Council briefs - 25 March 2015

26 March 2015

Investment income above budget

Council's investments continue to perform well in 2014-15 with more than $240,000 made in February 2014. The February result took the year-to-date interest earned on cash and cash equivalent investments to $2,040,602, almost $517,000 above the year-to-date budget.

Tender awarded for Ellerton Dr/Yass Rd intersection design

Council has awarded a tender for the design and documentation for the upgrade of the Ellerton Dr/Yass Rd intersection. The intersection is currently controlled by a roundabout, however the Queanbeyan Traffic Study recommends the upgrade of the proposed intersection to traffic lights. The design and documentation of the intersection is funded via a Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) grant. Consultation will be undertaken when a concept design is complete.

Council partners with Cricket ACT

Council has agreed to establish a partnership with Cricket ACT on a trial basis until 30 June 2015. The partnership will see Cricket ACT run a number of indoor cricket activities at the Queanbeyan Indoor Sports Centre. During the trial partnership, a reduced fee will be available from Cricket ACT. The benefits of the partnership include increased patronage at the Indoor Sports Centre, particularly in current down times, and Cricket ACT taking responsibility for marketing and governance, including supplying referees.

Support for Capes for Kids

Council has agreed to provide Capes for Kids with a donation equivalent to the hire of the Queanbeyan Showground. Capes for Kids will hold a Super Hero Fun Day at the Queanbeyan Showground on 11 April 2015, which will include an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most people dressed as superheroes in on place. Capes for Kids is an organisation which is designed to help young hospital patients feel as safe, secure and as brave as possible while undergoing challenging treatment regimes. Capes for Kids makes super hero capes for children to wear while undergoing treatment or procedures.

Funding received for transport-related projects

Council has accepted funding from the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) for three transport-related projects. The accepted projects and costings are:

Project  Amount
River walk to CBD $1.6m  $50,000  Allow early planning to be undertaken for a 2.5km shared path from Barracks Flat to the Queens Bridge 
Collett St/Morrisset St crossing  $60,000  $29,652  To install a pedestrian refuge in Collett St to assist pedestrians crossing from the new bus interchange 
Low level Queanbeyan River crossing  $20,000  $16,500  Design a low level pedestrian crossing across the Queanbeyan River 

MoU to be developed for Googong recreation club

Council has agreed to enter into negotiations on a Memorandum of understanding with the Queanbeyan Whites and Googong Township Pty Ltd for the development of a community recreation club at Googong. Subject to the development of a satisfactory Memorandum of Understanding, the proposed recreation club would be constructed on 4000m2 of land near the proposed Aquatic Centre at Googong and between two multi-purpose ovals. The proposed club would be similar to other licensed clubs providing, meals, bar facilities, function rooms, a small gaming fleet and recreational space. It is envisaged that the club will be constructed within 10 years and construction will be funded by the Queanbeyan White. The land on which the proposed club will be built is part of the Googong common land that was to transfer to Council as part of the Googong Voluntary Planning Agreement.

Transport pioneers to be honoured

Council has agreed to name the major bus shelter at the new Queanbeyan bus interchange after the pioneers of Queanbeyan public transport, the Quodling Bros. When complete, the bus interchange will be known as the Queanbeyan Bus Interchange. The interchange will also include a historical, all-weather display board/s including heritage images marking the history of Queanbeyan bus services including the Tetley Motor Service from 1923, Mrs Barton's Safety Coach Service, Quodling Bros, Lever Buses, Deanes Buslines and QCity Transit.