The final Council Community Meeting for the year was held last night in the Braidwood Council meeting room. The meeting was well attended, with over 30 locals and several representatives from the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council.
Issues covered included: an update on plans for the continuing amalgamation of councils; applications to the Stronger Communities Fund; infrastructure improvements and reviews, covering, roads, rates, plans for the tip, and water and drainage; responsible dog ownership and the upcoming Christmas street parties.
14 of the 51 applications to the Stronger Communities Fund approved or given conditional approval were from Braidwood and its immediate surrounds, with the total value of funding allocated worth $309,117. The Council have said that in addition to this, they are looking for major projects and infrastructure needs to be reviewed in the former Palerang area. Their objective is to make Queanbeyan-Palerang one of the best performing newly merged councils in NSW.
Several Braidwood residents raised issues for council to address at the meeting. Karuna Bajracharya and Alex Rea raised problems with traffic parking an management throughout Braidwood, arising from the high volume of through traffic on the Kings Highway. Cheryl Raper raised the need for a comprehensive heritage plan for Braidwood. Various members of the community also raised concerns regarding the safety of several footpath and road locations, including Nerriga Road and Majors Creek Road.
Council representatives emphasised the council’s commitment to a full and effective amalgamation of the former Queanbeyan and Palerang areas over the coming years.
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