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Welcome to Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council’s online community engagement hub, your one-stop shop for all Council consultation and engagement activities. Your voice QPRC will provide a number of tools for you to ensure you have your say on Council projects and initiatives that affect you. And it will provide Council with a valuable insight into the community’s thoughts on a range of topics. Register now and make sure you don’t miss out on anything.


Welcome to Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council’s online community engagement hub, your one-stop shop for all Council consultation and engagement activities. Your voice QPRC will provide a number of tools for you to ensure you have your say on Council projects and initiatives that affect you. And it will provide Council with a valuable insight into the community’s thoughts on a range of topics. Register now and make sure you don’t miss out on anything.


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    While out walking with my 8yo, we walked past the old stock yards at the end of Trucking Yard Lane in Bungendore. The space is so overgrown with weeds over 6 foot tall! It is quite a large space and well located to be considered for a community space. My 8yo asked if I could write to you and request a playground space. We know that there is an upgrade to the main park - but that is an hours walking round trip and we have to cross the highway. It would be nice to have a place where kids can play and gather with their neighbourhood friends that didn't involve having to navigate a highway!! There are so may kids and families in our area of town that don't have easy access to a playground or open space to play with other kids in our area

    Shaylee asked 16 days ago

    We've had a look at the space you are referring to at the end of Trucking Yard Lane. Unfortunately it is unclear as to whether it is Council land, Crown land or part of the rail corridor belonging to the NSW Government. What is clear, that as a former stock yard, it is unsuitable for parkland without significant remediation as it would likely contain the type of contamination associated with stock (ie remnants of sheep dip etc).

    At this week's Council meeting, Councillors will consider the draft Operational Plan (budget) for 2021/22. Soon after, it will open for public comment. You might like to make a submission to consider a park somewhere in that part of Bungendore. Our planners mentioned they did try to secure some land a little while ago, but it fell through. Our Parks team is aware of the need for more playgrounds in Bungendore. Hopefully after the major upgrade of the one at Mick Sherd Oval they'll be able to start considering others.

    (Note - you appear to have submitted the same enquiry with some minor edits. This reply obviously applies to both so we won't reply to the other one if that's OK) 

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    Hi QPRC and thanks for your work. I was wondering if it would be possible to install floodlights at 'The Scar' dog park on Southbar Road? As we approach winter, the days are getting shorter and by the time I am home it is dark. I choose to exercise my dog each day to ensure he is not a nuisance to other residents while I am at work. However, exercising my dog in a well-lit and off-leash environment is becoming increasingly difficult, and being on my own (as a female), I feel as though the installation of floodlights at the dog park would provide a safer environment for all those who exercise their dogs after dark. Kind regards, Emily.

    EmilyWilson asked 21 days ago

    Hi Emily, thanks for your message. Unfortunately we don't currently have budget nor any firm plans for installing lighting at The Scar. Around this time each year we finalise our Operational Plan (budget) for the financial year ahead and put it out to the community for comment. When it is open to feedback, please feel free to make submission regarding lighting at The Scar. The opportunity comment will be on our Your Voice page in the coming weeks.

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    Hi, Why is the upgrade to Monaro St only extending for 1 block? There's a lot more of the street than that, and only a bit done will look cheap. Surely it would be better to spend the money on more of the street? Spread it out and make a better job of it. Specially since there is that new building next to the Court House. Very few people actually walk along Monaro St, so widening the footpath will hardly matter. And did the Council or anyone consult the residents about this? I know you are asking for feedback from business in the street, but they are not the only ones affected. Melissa Cox

    Lissa asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Melissa, thank you for your question. We currently have a budget of $15 million for the upgrade of Monaro Street. Design work is being undertaken for the upgrade of both blocks of Monaro St (ie from the bridge to the court house) however, the funding will only allow us to construct the Crawford Street to Lowe Street block in the first instance. Over the past few months we have been undertaking surveys of in-ground facilities in the area and doing traffic studies. We have been engaging local businesses directly impacted by the project and have been involving them in exploring various scenarios, working to understand all of the site constraints and what may or may not be possible in the design work, understanding individual businesses and how the construction period will impact them, and working toward developing a final design option. We will be consulting the community broadly with the design option in the coming weeks when it is ready. 

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    Hello. What does the Council's Koala Preservation Policy say? Melissa Cox

    Lissa asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Melissa, thanks for your question. We don't have our own specific koala preservation policy. We follow advice from the NSW Government and apply the State Environmental Planning Policy (Koala Habitat Protection) 2021 which came into effect on 17 March 2021. The Koala Habitat Protection SEPP can be found at:  https://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/Policy-and-Legislation/Environment-and-Heritage/Koala-Habitat-Protection-SEPP 

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    Hi. I'd like to know your policy on the use of systemic pesticides by the Council. What pesticides and weedicides are in use here? Has the Council considered the effects these chemicals have on native insects and animals? Melissa Cox

    Lissa asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Melissa, thanks for your question. We don't have our own specific policy regarding pesticides. We follow and comply with advice from the NSW Government's Environment Protection Authority (EPA). See: https://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/about-us/our-organisation/about-nsw-epa  

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    Braidwood is going ahead in leaps and bounds.... What is QPRC doing to address young peoples concerns for living here/ or planning to live here... Rents go up and up, no available housing... Is wanting to live here dependent on parental wealth/ or does the council assume that young people need to leave/ make their fortune and then come back to roust... QPRC budget and spending does not appear to address these issues. Has Covid and the Sydney exodus of people with money taken the local out of the equation. Is there anyone in council that gives a rats arse about the people that make the town tick? Even with three jobs, a lot of people are giving up. Antidepressants are not a solution for town planning... Please speak to this before the inevitable crisis. cheers Frank

    gita asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Frank,

    Questions about housing affordability in Braidwood have been raised at previous community meetings. Unfortunately, it is not an area that Council is responsible for, with the State and Federal Government much more involved. That being said, Council could have an advocacy role in raising these issues with our State and Federal members. I would encourage you to raise this with your local members. In the coming months, Council will be engaging with the community for its Community Strategic Plan, which is an aspirational document with a 10-year timeframe. During the development of this, we will be asking the community for ideas on how they see the community in 10 years time. Some of the aspirations will be outside of Council's control, however as mentioned above, we can play an advocacy role in pushing these issues with other levels of Government.

    The Braidwood Community Association has raised this matter in the past. it may also be worth discussion with the BCA - https://www.braidwoodcommunity.org.au/ 

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    Hi, I heard QPRC might be addressing the feral animal situation in Mongarlowe. This is great news! I was wondering if the feral cats that live in the Nutrien Shed on Wallace St.. might also be taken care of. They might be great for mice... but the six blue tongue lizards and willie wagtail birds which I used to see, have all disappeared from my backyard. Now it is just frolicking feral kittens and hissing cats. best regards Frank Lindner

    gita asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Frank,

    Council is not responsible for feral animals such as foxes and rabbits, however we do play a role in the management of feral cat populations. Council is unable to place a cat trap on public land due to safety concerns, nor can we place a cat trap on private land and as you can imagine, cats are quite difficult to catch without a cage. Residents can hire (refundable deposit) a cat trap from Council to trap feral cats. If you are successful in trapping a cat, you should take it to the local vet in Braidwood (closer to Qbn you can bring it to the Pound). The vet will assess the cat for a microchip and reunite it with the owner if it is domesticated. However, if it is deemed to be a feral cat the vet will make an appropriate decision. You can hire the cat trap from our customer service office in Braidwood. We only have one available, so it may already be out, but please visit our customer service centre or give our team a call on 1300 735 025.

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    Road resealing works on London Bridge Road Burra. It looks as if you are going to reseal the road with new gravel. Before you do that can you install some drainage at the bottom of the driveways of numbers 76 and 96 London Bridge Road so that all the gravel and mud/dirt does not wash onto the Road every time it rains. It becomes hazardous with stones being thrown up at other vehicles. Some sort of redirection of the runoff needs to be directed into the existing drianage channels. Contact me direct for more information. Thanks John Convine

    Lavender Hill asked 6 months ago

    We will be getting in touch with the owners of these properties to discuss this.

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    Burra Garage Sale Trail Group Sale on 22 November from 9am to 12 noon at the Burra Park in Burra. We have at least 20 stalls. Can you give us a plug in your newsletter as you are promoting it as a Council initiative for people to Recycle/Reuse things to keep out of landfill.

    Lavender Hill asked 6 months ago

    We will be promoting the Garage Sale Trail in its entirety in our next eNewsletter. We are unable to publicise individual garage sales due to the number that are being held in the Queanbeyan-Palerang area over the weekend.

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    On your latest eNewsletter issued today, in "upcoming events" the Garage Sale Trail is only mention for the Saturday 21/11/20 BUT it is also on Sunday the 22/11/20. Can you also add the Sunday into upcoming events because Burra Community Association is running a group sale for the Garage Sale Trail on the Sunday 22/11/20 from 9am to 12 noon at Burra Park in Burra Upcoming Events 14 November Drop-In Information Session - Recycled Water in Googong - Googong Community Centre, 9am-12pm 21 November Garage Sale Trail 25 November Ordinary Council Meeting Thanks John Convine

    Lavender Hill asked 6 months ago

    We'll be sure to update this in our next eNewsletter.