As our closest neighbour, an effective and productive relationship between the ACT Government and Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council is paramount. In addition to engaging with the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) through membership of the Canberra Region Joint Organisation, the ACT Government and QPRC engage directly under the ACT-QPRC Letter of Intent and associated annual work plans. The ACT Chief Minister and Mayor of QPRC also meet during the year to facilitate ongoing dialogue between the two jurisdictions. As our respective urban footprints continue to expand, ensuring compatibility of future development, transport linkages and associated infrastructure is critical.
ACT-QPRC Letter of Intent
In August 2016 the ACT Chief Minister and Administrator of the QPRC signed the first ACT-QPRC Letter of Intent (the Letter). The Letter signals the intention of the ACT Government and QPRC to formalise a relationship underpinned by the ACT-NSW Memorandum of Understanding for Regional Collaboration and the NSW South East and Tablelands Regional Plan and outlines the principles and priority areas to be progressed between the ACT and Queanbeyan..
The principles for engagement include:
- optimising best of region outcomes;
- pursuing a borderless approach to key infrastructure; and
- sharing information and data to inform planning and policy development and initiatives.
Priority areas of engagement include:
- improving road and active transport connectivity;
- collaborating on policy and planning opportunities to consider management of water, sewage, waste and renewable energy on a regional scale;
- planning and collaborating on major contiguous developments;
- understanding the infrastructure requirements to support population growth; and
- coordinating efforts to support major events across the ACT and QPRC.
Work against these priority areas will be captured in a work plan, currently under development.