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12 December 2018

The Ellerton Drive Extension in Queanbeyan is progressing well, with most of the foundation work
complete and the first segments of the new bridge due to be launched early next year.

Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals’ Leader and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the project, which started in November 2017, would
accommodate the future traffic needs of Queanbeyan and surrounding communities.

“Around the country, the Liberals and Nationals are investing to help people get home sooner and
safer,” Mr McCormack said.

“This project is a 4.6-kilometre extension connecting Queanbeyan East and Karabar at the Edwin
Land Parkway intersection with Old Cooma Road.

“It will connect to the existing 700 metres of Ellerton Drive and provide an alternative route around
the Queanbeyan CBD, allowing drivers to avoid up to 19 intersections and three sets of traffic lights.”

NSW Deputy Premier, NSW Nationals’ Leader and Member for Monaro John Barilaro said work on
the bridge had made major progress, with the majority of piling work complete and the second
bridge pier to be completed this month.

“We worked together as a community for this for many years and the Liberals and Nationals –
working together – are helping make it a reality,” Mr Barilaro said.

“We can see the progress. The noise wall along the existing section of Ellerton Drive is also nearing
completion, which is a great result for the local community.

“Other preparatory work includes more than 225,000 cubic metres of earthwork moved, two of three fauna passes completed and 1.5 kilometres of drains installed.”

Senator for NSW Jim Molan said the project was a great example of what could be achieved when all levels of government work together.

“The Federal and NSW Governments have each committed $25 million towards the project, with Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council committing $36 million.

Seeing the progress here today serves as a positive reminder of what can be achieved through jointly funded projects,” Senator Molan said.

“Once complete, the project will improve safety and dramatically improve traffic flow, leading to faster and more reliable trips for both commuters and freight.”

Mayor of Queanbeyan-Palerang Tim Overall said major activity on the project, including completion of earthwork activities, installation of drainage and work to build bridge piers, would continue.

“Nearby residents will start to see more progress on the bridge with the first segments of the new bridge being launched early in 2019 from the north side of the Queanbeyan River,” Cr Overall said.

“Construction of the bridge will move south over the river towards Fairlane Estate as each new segment is pushed forward into place.”

The project is expected to be completed by mid-2020, weather permitting.