University of Canberra design students ideas about improving Belconnen – prize to be awarded at August BCC Public Meeting

Earlier in 2017, the Belconnen Community Council as part of its Belco50 program, created a competition in conjunction with the University of Canberra’s School of Design with the intention of generating ideas that could be used to benefit Belconnen.

The winner of the competition will be announced at theAugust BCC Public meeting by BCC Chair Elizabeth Hirst.

UC is a vital part of Belconnen and is seeking to improve its engagement with the broader community outside its campus. The BCC felt this was a good opportunity to assist students, strengthen UC ties with the community, and tap their students energy and enthusiasm for improving the built environment.

The BCC Committee decided to award a prize to a team of students enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and Design in a User-Centred Design course. This prize would be for a team that identified a problem through interaction and observation in Belconnen, articulated a design opportunity and prepared a brief outlining a solution that is pertinent to the Belconnen community.

The students were extremely keen to get out and explore Belconnen, with many being new to Canberra and Australia. Working in teams they came up with quite different solutions. In May the students presented their ideas to the BCC Committee and Dr Stephen Trathern of UC’s Faculty of Arts and Design.

As well as being used in their grading, and providing useful field research, the teams that place first and second will be awarded a cash prize, from the Belco50 funds provided by the ACT Government to celebrate Belconnens 50th Birthday.

We encourage the Belconnen public to attend our public meeting in August, view the different ideas, and applaud the teams that win the two prizes being awarded. They range from: improving Emu Bank, a tuk-tuk service, an improved bus interchange, and a Farmers market (there are more ideas!).

All the ideas the BCC Committee have examined are good, and each team has satisfied the brief. It will be very difficult to come up with a winner!

Kaleen Parties at the Shops, Sat 17 Oct, 10 AM – 2PM · Georgina Crescent, Kaleen

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Celebrating Kaleen’s family vibe with a day of fun including a live Science experiment show by Dr Graham and live music by Ben Drysdale. Big kids and little kids can write letters to Santa and play giant Jenga!

All residents of Belconnen – but especially those in Kaleen and Giralang are invited to come and enjoy this community event.

You can sample a range of tasty treats at a food fair presented by Supabarn, and the Kaleen retailers will be on hand to serve delicious coffee, cakes and lunch all day long.

Kaleen Parties at the Shops,

Sat 17 Oct, 10 AM – 2PM

Georgina Crescent, Kaleen



Local organisations that will have a presence

  • Maribyrnong Primary School
  • St Michael’s Primary
  • Giralang and Kaleen Men’s Shed
  • Turnbull Martial Arts Academy
  • Crossroads Christian Church
  • Supabarn
  • Butts and Brews
  • Belconnen Community Services
  • LJ Hooker
  • Dance Northside
  • Estia Boutique Hair Salon
  • Aquatots
  • Belconnen Community Council
  • Eat Me Drink Me
  • Family Fast Food
  • Bendigo Bank
  • Capital Metro
  • The Asbestos Taskforce


  • Ben Drysdale
  • Dr Graham Walker (Science show-offs)
  • Roy de Vocce
  • Turnbull Martial Arts Academy





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Belconnen Community Council is a sponsor of this event.


BCC at the ‘Our Place’ Belco 50 festival – Attractions

In the first of three posts about the ‘Our Place’ festival on Sep 19th at the Belconnen Arts Centre, we focussed mainly on ‘people’. In this post we will look at the stalls and attractions on the day. The third post will be on the entertainment that started at 4 and went until 8PM.

A range of stallholders provided crafts and food for people to enjoy on the beautiful sunny afternoon by the lake, while we were entertained by musicians inside the Belconnen Arts Centre, and on a stage on the lake edge.

As well as delicious hot food like kebabs and sates, there were also gelato filled donuts, milkshakes and cupcakes.

After the sun went down, the fire drums kept people warm, while projections were shone on to the BAC wall, and local musicians played and entertained people.

If you see yourself in these photos, please share it on facebook and drop us an email!


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BCC at the ‘Our Place’ Belco 50 festival – People

2016 will be the 50th birthday for our beautiful Belconnen, and several community organisations have banded together under the Belco 50 banner to celebrate that occasion.

The Belconnen Arts Centre held the ‘Our Place’ festival on Saturday Sep 19th from 4pm to 8PM to kick celebrations off.

Naturally the Belconnen Community Council had a presence there, with a stall carrying information about our community, and some contemporary and historical photographs and publications for people to look at.

As well as local MLA’s, the Chief Minister Andrew Barr dropped by!

If you see yourself in these photos – feel free to post it on your facebook page and drop us an email!

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BAC Director Daniel Ballantyne and Chief Minister Andrew Barr

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Some Chief Ministerial love for the BCC!


BCC Committee members Chander and Tim at the BCC stall


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The lovely girls from Heathers House of Cupcakes

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BCC Committee Member/Treasurer Tim Bogie