Forum looks to town’s transport future

MEETING Queanbeyan region’s transport needs will be the subject of a Community Conversation this Sunday at a forum organised by local groups seeking new solutions to city transport planning.

The forum, which runs from 2pm-4:30pm at the Jerrabomberra Community Hall, will provide an opportunity to hear different perspectives on the community’s varied transport needs and work towards a consensus on the best way to meet those needs.  

It’s sponsored by the Jerrabomberra Residents Association, and Mayor Tim Overall and a number of local Councillors will all attend, as will local MPs John Barilaro, Peter Hendy and Steve Whan.

Local facilitator Dave Lavers of Labyrinth Consulting Services will direct the conversation, and the initial activity will see issues groups (environment; road users; business; public transport;  schools; residents groups; etc) deliver a two-minute pitch on what they think is important about  transport for the community.

This will be followed by a ‘community café’ activity with tables set up to hold conversations on thematic areas (resident issues; commuting issues; environmental issues; etc).  

A Decision Makers Panel will then be conducted, following a format similar to ABC’s Q&A. The questions put to the Panel will have been developed by participants during the community café, with the Panel moderated by Mr Lavers.

The Panel will consist of Cr Tim Overall, John Barilaro MP, Steve Whan MLC, Peter Hendy MP and Minister Mick Gentleman, MLA (subject to commitments). During the conversation, images will be captured to enable a mini documentary to be produced as a record of the event.  

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