April Council Meeting: Council's April ordinary meeting is on Wednesday, April 22 and will again be held electronically. Members of the public can tune in via webcast.qprc.nsw.gov.au. Items on the agenda include the Draft Local Strategic Planning Statement, embellishment of a proposed park at 16 Agnes Avenue in Queanbeyan, recommendations for Foxlow Bridge, tender considerations for the Bungendore Floodplain Risk Management implementation and the Bungendore Roundabout, the draft Revenue Policy, Fees and Charges and Operational Plan 2020-21 and more. The full agenda can be viewed on council's website at www.qprc.nsw.gov.au
Operational Plan: Council is considering the draft Operational Plan 2020-21 at its meeting on Wednesday. The draft Operational Plan, along with the Fees and Charges and Revenue Policy, will then be placed on public exhibition for comments from the community. The Operational Plan sets out the specific activities, projects and the budget which council will undertake within each financial year. The Revenue Policy sets the rating structure and waste, water and sewer fees for the financial year, while the Fees and Charges looks at what we charge for specific services and facilities. Council's plans are designed to meet the community's vision and long-term aspirations and the community's voice is important. Go to yourvoice.qprc.nsw.gov.au to register so that you can be involved in the discussion.
Ellerton Drive extension: Transport for NSW recently released their latest update on the Ellerton Drive extension which is nearing completion and is expected to open mid-2020, weather permitting. Work on the bridge has reached a significant milestone with all nine bridge segments now launched across the Queanbeyan River. Work is continuing to complete the bridge deck, install barriers and railings on the bridge and construct the road approaches. The full April 2020 update is available at www.qprc.nsw.gov.au/ede
Energy Efficient Communities Program: Community organisations are invited to apply for the Australian Government's Energy Efficient Communities Program. Grants of up to $12,500 (with no co-contribution required) are available. Eligible activities include new solar photovoltaic (PV) generator systems, new battery systems and battery energy storage systems, new solar hot water heaters or air source hot water heat pumps to replace existing hot water heaters, new LED lighting equipment to replace existing non-LED lighting, new energy efficient lighting controls, new high efficiency split system air conditioning units to replace existing split system, packaged or window-wall air conditioning units, and energy audits. Go to energy.gov.au/government-priorities/energy-programs/energy-efficient-communities-program for all the details.
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