We were formed by volunteers from the newly established Jerrabomberra community in 1990 to help foster community spirit and develop caring relationships between local families. Over time, the JRA has become increasingly involved with advocacy and lobbying for the particular needs of our community, at a Local, State and Federal level.
While we maintain our community focus and desire to make Jerrabomberra a special place to live, we also draw on the collective experience and skills of our JRA members to ensure infrastructure, resourcing and other concerns are addressed by all levels of government.
The name Jerrabomberra is derived from the local Aboriginal place name meaning ‘boy frightened by storm’.
In 1987, Jerrabomberra Estate Limited, with Alex Brinkmeyer, Col Alexander and Perth Millionaire Kerry Stokes as major shareholders, began developing John Palmer’s original (cir 1820's) farm land for housing. While Brinkmeyer's relationship with the Queanbeyan City Council started badly, Queanbeyan Council later viewed Brinkmeyer as promoting and improving Queanbeyan.
The Park is situated on the plain to the south. This urban area runs down to Jerrabomberra Lake, an artificial lake that drains into Jerrabomberra Creek and is dominated by Cove Island, est 1992, (an artificial island which consists of eight homes and a central common facility entailing a tennis court, swimming pool and sauna).
The first serviced blocks in stage one of the residential release at Jerrabomberra Park were released in February 1988, ranging in price from $28,000 to $39,000. Jerrabomberra was established with the construction of the first homes in 1988 totalling 8,747 by the 2006 Census. Jerrabomberra has a main shopping centre which contains a supermarket (Woolworths), medical centre, bakery, butchery, hairdresser, nail salon, gift store, coffee shop, chemist, a restaurant and two take-away food shops (burgers & Pizza) and two established gyms.
On the same block of land as this shopping centre are the Jerrabomberra Pub, a Woolworths Service Station, a car wash and a real estate agent. Located within 'The Park' is a smaller set of shops, which contains a medical centre, pathology collection centre, hairdresser, the Post Office, restaurant, Dance Studio and an accountancy business.
Jerrabomberra has two privately operated child care facilities as well as a highly regarded Primary School and High School.
Jerrabomberra's primary school opened in 2002, and now caters for around 930 students K-6, (almost one third are from Defence Force families). Achieving results above the state and national average across the curriculum with particular strengths in literacy, numeracy and music with a growing focus on IT, the school is highly regarded and continues to undergo a building expansion program with support from a very active P&C.
Stunning Mature Elm Trees Scattered Throughout Jerrabomberra
We are very fortunate to have lots of mature elm trees growing around Jerrabomberra. This was a result of the Moore family in the early 1900’s who owned the majority of the land that is now Jerrabomberra. The Moore family moved here in the late 1800’s and the trees were planted in the early 1900’s. The main homestead was located in what is now Homestead Rise. The remains of the fireplace have been preserved at the end of Homestead Gardens. The water retention pond at Brudenell Drive was the dam for the Homestead. The Moore family are still in the area and run the Jerrabomberra Homestead that is located at the end of Mariners Court on the other side of the Jerrabomberra Creek.
The reasons that they planted the trees were twofold. Firstly, they are planted along the creeks and in areas to minimize soil erosion, secondly as a source of food for the cattle in times of drought. The end result is that we have some fantastic trees around our suburb.
The JRA produced a walking tracks map in 2005 and we marked most of the great trees on it. There is a stand at the back of Hudson Place going through to Stringybark Hill Reserve that are not on the map.
Tuesday July 19, 2011
COMMUNITY LAUNCHES FIGHT FOR FACILITIES
The Queanbeyan Business Council (QBC) and the Jerrabomberra Residents Association (JRA) have launched a community campaign to have the rezoning of the South Tralee development immediately approved by the New South Wales Planning Minister Brad Hazzard.
“The South Tralee process has dragged on for nine long years and it’s time it was approved,” said JRA President Kim Howatson.
“There is nothing to stand in the way of an approval
because the South Tralee development ticks all the boxes, it meets all the standards and it should be approved now.
“The families and children of this area don’t deserve to have to wait another day,” said Ms Howatson.When the development is rezoned, work will begin on delivering community facilities including a new high school, a community centre, a new aquatic centre and playing fields.
QBC President Jamie Cregan said, “
South Tralee has been ignored by successive NSW governments
for too long!”
“We need South Tralee to
go ahead to give us the homes for local families to live in and land for local businesses to build on.
New residents will use products and services from local businesses helping to grow our local economy.
“The South Tralee development has the overwhelming
support of the Queanbeyan and Jerrabomberra communities.
“The O’Farrell Government has promised they will listen to local communities. Well here is its big chance. We all
want South Tralee and we want it approved now,” Mr Cregan said.
QBC and JRA will hold a Public Meeting at the Jerrabomberra Community Centre on Sunday July 24 commencing at 2:00pm.Queanbeyan Mayor Tim Overall, State Member for Monaro John Barilaro, and Federal Member for Eden Monaro Mike Kelly will address the meeting.
“We are calling on everyone in Queanbeyan and Jerrabomberra to turn up to the Public Meeting to demonstrate just how important this development is to the future of our region,” said Jamie Cregan.
“Brad Hazzard says he has promised to listen to local communities. We need to send a loud and clear message tothe O’Farrell Government that the time for excuses and delays is over and the time to act is now.”