Tender for the Northern Entry Road: Council awarded the tender for the construction of the Southern Jerrabomberra Northern Entry Road (NER) at our March Planning and Strategy Committee Meeting. We now expect to see work begin very shortly. The NSW Government recently confirmed a $23 million investment into the South Jerrabomberra Innovation Precinct which provides the funding to enable the road to be constructed as well as the essential gas, lighting, water, sewerage and fibre optic connections. Council has also committed $8 million. The South Jerrabomberra Innovation Precinct is a vision of QPRC to initiate a defence, space, energy and renewables technology cluster of business, integrating with the innovation hub and high school to build skills and jobs. The road also unlocks the land for the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Sports Complex and a Jerrabomberra High School.
Customer Satisfaction and Wellbeing Survey: We are working with Jetty Research to conduct our regular Customer Satisfaction and Wellbeing Survey. Jetty have begun contacting a statistically valid random sample of residents via phone to ask a range of questions to gauge community satisfaction in council as a whole, as well as exploring more specifically council's service delivery, how residents receive information from council, how council is moving towards achieving the community vision and community wellbeing. For those who haven't been randomly contacted but would like to participate, you can find a link to the survey on our Your Voice page at https://yourvoice.qprc.nsw.gov.au. The survey is open until 5pm on Monday, March 30. A report on the survey will be made publicly available later this financial year.
ComicFest: ComicFest 2020 is on Saturday, April 2 from 10am-2pm at the Queanbeyan Library. Come along and get involved in a cartooning workshop, a cosplay competition and a special effects make-up tutorial. There will also be vendors selling comics, authors with their books, and artists with hand-made creations.
Small business support: Eligible small businesses in Queanbeyan-Palerang affected directly and indirectly by recent bushfires can now apply for a grant of $10,000 to assist with the costs of maintaining their businesses. This is funded by the Australian Government. The support may include - but is not limited to - accessing financial advice, covering salaries, wages, utilities, and fuel. Businesses must have experienced a 40 per cent drop in revenue over a three-month period, compared to the previous year, as a result of the bushfires. Find the details on the National Bushfire Recovery Agency website at www.bushfirerecovery.gov.au/small-business
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