trust I can continue on from past JRA Presidents to foster community spirit and maintain the objectives of the JRA.”

With the JRA nearing its 20th Anniversary as an association working for the Jerrabomberra community, Mrs Howatson can see a bright future for the JRA. The future developments in the Jerrabomberra valley will grow the population, but Mrs Howatson would still like to keep the community spirit strong.

“There aren’t many communities like ours,” said Mrs Howatson.

Update for JRA members on Lanyon Drive Road Works - 2 March 2010

Last Friday I met with the Civil Engineer, and his Clerk of Works, who project manage the Lanyon Drive roadworks.

The Project Manager advises motorists could expect to experience delays until February 2011 - the life of the project.  The degree of delay will vary, depending on activity and time of day.  The link to the RTA website for the project is here

To minimise disruption to commuter traffic leaving and returning to Jerrabomberra there will be no road works on the existing stretch of Lanyon Drive between the Tompsitt/Lanyon Roundabout and the bridge before 9.30am, or after 4pm.  While motorists will notice barriers along the side of these road works before 9.30am and after 4pm daily, these are static barriers.  Motorists will not experience scheduled physical or mechanical activity nor traffic flow control operators restricting movements on the existing Lanyon Drive either side of 9.30am or 4pm.

The Project will monitor peak period traffic flow and consider possible options to help traffic flow. No commitment to a solution yet, but at least they are looking at it. No timeframe either.

I am advised ‘queue jumpers’ are contributing to the Tompsitt/Lanyon roundabout 'bottleneck'. Apparently, some motorists leaving Jerrabomberra 'queue jump' traffic on Tompsitt Drive waiting to turn left.  These alleged 'queue jumpers' indicate to turn right off Tompsitt on to Lanyon then go 'full circle' on the roundabout to beat the traffic turning left.  If true, this action is both inconsiderate to fellow motorists and dangerous, and results in vehicle queues inside the roundabout and cause further delays to traffic at the roundabout in both directions on Lanyon and Tompsitt Drives.

On Friday afternoon a section of Lanyon Drive from the bridge to the Tompsitt roundabout was widened (where NSW Police conduct random breath tests). This was necessary to allow the removal of the traffic island on the bridge side of the roundabout.  In about one week traffic coming off Tompsitt and the roundabout will be temporarily re-routed (up to 4-months) from the existing lanes to temporary lanes created by this work.  The realignment allows construction of road works necessary for new bridgework.

I am advised no road works are scheduled for the existing stretch of Lanyon Drive from the bridge to the Sheppard Street Hume that would disrupt traffic flow before the new section of Lanyon Drive opens.

I remain in regular contact with the Project Manager and will pass on information as it becomes available.

Presentation to QCC Ordinary Meeting of Council - 24 February 2010

My presentation to Council was in response to a Mayoral Minute regarding alleged comments made by a Councillor at the JRA January meeting.  You can read the Mayoral Minute at Agenda Item 11.2 here

Good evening Mr Mayor, Councillors, officials

My name is Mark Croxford, I am President of the Jerrabomberra Residents Association.

I stand before you to speak agenda item Eleven Two

I am concerned that the minutes of a meeting, indeed the minutes of a meeting that I chaired are being used by this Council to take action against a Councillor because of some alleged comments made at a community meeting.

The JRA Minutes are exactly that; Minutes.  They are a brief explanation of what was discussed.  They are not Hansard or an exact transcript of proceedings.  For one to get a full understanding of the context in which these statements were made one would need to have been present at the meeting.

By this very action I believe this Council is attempting to stifle free speech - to prevent effective communication between the community and councillors.

What message is this sending to the community, and in particular community groups?

What purpose does agenda item eleven two really achieve? Is the desired outcome to improve the behaviour of councillors?  Or, is it misuse use of a process to score cheap political points?  I leave that for you all to decide.

A result of this action could be that community organisations become reluctant to engage with Councillors and vice versa because things that may be said and recorded in minutes will become misconstrued and used against either party.  Used against either party - by what may considered by some to be an overzealous council.  A council that - if past and most recent practice is any guide - does tolerate criticism of any type from any section of the community.

How can we as community have open and frank community debate on council’s policy direction or initiatives if whenever one opens his or her mouth they wonder if they will maybe become subject of a mayoral minute?

We have seen the end to open and public discussion at council meetings with the cancellation of the long held tradition of question time.  I am not aware, but am happy to be corrected if necessary, that the public has not yet been given any legitimate explanation, since council sought legal advice on the matter, for the abrupt end of question time at this council’s meetings.

Could you imaging the Australian Parliament, or the NSW Parliament doing away with question time? It is something they dare not even contemplate.

I am concerned a councillor is being criticised unnecessarily for doing no more than a councillor’s duty.  To get out and meet the community, to discuss and debate community issues and concerns face to face at the real grass roots level.  Instead of being castigated I believe councillor’s should be commended for speaking directly to the community whether it be on a one to one basis or in a forum such as the one noted in the mayoral minute.

I am not here to speak in defence of Councillor Rocca, she is more than competent enough to do that herself.   I am speaking tonight about process and possible abuse of process.  I don’t care if it has been past practice to use this method as a political weapon.  It’s just not right!  Mr Mayor you are better than that.

I call on the Mayor to allow Councillors the right to speak freely on issues that are of real concern to the community.

So who’s coming to the pub for a beer and a chat then, eh?

CityCARE questions unanswered - 23 February 2010

Queanbeyan City Council’s CityCARE proposal is a hot topic, and many questions remain unanswered.

Questions including: Why 5.8%, and where did this number come from? Will it be enough to meet Council’s proposed maintenance programs, and beyond?

QCC need to answer these questions and more before Queanbeyan ratepayers can make considered judgment on CityCARE.

Council say ‘do nothing’ is not an option, yet offer no alternative to CityCARE, and plan to go ahead with CityCARE regardless of community views.

Given such murkiness, Council would be wise to defer its 2010 special rate variation application, and instead develop options over the next 12 months to gain community consensus.

Council may need to revise its community plan to ensure the community does want to fund Council’s community aspirations.

Of concern is Council’s aggressive behaviour towards ratepayers, and volunteer organisations such as the Jerrabomberra Residents Association, who dare question CityCARE.

The JRA also has concerns Council is soliciting written support from sporting clubs who desperately need their facilities maintained. 

Some may suggest this is morally wrong.

Council’s CityCARE proposal means many ratepayers will pay at least $100.00 extra in the first year and a greater increase each following year.

This heavy slug, to pay for 'core Council business’, on Queanbeyan’s working families could see children and seniors forced to go without.

CityCARE is hardly equitable when one considers the 20% pay increase given recently to Council senior staff.

With interest rates on the rise, CityCARE will put further pressure on ratepayers and may make Queanbeyan unaffordable for some.

NOTE: for more information about QCCs CityCARE proposal click here

Tell the JRA your views on QCCs proposed CityCARE Levy - 27 January 2010

The JRA has been invited to participate in a QCC Residents and Ratepayers Forum on 16 February to discuss Council’s proposed CityCARE Levy.

To help the JRA better represent the residents of Jerrabomberra at the Residents and Ratepayers Forum I encourage you share your views on the proposed CityCARE Levy with the JRA committee before Friday 12 February.

CLICK HERE to tell the JRA committee your views on CityCARE.  [CLOSED]

If you have not seen QCCs CityCARE information booklet you can go here to get a copy

Ratepayers need more information about CityCARE - 26 January 2010

Something’s not right when 70 per cent of residents say they were not aware of Queanbeyan City Council’s proposed 5.8 per cent CityCARE levy.

Council’s $1m-plus a year 15-year cash grab proposal was dropped among pre-Christmas junk-mail.  Why, with such significant impact on Queanbeyan, was information not sent direct to ratepayers?

Over the last two Saturday’s the Jerrabomberra Residents Association spoke individually to over 100 families at the Jerrabomberra Village Shopping Centre to gain views on CityCARE.

The majority of residents criticised the lack of information from Council.

QCC want a $1m-plus a year from ratepayers, on top of maximum annual rate increases, to fund three 5-year asset maintenance and renewal programs for roads, footpaths and parks.

Council say CityCARE will, on average, cost residential ratepayers $51.63 a year or 99 cents a week, using the 2009-10 average residential rate of $890.17.

Jerrabomberra makes up 25 per cent of Queanbeyan’s population, and residents say they pay 2-3 times QCCs claimed average rate.

Many streets lack footpaths, most roads are new and we have little, if any, sporting facilities infrastructure.

Now Council is asking us to pay for the upkeep of things we don’t have.

Jerrabomberra ratepayers say they don’t want their rates aligned with other NSW regional centres.

Most residents moved here from Canberra, and most travel there for work.

Compare apples with apples, don’t compare us to Orange.

Residents believe their rates already pay for the activities covered in the proposed CityCARE levy.

So where is our money going, if not already into the upkeep of infrastructure?

Ratepayers need a lot more information before they can support CityCARE.

NOTE: If Council's proposed 5.8% levy increase on top of maximum allowed annual rate increase is approved it will likely exceed CPI and annual wage increases of most Jerrabomberra residents.

Edwin Land Parkway extension on display

Queanbeyan City Council has finally released the plans for the Edwin Land Parkway (ELP) extension from Numeralia/Stringybark Drive through to Old Cooma Road.  This will provide Jerrabomberra residents with quicker access to Karabar and Queanbeyan. Construction is planned to begin before Christmas and should be completed by the end of 2010.

Whilst the JRA welcomes the additional entry/exit point and looks forward to finally alleviating traffic numbers on Morella Ave, our association does have some concerns.
The JRA has long held the view that the ELP should remain a local (two lane) road and despite the Googong/Tralee Traffic Study concurring, the plans have been designed to incorporate future upgrades to dual carriage ways.  The JRA believes Dunns Creek Road should fulfill the role of a Queanbeyan Bypass and will continue to advocate for its construction.

We are deeply concerned that a signaled pedestrian crossing from the Park to the Jerrabomberra Shopping Village hasn’t been considered as part of the design process.  The impact on this crossing point will undoubtedly be enormous and safety concerns must be alleviated prior to the opening of the ELP extension.

It is pleasing to see that the plans have incorporated wildlife underpasses however it is unlikely these will be effective without fencing to channel fauna towards them, however Council  have assured us that the fences are just missing off the plans that have been released to the community.

Whatever your thoughts, it’s important that anyone with concerns or suggestions have a say during the consultation period.  The plans are available on the Council website and are also on display at the Jerrabomberra Shopping Village. Council will run an information session at the Jerrabomberra Community Centre on 29 October 2009 from 6-7.30pm. Submissions close 13 November 2009.

Car Park Chaos continues.....

On 24 June, new road directional markings and signage were installed at the Jerrabomberra Village Shopping Centre.  Since this time, the changes have caused centre patrons great confusion as the engineer who designed which way the arrows went clearly had never been to the shopping centre. Consequently, the shopping centre car park is now dangerous with many patrons ignoring them.

Taking onboard the large number of concerns from residents, the JRA have requested that Council and the Centre Management urgently respond to fix this issue. It is now September, and Council are still waiting on revised plans to go to the October traffic committee meeting, before anything will be fixed. This is unacceptable; surely things can happen faster, particularly when it comes to residents’ safety. The Police cannot enforce the rules, as the car park has not been gazetted.

Residents of Jerrabomberra would no doubt have noticed recently local members of our community asking for pledges of support for the Jerrabomberra Community Bank® Project.  The Community Bank® Project fits several of our main objectives and is worthy of our association’s support.

As such, the JRA has made available our notice boards to the Jerrabomberra Community Bank® Project.  Soon you will see information that will show you how you can lend your support and help get our very own Community Bank®.  The Jerrabomberra Community Bank® Steering Committee is currently offering a small taste of things to come by offering $5000 worth of grants up to $1,000 each.

I would urge all Jerrabomberra residents to get behind and support this really great community project.  If you’d like to support the Jerrabomberra Community Bank® Project you can contact Brian Brown on 6299 9613 or visit their website at www.jerracb.com.au

Jerrabomberra community ‘bypassed’ in Traffic Study

The Queanbeyan City Council recently approved the Draft Queanbeyan Transport Study and renamed it the Queanbeyan Traffic Plan. Unfortunately the Council decided to approve the plan ‘in principle’ without any public or community input whatsoever.  Its therefore hardly surprising that the Plan has failed to consider two key election issues Queanbeyan residents put to Councillors less than a year ago; to remove trucks from the main street and to build Queanbeyan a 'real' bypass.

Instead the report recommends, by excluding the Northern Bypass and Dunns Ck Rd, that the Edwin Land Parkway (ELP) and Ellerton Drive Extension will be the only Queanbeyan Bypass.  This will mean traffic diverted from the CBD, from Googong and traffic transiting from the ACT to the coast will all be funnelled through the middle of Jerrabomberra.  Jerrabomberra residents already know the problems with Lanyon Drive and why it needed duplication, it therefore beggars belief that the ELP, as suggested in the study, can remain two lanes for very long!

What was particularly disappointing at the Council meeting was when the Mayor and three Councillors who reside in Jerrabomberra voted to support the report in principle, when only nine moths earlier at the Council elections they unanimously supported both Dunns Ck Rd and the Northern Bypass!

On the night we were also told that Council wouldn’t be considering any additional scenarios as it will hold up the rezoning process. However, after strong representations by the community, Council finally agreed to hold a community meeting, which will now be held at Jerrabomberra on 14 July at the Jerrabomberra Achhol Hall commencing at 6pm.

It is the JRA’s position that Jerrabomberra must not become a by-pass for Queanbeyan.  It is true that the ELP has been on a map since 1973, however this is prior to the approval of Jerrabomberra and the subsequent approval of Googong. To quote the previous NSW Planning Minister “It may have been a good idea and a bypass thirty years ago, but it’s not a bypass anymore and its certainly not a good idea”.

Severe traffic congestion in Jerrabomberra will divide our suburb in two and subject our residents to the same dangers that currently exist in Monaro St. Queanbeyan deserves a ‘real’ bypass and the Mayor and Councillors should commit to their promises and not just shift the traffic woes from one part of Queanbeyan to another.  We must have a ‘real’ bypass for all of Queanbeyan and that is why Dunns Ck Rd is so critical.

Jerrabomberra Woolworths targets better service

The JRA met recently with the Woolworths Regional Manager Anthony Dalgleish regarding the performance of the Jerrabomberra store.  The JRA are concerned that many local residents may be choosing to shop elsewhere due to service problems, prices, stock quality and declining name brands and that this reduction of trade could impact on the viability of other shops in the centre.  We are adamant that we do not want to lose our smaller local businesses in the centre.

Mr Dalgleish acknowledged having some service issues and he has assured us he is endeavouring to fix them.  'Waiting 25 minutes on a Saturday afternoon to buy 2 items at the express check out was unacceptable' he said.  Mr Dalgleish explained that whilst the Jerrabomberra store is a third smaller than its Queanbeyan counterpart, its prices are the same.  However the JRA noted that some of the product lines are only available in smaller quantities that are generally unsuitable and more expensive for families.  Considering Jerrabomberra’s predominant demographic is young families, this is a major concern.

The JRA committee have so far been impressed with Woolworth’s first steps to lift their standards and we have seen genuine attempts by management to continue these improvements.  Woolworths have said they are 110% committed to resolving these problems.

Consequently, Anthony Dalgleish will be our guest at the Jerrabomberra Community Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday 17 June and all Jerrabomberra residents are more than welcome to attend.  This will provide an opportunity for the Jerrabomberra community to voice their concerns and suggest ways they believe the Jerrabomberra Woolworths could better serve the local community.  If you would like the store to stock specific product lines or have a suggestion to make our local shops better then this is your opportunity.

Check out the JRA notice board next to Woolworths for more information on how you can help the JRA help the community.

Meet the Airport @ Jerra

Jerrabomberra Community Centre, 15 April 7.30pm – mark it in your diary to come along to the April meeting of the Jerrabomberra Residents’ Association (JRA).  If you only attend one meeting all year then make it this one.  Everyone’s invited and you don’t have to be a JRA member to attend and have your say.

Why is this meeting so important?

Management from Canberra Airport will be our guest speakers and they’ll be making a presentation explaining exactly what their plans are in relation to transforming Canberra Airport into a 24/7 international freight hub.

The 2009 Preliminary Draft Master Plan (PDMP) that describes their proposal is currently out for public consultation. However, not much seems to have changed from their 2008 version that was severely rebuked and ultimately rejected by the Minister for Transport, Mr Albanese due to its lack of information on many technical, development and community issues.  A significant issue, particularly for Queanbeyan/Jerrabomberra, was the unsatisfactory public consultation process.

However, our major concern is the airports total indifference to communities around the region that have been requesting an 11pm to 6am curfew.  Extending the runway south making planes lower over Jerrabomberra, removing some noise abatement procedures if Tralee is approved, an additional parallel runway and their desire to become Sydney’s second airport; these are just some of our other concerns.

This is your chance to provide the airport with your concerns and tell the airport management directly that we, like the residents of Sydney, are entitled to a good nights sleep.

If you can’t make the meeting, you can make a written submission on their plans. The PDMP can be found on the Canberra Airport website or follow the links from the JRA site www.jra.asn.au. Submissions close 8 May 2009.

Quarry vibrations - the last blasts???

At 12.48pm on 23 Sep 08, residents in the vicinity of Homestead Rise Jerrabomberra experienced a significant seismic event originating from the quarry.  In response to our letter to Council, the quarry owners CEMEX invited the JRA to the quarry for a tour and briefing and to understand our concerns.

The quarry is located behind Jerrabomberra on Old Cooma Road and has been in operation since 1940’s, they supply concrete aggregate and construction materials to civil contractors – dacite and premium grade granite. The quarry provided more than 50% of the materials for the construction of the new Parliament House.Pic

CEMEX were keen to understand our concerns regarding the tremors we feel from quarry blasts and in particular the events of 23 Sep 08. To this end, CEMEX have agreed to place a temporary blast monitor at a residence in Homestead Rise to record the next series of blasts to see just what we are experiencing.

In relation to concerns raised on the possible use of Edwin Land Parkway for quarry trucks, CEMEX informed us that most of their deliveries are in Mitchell/ Gungahlin and they prefer Sutton Road. The only time they might use it is for the construction of Tralee or delivery to Hume.

The quarry is nearing the end of its life as its permits expire in 2015. CEMEX are starting to prepare an ‘end of use plan’ for the site and have assured us that the Queanbeyan community (including the JRA) will be included in discussions.

Finally, the JRA would like to publicly thank CEMEX for being open and transparent by making all their blast reports available and demonstrated what it is to be good corporate citizen.

You’ve joined the Jerrabomberra community, now join the JRA!

The Jerrabomberra Residents’ Association (JRA) is one of the largest and most active community organisations in the Queanbeyan/Canberra region. We are a democratically elected and self funded community focused group that represents its members to the local, state and federal levels of government.

We keep in constant contact with all incumbent local politicians, regardless of their political persuasion, and work closely with them for the betterment of Jerrabomberra and its residents.  We often invite the Mayor and our local State and Federal representatives to speak at our meetings and it is through this frank and informal contact that the JRA is able to achieve so many positive outcomes for our community.

The JRA was instrumental in securing a “resident friendly” proposal for the rezoning of the Jerrabomberra Valley that should see a secondary school opening in 2011. At the JRA’s strong insistence an aquatic centre has also been proposed along with a host of recreation facilities including sports fields. Other, less noticeable, efforts of the JRA include the constant watch on graffiti and elevating the police presence in the Jerrabomberra area.

Being a member of the JRA gives you the opportunity to make a significant and positive contribution to your community. If you’re a resident of Jerrabomberra (postcode 2619) you can join.  Membership costs $10 for a family or $5 for individuals. Your membership provides the Jerrabomberra community with a strong and unified voice.  A voice that is heard!

Membership entitles you to monthly JRA minutes which provide relevant information on issues that affect our community. You don’t need to attend any meetings, arrange events or even write letters (that’s what your elected JRA committee does!); it’s about knowing that your concerns are being heard and you’re helping your local community.

Join the JRA now!