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Monday 4 August - 10am to 11am: Behind the Scenes at The Q with Stephen Pike.
Morning tea provided (at The Q Performing Arts Centre). Bookings -- 6285 6290.
Monday 4 August - 5pm to 6pm: Mums and Dads Axis Youth Centre drop-in evening
Come and see what's on offer at Axis. No bookings required (located near tennis courts at
Tuesday 5 August - 9.30am to 11.30am: Queanbeyan Family Day Care Open Morning.
Meet the team, morning tea provided. No bookings required (181 Cooma St).
Tuesday 5 August - 6pm to 7.30pm: Official launch of Local Government Week at
the Queanbeyan Regional Art Awards (at The Q Exhibition Space). All welcome.
Wednesday 6 August - 10.30am to 11.30am: Launch of the Queanbeyan River
Festival and new walking brochures. Meet Council's dedicated Community and Cultural
Development team and the Queanbeyan City Council platypus (at Trinculo Place).
Wednesday 6 August - 1.30 to 3pm. Launch of Queanbeyan City Library's Book Club
(at Queanbeyan City Library, 6 Rutledge St). Bookings -- 6285 6238.
Wednesday 6 August - 6pm to 8pm: Careers presentation and information talks about
Queanbeyan City Council (at Bicentennial Hall, 257 Crawford St). Bookings not required.
Thursday 7 August - 1pm to 3pm: Tech Savvy Seniors session -- Internet security and
how to stay safe online (at Queanbeyan City Library, 6 Rutledge St). Bookings -- 6285 6238.
Thursday 7 August - 10am to 3pm. Open Day at Queanbeyan Museum (10 Farrer Place).
Saturday 9 August - 10am to 2pm: Open Day at Mt Jerrabomberra and launch of
new viewing platform. Walk or take a bus ride. Inquiries -- 6285 6989.
What's on in
4 to 10 August 2014
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BASKETBALLERS NEED $120,000
Queanbeyan Basketball president Jan Browne with under-10 girls players.
Roof so bad indoor games
are cancelled due to rain
Catching leaks in carefully positioned rubbish
bins is no longer cutting it on the court. Water
leaking from the worn-out roof at the
Queanbeyan Basketball stadium has dampened
the spirits of local players as the prospect of
closure looms large over the club if $120,000
isn t found to pay for urgent roof repairs.
The cracked and brittle roof, close to 50 years
old, is too dangerous for contractors to walk on
and roofing specialists have indicated it needs to
be replaced entirely within the next six months.
This year alone the club has stumped up for
three repair jobs costing $2000 each -- an
ongoing expense that Queanbeyan Basketball
president Jan Browne said was becoming
difficult to manage.
"If it wasn t for the roof we would be able to
put all our savings into the new four-court
facility," she said. "The roof has really stagnated
that plan because we need to keep offering a
facility and having somewhere for our teams to
play in the meantime."
Co-captains of the Karabar Wildcats, Stewart
French and Lachlan Freeth, play each week at the
courts. They are sick of games being cancelled but
said the high cost of fixing the roof was too much
for members to raise alone.
"It s crazy that you can have an indoor game
rained out but it s the only indoor basketball
facility," Mr Freeth said. "If it closed down people
would just go to Canberra and it would be hard to
get them to come back again. There s support for
fund-raising but ultimately raising $120,000 is too
much just for local players."
Mrs Browne feared asking for support from the
government for the repairs may reduce the level of
support for a new facility down the track.
Member for Monaro John Barilaro said he was
optimistic funding assistance could be provided
for both to ensure the 1000 players the courts
relied on weren t lost.
"It may not be all the money, but I can t see a
problem with a contribution toward repairs, he
said. It s important we fix this roof so we can get
a few more years out of the existing facility."
Freeze frame as council again votes no
Constructing a cinema complex
in Queanbeyan is no longer a
priority project, Metro Cinemas
chief executive John O Neill
said after a motion to move
forward with a Memorandum
of Understanding with the
operator was voted down for the
"It s zero priority now. We
will be pursuing other projects,"
"We have spent five years on
this and have put an attractive
deal on the table. If they [the
council] want to come back
with a proposal that we feel is
acceptable we will move
forward with them. But there
are no more hoops we are
jumping through and no more
work we are doing on this
In June, the majority of
councillors made up of Sue
Whelan, Jamie Cregan, Judith
Burfoot, Brian Brown, Kenrick
Winchester and Vic Trajanoski
rejected the proposal for the
screen cinema to be built at the
former Queanbeyan Nursery
site, on the grounds they were
yet to see key financial data
from the proposed operator,
including a business plan and
recent financial statements.
The blocks established in
June remained firm as heated
debate whirred through the
chambers at the July ordinary
meeting of council.
A motion, co-authored by
Jamie Cregan, Sue Whelan and
Kenrick Winchester, was voted
through to form an advisory
committee to oversee an
independent feasibility study
for a cinema in Queanbeyan by
suitably qualified experts.
However, deputy mayor
Peter Bray and councillor Toni
McLennan, who have
establishing an MOU with a
cinema operator, foreshadowed
a rescission motion they intend
to submit to next month s
Cr Cregan said the move was
a "silly political ploy" that
wouldn t be supported by the
council s majority in August,
but meanwhile it prevented any
action being taken by the
advisory committee to progress
plans for a cinema in the town.
HIGH DENSITY HOUSING AHEAD
Minimum lot size shrinks, car rule kept
Compact housing and terrace-style "Fonzie Flats"
will be a feature of new suburbs created around
Queanbeyan, after the council supported
Googong Township Pty Ltd s application to
develop on smaller land lots.
The council has agreed to a minimum lot size
of 130 square metres and has also supported the
development of separately titled studio dwellings
with a maximum floor area of 75 square metres
on a lot of 225 square metres for a select few lots
within 200 metres from the town centre.
The smaller lots will constitute between 4 or
5 per cent of the total housing stock at Googong
and are expected to cost between $280,000 and
$380,000. CIC Australia project director
Malcolm Leslie made a presentation at the
meeting, as did representatives from the Tralee
development. If the NSW Planning and
Environment department support the change for
smaller lots than the 170-square-metre lot size
currently permitted, a gateway determination will
be issued and public consultation will begin
before any amendments are made to the
Queanbeyan Local Environment Plan 2012.
Despite calls for it, the council was firm about
maintaining the minimum provisions for car
parking spaces, ensuring all dwellings larger than
one bedroom include two car spaces. With Cr
Overall and Cr Trajanoski absent from the
council s meeting, five of the seven councillors
present agreed to the changes, giving the
developer scope to build compact affordable
housing in Googong.
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