THE Jerrabomberra Residents Association (JRA) is the latest community group calling on Queanbeyan City Council to develop a comprehensive transport strategy in the wake of the Village Building Company delaying its $30-million contribution to the Dunns Creek Road.
The JRA now holds the same stance on a transport strategy as Queanbeyan Landcare and the Queanbeyan Conservation Alliance.
President Michael Ziebell told The Queanbeyan Age on Tuesday that the 2008 traffic study of Tralee and Googong that Council was basing its major traffic decisions on was never designed for that purpose.
"They've tried to morph a traffic study based on 2006 data into an entire strategy, but it doesn't have any of the major aspects of a strategy. There's no risk management report, there's no financials, there's no responsibility allocation," he said.
"We want to see a revisit that considers some human factors. The traffic study was purely technical."
Council commissioned New Zealand firm Gabites Porter in 2008 to create a transport model of the Queanbeyan LGA based on the 2006 Census Land Use and traffic flows. This model was been used to analyse the transport situation in Queanbeyan as well as analyse a number of 2031 future land use and infrastructure scenarios.
A Technical Working Group comprising representatives from Queanbeyan City Council, Roads and Traffic Authority, Gabites Porter, Village Building Company and Canberra Investment Corporation was then formed to identify network improvements to address deficiencies in both the existing and future Queanbeyan road network, including new link roads like the Edwin Land Parkway and the Ellerton Drive Extension.
The study found that the Dunns Creek Road did offer some advantages for alleviating traffic congestion on local roads but was not required before 2031.
Mr Ziebell was critical of the study's lack of community involvement, which he said was enough to warrant a comprehensive strategy.
"It's not just about consultation, it's about incorporation of the community," he said.
"When you're running a $100 million (roads) project you don't just ignore your end user."
However Mayor Tim Overall said the traffic study was a strategy that took the community into account, and that Dunns Creek Road remained a Council priority.
"It's a full traffic road network strategy, absolutely. And it's a living document in the sense that traffic modelling is ongoing as Googong and South Tralee and other infill developments develop, so the predictive modelling is continuing. It's an ongoing process," he said.
"Traffic modelling and planning is a technical engineering exercise, and the decisions of the Council back in 2009 when it adopted the Googong and Tralee Traffic Study 2031 demonstrates that the Council listens to the community and decided planning work needed to be done on Dunns Creek Road even though it was not included in the traffic study as a high priority in the period up until 2013."