Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council | North Black Range fire continues to threaten homes

North Black Range fire: Council is extremely thankful to the NSW RFS and volunteers for their tireless efforts to protect lives and property in the difficult conditions over the last couple of weeks. At the time of writing this column, the fire ground is still being actively fought and remains a concern for many residents. The best way to stay up to date on the fires and road closures is to monitor the NSW RFS "Fires Near Me" website or smart phone app. The LiveTraffic app and website will provide details on road closures.

ACT RFS volunteers battling the North Black Range bushfire. Picture: Dion Georgopoulos

ACT RFS volunteers battling the North Black Range bushfire. Picture: Dion Georgopoulos

Road repairs on the Kings Highway: On behalf of RMS, we will be undertaking road repairs on Kings Highway on the Queanbeyan-side of Bungendore (near Trucking Yard Lane) from December 9-20, weather permitting. Variable message boards are already in place to show the location of the works. The road will be reduced to one lane during the works. Traffic controllers will be in place and will prioritise Queanbeyan-bound traffic during morning peak hour and Bungendore-bound traffic in the late afternoon. Short delays can be expected for the duration of the works. Please obey all traffic directions and drive to the conditions. Both lanes will be opened and arrangements put in place in the event of an emergency.

Queanbeyan tennis club best in Australia: Congratulations to Queanbeyan Park Tennis Club who were recently awarded Most Outstanding Club at the Australian Tennis Awards in Melbourne. Quite an achievement to be recognised amongst all the tennis clubs around Australia.

Shop and Win draw: The Shop and Win campaign for 2019 has concluded, with the winners drawn last week. Three lucky winners in both Bungendore and Braidwood walked away with $1,000, $2,000 and $5,000 to spend at participating businesses in the towns. While the campaign might be over for this year, continue to shop local as it makes a big difference to the local business owners and has flow-on effects in our local economy.

Nerriga public toilets: We have installed a new public amenities block in Nerriga which is now open for public use. This project was raised by the community when we were seeking feedback on the Operational Plan. It was included in the council's budget and funded by infrastructure reserves. The project included a covered seating/picnic area and a new bin enclosure. We will be undertaking some tree planting around the facility once the weather is more tolerable.