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Meet the Candidates Night - 24 August 2017
 
With Council elections fast approaching, the JRA is hosting their Meet the Candidates night on Thursday 24 August at the Jerrabomberra Community Centre, starting at 7.30pm. With the amalgamated Queanbeyan and Palerang Council boundary area now being significantly larger, and a number of candidates putting up their hands, the JRA is giving all residents the chance to learn more about the candidates standing for Council and what they plan to deliver for our community.

More information about the election process available at Electoral Commission NSW.

Click here to view the list of Candidates.

In order to further assist voters in making their decision on Election Day, the JRA has provided each Council candidate with a questionnaire that seeks their position and a commitment on how each candidate will represent us on various issues.

Responses as PDFs from:




Upgrade of the roundabout at Lanyon Drive & Tompsitt Drive

Anyone who has used the Tompsitt Dr and Lanyon Dr roundabout at Jerrabomberra knows how busy it gets in the morning and afternoon. With Googong being three times the size of Jerrabomberra once completed and 68% of the Googonians using this road to get to Canberra, the NSW Roads and Maritime Services Department plan to spend $12 Million to signalise this intersection. The proposed plans for the introduction of traffic lights and additional lanes to replace the roundabout at the intersection of Lanyon Drive & Tompsitt Drive. http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/south-coast/tompsitt-lanyon-drive-upgrade/index.html

Work is planned to start in December 2018 and be completed in December 2019. Roads and Maritime Lanyon Drive and Tompsitt Drive intersection improvements.
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Ellerton Drive Extension (EDE)

The JRA does not support the construction of the EDE. We are concerned that construction of the EDE will result in the Edwin Land Parkway being used as a Queanbeyan by-pass, effectively cutting our suburb in two with a dangerously busy road. We also believe that the cost of the road will blow out and this burden carried by rate payers. We strongly believe that construction of Dunns Creek Road and modification of a number of intersections will be a better solution, this could include the Northern Bypass. We fear by failing to plan now for Dunns Creek Road (including funding the construction costs), the EDE will destroy the tranquility Jerrabomberra residents enjoy today and divide our suburb into the future. Where else in the world have government authorities, at any level, deliberately set out to divide a settled family-oriented suburb with a town bypass?





Where is Dunns Creek Road?

Dunns Creek Rd would link Googong, from the Old Cooma Rd and Googong Rd intersection, to the South Tralee development, with a further connection into the Monaro Highway. More information can be found at: www.qprc.nsw.gov.au/Major-Works-Projects/Dunns-Creek-Road





Airport matters

Jerrabomberra residents are all too familiar with the impact aircraft noise has on their daily lives. This has become a major problem since December 1995 when, at the request of the ACT Government, the flight path was changed and all planes were funnelled down the western side of Jerrabomberra.

No consultation was made with Jerrabomberra residents and they were not informed of the change. The Instrument Landing System (ILS), or the flight path centre line, goes from Church Creek along the western part of Jerrabomberra to the end of the runway. With over 600 Jerrabomberra residences currently falling outside the current noise abatement area, aircraft noise is a regular concern to all Jerrabomberra residents as aircraft noise does not stay outside the noise abatement area and Canberra Airport currently does not have a night time curfew.

The JRA has been working with Canberra airport and our Federal, State and local representatives since 1995 to minimise the impact of aircraft noise on our community. Together we have been able to find solutions to minimise the impact of aircraft noise on our community without impacting on the proposed growth of Canberra Airport. A summary of these are below.


2017 Required Navigation Performance (RNP) applied to all regular aircraft
The new Required Navigation Performance (RNP) procedures have been implemented on 2 May. Qantas and Virgin are now more likely to use the RNP procedures for Runway 36/17 with their B737-800 fleet and RAAF 34 Squadron with the Boeing Business Jet. This means further noise abatement for Jerrabomberra on Runway 35 arrival as planes fly the “Jerrabomberra By-pass” which goes around Jerrabomberra. It also provides Virgin aircraft with the ability to approach the Airport from the north onto Runway 17 with a lower decision height minima using the RNP/Smart Tracking.


2006 Required Navigation Performance (RNP) Curved Approaches
Qantas Boeing 737-800 aircraft commence using RNP technology to operate a curved noise abatement approach to Runway 35. These aircraft now bypass Jerrabomberra on arrival and instead fly over and noise impact rural areas of Tralee and Environa.



2005 New arrival procedures

Aircraft arriving and departing the main Runway 17/35 stay inside the High Noise Corridor, reducing high level aircraft over-flight of residents in Tuggeranong and Gungahlin.


2003 Night operations
Overnight freight operators required to use Runway 17/35 rather than Runway 12/30 between 11pm and 6am. Similar agreement reached with the Royal Flying Doctor Service/NSW Air Ambulance other than for emergency.


2002 New departure procedures
Aircraft departing Runway 17/35 stay inside the High Noise Corridor for longer before they turn onto track to their destination. This has ensured reduced high level aircraft overflight of residents in Tuggeranong and Gungahlin.


Minimised noise to Pialligo and North Canberra residents from circuit traffic
New circuit procedures on Runway 12/30 to ensure minimal aircraft noise impact to residents in Pialligo and North Canberra.


Arrival procedures Runway 12
Arriving aircraft on Runway 12 join their final track no later than the War Memorial to reduce noise over North Canberra.


Increased protection for Carwoola, Captains Flat Road and Ridgeway residents
Amended arrival procedures to Runway 30 arrival from the east to provide noise respite to the rural residential areas of Carwoola, Captains Flat Road and the Ridgeway. Aircraft directed mainly over currently unpopulated western areas of Kowen Forest.


2001 Higher overflight of residents located between Queanbeyan and Bungendore
For light aircraft travelling to the training area near Bungendore, aircraft travel at an altitude 500ft higher than previously flown.


Protection of North Canberra residents through altered departure procedures
Runway 30 Revised departure procedures for Runway 30require light aircraft to track over Fairbairn Avenue to the War Memorial before turning, avoiding disturbance to residents of North Canberra.


1998 Night protection for Jerrabomberra residents from arrival flight paths
Between 8pm and 7am Runway 17 from the north is the preferred arrival runway when weather conditions permit. This measure ensures that over-flight of Jerrabomberra residents is avoided overnight whenever possible.


1996 Protection for Jerrabomberra residents from departure flight paths
12-degree offset departure flight path, ensuring aircraft taking off to the south on Runway 17 fly away from Jerrabomberra towards the western side of the High Noise Corridor, over rural land at Tralee and Environa.


1995 Canberra and Queanbeyan Noise Abatement Areas
Less overflight of Canberra residential areas by arriving and departing aircraft. Jets in the Noise Abatement Area may not fly below 5,000ft (1,524m) above ground level and large propeller aircraft may not fly below 3,000ft (914m) above ground height, except in exceptional circumstances.


Who is CACCG?
Canberra Airport Community Consultation Group is a group of airport stakeholders (e.g. the airport operator, government agencies of various levels, community representatives, aviation and business representatives, etc.). The objective of this group is that it allows the flow of information from the airport operator and its tenants to the community and vice versa provides a forum where the community has an opportunity to make comments and suggestions regarding the operation and development of its airport. The JRA is a member of the Canberra Airport Community Consultation Group.


Web Trak
With the Aircraft Noise Monitor located at the Jerrabomberra Tennis Court, you can track each flight into and out of Canberra Airport using fantastic interactive tool Web Trak.
Source: Canberra Airport Group