Council Briefs - 23 April 2015

23 April 2015

Old Cooma Road upgrade

Council has agreed to install traffic signals as an interim intersection treatment for Barracks Flat Dr/Thornton Rd/Cooma St and that the work is funded from the $4m Road Network Funding Grant provided by the State Government. The intersection of Barracks Flat Drive, Thornton Road and Cooma Street is currently experiencing delays in peak periods and an interim solution has been investigated to address the delay and safety issues prior to the four-lane upgrade of Cooma Street, between Edwin Land Parkway and Southbar Road, which is not expected to be undertaken until 2026.

The preliminary design for the upgrade, as well as the interim intersection for Barracks Flat Dr/Thornton Rd/Cooma St was exhibited for community consultation from 2 March to 30 March 2015. The signalised intersection provides for all traffic movements and is in keeping with the long-term upgrade of that section of road. Council has also agreed to move to final design for the Stage 3 Upgrade of Old Cooma Road, which is not expected to be constructed for another decade.

Scores on Doors

Council has agreed to adopt the NSW Government’s voluntary Scores on Doors food scheme which displays the results of food premises inspections on a certificate that can be affixed at the entry point into retail food premises. It makes the public aware of how well the business is complying with NSW Hygiene and Food Safety requirements. Participation in the program by food businesses is optional.

The NSW Food Authority is strongly encouraging all NSW councils to be part of the scheme, which is aimed at improving safety and hygiene within retail food businesses and providing clearer choices for consumers throughout the State. Queanbeyan Council hopes the scheme will not only promote compliance with food hygiene standards but also promote trust in food businesses and further the reputation and economy of food businesses in the area.

O’Sullivans recognised

Queanbeyan Council will recognise the contribution and long service to the Queanbeyan community provided by waste contractor J W O’Sullivan and Sons with a reception in the foyer of the Bicentennial Hall for O’Sullivan’s management and staff. Council will also make a formal presentation to John O’Sullivan at a future Council meeting and is investigating whether it’s feasible to name the old Hoover Road landfill site as O’Sullivan Reserve.

Neil Bulger Oval

It’s been recommended by Council that Queanbeyan cricket legend and life member of the Queanbeyan District Cricket Club Neil Bulger have Freebody Oval numbers 1 and 2 named after him. Freebody Park consists of three ovals. The main field is known as Freebody Oval or number one. The second cricket oval is simply known a number 2 and third number 3.

In 1980-81 Neil played a major role in bringing the premiership trophy back to Queanbeyan after 22 long years. Neil hit four centuries that season, including one in the semi-final before taking a grand final hat-trick. In total he scored just on 4000 first grade runs and took 250 wickets. He represented the ACT with distinction and was selected in the Australian Aboriginal side that toured the UK in 1989. Neil was also 12th man for Bob Hawke’s inaugural Prime Ministers XI. He also played in third, fourth, fifth and even sixth grade as his career wound down. His name and records are listed in almost every grade at the Bluebags whether most runs, highest score or best bowling figures. As the club celebrates 150 years of history, Neil Bulger takes pride of place as one of its finest.

Regional Sporting Complex

Council will seek funding of $300,000 from the National Stronger Regions Grant Proposal program for the development of a regional sporting complex at Jerrabomberra. The development of the complex has already been resolved by Council. The funding would be for the development of a concept design for the complex.

The complex would be a new sports precinct and aquatic centre in the Jerrabomberra area as outlined in the 2010/20 Community Strategic Plan. The precinct will include a premier standard synthetic surface sports field for hockey, soccer and associated facilities.

Pialligo Avenue

Council has agreed to make further representations to the ACT Government and local members to modify the lights at Pialligo Avenue and Scherger Drive to create a slip lane for Canberra bound traffic on Pialligo Avenue. Pialligo Avenue can be extremely congested and cause extended delays to travel time when there are a number of cars exiting Scherger Drive turning right onto Pialligo Avenue.

The creation of a slip lane for Canberra bound traffic on Pialligo Avenue would ensure traffic would flow freely past the lights, traffic from Scherger Drive could then merge further down once at a similar speed to traffic already on Pialligo Avenue.