Call for tenders for Ellerton Drive extension

Media Release


31 March 2017

Joint release with:

Melinda Pavey

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight

A new bypass to ease congestion in the busy Queanbeyan business district is a step closer today with the Australian and New South Wales governments calling for tenders for the project.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the extension would reduce congestion in the local area, improve safety for local residents and boost freight efficiency in the region. 

“Importantly, the Ellerton Drive extension will also create another river crossing that will maintain transport access during a 1 in 100 year flood event. This is a great example of how our $50 billion investment in infrastructure is helping build a more productive future for the nation,” Mr Chester said.

New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the extension included a new two-lane road extending from Ellerton Drive at East Queanbeyan to Old Cooma Road and Edwin Land Parkway at Karabar.

“With the local population expected to grow to 56,000 by 2031, the extension is necessary to avoid future congestion in the Queanbeyan central business district. The Ellerton Drive extension will provide an alternative route around the Queanbeyan central business district, connecting the east and west of the town to the new southern population growth areas,” Ms Pavey said.

“Tenders are invited from suitably prequalified contractors to build the extension, which is expected to take around two years to complete. This tender call means the project is progressing well and on track to start construction in mid-2017 as soon as a contractor is engaged.”

The Australian and New South Wales governments have allocated $50 million towards the project. The remainder of the cost will be covered by Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council.

Tender documents are available from