Work will start later this year on visual enhancement to Monaro Street in downtown Queanbeyan, using similar themes to that of nearby Crawford Street, following on from a $10 million pledge in the NSW state budget on Tuesday.
The Queanbeyan-Palerang council will tip in a further $5 million to trigger stage one of the upgrade project from the Crawford Street intersection to Lowe Street, where the new Queanbeyan police station and courts are located.
Stage two, which is yet unfunded, will continue the refurbishment from Crawford Street to Collett Street, on the shores of the Queanbeyan River.
Queanbeyan-Palerang Mayor Tim Overall has welcomed the NSW contribution and said that local businesses had been engaged with the project and concept designs produced.
"The current concrete road surface will be replaced with bitumen, which will reduce the traffic noise levels," he said.
The main street will have new tree plantings, new lighting, improved drainage, road refuges and wider walkways.
Already committed but confirmed in the budget funding are three new schools in the local area. The new high school for Bungendore has received a $34.6 million allocation, a new primary school in Googong $31.3 million, and Jerrabomberra will have a new high school with initial funding committed of $29.5 million.
Goulburn Police Academy will receive an $8 million upgrade to provide specialist training in responding to active armed offender incidents and other high-risk events.
The Shoalhaven Hospital will receive a $438 million redevelopment and $200 million has been allocated to kickstart the new Eurobodalla regional hospital project, to be built at a new greenfield site between Albert Street and the Princes Highway. The new hospital will eventually replace the Moruya District and Batemans Bay hospitals.
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