BCC Newsletter September 2015

It’s a big month for the Belconnen Community Council. We’re very pleased to launch our new website which you can still find at the usual address: www.belcouncil.org.au. While we’re still tinkering around the edges, we’re very proud of it and love that we’re still able to show off David Burke’s fantastic photography. Please check it out.

New contact email address for BCC

We’ve also updated the way our e-mails work. The old e-mail address belcouncil@yahoo.com.au is no longer in use. If you wish to contact us, please use hello@belcouncil.org.au or chair@belcouncil.org.au.

BCC September public meeting

The next BCC public meeting is next Tuesday, 15 September 2015 at the Community Room, upstairs from the Belconnen Library on Chandler Street.
A short agenda is:
7.30-7.35pm  Welcome and apologies; Chair’s report
7.35-7.45pm  Presentation and Q&A potential future uses of Fassifern
7.45-8.25pm  Presentation and Q&A on CSIRO Ginninderra Field Station
8.25-8.30pm  Short break
8.30-9.00pm  Q&A with Minister and Ginninderra MLA Yvette Berry

CSIRO site sale

CSIRO has flagged the possible sale of its 700 hectare Ginninderra Field Station. We look forward to the presentation and learning more at the September meeting. For further information, read the Canberra Times article.

The Amazing Race!

The Belconnen Community Service Belco Amazing Race is this Saturday, 12 September. Solve clues and raise money for BCS’s 10/10 project. More info here.

5T7Iu0jZC84ydeg-3njuJoAku-8fKdguEfpHCG-FvdYsbtKeEhTMCxDpHgMM1Vwa1dfLtTwPCWRbT5BG9EH-lHWl-Swt3gO2EJrPZUvVJMHGE7Cc7E_he75ibPbsT5Q4NQoRF92F6E3E8ArVoz5QA3SyLAOcfCzke-SKB7Y=s0-d-e1-ftCelebrate the launch of Belconnen’s 50th birthday (2016!) at the Belconnen Arts Centre at 4pm-8pm on Saturday, 19 September. Read more about the family friendly Our Place event here. Check out our community-run Belco50 Facebook page celebrating Belconnen’s past, present and future here.

11403487_680939342036212_2180343147701942_nSAVE THE DATE! The Kaleen Parties at the Shops will be held on Saturday, 17 October.

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Belconnen Community Council newsletter July 2015

The next Belconnen Community Council public meeting will be held on:

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

7.30pm in the Community Room

Upstairs at the Belconnen Library, Chandler Street

A short agenda is:

7.30-7.35pm    Welcome and apologies; Chair’s report

7.35-7.50pm    Presentation from Kasparek Architects on the proposed development on Aikman Drive (Block 18, section 87)

7.50-8.30pm    Presentation from University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Parker AO on vision for UC

8.30-8.40pm    Brief break

8.40-9.15pm    Presentation from the Speaker of the Assembly and member for Ginninderra MLA Vicki Dunne on The people of Belconnen: their frustrations, needs and vision

BCC membership

Under our new constitution, our mailing lists will not change and anyone can participate in Belconnen Community Council activities or events. However, if you wish to vote in a BCC Special General Meeting or Annual General Meeting (currently scheduled for November), you are required to become a member of the BCC. Membership is free and the membership form is straightforward. Membership continues until your association with Belconnen ceases (ie there is no need for renewal). I strongly encourage anyone with a connection to Belconnen to become a member. The form can be downloaded from our website.

Belconnen in the news

Belconnen has recently had a large number of newspaper features. Among these include two articles about the future of the Department of Immigration in Belconnen, and a feature article about the growth and success of the Belconnen Town Centre.

Westfield Belconnen makes pitch for Immigration to stay

New hope Immigration department will stay in Belconnen

Belconnen set to fly high

Belconnen: Portraits of a Place exhibition

 

Last week was the final week of our Belconnen: Portraits of a Place exhibition. We have been particularly grateful for the support of Westfield Belconnen in hosting the exhibition for seven months and have received excellent feedback. The photos have also been used in our updated branding and promotional material, and will feature on our new website which we expect to launch in coming weeks. You can view more of photographer David Burke’s work on Flickr.

Hockey ACT proposal

Hockey ACT is proposing the refurbishment and additional site use of its sites in Lyneham and Tuggeranong. Given a significant proportion of people who use the Lyneham facilities are Belconnen residents, this is of particular interest to the BCC. Hockey ACT is consulting with the community before submitting its development application. The proposed additional site use is the establishment of childcare centres to help make the facilities more sustainable into the future. For more information visit our website. If you have any comments or views, please contact us at hello@belcouncil.org.au.

Proposed new childcare centre in Holt

A small block of land betwen the Kippax Fair shopping centre and Southern Cross Drive in Holt has been proposed for a 122 space childcare facility by the Krnc family company. The BCC has some concerns about parking provisions and access to the site. More information can be found on our website. Again, if you have comments or views, please contact us at hello@belcouncil.org.au.

Demolition of Higgins Primary School

Comment on the development application for the demolition of the Higgins Primary School is open until 24 July 2015. Once the demolition is approved, future uses of the site will be determined. More information can be found here.

Vale Eric Traise

The BCC Committee were very saddened to learn of the passing of Tuggeranong Community Council President Eric Traise this week. Eric was a tireless campaigner for his community and our thoughts are with his family at this time.

As always, if you have any queries or concerns, please contact me at hello@belcouncil.org.au.

Warm regards

Tara

 

Tara Cheyne
Chair

Belconnen Community Council

 

Belconnen Community Council newsletter June 2015

The next Belconnen Community Council public forum will be held at

7.30pm, Tuesday 16 June

Community Room, upstairs from the Belconnen Library

Chandler Street

A short agenda is:

7.30pm-7.40pm        Welcome and Chair’s report, including update from Glen Hyde on the Department of Immigration potential move

7.40pm-7.50pm        Update from Riverview Group (West Belconnen) on the draft variation to the Territory Plan open for comment

7.50pm-8.20pm        Presentation from the National Capital Authority on the exposure draft for the National Capital Plan

8.20pm-8.30pm        Short break

8.30pm-9.00pm        Presentation on Project Independence in Latham by Glenn Keys

9.00pm-9.15pm        Presentation by ACT bushwalking legend John Evans on walks to do in and around Belconnen

Committee vacancy – nominations sought!

The BCC Committee is currently seeking nominations to fill the vacant position on our committee. Are you interested in community issues, planning, and promoting Belconnen? Have you attended three public meetings in the past 12 months? If you’ve answered yes to both questions, we’d love to hear from you. Please submit a short paragraph about yourself to chair@belcouncil.org.au by Sunday, 14 June. In the event we receive more than one nomination, we will have a brief vote at the public meeting on Tuesday, 16 June.

Consultations and planning

  • In addition to the update at our meeting, information sessions on the West Belconnen development are being held on Thursday, 11 June at 5pm and Saturday, 13 June at 10am at the Kippax Project Office.
  • The auction of Section 200 in Belconnen (the car park behind the Labor Club) will be held on 17 June.
  • Of particular interest is the updated Indicative Land Release program. If you have any questions about this, please contact us. I’ll provide a quick overview in the Chair’s Report at the public forum.

Community information

  • The Belconnen Arts Centre Pozible campaign which we promoted last month was successfully funded! Thanks to all in the community for their support.
  • Did you know Strathnairn Arts, located just past Holt, has a cafe open Thursday to Sunday? For more information, click here.
  • The ACT Government keeps a comprehensive online list of permanent overnight and temporary road closures, as well as community path closures. There are a number of closures across Belconnen presently.

As always, if you have any concerns or queries, or want more information about anything, please get in touch with us.

Tara Cheyne
Chair

Belconnen Community Council

Belconnen Community Council newsletter May 2015

The next Belconnen Community Council Special General Meeting and public forum will be held at

7.30pm, Tuesday 19 May

Community Room, upstairs at the Belconnen Library

Chandler Street

A short agenda is:

Special General Meeting

7.30pm    Welcome; call for apologies

7.35pm    Vote on proposed changes to the BCC constitution

Please note:

– All are welcome to attend the special general meeting, but only those who have attended a BCC meeting previously can vote on the resolution.

– The proposed changes to the BCC constitution are on our website.

– Voting will be by a show of hands. For the changes to the BCC constitution to be accepted, the resolution must receive the support of three-quarters of those present and eligible to vote. Proxy votes are not accepted.

Meeting

7.50pm    Chair’s report

7.55pm    Update on Department of Immigration’s proposed move

8pm         Presentation on Smart Parking by ACT Government officers, including Q&A

8.30pm    Presentation on Canberra Cat Fix by Alexandra Craig and Michelle Doherty, including Q&A

Department of Immigration proposed move

Many of you will have seen Monday’s report and the follow-up report that local impacts will be considered when the Department of Finance makes the final decision on the future site for the Department of Immigration. Our full media release can be found here. We welcome the news and it is now more important than ever that you make your views known. We will discuss what you can do to assist at the public meeting.

Consultations and planning

* In April the BCC provided a submission on the University of Canberra Public Hospital reference design. While the BCC supports this impressive facility, we have concerns with the access on Ginninderra Drive and its lack of connection to UC. Read our submission here.

* Site remediation and earthworks have begun next to the Labor Club on Block 2 Section 200 and are expected to continue until June. An auction for this land is proposed for June 2015.

* Community feedback is being sought on a proposed food forest in Lyneham. While this isn’t in Belconnen, we believe many Belconnen residents will find the idea interesting. The consultation closes on 8 June. If you would be interested in seeing something like this in Belconnen, please get in touch with us at hello@belcouncil.org.au.

* Consultation on improving local services in West Belconnen closes on Friday, 29 May. Key themes on which views are sought include ‘A better start for children’; ‘supporting stronger families’; ’employment pathways for young people’; and ‘connecting older people in the community’. Take the short survey – your information will help improve outcomes for people in West Belconnen.

Upcoming events

* Strathnairn Arts Centre will be holding their Open Day on 17 May where studio holders will open their studios and there will be a range of activities and food stalls. More information can be found here. The BCS shuttle bus service will also be providing transport.

* The Theatre@BCS is hosting the Tempo Theatre production of Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web from 15 May to 23 May.

Community information

* The Belconnen Arts Centre has received funding of $8000 conditional on them separately raising $8000 – essentially every donation you make as part of this Pozible campaign will be doubled. All donations above $2 are tax deductible. Everyone who contributes – no matter the amount – will be invited to a thank you party on 11 June.

* ActewAGL is holding energy saving workshops to assist customers to learn about effective and efficient ways to conserve energy in the lead up to winter. The next one is Thursday 14 May (tomorrow) from 5.30pm to 7pm at Bunnings. Workshop attendees get a gift bag. Register your interest here.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any queries or concerns. The most up to date information can be found on our websiteTwitter and Facebook page.

Tara Cheyne
Chair

Belconnen Community Council

Belconnen Community Council newsletter April 2015

The next Belconnen Community Council public forum will be held at:

7.30pm, Tuesday 21 April

Jamison Southern Cross Club, Macquarie (*not the usual location*)

A short agenda is:

7.30-7.35pm:  Welcome; Chair’s Report

7.35pm-8pm:  Presentation by ACT Electoral Commissioner Mr Phillip Green on the proposed redistribution of electoral boundaries

8pm-8.25pm:  Presentation by ArtsACT with an update on Stage 2 of the Belconnen Arts Centre

Short break

8.30pm-9pm:  Presentation by Ginninderra Falls Association on progress for Ginninderra Falls

Each presentation will include Q&A. The meeting will be chaired by Deputy Chair Matt Watts, who will be acting Chair from 21 April to 10 May.

The presentation which was unable to be screened at our February meeting on the new emergency services building at Aranda is on our website and can be viewed here: http://www.belcouncil.org.au/sites/all/files/BCC%20meeting%2017%20Feb%202015.pdf

Consultations and planning

* Consultation on the University of Canberra Public Hospital Reference Design closes this Friday. View the design summary here. Written submissions can be provided to HIP@act.gov.au.

* Submissions on the Stage 2 consultation for Copland Drive – including traffic management treatments – closed on Monday. The BCC’s submission can be viewed here.

* On Tuesday, 7 April the BCC held a ‘kitchen table conversation’ at Theatre@BCS to provide input to the Planning Minister’s Statement of Planning Intent. Thanks to the many attendees who came on a cold, wet and windy night and participated in the lively discussion. A record of the feedback at the session was provided to Government and can be found here.

* The development application to demolish the Belconnen Police Station and Remand Centre site has been approved. The ACT Government is now calling for tenders to demolish it, with work expected to start in June 2015. The site is due for release in 2016-17. More information can be found here.

* The Standing Committee on Public Accounts is conducting an inquiry into elements impacting on the future of the ACT Clubs sector. Individuals and organisations are invited to make submissions by Wednesday 13 May 2015. More information, including the terms of reference, can be found here.

Upcoming events

* The Canberra and Region Heritage Festival has begun and is on until 26 April. Many events are free, including a bird walk at The Pinnacle in Hawker at 9am on 19 April.

* Strathnairn Arts Centre will be holding their Open Day on 17 May where studio holders will open their studios and there will be a range of activities and food stalls. More information can be found here.

Community information

* The ACT Government community noticeboard can be accessed here (one page PDF). It includes details on road closures and upgrades to roads in Gungahlin. Expressions of interest are also being sought for vacancies on the the ACT Bushfire Council.

* If you are ever interested in the crime statistics in Belconnen and the rest of Canberra, these can be found on the ACT Policing website. It also provides tips on how to reduce the risk of personal harm as a result of experiencing criminal behaviour.

* We have had a number of queries about the condition of the elm trees along Benjamin Way in the Town Centre. They are affected by an elm leaf beetle infestation. More information can be found here.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any queries or concerns. The most up to date information can be found on our website, Twitter and Facebook page.

Warm regards

Tara Cheyne

Chair

Belconnen Community Council

Belconnen Community Council newsletter March 2015

The next Belconnen Community Council public forum will be held at:

7.30pm, Tuesday 17 March

Community Room (upstairs at the Belconnen Library), Chandler Street

A short agenda is:

7.30pm-7.35pm   Welcome; Chair’s report

7.35pm-7.50pm   Presentation from Purdon Associates on Canberra District Rugby League Club (Holt)

7.50pm-8.25pm   Riverview Group with an update on West Belconnen rezoning

(short break)

8.30pm-9pm        ACT Basin Priority Project

If you are unable to get along to this meeting but still have questions you’d like put forward, please e-mail me at chair@belcouncil.org.au

Possible relocation of Immigration staff

There has been significant media coverage that the Department of Immigration and Border Protection may relocate out of the Belconnen Town Centre. (See our website for more information.) Together with the Belconnen Community Service we will be hosting a community forum on Thursday 19 March at the Belconnen Community Centre Theatre (corner Swanson Ct and Chandler St). The purpose of the forum is to share, hear about and promote the positive contribution the Immigration Department’s presence in Belconnen has on people’s lives and businesses. Join the community at 6pm (for a 6.30pm start) to hear from local leaders – including Fraser MP Andrew Leigh and ACT Senator Zed Seselja – before there is an opportunity for you to have your say. View the flyer here.

Community

There are a number of community celebrations in March to which we’re very happy to contribute and support:

Saturday 21 March, 12-6pm: Charny Carny

Friday 27 March, 3-7pm: Scullin Parties at the Shops

Saturday 28 March, 11am-4pm: Connect and Participate Expo, Old Bus Depot Markets

Sunday 29 March, 10am-2pm: Hawker Primary School fete

We hope to see you at some of these fantastic community events. If you’d like to help by volunteering at our stall at the Charny Carny or Scullin Parties at the Shops, or if you have a community event you’d like us to promote, please e-mail me at chair@belcouncil.org.au.

Constitution update

A reminder that we are proposing to update the BCC 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!

Smart Parking submission

The BCC was pleased to provide a submission on the ACT Government’s proposed smart parking trial earlier this month. The full submission can be viewed here.

Community Consultation

There are a number of community consultations open at the moment:

– Evaluation of the Holt traffic management scheme (closes Monday, 16 March)

– Input into the Planning Minister’s Statement of Planning Intent (closes Wednesday, 8 April)

– Study of traffic conditions on Copland Drive – seeking feedback on proposed treatments to improve traffic conditions (including speed humps and improved intersections) (closes Monday, 13 April)

If you wish to discuss any of these issues with the BCC, please contact me.

Wayfarer construction and road closure

Building is expected to begin at the Wayfarer site in the Belconnen Town Centre. This could involve temporary traffic changes. Please keep an eye on the BCC website and Facebook page for information as it comes available.

Mr Fluffy

A reminder that the Asbestos Response Taskforce has a Personal Support Team located in the BCS Health Centre in Kippax. The intention is to make the Taskforce more accessible for affected homeowners, particularly senior Canberrans. More information can be found here.

ActewAGL

ActewAGL is looking for views on its Gas Network five year plan that it will be submitting to the Australian Energy Regulator. That plan is an important part of the regulatory process that will determine prices and influence service levels for the distribution of gas between 2016-17 and 2020-2021. More information can be found here.

Warm regards

Tara Cheyne
Chair

Belconnen Community Council

Belconnen Community Council newsletter February 2015

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