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Tu esday January 10, 2017
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HOPE you all had a chance to refresh
and enjoy some time with friends and
family over the Christmas and New
Year break. Council services have been
back at work since January 3 and staff are
gearing up for a big year of service to the
The key tasks for the council to achieve
this year include to determine and progress
major projects under the $9m Stronger
Communities Fund. Funding has been
provided to new councils by the NSW state
government; progress systems integration;
implement the organisational structure;
finalise and implement the new branding;
develop a new website that will be a one-
stop shop for residents; complete the asset
and service reviews - to inform the long
term financial plan; develop the community
vision and priorities for the draft Commu-
nity Strategic Plan - for the new council
to consider and formulate its three-year
delivery program; prepare and adopt the
2017-18 Operational Plan and budget
Summer at Q-One
In a series of events hosted by the Q-One
team, an inflatable outdoor movie screen
will display a children’s movie from 8pm at
each of the pools. The events start at 4.30pm
with games and activities, followed by a free
barbecue at 6.30pm. These will be held at
the pools in Captains Flat on January 25,
Bungendore on January 26, Braidwood on
January 27 and Queanbeyan on January 28.
On Sunday January 29, the Q-One Indoor
Sports Centre will host the Australian Open
men’s tennis final.
Australia Day awards ceremonies will
be held at Bungendore, Captains Flat,
Braidwood and Queanbeyan. Bungendore
will host a barbecue breakfast at 7.30am,
followed by the awards ceremony at 8am. At
the Captains Flat Community Hall a morn-
ing tea will be provided by the community
association. The Braidwood Serviceman’s
Club will be the venue for the Braidwood
awards and for lunch at midday. The day
concludes with a citizenship ceremony and
the Australia Day awards in Queanbeyan
To wn Park, where we will be joined by this
year’s Australia Day ambassador, Australian
Rugby Sevens captain Lewis Holland. The
official ceremony in Queanbeyan runs
from 4.30-6pm, which will then be followed
by a free family celebration event, with
live music, children’s entertainment, food
and drink and capped off with a fireworks
display at 9pm.
Summer fun, Australia Day and resolutions
LESS HASTE, MORE SCRUTINY
Every resident of Queanbeyan-Palerang
Regional Council should be concerned
about the haste and lack of public scrutiny
involved in the council’s plans to sell land to
an unnamed group of developers.
There has been no public discussion
about the council’s plans to accept an
unsolicited proposal for sale of the land the
council holds in trust for our community
and major re-development on that land.
The Liberal-government appointed ad-
ministrator Tim Overall made the decision
behind closed doors at the November 23
council meeting in Bungendore.
There will be no tenders, no assessment
of multiple offers and no opportunity for the
public to consider what’s in the communi-
ty’s long-term interests.
Instead, a group of local developers will
get a fast track to multi-million dollar profits
with what the council says is a decade of
This once-only sale and re-development
opportunity is a long way from business as
usual, which the administrator is charged
The administrator slapped down attempts
to speak about this matter at council’s
December 14 meeting.
It is not at all clear why he isn’t interested
in hearing from the public on the matter.
Coming on top of Tim Overall’s decision
to approve the Ellerton Drive Extension in
the face of substantial community opposi-
tion including a divided council, this latest
effort is another slap in the face for democ-
racy in local government.
SAFETY FENCING NEEDED TO
The council has spent a fortune to erect a
fancy play area and cement steps and a plat-
form up to the rivers edge, but I would like
to suggest to them to have a safety person
check out the area as there is no safety fence
whatsoever going right up to and over into
This river is very deep and full of deep
holes and many people have drowned in it
over the years, I nearly drowned as a young
girl nearby so I know the danger.
I had to write because if some little
toddler playing nearby darted towards the
edge they could easily drown, it just takes a
second, parents beware.
Also there is no shade whatsoever in the
area, my visiting grandkids stayed only a
few minutes and returned with their mum,
because she said it was too hot for them in
that scorching sun and for her also.
There have been so many drownings this
year, if we can save one life, my letter would
have done it's job.
ABANDONED BY ALL
I have noticed many abandoned vehicles
around the Canberra/Queanbeyan area, but
one in particular was spotted in Queanbey-
an a month ago.
My husband and I reported it to NSW
police, but they showed no interest as it has
A call to ACT police fell on deaf ears as it
was situated in NSW.
ACT motor registry were contacted, too,
but apparently, it is illegal for them to call
the owner to advise the whereabouts of the
This vehicle is still there.
So, if you are the owner of a black Nissan
Patrol and want to retrieve your vehicle, it is
situated on Old Cooma Road between two
sets of traffic lights.
That is if you haven't already received a
payout from your insurance company.
With such disinterest from the authorities,
no wonder insurance premiums continue
Perhaps we need a separate force with
legal powers to deal with these abandoned
vehicles promptly to avoid further criminal
E. Broomfield, Googong
SAFETY FIRST: Does the revamped Queen Elizabeth Park need fencing to prevent
drownings? Photo: Elesa Kurtz.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
CHAMPION OF QUEANBEYAN
JIM WOODS DIES AGED 103
Loss of a great gentleman and a long term
patron of the Queanbeyan Golf Club.
Well done to Jim in all you did to the town
of Queanbeyan mate. Left a great legacy at
the Queanbeyan Bowling Club as well.
Condolences from a paperboy in the 1950s.
The paper was 4d and we got a penny for
everyone we sold. Don't tell mum it helped
My deepest condolences to the Woods
family. Made a significant contribution
to the Queanbeyan Golf Club and local
community. RIP Jim.
A lovely man will miss him very much,
always loved a chat.
He was a pioneer in his own right.
Lois Ta ig
Wonderful community oriented person
who initiated and worked in the Printing
Museum in Queanbeyan.
Ana Tu dor
Jim was a delight to have at a dinner party
with all his wonderful stories, he kept us
amused for hours, he will be sadly missed.
Prayers and sincerest sympathy to the
Woods family on the passing of a lovely,
gentle man! Crookwell people benefited
greatly from his and Rene's community
service and friendship in the 1950s. His
musicianship was a blessing and I have
sweet memories of when he taught me to
dance the Jazz Waltz - a lifetime ago!
What a great man and a great innings.
RIP Mr Woods from all at the Queanbeyan
Whites Juniors. Some of us knew you for a
fraction of your life but you made it worth
while. Hearts go out to the family.
Queanbeyan Whites Juniors
Deepest sympathy to Jimmy's family. He
loved talking about his Maher Cup days
and I am so glad he was able to share
those memories on the Te mora Rugby
League 10 0 years DVD. Pure gold for all to
treasure. RIP Jim.
Sheree Anne Elwin
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