Googong developers back EDE
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An artist’s impression of the Ellerton Drive Extension crossing the Queanbeyan River.GOOGONG co-developer CIC has entered the campaign for the Ellerton Drive Extension (EDE), emailing their network of residents on Wednesday to advocate for the EDE and against Dunns Creek Road.
However EDE oppositions groups say the move is commercially motivated, due to the EDE paving the way to a new, 300-lot residential development at Jumping Creek.
The developers’ entry into the debate comes just days after former member for Eden-Monaro Mike Kelly stated publicly via his Facebook page that a CIC executive had told him in 2010 that Dunns Creek Road was the most direct transit option to Canberra for Googong residents.
“The quickest direct way to get this traffic to the ACT would be via the Dunns Creek Rd if it were built. This was conceded to me in a discussion I had with a CIC executive involved with the Googong project,” Dr Kelly wrote in a lengthy online critique of the link road.
Googong project director Malcolm Leslie has rejected Dr Kelly’s comments, and on Wednesday Googong emailed its residents to campaign against Dunns Creek Road and encourage them to contact Council in support of Ellerton Drive.
“This is a very important road link for Googong in the future and without it access to and from Googong will become conjested (sic) and problematic,” the email to residents stated. “Despite what you may have read, Dunns Creek Road is not a viable alternative as proven by the traffic studies. As an owner/resident at Googong we believe you should be aware of this proposal and urge you to have your say by clicking on one of the links below to send your message to QCC.”
Mr Leslie, told The Queanbeyan Age this week that the developer- a co-op between CIC Australian and Mirvac-was fully behind the EDE.
“Googong has never been an advocate for Dunns Creek Road,” Mr Leslie said. “While it would provide a useful connection from Googong to the Monaro Highway, the [Council’s Googong and Tralee] Traffic Study has shown that it cannot be justified at least until after 2041 and certainly is not required to serve the planned population of Googong.
“Googong supports the construction of Ellerton Drive Extension as it has been shown to be a critical part of the best option to manage population and traffic growth in Queanbeyan,” he said.
Queanbeyan Council maintains Dunns Creek Rd is a significantly more expensive and less effective solution to Queanbeyan’s congestion issues than the EDE (see separate story), despite the most recent costings of Dunns Creek Rd estimating it at around $80 million, currently the same cost as the EDE.
Meanwhile, EDE opposition groups are calling Googong’s recent campaigning in favour of the EDE a win, and say it’s a direct response to growing community backlash against the road.
The Queanbeyan Conservation Alliance (QCA) has been working with the Jerrabomberra Residents’ Association to organise the community opposition to the EDE, and have hosted a series of public meetings around town over the last week, as well as forwarding a petition to stop the road which so far has accrued over 600 signatures.
QCA member Graham Franklin-Browne said the group would continue to host public forums in town over the coming weeks, as well as sourcing residents’ views on the road by way of an online survey.
“We’re continuing a program of community meetings right along the route of the EDE, with the next one in East Queanbeyan,” Mr Franklin-Browne said. “We also intend to bring the issue back into the heart of Queanbeyan for a public forum, because we don’t think it solves Queanbeyan’s traffic problems.
“In some cases it might make things worse, and there’ll be cross border implications as the traffic backs up at Yass Road heading into the Pialligo Rd and past the Canberra airport.
“But I think people are starting to see under the table now- when you strip away the evidence that the road is probably not going to work and take traffic from the main street, you can’t help being left with the conclusion that it’s a developers road and it’s there to facilitate [a proposed 200-300 lot residential development at] Jumping Creek.”
CIC Australia confirmed that it has an option to purchase land at Jumping Creek subject to obtaining approvals for development, but Mr Leslie said Googong’s support for the EDE was not linked to commercial interests in Jumping Creek.
“Googong comprises over 5,500 dwellings, the continued development of which will rely on upgrades to the regional road network. Traffic studies have shown that EDE is a critical part of the best option to manage population and traffic growth in Queanbeyan,” he said.
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