Captains Flat Road to get $10 million upgrade as part of capital works program

Michael Weaver 11 May 2021 8
Captains Flat Road

Captains Flat Road will receive a $10 million upgrade as part of the capital works program in the Queanbeyan-Palerang region. Photo: Supplied.

The long and winding Captains Flat Road will receive a much-needed $10 million upgrade as part of a $140 million capital works program in the Queanbeyan-Palerang region.

The upgrade will come as good news to Captains Flat residents who have shared the 37-kilometre stretch of road with trucks and school buses while making the commute to Queanbeyan or Canberra.

The NSW Government’s economic stimulus fund will pick up the bill for the upgrade, with funds phased over a four-year period for various sections of the road. Construction will commence later this year, while initial investigations are expected to begin in the next few weeks.

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The first phase, costing $1 million, will allow planning and design, with further funds earmarked for realignment and pavement upgrades to the Woolcara Curves, Railway Crossing, Foxlow Bends, Silver Hills Bridge to Sinclair Rd section, plus drainage improvements and guardrail replacements for the 50 to 80 km/h zone.

Some land acquisitions and floodplain studies will also take place.

Queanbeyan-Palerang councillor and Captains Flat resident Peter Marshall said the upgrade will greatly improve the safety of the road while reducing the barrier residents face when making the regular commute to Queanbeyan or Canberra.

“I know some residents are reluctant to go out of the town because of the safety issues associated with the road, especially at night,” Cr Marshall said.

“The coach that takes kids to school in Queanbeyan and Canberra barely fits on some sections of the road, while cars also have to compete with logging trucks.

“We’ll never have all the services of a major town, but having a better road that connects us is definitely an improvement.”

Braidwood pool

The Braidwood Pool will also be upgraded as part of the capital works program. Photo: File.

Other areas included in the 2021-22 Operational Plan include the sealing of Nerriga Road and further upgrades to the Braidwood Pool, while four timber bridges at Brick Kiln Lane, Foxlow Street, Wallaces Gap and River Forest Road will be replaced with safer, concrete bridges.

In Queanbeyan, the Queanbeyan Civic and Cultural Precinct will rise from the council’s former administration building in Crawford Street after years of planning, while the much-anticipated upgrade of Monaro Street will also begin.

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Other projects include:

  • Commencing construction of Stage 1 of the Regional Sports Complex at Jerrabomberra
  • Finalising construction of Stage 1 of the Bungendore Sports Hub
  • New playground for Bungendore
  • Relocation of Council’s Bungendore office
  • Planning for a decked car park in the Morisset car park in Queanbeyan, and
  • Finalising designs and planning for the upgrade of the Queanbeyan Sewage Treatment Plant.

Queanbeyan-Palerang Mayor Cr Tim Overall said the capital works program heralded a significant period for the local government area.

“The majority of the capital works program will be funded from grants, reserves and loans, with a significant program of works scheduled within our water and sewer businesses to ensure we can continue to provide reliable service to our residents,” Cr Overall said.

However, Cr Overall said the council had flagged more than $2 million worth of projects that may be removed from the budget because of a $6.5 million deficit in its general fund, due mainly to the impact of COVID-19 and natural disasters in the past 18 months.

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8 Responses to Captains Flat Road to get $10 million upgrade as part of capital works program
Susan Sullivan Susan Sullivan 7:05 am 13 May 21

You need to see the detail of the proposed upgrade before you get excited.

Deputy Premier, Minister John Barilaro wrote to me last year, (Friday 24 July, 2020) and advised the NSW Government was putting $10 million into the Captains Flat Road under the Fixing Country Roads Program. Minister Barilaro informed me, the Captains Flat Road is a key route to Queanbeyan for residents of Captains Flat Village, with up to 2,000 trips made on that road each day. What he did not ascertain was, how many of the 2,000 trips actually start on the gravel road east of the village.

The 2016 ABS census shows the population of Captains Flat is 610 so either the Captains Flat village people must be doing multiple trips each day to get these trip numbers up or around 1,400 trips must have started east of the village on the gravel road.

Minister Barilaro advised, the 32 kilometres stretch of road to be upgraded is between Briars Sharrow Road and the Captains Flat Village on the western side of Captains Flat which is tarred but in a deplorable condition as a major thoroughfare.

The Minister also advised me last July that an additional $590,000 under the NSW Safer Roads Program 2018-19 was to fund road and verge improvements at Briars Sharrow curve on Captains Flat Road. As we can see this work has been completed.

I informed the Minister that the $10 million investment into the road from the Captains Flat village to the Briars Sharrow Road did not signal it as a ‘Black Spot” road but the unsealed (gravel) road east of the Captains Flat village was.

I asked the Minister to advise me on what the NSW Government has planned and scheduled under the Fixing Country Roads program to deliver safety initiatives on the 30 kilometres of unsealed (gravel) road east of the Captains Flat village to the Cooma Road at Ballalaba? I have yet to receive a reply.

I note in the Federal Government’s Budget 2020-21 (Infrastructure Investment) that the Federal Government will provide $3.3 billion from 2021-22 for priority road projects in NSW. In addition to this and as an extension to the Road Safety Program the Government will provide an additional $1.0 billion over two years from 2021-22 to extend the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program to support all local councils to maintain and deliver social infrastructure, improve road safety and bolster the resilience of Australia's local road network.

Further to this and as outlined in the Federal Government’s Budget 2020-21, the Federal Government will increase the Heavy Vehicle Road User Charge from 25.8 cents per litre to 26.4 cents per litre from 1 July 2021 so as to provide additional contributions to the NSW Government for further construction and maintenance of roads.

In a subsequent letter from the Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Paul Toole, (7 September, 2020), he advised me the NSW Fixing Country Roads is a $543 million program for unlocking the economic potential of regional NSW. This program provides infrastructure funding from the Restart NSW Program for regional freight projects. The Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) can apply to repair and upgrade local and regional roads to improve the movement of freight to key freight hubs and State Roads.

Seeing that the Mayor of QPRC has not sought to seek funding under these Programs, Minister Tools suggested I approach the Mayor and encourage him to submit a request for funding for the Captains Flat Village to the Cooma Road at Ballalaba under the current programs.

Minister Toole also advised, the NSW Government would be pleased to consider an application from the QPRC Mayor for funding to upgrade this road under the Fixing Country Roads Program, we just need the QPRC Mayor to do their job and solicit the funding.

The Minister also advised, other potential sources of funding are the NSW Government's Growing Local Economies Program and the Australian Government's Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.

So, that being the case, the QPRC has a myriad of NSW Government funds to tap into, including the:

- Fixing Country Roads;

- Safer Roads Program;

- Restart NSW Program;

- Growing Local Economies Program; and

- Funds from the Federal Government's Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.

We need to band together and petition the QPRC Mayor to get off his backside and solicit funds to upgrade the 30 kilometres of unsealed (gravel) road east of the Captains Flat Village to the Cooma Road at Ballalaba, primarily as a safety issue.

I will personally write to Mayor Tim Overall and implore him to seek funds from the NSW State Government and request he take his focus off funding projects in and around the Queanbeyan township and focus on the other QPRC localities, outside Queanbeyan.

Alex Evans Alex Evans 6:07 am 13 May 21

Bayden Burgess Shipton you beauty

    Bayden Burgess Shipton Bayden Burgess Shipton 6:13 am 13 May 21

    Alex Evans they have been saying that for the last 3 years

    Peter Marshall Peter Marshall 5:10 pm 13 May 21

    It was first announced just before the 2019 state election, so just over 2 years...

Robyne Mitchell Robyne Mitchell 9:35 am 12 May 21

How many years have they been promising this?

    Michael McDonald Michael McDonald 10:51 pm 12 May 21

    Robyne Mitchell At least until the year after you next elect them.

    Peter Marshall Peter Marshall 5:12 pm 13 May 21

    Since just before the 2019 NSW election.

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