In 2016 the Baird government created 19 new NSW councils, as a move to rationalise the provision of services and funding.
Friday marked one year since the amalgamation of Queanbeyan and Palerang Regional Councils. Amalgamation was strongly opposed by many members of the community, on the grounds that it would bring no real benefit to the communities involved.
On Wednesday night, one year one, over 50 residents attended a community meeting run by QPRC. Tim Overall, Administrator of QPRC welcomed attendees, referring to the progress the council has made over the course of the year. Mr Overall outlined the transition process to date, and what the coming months would bring.
Council staff ran over the 2017/18 draft Operational Plan, including the council budget before providing updates on capital works in the former Palerang area.
Key works in Braidwood include upgrades to drainage on Wallace Street and the plans for a new Waste Transfer Station. Additional underground water catchments on Wallace Street should prevent flooding from heavy rainfalls, said Council Engineer Barry Osmond. He is expecting works to begin on these in the coming weeks.
"Pits" on Wallace St will help divert heavy rainfall flows into the central underground drain to alleviate flooding: Barry Osmond, engineer— Braidwood Times (@braidwoodtimes) May 17, 2017
Council has developed a concept design for the station, and is expecting the project to go to tender in the coming weeks. By separating waste streams, council expects the project to reduce the overall volume of landfill waste produced by Braidwood.
Roads roused the most response from those attending the meeting. As always, the Nerriga Road was at the forefront of complaints. Many of those attending felt that the planned works would do little to alleviate the problems regular road users face. Council staff responded that they were seeking further funding from the state government, with MP John Barilaro petitioning the RMS for funds.
Problems with road safety and pedestrian mobility within Braidwood was raised by many members of the community. Many felt that inadequate provisions for pedestrians crossing the bridge over Monkittee Creek and walking around the town streets were putting children in danger. Council staff responded to specific concerns as well as saying that residents would have the opportunity to contribute to a Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan in the coming months.
But the 'PAMP' (QPRC's Pedestrian Access & Mobility Plan) is a chance for public discussion towards solution, action. Gordon Cunningham 2/2— Braidwood Times (@braidwoodtimes) May 17, 2017