Notes from the July Community Meeting

Missed our community meeting on Tuesday night? Catch up on all the news via the recording – link below.

The meeting included presentations outlining plans for a new high-rise residential development at Swanson Street Belconnen, as well as a new aged care facility at 1 Bindel Street Aranda.

Other key points include:

– Funding for the new Umbagong Park bridges was confirmed in the pre-budget announcements last week. Plans have also been upgraded to include a new lookout and seat, changes to the balustrade height and the width of the bridges to allow for cyclists. New signage will be explored.

– Significant upgrades to Charnwood shops have also been funded, particularly outside Woolies.

– The DA finder app and DA website have been greatly enhanced. They now provide access to the past 5 years of development applications.

– A forward program of major playground upgrades planned for this term of government has been released. Within the Belconnen district there are Aranda and Kaleen.

– The Active Travel Plan has been released. A good proportion of improvements are in the Belconnen region.

– Florey Oval consultation should be opening soon. We will pass on that information when it is available.

– Peter Cain provided a link to the appearance by Glen Hyde and Matt Watts from Belcouncil to the ACT Government Inquiry into the West Belconnen Supercell Thunderstorm. Start at 33:30 of the following video: https://vimeo.com/725950289

Meeting recording:

https://us06web.zoom.us/…/nRqKLsmtJBb684k7n3T7iPqP3lusL…

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Belconnen Community Council – Chair’s Report July 2022

While the recent announcement of funding under the ACT Government’s latest budget is very welcome, there are some significant gaps that we see aren’t consistent with us being the largest and most populous district. It is good to see the promised spending on upgrades to Umbagong Park are now enshrined; this community resource and biodiverse environment should always be a high priority and the lessons learned from over a quarter of a century of data from the Jarramlee Project should help us keep the balance right.

We also have the funding confirmed for the proposed new Green Waste facility at Strathnairn, but I am disappointed by some in our community who have taken the “Not In My Back Yard” approach to this important community resource. Some of the stories that have been doing the rounds are extremely uninformed and in some cases, deliberately misleading; those who attended our meetings at the end of last year and beginning of this one will know what was being proposed and some of the early considerations. The question I have for everyone is: if not here, then where? Values of properties don’t generally go down because a government funded service is being provided nearby, but enjoyment due to environmental effect (smell) is real and the planning around location, prevailing winds and amelioration are things that can be better explored through consultation processes. Please keep an open mind about how we all as a community play a part in providing broader comfort to other parts of our district and beyond; a small amount of sacrifice often delivers the best result for everyone if we do it right!

The ongoing loss of an inclusive play space for our district continues to grate at me. We’ve had the SMILES initiative in Melba on the burner for two years but the support we garnered for a space in our district has been pushed further back, and as the largest district by volume it seems totally inconceivable that we wouldn’t be at the top of that list. No disrespect to our Inner North friends, but how do they qualify above us for this priority? I’ll write to Minister Steel and see what answers we can get by way of his office and the TCCS Directorate.

There are plenty of other issues doing the rounds as well: William Hovell Drive Duplication works, Drake-Brockman Drive/Pro Hart Avenue works, schools and play spaces, the enduring story that is Kippax Group Centre (and the upgrade to this area), as well as Giralang Shops and the proposed facility for Aranda. All are on our radar, but the one issue from the recent Federal election campaign that has fallen off is the Ginninderra Field Station site. There needs to be a process where this land can be re-purposed correctly to provide a safe environment for people, flora and fauna and that’s where we need the focus to be. Not on politics or popularity, but good outcomes for everyone.

As always we rely on you to provide us with information and issues from across the district. We are always looking for help to stay on top of the workload, so if you would like to get involved we’d love to hear from you. You can email us at chair@belcouncil.org.au or hello@belcouncil.org.au for more information.

Glen Hyde

Chair

Belconnen Community Council

Tuesday, 19 July 2022

Notes from June Community Meeting

We covered a lot of topics in our community meeting on Tuesday night!

Thank you to the team from the Suburban Land Agency who provided a presentation on the current plans for Lawson Stage 2, as well as the developments at Holt near the Caltex service station (Section 53), at Kippax, and at Belconnen Lakeshore.

A link to the meeting recording is below.

Other updates were:

– The William Hovell Drive Upgrade Development Application is now open for comment. Details of the project and links to the DA are here: https://www.cityservices.act.gov.au/…/william-hovell…

– The Umbagong Bridges ‘What We Heard’ Listening Report is out, reflecting key design changes arising from community consultation. More details here: https://drive.google.com/…/1juU8fCJmkyVj…/view…

– There is work currently being done in Emu Bank, Belconnen on drainage and garden beds, near the skate park.

– There is major drainage work being done in the Belconnen dog park.

– The waterfall in John Knight Park has been turned off for maintenance.

Broader consultation processes mentioned:

– Multicultural Recognition Act consultation: https://yoursayconversations.act.gov.au/multicultural… – there is an in-person session on Monday 27 June at 1-3pm at Nature Conservation House on Emu Bank.

– Better Regulation Report (both the long version and short summary version): https://www.cmtedd.act.gov.au/…/better-regulation…

– Discrimination Law Reform consultation: https://yoursayconversations.act.gov.au/discrimination…

View the meeting recording here.

Belconnen Community Council Chair’s Report June 2022

The federal election has been run and won and congratulations to those who were successful in winning a seat in the 47th Parliament of Australia. I know the BCC Committee is looking forward to contributing to the conversation in the weeks ahead and we look forward to working respectfully and courteously with our federal representatives.

We’ve been busy since our May meeting providing input into the Combined Community Councils of the ACT discussion paper on the proposed changes to the Territory Planning process and the proposed Planning Bill. We’ve put together a Belconnen focussed submission and provided it for consideration to government as part of the broader consultation arrangements. In the main, we have supported the structures and proposals of the Canberra Planning Advisory Group (CPAG) and incorporated many of the features of the NSW Panel structures for the ACT. We are no longer just a city-state with a short term view of our place in the Australian community and it’s time we had a planning model that is designed for Canberra to flourish into the next century, rather than an after thought of self government. We will post the document to our website later this week and please take the time to have a look and provide any additional feedback.

We have updates this month from SLA on Lawson Stage 2 and I’m hoping they will hang around for our first item of General Business relating to the proposed sale of the carpark adjacent to the Service Station at Holt (aka Block 5 Section 53) for approximately 30 dwellings (which will include 5 affordable housing dwellings). Local residents received a letterbox drop last week from the SLA indicating the intention to put this block out for tender by 30 June 2022, consistent with the opportunities outlined in the Kippax Group Centre Master Plan.

With new vision comes new opportunities for us to expand our presence in the community and beyond, and I’m delighted to announce that our most recent addition to the BCC Committee, Mr Lachlan Butler, has expressed his interest in standing for the position of Chair at our next AGM. At a recent Committee meeting, Lachlan was endorsed and supported by committee members to start a buddying role with me to learn the ropes and become more familiar with the functions and responsibilities that go with being Chair of this great Council. I’m looking forward to helping Lachlan become more involved in the weeks ahead and I hope you’ll join me in thanking Lachlan for his commitment to step up to the next level.

As always, we look to you for new ideas and thinking. Please reach out if you’d like to help our sub committees in the months ahead as we maintain our Belconnen district as “The Jewel in Canberra’s Crown”.

Glen Hyde

Chair

Belconnen Community Council

21 June 2022

 Belconnen Community Council Chair’s Report May 2022

May has brought some curious federal election promises and some good news for Belconnen folk who use the Bruce Precinct. Additional money for the AIS will hopefully translate to short and long term jobs as the major parties threaten to poor money into this long ignored icon of our district. We still have no further detail on the Ginninderra Project and I’m less confident that we will see any movement in the months after the election to get that land moving. But whoever wins this weekend, I’m looking forward to a better set of conditions for those who live, work and play in our district.

We ran out of time at last month’s meeting to cover off on the Lawson Stage 2 development and the Territory Planning review, but we will get to those this month. Can I let you know that our sub committees are working on these two issues (Active Works & Future Planning and Shops & Sports) and with the Planning Review we are working with the Combined Community Councils to provide direct feedback to Government. The latter provides some troubling proposals, particularly the removal of powers by the Minister and pushing those decisions down to a public servant where community scrutiny and review is limited. The system is complex enough without further restricting mechanisms to make decision making and review transparent; there is much work to be done on this one.

On a brighter note we are about to re-engage with the University of Canberra after the Covid interruption which gives us a chance to strengthen our connection as the improvements to their precinct go through the next stage. As another year starts to accelerate away from us, now is the time to make sure our values continue to align as we welcome back international students to our district; the role they play in our prosperity as a community cannot be undervalued and we are keen to see that relationship continue for many years to come.

The ACT Government has committed around $1.2m to provide upgrading of facilities to group centres, and Kippax will be the recipient of these funds over the next 12 months. Lachlan Butler and I met with Dan Stewart from Purdon Planning (who have been engaged by TCCS to get community feedback) and covered a range of topics, eventually settling on improved lighting and security for the area. With the Shopping Centre likely to commence expansion in the next two years, the long neglected lighting is the best bang for the dollar we can see that will endure past the construction phase. More to come on that.

We also presented our submission to the Assembly Committee Inquiry into the Belconnen Supercell Storm, and today I took the Committee members on a short tour of the Belconnen Magpies Golf Club to see the residual effects of the storm damage. Four months after the event and we still have issues. My thanks to Paul Netting and the team at the BMGC for their assistance in putting this together at short notice.

As always, we look to you for new ideas and thinking. Please reach out if you’d like to help our sub committees in the months ahead as we maintain our Belconnen district as “The Jewel in Canberra’s Crown”.

Glen Hyde

Chair

Belconnen Community Council

17 May 2022

Belconnen Community Council General Meeting

19 April 2022, 7pm

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87862117953

AGENDA

7pm Welcome

7.05pm Chair’s Report

7.15pm MLA’s update

7.30pm PEET University of Canberra Estate – For information

  • Glen Frew (PEET)
  • Dan Stewart (Purdon)

8pm Belconnen Premier Inn Redevelopment – Part of pre-DA community consultation

  • Marcus Graham (Stewart Architecture) 
  • Dan Stewart (Purdon)

8.30pm General business

  • Umbagong Bridges update from TCCS

9pm Close

Next meeting:  7pm Tuesday 17 May 2022, online via Zoom 

 Belconnen Community Council Chair’s Report April 2022

April has presented us with some interesting options based on the calling of the Federal election. Senator Seselja’s two major announcements for this district while welcome, aren’t front and centre of people’s thinking at the moment. The first announcement about removing blockers for release of more land to be made available for housing centred on the Ginninderra Project (formerly the Ginninderra Field Station), in our view misses the mark about availability and affordability. The major blocker is the lack of progress to bring together the parties (CSIRO, ACT Government and the National Capital Authority) to develop agreements on how the project moves forward from a plan on a page to a going concern. Once this occurs (and it won’t happen until after the Federal Government comes out of caretaker mode) then CSIRO should be able to secure a development partner to progress the project to a basic development application footing.

The second announcement was the long awaited upgrade to the AIS. We wrote to the Federal Sports Minister in 2020 and were assured the money would be forthcoming once the review was completed. Unfortunately, those assurances ran into blockages of their own with the Federal Government blaming the ACT Government for not coming to the party with a share of the upgrades. In our view, that’s akin to a landlord asking their tenant to paint the walls, fix the leaks, plumb the new pipes and make their home liveable under local and national standards; all while asking them to pay additional rent to ensure the landlord doesn’t incur any costs. Similarly, the less than $12m will barely cover the costs of upgrading seating and fire/emergency systems; at this point that money is restricted to the AIS Arena and nowhere else.

I’ve been asked why we aren’t running a candidates forum for this election and I can say our Committee has been consistent for a number of years on this. We are funded by the ACT Government under terms that provide us with some flexibility around political activities, but no money flows to us from the Commonwealth to conduct any activities on their behalf. While we welcome the Member for Fenner and our two ACT Senators to our monthly meetings to provide updates on how they are working with the ACT Government to deliver infrastructure and services, there is no remit to provide an election forum for them and other candidates to promote themselves and their policies. But what we have done this time is offer incumbents and candidates 30 minute briefings on what is important to our community; for those who live, work and play in our district. There are plenty of opportunities for the candidates and community members  to interact, and our monthly meetings have always been targeted to meet those expectations; we don’t want to encourage one off forums every three years. What we do want is for that conversation to happen every month at our meetings, to see and hear from our federal representatives every four weeks from February to November each year; to make their efforts felt across the whole electoral cycle. With that in mind, we have started the conversation with our ACT MLAs in Ginninderra on a three monthly basis, meeting online to keep abreast of issues and matters of importance to our community. The first meeting happened just before our March meeting (and our thanks to Jo Clay and her office for making it happen), our next will be in early June once the Federal election circus has moved on.

As always, we look to you for new ideas and thinking. Please reach out if you’d like to help our sub committees in the months ahead as we maintain our Belconnen district as “The Jewel in Canberra’s Crown”.

Glen Hyde

Chair

Belconnen Community Council

19 April 2022

Belconnen Community Council Chair’s Report March 2022

2022 continues to throw challenges at us; not just here in our district, but right across the world. The horrors of a war in the Ukraine, soaring fuel costs and the humanitarian wave that will follow are sure to touch us here in the weeks ahead. As always, we will do our bit to accommodate families who are fortunate enough to escape and find their way to our shores, but in the interim there are many different ways you can help.

Then there’s the devastation to our north from the floods. Our thanks go out to all the volunteers and recovery workers who are pulling some incredible hours to help with the clean up; a big shout out to our ACT SES team who are up in Lismore as part of our contribution to their recovery.

The ACT Legislative Assembly is holding an inquiry into the January 3 storm that devastated areas of our district and surrounding areas of the territory. I spoke to Anna Vidot from 666 ABC Canberra about the state of the recovery effort, what people have told us and where we think the service offering can be better tailored to meet community expectation. The constant theme from those affected has been the framing of the response and the settings for the recovery; many of us who were around in the 1990s and 2000s remember weather events that took a similar time to recover from. It would appear that we still have those calibrations in place in 2022, so there is scope for the agencies involved to shift the dial closer to community expectations. You can contribute to the inquiry through us (our Environment Sub Committee will develop a submission) or directly here:

https://www.parliament.act.gov.au/parliamentary-business/in-committees/committees/hcw/inquiry-into-the-west-belconnen-supercell-thunderstorm

It’s an interesting construct that so many politicians are referring to our current round of disasters as “one in xxxx year events”; but they are sadly missing the point. The model that they refer to is one based on risk and likelihood in predicting an event; it is not based on historical data or occurrence. No one in living or recorded memory has seen an inundation of rain, wind and hail with such destructive force as we have seen so far this century. Sure we’ve had more water or fire damage in years past, but it is the intensity with which they are happening that makes the science of prediction modelling look quite inept, so perhaps it’s time we all looked at a different way to cope. Planning for recovery should start with planning not to be in high risk areas and mitigating for life rather than profit. That starts with design for the interface between the natural and built environments and as a city state that has seen natural disasters on a huge scale, perhaps we can start to lead the way through this inquiry.

As always, we look to you for new ideas and thinking. Please reach out if you’d like to help our sub committees in the months ahead as we maintain our Belconnen district as “The Jewel in Canberra’s Crown”.

Glen Hyde

Chair

Belconnen Community Council

15 March 2022

Belconnen Community Council Chair’s Report February 2022

2022 has certainly started with a bang and on the back of our Special December meeting, the inclusion of an update on the Umbagong Park Bridges really pushed this issue back into everyone’s conscience. Lots of radio and a front page on the Canberra Times has ensured we aren’t being re-prioritised down and thanks to our Ginninderra MLAs for re-engaging with our community on this critical issue. There’s a further update tonight from the TCCS team and we will keep this issue on the agenda as a standing item until we have an agreed solution.

We have made great strides in harmonising our consultation and communication channels on the major infrastructure projects (William Hovell & Drake-Brockman Drives, Umbagong Park and the proposed replacement green waste site) and in providing submissions on a number of issues. This has been because of your input as community members who want and expect better levels of information on the issues that affect you directly; we thank you for helping us stay on top of things over the last year.

On the back of that, your BCC Committee has formed four important sub committees to target, track and report on issues in more transparent way. The four sub committees are:

  • Roads and Infrastructure
  • Shops
  • Active Works and Future Planning
  • Environment

Initially, the committee will put some structure around these groups but we do intend to call on interested community members to join us to progress matters and use the subject matter experts within our district.

We note that the great work by community members at Melba with the SMILES initiative has failed to secure funding from the ACT Government. While this is disappointing, it’s not the end of the road. We will work with Tim and Hector, our Ginninderra MLAs and the directorates to keep this initiative alive. Huge thanks to everyone who has contributed to this very important project to date and stay tuned.

We made a submission on Policing Arrangements in January, consistent with previous views expressed to us over the last two years, but now with an important focus on getting a permanent presence at Kippax to reduce wait times for response. There is an increasing reliance on information and data services in a community policing space (this has impacted on some services now being reported online), but also on preventative measures. The ACT Government are partnering with Deloittes to capture the feedback of every community council and I participated in the first workshop last week; I’m confident our concerns were heard and captured appropriately. And on the subject of policing, my family were the recipients of a great act of community policing last Sunday when my granddaughter had an accident on her bike. I’ve been in contact with the local Belconnen Command, Neighbourhood Watch and the Minister’s Office to convey our thanks. We often complain that “police are never around when you need the,” (the last few weeks in chief because of the protest activities), but in our case they were not just there but present in every way. Our thanks to the two constables involved who stayed with us until the ambulance arrived and provided us with safety and comfort throughout; you are certainly our heroes!

Glen Hyde

Chair

Belconnen Community Council

15 February 2022

Belconnen Community Council General Meeting February 2022

15 February 2022, 7pm

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87862117953

AGENDA

7pm                Welcome

7.05pm          Chair’s Report

7.15pm          MLA’s update

7.30pm          Lawson development update from Suburban Land Agency 

8pm                Umbagong Bridges upgrade update from Transport Canberra & City Services (TCCS) 

8.30pm          CSG Green Waste Update

8.45pm          General business

9pm                Close

Next meeting:  7pm Tuesday 15 March 2022, online via Zoom 

Belconnen Community Council Community Consultation Survey – Development 34 Alexandria Street Hawker DA202139464

We need your opinions to feed into the consultation process with ACT Government on this important change in the Hawker community. You can find our survey here and we will keep it open until Friday 4 February 2022. There are links in the survey to all the information on the proposed DA and if you have any questions please use the link in the survey to contact us.

Proposed new green waste facility for Belconnen

 
The ACT Government has been exploring options for the relocation of the green waste drop off which is currently located on Parkwood Road. Several sites were investigated to determine the most appropriate location for this service to continue in West Belconnen. At the conclusion of this work, a suitable site was identified on Stockdill Drive (location indicated below and attached).   This site offers the ability to establish a long-term solution for processing green waste and could also accommodate the co-location of a landscaping supply business. The proposed site is just over 3km from the existing facility and will offer great access to the residents of Belconnen and North Canberra. An important consideration of any site is the requirement that it be located at least 1km from residential premises and have the appropriate environmental controls in place, which this proposed site would provide. The final location of the facility is subject to further consideration by Government including the outcome of a proposed development application process. Prior to the development application process, we are seeking to engage with the community now to ensure the site can meet the needs of all users. 
 
If you have any feedback please email communityengagement@act.gov.au by Friday 4 February 2022. Please note that any feedback you may wish to provide now does not prevent you making any submissions during the development application process as well. It is expected the development application process will commence in late-February/early March 2022. 
In the meantime, the green waste drop off will continue at the current Parkwood Road location until the new facility is operational.

BCC Special General Meeting – William Hovell Drive Duplication Update – Tuesday 14 December at 7pm

Belconnen Community Council Inc.

Special General Meeting

via Zoom

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81386396514

14 December 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 Update – TCCS

8.30pm            Close

Next meeting:  7pm Tuesday 15 February 2022

In person: Holy Cross Church Emu Bank Belconnen

Online: via Zoom

No in face meeting tonight – please join us via Zoom

We’ve had some technical issues over the last few days and based on the advice from the vendors, we will only be running a Zoom meeting tonight:

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

Our apologies for those who were looking to join us in the flesh tonight, but we will have us back in face for our first meeting of 2022, February 15 at 7pm.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.

Glen Hyde

Chair

Belconnen Community Council.

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

Annual General Meeting 2021

The Belconnen Community Council Inc. invites you to join us at our AGM

When: Tuesday 21 September @ 7PM

Where: Via Zoom

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AGENDA

7:00pm Welcome and COVID-19 Update from ACT
7.05pm Chair’s Report
7.15pm Nominations for Committee and Executive Positions
7.20pm Confirmation of Previous AGM Minutes
7.25pm Auditors Report 2020-21 and motion to appoint the Auditor for 2021-22
7.30pm Confirmation of Office Holders
7.35pm AGM close
7.40pm ICON Water charges and pricing consultation
8.15pm Close

Next meeting: BCC General Meeting 7pm Tuesday 20 October 2020
via Zoom

BCC August 2021 Meeting Agenda

General Meeting

via Zoom

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81487042423

17 August 2021

7pm

AGENDA

7pm                 Welcome and COVID-19 Update from ACT

7.05pm            Chair’s Report

7.15pm            MLAs update

7.25pm            ICON water charges and pricing consultation

8.05pm            ACT Conservation Society – North Lawson update

8.30pm            Canberra Hospital Phase 2 Consultation

9pm Close

Next meeting:  Annual General Meeting 7pm Tuesday 21 September 2021

In Person: Holy Cross Church Emu Bank Belconnen

Online: via Zoom

Belconnen Community Council – Chair’s Report July 2021

It’s been a relatively quiet month with end of financial year activities running most of our processes to ground until early August.

One huge step forward was our community’s win with the Green Waste Recycling facility operated by CSG at Parkwood. After our meeting last month, we undertook to write to Minister Steel and the day after our letter was received, the decision was made to extend the license to operate at Parkwood on a month by month basis until a new site can be identified, secured and transition plan put in place. Congratulations to everyone who took the time to sign a petition, come to a meeting or speak with our Ginninderra MLAs over the last few months; you spoke and the ACT Government listened. We are yet to fully understand the process being undertaken to select a new site, what consultation will occur with the community and what the timeframes look like, but I suspect with the ongoing hard work of our Ministers, Committee Chairs and input from our other local MLAs we won’t be forgotten on this important issue. This community has always prided itself on leading the way with new initiatives that benefit the environment and our people; your Committee will continue to keep this issue on the front burner with the Government to deliver an outcome that suits the needs of everyone who lives, works and play in our district. Our thanks to the Minister for his quick response after our representations.

There is plenty of interest in the current crop of sites identified for sale in the Town Centre; media coverage of the Old Water Police site has been high after concerns were raised by residents about encroaching on the waterfront. Tonight we have dedicated a whole session to discussing impacts any development might have on the area with the good people from the Suburban Land Agency helping us out with answers. In the suburbs adjacent to the Town Centre, there are concerns for the ongoing plans for North Lawson and the former Naval Station, as well as interest in the proposed tree trial for the Jamison precinct. Both issues are deeply felt in the communities around them and if you have feedback you’d like to provide, please get in touch with us through the Facebook or web pages.

And as always, a plea to our members to think about stepping up and becoming a committee member. We are in need of new faces to help take us through 2021 so if you have just a couple of hours to spare we would be grateful for your help!

Glen Hyde

Chair

Belconnen Community Council

20 July 2021

BCC July 2021 General Meeting Agenda

Belconnen Community Council Inc.

General Meeting

via Zoom

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82029305028

20 July 2021 at 7pm

AGENDA

7pm                 Welcome and COVID-19 Update from ACT

7.05pm            Chair’s Report

7.15pm            MLAs update

7.25pm            Former Belconnen Water Police site – Discussion

8pm                 General Business

8.30pm            Close

Next meeting:  General Meeting 7pm Tuesday 17 August 2021

Via Zoom

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

Belconnen Community Council Genreal Meeting – June 2021

Belconnen Community Council Inc.

General Meeting

Holy Cross Church

9 Emu Bank Belconnen

via Zoom

https://zoom.us/j/94350789858

15 June 2021

7pm

AGENDA

7pm                 Welcome and COVID-19 Update from ACT

7.05pm            Chair’s Report

7.15pm            MLAs update

7.25pm            Suburban Land Agency – Place Design Brief

8.10pm            Placeholder – ICON Water Belconnen Trunk Sewer

8.30pm            Close

Next meeting:  General Meeting 7pm Tuesday 20 July 2021

Via Zoom

BCC May 2021 General Meeting will be online!

Belconnen Community Council Inc.

General Meeting

via Zoom

https://zoom.us/j/98571306911

 18 May 2021

7pm

AGENDA

7pm                 Welcome and COVID-19 Update from ACT

7.05pm            Chair’s Report

7.15pm            MLAs update

7.25pm            Belconnen Town Centre Land Release phase 2 presentation

8pm                Ginninderry update/BCC Budget Submission

8.30pm            Close

Next meeting:  General Meeting 7pm Tuesday 15 June 2021

Holy Cross Church 9 Emu Bank Belconnen

Don’t forget – BCC are partnering up with SMILES to deliver an inclusive playground in Melba. Join us today from 10.30am at 1 Conley Drive Melba for some community fun and give us your feedback about your area. We’ll be joined by MLAs as well so don’t miss your opportunity to tell us what you need in your neighbourhood!

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Late last year your BCC Committee were approached by Melba resident Tim Korsopp seeking assistance to form a proposal for an inclusive playground for the suburb.

Over the last few months, Tim and fellow Melba resident Hector Contreras have developed a high level document outlining the proposal and presented it at our February Committee meeting. They have also created a Facebook page S.M.I.L.E so residents can get information and exchange ideas on the proposal.

Your BCC Committee endorsed the proposal and will be partnering with Tim, Hector and other residents to put the proposal to our local Ginninderra MLAs for support. Eventually, we would like to see the proposal picked up by the ACT Government as part of the next budget allocation for feasability studies and implementation funding. Special thanks to Melba IGA for their generous donations to make today’s event a success.

There is more information published on the S.M.I.L.E page or get in touch with us if you want to know more.

Belconnen Community Council April Meeting Tuesday 20 April 2021 from 7pm via Zoom

Belconnen Community Council Inc.

General Meeting

via Zoom

https://zoom.us/j/96235434345

 20 April 2021

7pm

AGENDA

7pm                 Welcome and COVID-19 Update from ACT

7.05pm            Chair’s Report

7.15pm            MLAs update

7.25pm            Canberra Hospital Master Plan Phase 2 presentation

8pm                 Update from ICON Water

8.30pm            Close

Next meeting:  General Meeting 7pm Tuesday 18 May 2021

via Zoom

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

Don’t forget – today at 10.30am BCC are partnering up with S.M.I.L.E to help deliver an inclusive playground for Melba residents. Join us at 1 Conley Drive Melba from 10.30am for some community fun and tell us what you need in your area.

Late last year your BCC Committee were approached by Melba resident Tim Korsopp seeking assistance to form a proposal for an inclusive playground for the suburb.

Over the last few months, Tim and fellow Melba resident Hector Contreras have developed a high level document outlining the proposal and presented it at our February Committee meeting. They have also created a Facebook page S.M.I.L.E so residents can get information and exchange ideas on the proposal.

Your BCC Committee endorsed the proposal and will be partnering with Tim, Hector and other residents to put the proposal to our local Ginninderra MLAs for support. Eventually, we would like to see the proposal picked up by the ACT Government as part of the next budget allocation for feasability studies and implementation funding.

There will be more information published shortly, but please visit the S.M.I.L.E page or get in touch with us if you want more information.

Belconnen Community Council – Chair’s Report February 2021

Well, what a year 2020 was! Thankfully we have made it into 2021 without further tragedy from natural disasters and our COVID strategy appears to be working well.

For many of us, the Canberra Hospital has been a part of our lives in some way, shape and form. This month we will receive a briefing on the proposed Master Plan and its impact on us. As our major medical services provider in the ACT, any changes to what occurs in that precinct has ramifications on our other hospital, Calvary, which sits in the heart of our district.

The land releases in our town centre have been a source of contention for many years, but this time around we’ve had solid and clear communication on the Government’s intent for almost a year now. With the long vacant section of Lathlain Street and the “circus” site on Emu Bank, this release will draw a fair amount of scrutiny from the community and we encourage you all to actively participate in the process.

I also want to bring you up to speed on the Kippax Centre expansion and the lack of visibility and progress to date. As you know, we brought all the stakeholders together in late 2019 to get the process moving again and have the outstanding issues reduced through new design options. The EPSD Directorate was in a place to make a decision about the land use options on the back of strong community engagement through the DV 361 to the Territory Plan. Several positive recommendations came out of that process and we thought a pathway to having the project “shovel ready” was near and achievable. Then we had a delay to the consideration and decision to go to open tender for the land rather than direct sale to a preferred party, and the subsequent Territory elections meant another delay until at least November. Here we are in February and we are no clearer as to a defined timetable nor any voluntary sharing with us of the details of the next steps.

In January, BCC and the owners of Kippax Fair wrote to the Executive Director of EPSDD to get some clarity on where the process was at. With more construction starting in May at Strathnairn, the need to service another 50 families in the West Belconnen basin is putting more strain on the Centre with parking and accessibility becoming a real issue every day.

Last week we received a response and were shunted down the pecking order to the Deputy Director Dr Erin Brady, who provided us with little structure on timeframes and when our community would see some progress on this project which has been in the pipeline since 2014. We are again drafting a response in order to give you some transparency and visibility of what is happening with this most important community infrastructure asset and as soon as we have information, we will share it with you. There will be an update on the project from the Kippax Fair owners at our March meeting and if there is sufficient appetite, we will hold an in-face meeting at Raiders Kippax.

And as always, a plea to our members to think about stepping up and becoming a committee member. We are in need of new faces to help take us through 2021 so if you have just a couple of hours to spare we would be grateful for your help!

Glen Hyde

Chair

Belconnen Community Council

16 February 2021

BCC General Meeting – 16 February 2021 from 7pm

We are back and raring to go in 2021!

There’s plenty to talk about with an ACT Budget handed down, what that means for Belconnen and what we can expect in the year ahead.

There’s a new Canberra Hospital Master Plan and Land Releases in the Belconnen Town Centre, plus updates on the Kippax Group Centre and Lawson Stage 2 delays.

Here’s the agenda and you can join here via Zoom:https://zoom.us/j/94501116472

Belconnen Community Council Inc.

General Meeting

via Zoom

https://zoom.us/j/94501116472

 16 February 2021

7pm

AGENDA

7pm                 Welcome and COVID-19 Update from ACT

7.05pm            Chair’s Report

7.15pm            MLAs update

7.25pm            Canberra Hospital Master Plan presentation

8pm                 Land Release in Belconnen Town Centre presentation

8.30pm            Close

Next meeting:  General Meeting 7pm Tuesday 16 March 2021

via Zoom

No BCC General Meeting tonight – Tuesday 15 December 2020

It seems 2020 has snared another victim with tonight’s proposed BCC General meeting abandoned due to bad light (we couldn’t see a light at the end of this long tunnel!).

We will post a 2020 Year in Review, outline our Budget Submission for comment and invite everyone to comment on the Belconnen Place Plan ready for a big and vibrant 2021.

Many thanks to everyone who has supported the BCC Committee, our community and those on the frontline battling bushfires and smoke, hail and of course COVID-19 throughout 2020. We look forward to welcoming a few of you back in face at our February 2021 meeting (7pm Tuesday 16 February at a venue to be confirmed) and those who will be with us online.

On behalf of your BCC Committee (Clayton Brown, Maree Pavloudis, Charles Thomas, Mary van der Graaf and Matt Watts) we wish you a safe and prosperous holiday season and thank you for your ongoing support in 2021.

Glen Hyde, Chair Belconnen Community Council

BCC Genreal Meeting tonight 7pm 20 October 2020 – Kippax Update

Please join us tonight from 7pm for this month’s meeting where we will receive an update on the centre expansion proposal from the Canberra Town Planning team.

Belconnen Community Council Inc.

General Meeting

via Zoom

https://zoom.us/j/91772737274

 20 October 2020

7pm

AGENDA

7pm                 Welcome and COVID-19 Update from ACT

7.05pm            Chair’s Report

7.15pm            MLAs update

7.25pm            Kippax Update

8.30pm            Close

Next meeting:  Annual General Meeting 7pm Tuesday 17 November 2020

via Zoom

BCC Ginninderra Candidates Forum 2020

Join us this Thursday night 8 October from 7.00pm to hear from Ginninderra candidates in this year’s ACT Election.

You can join us at our Zoom page:

https://zoom.us/j/92182246238

Format is for each candidate to have a two minute opening statement then a minute response to the following questions:

  1. Please describe one single outcome that you or your party will deliver to improve the district and community, within the first 12 months of your election, and 
  2. What will you do to encourage a greater sense of belonging in this community post COVID-19? 

If we get enough time there may be an opportunity for more questions. 

You can find candidate statements here.

Belconnen Community Council – Annual General Meeting 2020

Notice is given that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Belconnen Community Council will be held from 7.00 pm Tuesday 15 September 2020.   Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the AGM will be held via ZOOM rather than meeting in person.  The link to join the AGM via ZOOM is:

https://zoom.us/j/94520946656

At the AGM all committee positions will be declared vacant and nominations for all positions will be, subject to the constitutional provisions of clause 5.2, accepted from eligible members.

BCC General Meeting – August 2020

Please join us this Tuesday 18 August 2020 from 7pm for this month’s General Meeting.

You can join us here: https://zoom.us/j/97822008535

Belconnen Community Council Inc.

General Meeting

via Zoom

https://zoom.us/j/97822008535

 18 August 2020

7pm

AGENDA

7pm                 Welcome and COVID-19 Update from ACT

7.05pm            Chair’s Report

7.15pm            MLAs update

7.25pm            Canberra Region Community Service Update (formerly BCS)

8.05pm            TCCS – Canberra’s Urban Forest Strategy 2020-2045

8.30pm            Close

Next meeting:  Annual General Meeting 7pm Tuesday 15 September 2020

via Zoom

We are online and interactive in July!

The Belconnen Community Council would like to invite you to our first online meeting.

Please click on the link below to join us from 7pm Tuesday 21 July 2020

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/7862772037?pwd=M28rRXFlQTc3WlBnOFVvOGQ5MDlMUT09

Belconnen Community Council Inc.

General Meeting

via Zoom

 21 July 2020

7pm

AGENDA

7pm                 Welcome and COVID-19 Update from ACT

7.05pm            Chair’s Report

7.15pm            MLAs update

7.25pm            Transport Canberra Update

8.05pm            Update on ICON water and Evo Energy activities

8.30pm            Close

Next meeting:  7pm Tuesday 18 August 2020

via Zoom

BCC Meeting Agenda and Chair’s Report June 2020

This month’s online event commences at 7pm on our Facebook Page.

Tonight’s agenda:

  • Welcome and COVID update
  • Belconnen Bikeway
  • North Lawson
  • Response from Sports Australia on AIS future at Bruce
  • New Braybrooke Street Bruce development

You can read the Chair’s report below:

Belconnen Community Council – Chair’s Report June 2020

It’s been pleasing to see the continued downward trend in COVID cases in the ACT. While we still have a single active case, we must remain vigilant as the restrictions are wound back. As I walk through Belconnen Mall, I am frequently struck by the lack of adherence to social distancing requirements and the almost invisibility of the 1.5m gap. Can I encourage everyone to be more conscious of the rules that have served us so well over the last 10 weeks as we start to move toward the new normal.

One of the other positives for the BCC is our reconnection with the Combined Community Councils. This crisis has provided a lot of lessons and opportunities to learn from how other Councils are navigating the challenges, and we are all finding commonality in our experiences. As the year progresses, we hope to be able to share those positives and learn from the negatives to strengthen your voice with government.

Belconnen Bikeway

One of the promises being delivered to the community from the last budget is the construction of the Belconnen Bikeway. While the old Busway section is all but finished, construction is in full swing throughout the town centre and UC. As a regular cyclist I am really pleased with what I’m seeing along Emu Bank and should the same be replicated in the eastern corridor this will be a fantastic community asset for many years to come. We will post photos as the work continues and keep you updated on the progress of each stage.

North Lawson

Community consultation on the development of North Lawson are about to commence. This area of the suburb holds some of the most interesting and diverse changes in soils and plant life; many people have not had an opportunity to walk this part of the estate and it is worth the effort!

A full list of online consultation is available on our website and we encourage everyone to get involved to ensure we get the best possible outcome for North Lawson.

Response from Sports Australia

On the back of the letter we wrote to Sports Australia, Senator Richard Colbeck and Yvette Berry plus our interview on 666 Afternoons regarding the future of the AIS precinct, Sports Australia has written to us with some positivity. In essence, the response tells us they have no intention of going anywhere and are formulating a business case for the federal government to consider in the lead up to next year’s Tokyo Olympics. While the AIS remains closed to the public, they are looking forward to welcoming people back as soon as they are able to. You can read more on our website.

New development for Braybrooke Street Bruce

On the Bruce theme, there is a new development being proposed for Block 11 Section 85 in Braybrooke Street. There will be a virtual information session held on Thursday the 17th of June from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. To register for the information session, please send your name, surname and email address to community@juddstudio.com.au and a link will be sent to you on the day.

Please visit our Facebook and BCC website pages to keep up with everything that’s happening.

Stay safe and well in these challenging times.

Glen Hyde

Chair

Belconnen Community Council

16 June 2020