Queanbeyan Aquatic Centre upgrades: The final touches are being put on the Queanbeyan Aquatic Centre to ensure it is ready for a bumper 2019-20 summer season. During the winter break, work has been undertaken to extend the softfall on the exciting and popular wet play area and improve the filtration system. While the pool usually opens on the October long weekend, some minor delays associated with these upgrades mean we'll be opening our doors on Monday, October 14. Council's Braidwood, Bungendore and Captains Flat pools will open on Saturday, November 2.
Citizenship ceremony: Council will conduct its largest ever citizenship ceremony on Thursday, October 10, with more than 180 residents to become Australian citizens. This is a significant celebration for our new residents and it gives me great pride to officially welcome them to our country and to see the delight on their faces. The range of countries represented at the ceremony is quite amazing, with residents from more than 30 countries. Council holds regular citizenship ceremonies throughout the year, including one as part of our Australia Day celebrations in Queanbeyan Park.
Ellerton Drive extension: I recently joined NSW Deputy Premier and Member of Monaro, John Barilaro, for a quick tour of the Ellerton Drive extension project. The project is now 70 per cent complete, with all bridge piers now built and five of nine segments launched across the Queanbeyan River. This $86 million project will provide an alternative route around the CBD connecting east and west Queanbeyan to the new southern population growth areas.
Your Council: The NSW Government has launched a new website to showcase the great work of the state's 128 local councils. Your Council website - www.yourcouncil.nsw.gov.au - allows ratepayers to access comprehensive statistics on the operations of their local council and the profile of their local community including:
- Council expenditure in a range of areas including roads, bridges, footpaths, libraries, recreation and culture, community services, and the environment
- Community facilities including the number of swimming pools, public halls, and libraries as well as the length of roads and amount of open space
- Key operational information including council staffing levels and average rates and charges
- Demographic information about the local population and councillors as well as economic statistics such as the unemployment rate, average income, and number of businesses.
The website draws on data already collected by the Office of Local Government from NSW councils and other agencies and presents it in an easy to understand and user friendly way. It will be updated annually as new data becomes available.