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20 April 2008

Community Forum with Mike Kelly MP on 23 May

B.U.R.R.A. will be hosting a Community Forum with Mike Kelly MP, Member for Eden-Monaro, on Friday, 23 May 2008 in the Burra Community Hall.

The evening will start at 7.00 pm. A light supper (tea, coffee and something to munch on) will be available.

This forum will be an opportunity for members of the Burra community to meet our local Federal member and discuss any Federal matters. The meeting will be held after the Federal budget has been presented, so any matters arising from the Budget can be dealt with.

For further information about the forum, please contact Wendy Bell (6236 3445) or email us.

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28 March 2008

Open Day to launch K2C Project on 12 April

The Kosciuszko 2 Coast Project (K2C) will be holding an Open Day on Saturday, 12 April at the Ingelara Property, 12 km south of Michelago.

K2C is an ambitious community partnership to help landholders identify, enhance and extend isolated woodlands and grasslands on a landscape scale.

Interested land owners are invited to come and find out through talks, walks, demonstrations and tours on the day what K2C is all about and the benefits of maintaining native pasture in grazing regimes.

A lucky gate prize on the day is an Aquila Helicopter Flight to give an eagle eye view of the K2C landscape. Joy rides are also available.

The local Fire Service will be catering on the day with a sausage sizzle, real coffee, cakes and tea. A gold coin entry will support local Landcare groups.

Reply for catering purposes and further information to facilitator@k2c.org.au, or ring 6454 4388 or check out www.k2c.org.au for the program of the day.

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27 march 2008

Palerang to seek special rates variation of 9.6% for 2008-09

A report to Palerang Council to be discussed at tonight's council meeting in Bungedore seeks support for another special variation to rates of 9.6% for the year 2008-09.

This will be the third successive special variation rate increase requested by Palerang – a 10% additional increase in rates for each year of Palerang's existance. The special variation, if successful, is approved by the NSW Minister for Local Government.

When it made its first request for a special variation, in 2006, Palerang requested a 10% increase for each of five years. The former Minister for Local Government, Kerry Hickey, limited this to one year. However, the following year a variation of 10.31% was granted.

If the latest special variation is successful, the financial impact for Rural Residential ratepayers in Palerang would be as outlined in B.U.R.R.A.'s Boundary Adjustment submission.

Details of the increase sought, and the justification for it, are contained in the Business Papers for the meeting (Item 11.1, page 4).

According to the paper, the funds will be used to "lift road rehabilitation from around $65k to around $435k". The additional funds will be spent on the Neringla Bridge replacement stage II ($90,207), Norton Road, Wamboin ($100,000), Boro Bridge replacement ($100,000), and Hoskinstown Road rehabilitation ($140,000).

Palerang's application for the special variation cannot be completed until the Minister for Local Government, Paul Lynch, announces the permitted rate cap increase and Council has completed community consultation on its draft management plan and budget. There is no link to Council's draft management plan or budget on the Palerang website, so the timing on the latter of these two conditions is, at best, unclear.

When the draft management plan and budget are available from the Palerang website, we will provide a link from this website. Subscribe to our RSS feed for updates.

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25 March 2008

Burra the preferred route for Murrumbidgee - Googong pipeline

ACTEW have thanked the many Burra residents who attended their Murrumbidgee-Googong Transfer (MGT) drop-in information session held in the Burra Hall on Tuesday, 25 March.

The MGT project, which is part of the ACT Government's Water Security Program announced in October 2007, will extract water from the Murrumbidgee River near Angle Crossing and transfer it to Googong Dam via an underground pipeline to be constructed through the Burra Valley. The shorter Burra route has been confirmed as the preferred route over another northerly route which would have involved and extraction point further downstream of Angle Crossing and a pipeline route through parts of Greater Queanbeyan.

At the information session, which was open from 2.30 pm to 7.30 pm, residents were able to view maps of the proposed pipeline corridor and discuss the MGT with ACTEW's project team. One hardy Burra resident arrived at 2.31 pm and stayed for the duration!

The pipeline corridor in the Burra Valley follows the Williamsdale Road to its junction with Burra Road. To the west of Burra, particularly to the west of the Monaro Highway (in the ACT), the corridor is wider to allow ACTEW to pick the best extraction point and pipeline route.

The outfall will be in the Burra Creek, most likely in the ACT controlled zone in the Googong Foreshores, to the east of Burra Road. At this point, the Burra Creek is approximately 7 km from the most southerly point of the Googong Dam, thus providing a form of natural filtration before the water reaches the dam.

A spokesperson for ACTEW said that their initial studies indicate that the Burra Creek is capable of carrying the volume of water. Further environmental studies will be conducted by ACTEW, and an environmental management plan will be prepared.

Wherever possible, the pipeline will be constructed in the road reserve, but some parts of the route will traverse private land holdings. ACTEW will negotiate directly with these landholders.

A spokesperson for the MGT project said that at the current time, they were still considering precise route options. Further studies are to be undertaken to ensure that significant natural features, such as large trees, and infrastructure are avoided. This phase of the project was expected to take at least 12 months.

Residents whose property falls within the pipeline corridor received written advice and an invitation to the session by ACTEW, while other members of the community were alerted by the roadside signs put out by BURRA and information on this website. Residents who were unable to attend the session but would like further information are encouraged to contact the Water Security Program on (02) 6270 7933 or email watersecurity@actew.com.au

Further information about the MGT project will be posted on this website as it becomes available. Subscribe to our RSS feed for updates.

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18 March 2008

ACTEW Pipeline – Community drop-in session details

ACTEW Water Security Program will be hosting a Murrumbidgee to Googong Project Community drop-in session on Tuesday, 25 March 2008 from 2.30pm-7.30pm in the Burra Community Hall

ACTEW Water Security Program would like to invite Burra residents to speak with staff and find out more information about the Murrumbidgee to Googong Project. The project is currently progressing with consultations with affected landowners and the wider community.

Residents are invited to attend at any stage between 2.30 pm – 7.30 pm (no appointment necessary) to the informal sesssion, which will provide an opportunity to speak personally with the Project Manager, Community Liasion staff and other ACTEW representatives and discuss any aspect of this project.

For further information please call the Water Security Program on (02)  6270 7933 or email watersecurity@actew.com.au

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16 March 2008

Murrumbidgee-Googong Pipeline Information Session in Burra on 25 March

ACTEW will be hosting an information session for Burra residents about the proposed Murrumbidgee-Googong pipeline on Tuesday, 25 March 2008. The session will be a "drop-in" session from 2.30 pm to 7.30pm in the Burra Hall.

The project will extract water from the Murrumbidgee River at Angle Crossing and pipe it to the lower end of the Googong Dam. The route of the pipeline will take it through Burra, crossing both private and public land, and along the Williamsdale Road.

A full report about the project was published on this website in October 2007.

More information about the Information drop-in session will be published on this website when available.

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15 March 2008

Boundary Commission, O Boundary Commission...where art thou?

BURRA's submission seeking to relocate Burra, Urila and all of Royalla within the Queanbeyan City Council area has been held up due to a lack of members on the Boundaries Commission.

The Chair of the Boundaries Commission resigned in December 2007. Her replacement was appointed on February 2008. The new Chair of the Boundaries Commission is Ian Dickson, former NSW Electoral Commissioner.

BURRA has been advised that our submission will be in the 'first cab off the rank' for consideration by the Commission.

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