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Don't forget to have your say -- proposed Ellerton Drive Extension
The next round of drop-in information sessions regarding the proposed Ellerton
Drive Extension are coming up and will be held at the RB Smith Centre
262 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan and the Jerrabomberra Community Centre,
Jerrabomberra Parkway, Jerrabomberra on:
• Tuesday 20 January 2015 (4.30 to 7.30pm) RB Smith Community Centre
• Wednesday 21 January 2015 (3 to 4.30pm) Jerrabomberra Community Centre
• Thursday 29 January 29 2015 (5 to 6.30pm) Jerrabomberra Community Centre
• Tuesday 3 February 2015 (5.30 to 7.30pm) RB Smith Community Centre
Queanbeyan City Council, in partnership with the Commonwealth and NSW
Governments, proposes to construct a 4.6km two lane single carriageway, sealed
road as an alternative route around the Central Business District. The proposed
Ellerton Drive Extension would connect east Queanbeyan, where the existing
Ellerton Drive ends, with Karabar at the new Edwin Land Parkway intersection with
Old Cooma Rd. As part of the planning and design process, Council has undertaken
a 60-day community consultation up until 4.30pm Monday 9 February 2015, with the
following documents and designs on exhibition:
• Species Impact Statement
• Preliminary road design
• Heritage report
Copies of the documents and design, including a number of fact sheets on the
extension, are available for viewing at:
• Queanbeyan City Council's Customer Service Centre, 257 Crawford St
Queanbeyan (8am-4.30pm Monday-Friday)
• Queanbeyan City Council's website at www.qcc.nsw.gov.au/ellerton-
• Queanbeyan Library at 6 Rutledge St, Queanbeyan
Community members and community groups are invited to make a submission on
the documents and designs. Submissions must be made in writing prior to 4.30pm
on Monday 9 February 2015. Submissions can be submitted in the following ways:
Email -- email@example.com, Mail -- PO Box 90 Queanbeyan, NSW
2620, delivered -- Council's Customer Service Centre at 257 Crawford St.
For more information on the project or the documents and design please email
or call the Ellerton Drive Extension project information line on 6285 6111
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PATIENT CARE RATIOS
Nurses tire of being poor cousins
Members of the
Queanbeyan NSW Nurses
kick off their campaign.
It may look like a casual cuppa
but nurses and midwives from
the Queanbeyan district are
rallying together to demand
improvements to patient care at
The NSW Nurses and
Midwives' Association's long-
running campaign to
implement standardised patient
care ratios aims to stamp out
disparity in the hours of care
provided to patients in regional
hospitals compared with their
Organiser Wayne Baxter said
it was time the state govern-
ment prioritised the issue and
took steps to ensure all NSW
residents had equal access to
"Why should your postcode
dictate the level of nursing care
you receive?" he said. "We
need to make sure the
community knows how
important this issue is and starts
putting the pressure on local
MPs to be accountable to their
The Queanbeyan NSW
Nurses and Midwives'
Association branch secretary
Lynne Howell said she was
disappointed Monaro MLA
John Barilaro had ignored the
membership's calls for action.
She said the branch collected
10,000 signatures on a petition
and presented it to Mr Barilaro
last June to table in State
Parliament -- but he failed to
respond to their request.
Mr Barilaro could not be
reached for comment but
provided a statement about
"I will always fight for our
hardworking and caring nurses
and get the best deal I can in the
economic environment we are
facing," he said. The NSW
government had exceeded its
promise and overseen the
recruitment of 4000 nurses
since the election, he said. Ms
Howell said campaigners
would persevere in their fight
for universal care ratios.
Shane Turkentine, 8, with brothers PJ Webb-Turkentine, 11, Riley Turkentine, 9, and sister
Lilly Turkentine, 2, play at the Queanbeyan Aquatic Centre.
Photo: Matt Bedford
Swimming lessons filling up
While many made the exodus to the NSW south
coast over the break, others relished the
opportunity to make a splash at depleted
Interest has soared in Queanbeyan in recent
weeks and more than 1000 children have been
enrolled for swimming lessons during term one
at Queanbeyan Aquatic Centre.
The Turkentines were one of many families to
spend their summer predominantly in the pool.
This year, 11-year-old PJ Webb-Turkentine
dipped his toe in the water and began his first
Splashing about in the pool with his little
brothers Riley, 9 and Shane, 8 helped his
confidence in the water sky-rocket, according to
his mother Jessie Turkentine.
"PJ, being a stepson, normally lives in Cooma
so we don't get him as often," she said.
"At first he had no confidence, but the other
boys have been teaching him how to jump in,
some of the games they play and now he really
loves the water."
Mrs Turkentine's two-year-old Lilly also
started her first swimming lessons.
"I couldn't imagine not being able to swim,"
Mrs Turkentine said.
"As a mum I am calmer knowing no matter
if they are at the beach, or by the river they
know how to be safe in the water."
Queanbeyan Swim School co-ordinator
Corey Elton said instructors taught all
swimmers stroke techniques and Royal Life
Saving Australia beach, river and dam safety
ARTISTS IN LIMBO
Sights on new venue
The vision to cultivate an arts
precinct in the grounds of
Queanbeyan's Benedict House
has been dashed.
The much-loved Refectory
cafe has closed its doors and
lawyers and an accountancy
firm have moved in.
Artists renting studios in the
former Men's Shed, behind the
historic house, are moving out
before January 27 to make way
for a new facility for the
Queanbeyan Children's Special
Artists Shed publicity officer
Dennis Mortimer said the
organisation had been in a state
of flux since mid-2014 when its
former site in East Queanbeyan
He said it was clear the now-
defunct Benedict Arts Precinct
was always an interim solution,
but the pressure was on to find
a dedicated headquarters.
"Ideally the new building
will be a place where we can
celebrate the arts, provide
education, hold exhibitions and
have concerts and theatre."
The Artists Shed plans to
submit a proposal to
Queanbeyan City Council for
the use of Rusten House by
June 16, Mr Mortimer said.
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