The next Belconnen Community Council public forum will be held at:
7.30pm on Tuesday, 17 February
Community Room (upstairs at the Belconnen Library), Chandler Street
A short agenda is:
7.30pm – Welcome and apologies; Chair’s report
7.35pm – Presentation from the Asbestos Response Taskforce on the progress of the buyback scheme (including Q&A)
8.15pm – Presentation from Emergency Services Agency on the new ambulance, fire & rescue station at Aranda (building expected to begin in March) (including Q&A)
8.45pm – Initial discussion from BCC Secretary Chris Gingell on the proposed changes to the BCC’s constitution to simplify our operation (including Q&A)
If you are unable to get along to this meeting but still have questions you’d like to put forward, please send them through to me (chair@belcouncil.org.au).
Constitution update
As above, the BCC is proposing to amend its constitution. Key proposed changes include around our membership as well as attendance requirements to nominate for an executive position. The draft of this constitution and a summary of the key proposed changes can be found here on our website. Initial feedback is due by 22 March. We’re keen to hear your thoughts!
Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan
The initial consultation period on the update to the Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan has now closed. Over 100 people attended our event at the Belconnen Arts Centre (held in partnership with BAC and Belconnen Community Service) on 29 January and submitted their ideas.
The BCC was also pleased to provide its own submission to the initial consultation. This included an outline of a ‘vision’ for the Town Centre in 2025. We’re delighted with the positive feedback we’ve received about it so far.
40 km/h zones
The Government is proposing to introduce more 40km/h zones to group centres. The BCC provided its submission to the consultation on this in early February which can be accessed here.
Smart Parking
The Government is also proposing to commence a trial of smart parking technologies in the second half of 2015. You can read the discussion paper and submit your comments on the Time to Talk website.
Holt traffic management
The Government is seeking feedback on the Holt traffic management measures which were introduced last year, intended to reduce speeding and rat running. Again, feedback can be provided via the Time to Talk website.
If you wish to discuss any of these issues with the BCC, please contact me.
Scullin Parties at the Shops
Parties at the Shops is happening again this year, and Scullin will be hosting another party on Friday, 27 March 3-6pm! They’re looking for people to get involved – use the hashtag #ScullinPATS on social media, or e-mail them directly at amy@devilmoon.com.au. Community members are also welcome to attend a planning meeting at the Scullin shops next Tuesday, 17 February at 1pm.
Charny Carny
The Charny Carny is also on again this year on Saturday, 21 March from 12 midday! More information is here.
Fix My Street
We have received some positive comments from the community about the ACT Government’s ‘Fix My Street’ app. For those unfamiliar, it can be accessed here and allows the community to submit service requests ranging from removing abandoned shopping trolleys to attending to overgrown grass or abandoned vehicles.
Keep up to date with the BCC by checking our website (www.belcouncil.org.au), our Facebook page (facebook.com/belcouncil) or Twitter (twitter.com/belcouncil). You can also learn more about our committee members here.
Warm regards
Tara
Tara Cheyne
Chair

Belconnen Community Council

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