MEDIA RELEASE – PUBLIC SAFETY MEASURES FOR ALL BCC MEETINGS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

The Belconnen Community Council is committed to ensuring we do everything we can to make our community a stronger and safer place for everyone who lives, works and plays in our district.

The Belconnen Community Council is committed to the safety and wellbeing of our community and making it a stronger and safer place for everyone who lives, works and plays in our district.

Under the current circumstances and in response to the Chief Minister’s declaration of a Public Health Emergency in the ACT, the BCC Committee have taken the extraordinary step to move all our public meetings online commencing with our 17 March 2020 meeting.

We have not taken this step lightly; there is no greater expression of community spirit than the exchange of ideas and information in a face to face environment where feedback is immediate and demonstrable. It is the cornerstone of what we do and who we are as your local Community Council however we recognise our duty of care to all our fellow citizens to help minimise the spread of COVID-19.

Given all the information and advice provided to us, we will continue to run all our public meetings online until further notice. We regret the inconvenience this will create for our members, presenters and the broader community and hope that we will be able to resume normal operations in the near future. Please visit our website and Facebook pages for more information.

We ask every member of our community to follow the advice of our public health authorities and above all else look after each other in these times of unprecedented risk.

CONTACT:

Glen Hyde

Chair

Belconnen Community Council

chair@belcouncil.org.au

0438458220

Monday 16 March 2020

Belconnen Mens Shed Announcement

The Office of Seniors and Veterans has provided the Belconnen Mens Shed (BMS) with funding to assist with the delivery of a program that will bring people together to discuss matters that are of interest to seniors. Although the BMS will coordinate the program; the events will be available to all female and male senior members of the ACT community.

The sessions will be focused on providing information to seniors that will assist them to make informed decisions or to source further information and assistance. The end goal of the program is to produce a reference guide for ACT seniors that provides information relating to:

• Legal services and support;

• Dealing with government agencies; • Coping with grief and changing circumstances;

• Considerations related to health services, medication, insurance and medical service providers;

• Adjusting to deteriorating health, mobility or finances; • Dealing with accommodation challenges;

• Planning for retirement;

• Household budgeting;

• Living on the Australian Age Pension;

• Matters related to relationships, families and older people in caring roles;

• Finding physical and social activities that are suitable for your needs.

Guest speakers will be able to provide information or answer questions. The presentations will not be related to marketing or any form of product specific promotion. The information sessions will commence during February 2020.

To gauge interest and decide information topics and the venue locations and the session times, a survey is available for interested seniors. The survey can be obtained at Terry White Chemmart pharmacy at Ainslie, Garran and Higgins, or from the COTA (ACT Office) located at the Hughes Community Centre, Wisdon St Hughes. It is also available on-line at https://tinyurl.com/tips4actseniors.

The survey feedback will be used to establish the dates, times and locations of the information sessions. The survey results will also be used to select the information session topics and prioritise the dates of each presentation.

Community Purpose Contribution Scheme

The Raiders Belconnen is a community based club that is required by law to support the local community and surrounding region. The club’s main objective as described in its Memorandum and Articles of Association is to assist generally in the promotion, conduct and development and propagation of Rugby League Football in the Australian Capital Territory and elsewhere.

Further to this the club is required to engage with the community and consider community needs in making Community Purpose Contributions (CPC). The following categories are prescribed as being allowable purposes:
 Charitable
 Recreational
 Education
 Social Inclusion, Equality or Cultural Diversity
 Community Sport
 Addressing Substance Misuse or Dependence
 Women’s Sport
 Natural Disaster Relief or Assistance.

If you feel that your organisation falls within one of these groups then you may make a request to the club for a CPC in writing addressed to:
Community Contributions Scheme
PO Box 152
KIPPAX ACT 2615.

You may also consider applying for a grant from The Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund, which is financed by all clubs in the ACT. Information is available here:

https://www.handsacrosscanberra.org.au/chief-ministers-charitable-fund

The Raiders Belconnen welcomes all enquiries and will continue to support, engage and consult with the local community and surrounding region.

Submissions to ACT Government on Kippax DV361 close Friday June 28th

The Belconnen Community Council are working hard to achieve the best outcome from this process, and although DV361 and the Kippax Masterplan have not met community expectations, with a poor community return compared to the massive commercial benefit, the strong community response has not gone unnoticed by the ACT Government. A better result can occur if the community demands it.

June 2019 BCC Public Meeting

All welcome at this month’s Belconnen Community Council meeting on Tuesday 18 June at 7PM

There will be an update on the BCC submission on DV361 that would enable the conversion of public open space in Kippax, to become more shopping centr

The BCC Chair Glen Hyde will give a short presentation on what the 2019/20 budget has for Belconnen and what we think still needs funding.

 All members of the public are welcome. Come along and tell us what you think Belconnen needs.

Kippax Master Plan and DV 361 Update: Submission deadline extended and Planning Minister responds to questions about the Kippax Master Plan, DV 361 and the loss of public open space


Following the April public meeting of the Belconnen Community Council, held to discuss the benefits and problems with the Kippax Master Plan, Draft Variation 361 (that enables the loss of public open space for a shopping centre). Greens MLA Caroline Le Couteur (who attended the meeting), undertook to ask questions about the issues raised by the many members of the community that attended.

Planning Minister Mick Gentleman MLA has responded, in a very timely fashion. The full document is at this link: http://www.belcouncil.org.au/documents/kippax-questions-on-notice-may-19/

Response by Planning Minister to Questions by Caroline Le Couteur MLA

Submission deadline extended until June

As a result of no ACT Government planners attending the April meeting (despite the BCC being assured they would attend), Tara Cheyne MLA for Ginninderra (who was also at the April meeting) undertook to write to the Planning Minister to seek an extension to the May 10 deadline for submissions on DV 361. That was granted, and the deadline has now been extended to June.

Letter from Tara Cheyne MLA advising that the submission deadline has been extended

BCC Public meeting on May 21 to discuss Kippax Master Plan and DV 361

The BCC will be holding a second public meeting on the Kippax Master Plan and DV 361 on May 21 at the Kippax Raiders Club at 7PM. We are advised an ACT Government Planner will attend this meeting to explain the Master Plan and DV 361 to the community.