Belconnen Community Council Inc.

General Meeting

In person: Holy Cross Church Emu Bank Belconnen

Online: via Zoom

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83109118569

16 November 2021

7pm

AGENDA

7pm                 Welcome and COVID-19 Update from ACT

7.05pm            Chair’s Report

7.15pm            MLAs update

7.25pm            Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) trial

8pm                 Ginninderry update

8.30pm            General business

9pm                 Close

Next meeting:  7pm Tuesday 15 February 2022

In person: Holy Cross Church Emu Bank Belconnen

Online: via Zoom

Belconnen Community Council General Meeting October 2021 – Agenda

Belconnen Community Council Inc.

General Meeting

via Zoom

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83109118569

19 October 2021

7pm

AGENDA

7pm                 Welcome and COVID-19 Update from ACT

7.05pm            Chair’s Report

7.15pm            MLAs update

7.25pm            William Hovell Drive Duplication community discussion

8.15pm            General Business

8.30pm            Close

Next meeting:  7pm Tuesday 16 November 2021

In person: Holy Cross Church Emu Bank Belconnen

Online: via Zoom

BCC AGM – Chair’s Report and sign in requirement

As this year’s Annual General Meeting is being held online, we can’t actually capture signatures to meet the sign in requirements. However, we will use the sign in function on Zoom to record attendees; that means we can’t admit people to the meeting who use group identifiers rather than use their own names. If this proves problematic for members and visitors, then you will be able to view the recording of the meeting on Wednesday morning via this website. We appreciate your understanding.

Belconnen Community Council Chair’s Report AGM September 2021

We have had quite a year in the Belconnen District and across the territory. COVID-19 is by far the biggest drain on our people; the continuing health and economic crisis impacts us all in ways many of us have never experienced before. We are an incredibly resilient community but unlike every other natural disaster that’s befallen us, we cannot come together in the usual ways to offer support and assistance to those doing it tough. To that end it’s been tough on all of us and is likely to be so in the weeks and months ahead, but I know we are a well informed and sensible community who have always played by the rules and will continue to do so until this pandemic breaks. So please, get vaccinated if you can and do it as soon as you can.

There have been a few silver linings on the pandemic cloud this year; although somewhat rare they have been a statement by this community that we are passionate and intend to participate at every level possible.

Our ongoing battle over the Kippax Centre redevelopment has seen some movement but the overall loss of the green space has been a difficult pill to swallow. On balance, we have an opportunity to continue to influence the conversation on design, construction and amelioration lost open spaces in the future, with the pre-DA consultation process still some months away. As always, we will continue to bring all the parties together whenever we can to ensure the community’s voice is heard and our expectations recorded for decision makers to genuinely consider.

We were able to bring many voices together at Melba to amplify the conversation on the SMILES initiative to deliver an inclusive playground for the families of Belconnen. It was a wonderful day and saw many voluntary organisations come together to support this neighbourhood in their push to repurpose a neglected area to be converted into a source of community pride. Congratulations to Tim Korsopp and Hector Contreras for the wonderful work they did to bring our Ginninderra MLAs together to provide political support for the project and for daring to dream of a worthy initiative that SMILES is.

This was certainly the case with the other major win for our community; Parkwood’s Green Waste centre. While a decision as difficult as this one was to make by the Minister, it was an even more bitter pill for the community to swallow. We have always actively participated in any waste management solution given to us; recycling is a way of life in this district and one we’ve always taken very seriously. As a community we came together from all sides to save this important resource and so it was no surprise that with the help of our local MLAs, an 11th hour solution was secured. This is what we do best in the Belconnen district and it was great to see that respected and rewarded by Minister Steel.

The next 12 months will be just as challenging and can I thank my wonderful committee for another solid year in very trying circumstances. Thanks to our Ginninderra & Yerrabi MLAs who have supported our work so enthusiastically and of course to the wonderful people who live, work and play in our district.

Glen Hyde

Chair

Belconnen Community Council

21 September 2021

Green Waste Win for Belconnen

After weeks of community concern and advocacy, the ACT Government has granted the operators of the West Belconnen Green Waste facility (Canberra Sand and Gravel) an extension to continue to operate.

Your Community Council was advised late this afternoon:
In response to community feedback, the ACT Government will extend CSG’s licence on a temporary basis while alternatives for green waste management on the northside are identified.

Congratulations to Minister Steel for hearing every member of this district (and beyond) who signed a petition or conveyed their need for a continued presence for green waste facilities. This is the essence of what we as a community can achieve when we work together with government to get the best possible outcome for our district. Thank you to our Ginninderra MLAs who have supported this outcome.

We look forward to working with the government and the community to identify an appropriate alternative site over the coming months to keep Belconnen “the Jewel in Canberra’s Crown”.

You can get more information here: www.cityservices.act.gov.au

Letter to residents regarding Kippax works

The ACT Government have updated local residents about works to be undertaken in and around Kippax. This work relates to the process being undertaken to assess site suitability for the tender process EOI announced on 27 March 2021.

You can read the flier here:

http://www.belcouncil.org.au/documents/letter-to-residents-regarding-kippax-works/

If you have feedback on the process we are happy to pass it on to EPSDD or you can provide it directly here:

https://www.yoursay.act.gov.au/kippax-groupcentre-master-plan-2

Kippax Update and new proposal

As promised from last night’s meeting you can find a copy of the Canberra Town Planning presentation here:

http://www.belcouncil.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Project-Update-KIPPAX.pptx

Please provide any feedback through hello@belcouncil.org.au and we will pass it on to the proponents.

Thank you to everyone who participated last night and apologies for the sound quality if you were participating online; we will try to iron the bugs out for the next meeting.

BCC General Meeting March 2021 – Kippax Centre Expansion Update at Raiders Belconnen 7pm Tuesday 16 March

This month’s meeting will focus on changes to the design plan for the Centre’s expansion by the Owners of Kippax Fair in response to feedback gathered over the last 17 months. With work being undertaken by the ACT Government to investigate issues raised during the DV 361 process for the Kippax Group Centre, we thought it timely to bring everyone together to talk through those changes.

We have extended an invitation to the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD) to attend and address community concerns and questions surrounding the issues they raised to local residents in a flyer distributed over the long weekend. We have also provided our Ginninderra MLAs and opportunity to attend and participate consistent with our standing invitation to all our meetings.

Please note: Numbers are strictly limited to 80 at the venue. Please email hello@belcouncil.org.au if you would like to attend in person. The first 73 people will be confirmed by return email by no later than midday 16 March. Our online Zoom platform will be operating for those who would like to participate from home.

Belconnen Community Council Inc.

General Meeting

Raiders Belconnen

and via Zoom

https://zoom.us/j/94560829985

 16 March 2021

7pm

AGENDA

7pm                 Welcome and COVID-19 Update from ACT

7.05pm            Chair’s Report

7.15pm            MLAs update

7.30pm            Kippax Centre expansion presentation

8.30pm            BCC Budget Submission

9.00pm            Close

Next meeting:  General Meeting 7pm Tuesday 20 April 2021

via Zoom

Belconnen Land Release Sites – Phase 2

Belconnen Land Release Sites – Phase 2 workshops are now available on YourSay for registration.

Online

  • Tuesday, 9 March  6:30pm – 8:00pm – Co-design Community workshop online

In-person

  • Saturday, 13 March 9:30am – 12:30pm – Co-design Community workshop

Alternately, if neither of these workshop dates suit you, please feel free to give us your views in the phase 2 survey available on YourSay.