Major Projects


Council regularly undertakes projects around the city to provide new infrastructure and facilities. Check this site for updates on projects we are undertaking. Contracting and consulting firms can register their details onto Tenderlink to automatically receive relevant tender and expression of interest notifications for these projects as they are released. Further information on how to do business with Council can be viewed on our Doing Business with Council webpage.

Queanbeyan Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrade - Project Manager - Peter Cox - Design completed by early 2018

The Queanbeyan Sewage Treatment Plant was constructed in the mid-1930s and treats Queanbeyan's effluent prior to discharge into the Molongolo River. While maintenance and works are regularly undertaken, the existing plant is nearing the end of its service life and is fully loaded to its capacity to safely treat sewage.

Council is now planning to upgrade this vital infrastructure. Planning is well advanced, design is likely to start early in 2016, and construction of works in early 2018. This project will ensure Queanbeyan's growing population is accommodated and water quality standards continue to be met.

Ellerton Drive Extension - Project Manager - Eli Ramsland - Preliminary works January 2017

For information on the Ellerton Drive Extension (EDE) project - please visit the EDE webpage here.

Transport Strategy - Project Manager - Derek Tooth

Queanbeyan-Palerang is a fast growing regional centre with significant numbers of the population commuting to the ACT for work and education. To complement the significant urban and transport planning that has already occurred, Council is working towards developing an Integrated Transport Strategy to guide the development of both road and public transport options for the future. The work will include input from the community, key stakeholders and decision makers.

The Strategy is expected to be completed later in 2017.

Queanbeyan Headquarters (QHQ) - Project Manager - Michael Damo

As an essential component of Council’s draft CBD Transformation Strategy, planning is proceeding to redevelop 257 Crawford Street, Council’s old administration building. Council staff are currently spread across 11 buildings in the CBD and this project will consolidate staff into a fit-for-purpose building. Council will be seeking quotes from designers to prepare a concept design for the construction of the new building.

Plans for the new Queanbeyan Headquarters (QHQ) are for it to house offices for the Mayor, General Manager and the majority of Council’s Queanbeyan based staff, along with other tenants. The concept design will be placed on public exhibition later this year.

Queanbeyan Indoor Sports Centre (QISC) Upgrade - Project Manager - Andrew Grant

A $2.25M Community Development Grant from the Federal Government and matching Council funds will see the expansion of the QISC. The capacity of the centre will be increased by including the establishment of 2 new multipurpose courts as well as an indoor cricket court.

Concept plans for the facility have been prepared with community consultation being undertaken in February 2017. Construction is anticipated to commence in Mid 2017.

The new facilities will be completed and ready for use by September 2017. During construction, QISC will remain in operation.


Dunns Creek Road - Project Manager - Eli Ramsland

Initial planning and concept designs for Dunns Creek Rd have been developed with traffic modelling showing the road will not be required for construction until at least 2041. Dunns Creek Rd would link the Googong and South Tralee developments, with a connection on to the Monaro Highway.

Old Cooma Road - Project Manager - Eli Ramsland

Queanbeyan’s Traffic Study has identified Old Cooma Road as a key link in our road network, especially to the new Googong Township development which will grow to be home to 16,000 people.

The road will be upgraded in stages to provide for the growth.

Stage 1

Construction of stage 1 was completed at the end of 2013. It involved the realignment of a 1.5km section to remove several tight bends. This section will have one lane towards Queanbeyan and two lanes, including a climbing lane, leaving Queanbeyan.

Stage 2

This stage will involve the 4.5km long duplication of Old Cooma Road from Edwin Land Parkway to Googong Road and will be two lanes in each direction, as well as have provision for cyclists. Construction is not required until 2021.

Stage 3

Stage 3 is the upgrade of Old Cooma Road to four lanes in Karabar from Southbar Road to Edwin Land Parkway. This project included a review of the Barracks Flat Drive intersection with Old Cooma Road with the implementation of a short term solution to this intersection. Construction of Stage 3 upgrades is not required until around 2026, however an interim intersection upgrade was completed in 2016.

Proposed Memorial Park


Queanbeyan population is set to grow from around 42,000 to more than 55,000 over the next 15 years. With this growth comes pressure on infrastructure and services that are provided to the community

One service that is nearing capacity is Queanbeyan cemetery. Queanbeyan currently utilises the Lanyon Drive cemetery, however that is expected to reach capacity within the next five years.

Council has been aware of the need to expand these services and has been investigating potential sites across the region. The need for a new cemetery was first raised in Council’s 2009-13 Delivery Program and has been the subject of workshops with councillors in 2009 and 2015.

What's been done

In February 2017, Council resolved to enter into a contact to purchase land at 1187-1241 Old Cooma Rd. Prior to exchanging contracts, Council undertook some preliminary environmental and geotechnical investigations to gain an understanding of whether it was viable to proceed with the proposal. These investigations did not highlight any significant issues and the contracts were exchanged. While the preliminary investigations did not show any issues, a ranger of other studies and investigations will be required as the proposal proceeds.

Following the exchange of contracts in late April 2017, Council was able to inform residents of the purchase and the intention to progress plans for a memorial park.

Next steps

  • Prepare a Planning Proposal for consideration by the Department of Planning
  • Seek a Gateway Approval, from the Minister for Planning, to amend the Queanbeyan 2012 LEP
  • If Gateway determination is issued, engage consultants to carryout necessary studies possibly including:- Further Community Consultation
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Traffic
  • Visual Amenity
  • Geotechnical
  • Hydrology
  • Submit proposal and all necessary studies to the Department for Ministerial approval
  • Develop concept designs – Further consultation
  • Develop Business Plan
  • Prepare Development Application – Further Consultation
  • Submit DA to Regional Planning Panel – Further Consultation


There will be a number of consultation opportunities during the process. All consultation activities will be advertised via Council’s Your Voice QPRC engagement hub at