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

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

BCC are partnering up with S.M.I.L.E to help deliver an inclusive playground for Melba residents

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

Kippax Fair Extension – Update

The Belconnen Community Council (BCC) has been committed to the Kippax Group Centre redevelopment since early 2014 when the changes to the master plan were first proposed.

Over the subsequent five years, the BCC has facilitated numerous community meetings to provide opportunities for people to hear about the proposed changes to the plan and to voice their support or concerns. The BCC also participated in the community panel that was established to seek community feelings and expectations in relation to the redevelopment.

The BCC has supported the idea of a redevelopment of the Kippax Group Centre from the beginning however, not at the cost of the existing green space.

While there is more work to be done and another round of consultation with our community to be undertaken, the BCC believe there is a genuine commitment to meet community expectations and the wishes of the owners of the Kippax Group Centre.

The BCC looks forward to continuing to work with our community to find a design that best meets the interests of those who live, work and play in West Belconnen.

For more information, please click on the link below

Click Here to view the PDF

Update from ICON Water on Belconnen Trunk Sewer project

Belconnen trunk sewer update to BCC:

Icon Water recognise that it is a challenging time for our community – it is understood that with so much going on that this work is unlikely to be of priority, so are providing only a high level summary of where things are up to. Whilst the project is currently still on track with construction likely to commence in late 2020, it is possible that this may be delayed due to impacts of COVID-19.

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the projects. Icon Water are committed to keeping the Belconnen community informed and have kept our website up to date based on feedback and questions we have received. We encourage those who want to know more to see the website (iconwater.com.au/bts) any questions can be emailed to participate@iconwater.com.au or you can talk to us on 6248 3111 (option 9). If you would like to receive updates on the project, please sign up on the website.

Project updates:

·       The DAs for Projects 2 (Latham Odour Control Unit – OCU) and 3 (Florey OCU) were lodged with EPSDD in December 2019. Approval was received for Project 2 in March and it is expected that approval will soon follow for Project 3.  Approval for Project 4 (Evatt OCU) was received in February.  

·       The revised Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is being prepared for Project 1 (2.4 km pipeline and odour control unit (OCU) at North Latham) and it is expected that the EIS and concurrent Development Application (DA) will be resubmitted later this month. Community feedback regarding the DA can be made directly to EPSDD during a 15 day notification period. Icon Water will provide update to those who have registered interest in the projects (including the Belconnen Community Council) when this occurs.

·       Sewer bridge over Ginninderra Creek. During the notification period for the draft EIS on the pipeline, there was feedback received suggesting that the a pedestrian and cycle bridge could be installed over the planned sewer bridge in Melba above Ginninderra Creek. Cost of a footbridge needs to be balanced against benefit realised to the Canberra community. Options are currently being assessed and will be incorporated in the revised EIS.

·       Delany Court playground in Melba.  Icon Water had originally planned to consult with the community regarding whether this playground should be relocated, however following feedback, a decision has been made to have the playground remain in its current location. Consequently, during construction of the trunk sewer pipe the existing playground will be dismantled. Following installation of the new trunk sewer a new playground will be constructed in the existing site (at the end of Delany Court). This will involve some downtime for the playground of up to six months.

If you have questions, please have a look at the Icon Water website (iconwater.com.au/bts), send an email participate@iconwater.com.au or give them a call on 6248 3111 (option 9). There is also information on the website about Icon Water’s response to COVID-19 including advice on support that is available to customers.

Belconnen Community Council Chair’s Report – March 2021

Another month has passed us by in 2021 but finally the work has started on the duplication of Gundaroo Drive. It has taken a number of years to get this important work underway and after almost a decade of constant lobbying through budget submissions and the like, we will see this crucial thoroughfare that links us to Gungahlin deliver better outcomes for those who live, work and play in our district.

The ACT Government has delivered on the traffic controls at Owen Dixon Drive, but more needs to be done with Kuringa Drive to make it a safer connection to West Belconnen. With more people moving into the West Belconnen area over the next decade and beyond, the demand on our roadways will only increase and the northern corridors are just as important as those to the south.

Speaking of growth, we come to this month’s big topic: Kippax Centre expansion. Our efforts to bring the spotlight back onto this important project has produced some interesting results. Media were quick to pick the story up again, as were EPSDD once word got around the community. We had written to them in January and throughout February; the result now being that we have engagement with the Directorate again and some understanding of next steps for the site investigations being undertaken.

While we make no judgement of why this work was to be undertaken without wide consultation and community awareness, the fact that state of play has changed is the important thing.

As is the updated design from the Owners of Kippax Fair and Canberra Town Planning. The BCC Committee have been consulted and involved in the new design which we believe is ready for socialising with our community. There are improvements that bring this version more into alignment with community expectations that have been discussed regularly since 2014; it’s been pleasing to see this embodied in so many of the changes in this design offering.

While it won’t meet everyone’s expectations, we have taken the view that we can’t wait for a “perfect solution” to materialise. There are concessions that need to be made by all parties to ensure a quality piece of community infrastructure is available to the generations who follow us. I’m reminded of the concerns raised in the 1970s with the design of Benjamin and Eastern Valley Ways that capped and redirected flood plains through the new Town Centre down to Emu Bank. The general opposition was that this would create all kinds of environmental and water movement problems that would last for generations. What did occur was better design options, changes to water disbursement and catchment practices; since then the BTC has flourished and I see no barrier to that in this process.

Glen Hyde

Chair, Belconnen Community Council

15 March 2021

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.