Meet the Belconnen Community Council Committee (March 2015):

Executive Committee Members:

Chair – Damien Haas

Deputy Chair – Glen Hyde

Treasurer (Acting) – Elizabeth Hirst

Secretary – Chander Khera

Public Officer – Brian Rhynehart

Committee Members:

Graeme Evans

Michael Bakos

Tim Bogie

Graeme Evans

Charles Thomas

Note: Tara Cheyne was returned as BCC Chair at the BCC AGM in November 2015. In December 2015 she resigned as Chair after winning pre-selection to contest the ACT Assembly for the seat of Ginninderra in 2016.

Damien Haas was elected Deputy Chair at the BCC AGM in November 2015. He acted as Chair following Tara Cheynes resignation until February 2016 when he was appointed Chair after a call for nominees.

Glenn Hyde was appointed Deputy Chair in February 2016 after a call for nominees.

Tim Bogie was elected Treasurer at the BCC AGM in November 2015. Elizabeth Hirst was appointed acting Treasurer in March 2016 after Tim Bogie relinquished the position due to work/life pressures.

Damien Haas – Chair

It is an honour to be Chair of the BCC. A small group of inspired people can achieve many things when they work toward a common goal.  As a qualified workplace mediator, and a former public service executive I am able to offer my experience to the BCC Committee. Being a small business owner, I understand the pressures that business and employers face, and how development in Belconnen affects all sectors of the community.

A long term Belconnen resident, I have been elected to Deputy Chair, Secretary and Committee positions several times. The skills that I have are useful to the BCC Committee and how it represents the various concerns of the community to Government and the ACT bureaucracy.

Glen Hyde – Deputy Chair

Chander Khera – Secretary

Elizabeth Hirst – Treasurer (Acting)

Chris Gingell – Committee Member

I have been a resident of Weetangera for over 34 years. I have three adult children, two of whom reside in their own homes in Belconnen.  Most of my working life in Canberra was with the Australian Bureau of Statistics in Belconnen in various statistical and IT roles.  I resigned from the Commonwealth Public Service in 2007 and undertook legal studies at the University of Canberra and ANU.  I have been a member of the BCC committee for over two years.  For the latter half of 2014 I was Acting Treasurer and commenced in the role of Secretary following the 2014 AGM.

My particular interest is in ACT Planning but I aim to keep myself well-informed on all matters that affect the quality of life of Canberra residents, and Belconnen residents in particular.  I am happy to be contacted by anyone in the community with questions or concerns that they would like brought to the attention of Council.

Charles Thomas – Committee Member

Thanks to the CSS I am a retired public servant with an economics background.  Being secretary of the local Lutheran Church takes up much of my time.  I’m involved in community service (not necessarily associated with the church).   My interests are: wine (I belong to a wine-tasting group); chocolate; model railways and the real thing; hiking especially in dense forest; the natural environment – fauna and flora; especially frogs and lizards (the extended family started Sydney, Melbourne and Perth zoos); art; architecture; history; and travel.  I do not have much time to watch TV but try to watch the news, Doctor Who and Catalyst.

Graeme Evans – Committee Member

I have been involved with Belconnen for more than two decades and, through Belconnen Community Council, have been active in such achievements as the swimming complex (CISAC), the Belconnen Arts Centre and the preserving of significant areas of precious lakeshore.

Major challenges now confront us in the character of the town centre, the role of group centres and the preservation of the residential areas.

I pledge to work with my colleagues in ensuring that Belconnen rises to these challenges.

Timothy Bogie – Committee Member

As a local citizen, I want to safeguard the overall environment from uncontrolled land development and protect community areas so that the amenity of Belconnen is preserved. I recognise that the residential growth into Belconnen to work and live means that areas like the town centre cannot be a village of quarter acre blocks. I advocate for development that is in harmony with the community in consultation with the community.

I was an active member of the Federation of Parents and Citizens Associations of NSW advocating for public education. I held various roles in the P&C over five years including Secretary of the school association that my son attends, Convenor of the Illawarra South Coast Regional Council and State Councillor. I have contributed to policy direction and submissions to government enquiries.

Brian Rhynehart – Committee Member and Public Officer

Born and raised in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, my employment background had been technically oriented; as a linesman with the Post Master Generals Department (in Sydney & Canberra) then as a Technical Officer with the Department of Housing and Construction, concerned with the construction of the Lower Molonglo Water Quality Control Centre, then as a Senior Technical Officer responsible for the operation of the Treatment Plant and for a period with “Trade Waste” investigations.

In early retirement, due to familiarity with construction, I became involved with the West Belconnen LAPAC before finding BCC. I am a long-serving member of the committee having served a stint as vice President.

I have an extensive interest in genealogy, and am also involved in the Ginninderra Falls Association, Neighbourhood Watch, the Canberra and District Historical Society and the National Trust.  I am passionate about Belconnen and its heritage.  I was active in establishing the Ginninderra Falls Association and was involved, with others, in having the old Belconnen farm, with its 1850s stone cottage, heritage-listed a few years ago.

I am prepared to put effort into the many small, local community problems and issues that require time and effort, as well as the “major” issues; “smoke screens” that seem to dominate at the expense of the smaller matters.

Over the years, I have been hands-on in practical ways such as assisting with provision or erection of equipment at council meetings and community activities, assessing the impact of development applications, attending a plethora of meetings, visiting schools, shops and other organisations.

I look forward to continuing my involvement in the community.