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October 2016

The Ellerton Drive (Queanbeyan) Extension

Background information provided by Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council

Much has been said in the local media, and indeed the pages of The Whisper, regarding the Ellerton Drive Extension. Planning for this road has been ongoing for many years and intensified in the last four years to the point where it was approved by Determination Panel in June 2016 to proceed.

The Ellerton Drive Extension is the major piece of the puzzle to ensure Queanbeyan’s traffic network continues to operate at a satisfactory standard as the city’s population grows.

The 4.6km project will link east Queanbeyan at the current termination point of Ellerton Drive with Karabar at the intersection of Old Cooma Rd and Edwin Land Parkway. The Extension will be a single lane road with climbing lanes and will include a new bridge over the Queanbeyan River which will be above the 1 in 100 year flood level.

The benefits of the Extension include:

  • alternate access around the Queanbeyan CBD
  • reduction of congestion on key Queanbeyan roads, especially around the CBD
  • reduction of the number of heavy vehicles travelling through the CBD
  • increasing road network capacity to address growing Googong population
  • a river crossing above the 1 in 100 year flood level
  • additional access/exit points for residents in the Fairlane estate and emergency access points for Greenleigh residents

The corridor for the Ellerton Drive Extension has been identified on Council maps, plans and strategies since the 1970s and has been supported to some degree by eight previous councils.

The EDE project will be financed by a combination of Government grants and loan funding. The NSW and Commonwealth Governments have provided $25m each in funding towards the construction of the road. With the road estimated to cost between $80m-$86m, QPRC has approved obtaining a long term low interest loan for $36m to fund the remainder of the project. All of this loan, including interest, will be repaid via developer contributions, which will primarily come from the developers of Googong. In summary, ratepayers will not be required to pay extra for this project via their rates.

The Googong and Tralee Traffic Study (developed in 2009), and subsequent updates, have shown that Dunns Creek Road is not required to be built within in the study horizon (up to 2031) based on population forecasts. In September 2015, Council recognised the role Dunns Creek Road could play in Queanbeyan’s traffic network well into the future by selecting a preferred alignment and the identification of the road corridor.

Staff are continuing to finalise tender documents for the construction of the road, with initial stages of work expected to commence prior to Christmas 2016.

All of the studies and planning undertaken for the Ellerton Drive Extension, including fact sheets and responses to submissions made during the public exhibition periods can be found on the QPRC website at http://www.qcc.nsw.gov.au/Ellerton-Drive-Extension/EDE.

Ellerton Drive Extension timeline

1974 - The Ellerton Drive Extension corridor is shown in the Queanbeyan Structure Plan.

1994 - The Ellerton Drive Extension corridor is shown in the Queanbeyan Structure Plan.

2004 - The Ellerton Drive Extension corridor is shown in the Queanbeyan Structure Plan.

September 2006 – NSW Planning Minister requests Council prepare a long-term residential and employment lands strategy to accommodate growth for up to 25 years. The Strategy includes the EDE, then known as the Edwin Land Parkway.

November 2006 – Residential and Economic Strategy 2031, which includes EDE, endorsed.

April 2007 – NSW Department of Planning reviews the strategy and requests Council develop a transport strategy to service new residential and employment lands.

2009 – Council engages Gabites Porter to conduct a fully-functioning integrated land use/transport model to analyse Queanbeyan’s traffic network

June 2009 – Council supports in principle the recommendations of the draft Queanbeyan Strategic Traffic Plan and places it on exhibition.

August 2009 – Council adopts the draft Queanbeyan Strategic Traffic Plan and resolves to rename it the Googong and Tralee Traffic Study (2031). In adopting the Study, Council accepted the recommendation of Option 05B which included a combination of the Ellerton Drive Extension, four-laning of Old Cooma Rd and various intersection improvements.

October and December 2013 – Council holds two Public Transport Forums.

September 2011 – NSW Government provides $4m package to allow design and environmental studies for the EDE, further stages of Old Cooma Rd, various intersection upgrades as well as seed funding Dunns Creek Rd corridor identification and related studies.

February 2013 – Council agreed to a list of priorities to raise with candidates for the Federal election. The number one priority was funding for the EDE.

August 28 2013 – Council resolved to proceed with detailed design of the EDE. Following consultation, the design would include gated emergency access at the end of Lonergan Dr, Greenleigh and a left in, left out and right in connection to Fairlane Estate.

December 2013 – Council accepts a tender for consultants to prepare detailed design.

June 2014 – Commonwealth and NSW Governments announce funding contributions of $25m each

December 2014 – The traffic model used in developing the Googong and Tralee Traffic Study is updated with current Census data, land release data and Queanbeyan and Canberra traffic counts. The updated study supports the findings of the previous study.

December 2014 – February 2015 – A range of documents relating to the EDE, including Review of Environmental Factors, Species Impact Statement and Preliminary Design are exhibited.

February 2015 – Commencement of noise workshops with affected residents.

February 2015 – Council resolves to hold an independently facilitated Community Forum on the EDE

April 2015 – Around 350 community members attend Community Forum on the EDE

December 2015 – Bitzios Consulting commissioned by RMS on behalf of Council to review the traffic modelling and reporting in the Googong and Tralee Traffic Study (2031). Review found that processes were consistent with standard strategic modelling practices and modelling appeared logical and consistent.

February 2016 – Species Impact Statement Addendum publicly exhibited

May 2016 – Independent consultant prepares Determination Report

June 2016 – NSW Office of Environment and Heritage provides concurrence for Determination Report

June 2016 – Determination Panel Meeting and Extraordinary Meeting held in Queanbeyan