The Annual General Meeting of the Belconnen Community Council will be held on:
7PM Tuesday 19 September 2017
Community Room, above the Belconnen Library, Chandler Street, Belconnen.
The AGM will be held with all Committee positions declared vacant with an election held if more nominations are received, than positions to be filled.
Following the AGM, the monthly public meeting will be held. Full agendas will be published shortly.
Nominations for all BCC Committee positions must be received by the Secretary no later than 7 days prior to the AGM. Nomination forms can be found here:
Nomination forms can be found here:
The BCC encourage all members to consider nominating for the Committee.
All BCC members and members of the public are welcome to attend.
For further information email: email@example.com
The BCC rarely oppose Development Applications. Hundreds are approved every year and people get on with making Belconnen a better place to live and do business. Occasionally a proposal lacks merit and is inappropriate, or has issues that could be resolved with consultation.
Late last year DA201630298 was lodged to build a drive through takeaway restaurant on Emu Bank, next to the Belco Skate Park.
It was an inappropriate proposal for this site and inconsistent with the direction of Emu Bank, that became clear through the extensive community consultation process for the Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan.
The BCC, and many residents in Belconnen, made submissions to Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development about the DA. Our submission can be found here. On August 3 2017 the BCC were advised that DA201630298 has been refused.
The DA was refused on three grounds:
This site should never have been sold, and other DA’s for the site have failed in the past. The BCC recommend the ACT Government resume this land and expand the Belco Skate Park, or simply grass it and let people enjoy the lake
It’s always refreshing when people see the planning system work well.
Submissions made on Section 200
Following the special June 13 Belconnen Community Council public meeting on the Section 200 Development Application the BCC prepared two submissions.
The future of the Water Police site
The BCC also wrote to the Minister for Planning, Mick Gentleman MLA (and all Ginninderra MLA’s) over the future of the Water Police site on Emu Bank. We have asked that the sale of this site be delayed until the planning processes for Emu Bank have been completed. Until that occurs we have asked that the site be grassed and have seating placed there. That letter can be found here.
Cladding materials on tall Belconnen buildings
In the light of recent fires on tall buildings relating to non-compliant building materials in Melbourne, Beijing, Dubai and London, concerns about the same materials being used in Belconnen were raised. The BCC has asked the Minister for Planning, Mick Gentleman MLA to ensure that the tall residential buildings in the Belconnen Town Centre, and those yet to be built, are using material that complies with building regulations. That letter can be found here.
Please let us know
We make submissions after discussions with Belconnen Community Council members, the public and the BCC Committee. The committee appreciates the views of it’s members and urges them to email the Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org with matters regarding Belconnen that they feel we may have an interest in.
The July 2017 BCC Newsletter and public meeting agenda can be found here.
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The BCC Public Meeting for July 2017 is on this Tuesday July 18 at 7.00PM at the Community Room above the Belconnen Library, Chandler St, Belconnen Town Centre.
The meeting will commence at 7PM
After welcoming members and guests, the Chair will present a short report on the previous months activities of the BCC.
Following this, there will be two presentations:
– Suzzane Orr MLA for Yerrabi will speak about Belconnen issues in the Yerrabi electorate (Kaleen, Giralang, Lawson, Mackellar and Evatt).
– Mr. Brett Phillips – Executive Director of Planning Delivery EPSD, will discuss the draft pre-DA Community Consultation Guidelines released by Chief ACT Planner Ben Ponton earlier this month.
The ACT Government is committed to improving the way government engages with the community on planning issues in the ACT. For planning to be successful in the future requires an ongoing partnership between government, industry and the community. The pre-DA guidelines are the first step in bringing together these groups to achieve better outcomes in the planning sector.
More information on the pre-DA Consultation process can be found at the ACT Governments Your Say website here.
Feedback on the draft pre-DA guidelines closes in Mid August.
All members of the public are welcome!
GEOCON have provided the Belconnen Community Council with a document containing details of car parking in the completed Republic development.
That document can be found here.
The BCC should note that the Development Application lodged by GEOCON is for Stage 1 only.
A special meeting will be held at the Community Room above the Belconnen Library on June 13 at 7-9PM for members of the public to view the GEOCON DA and ask questions of the architects.
Earlier in 2017, the Belconnen Community Council as part of its Belco50 program, created a competition in conjunction with the University of Canberra’s School of Design with the intention of generating ideas that could be used to benefit Belconnen.
The winner of the competition will be announced at theAugust BCC Public meeting by BCC Chair Elizabeth Hirst.
UC is a vital part of Belconnen and is seeking to improve its engagement with the broader community outside its campus. The BCC felt this was a good opportunity to assist students, strengthen UC ties with the community, and tap their students energy and enthusiasm for improving the built environment.
The BCC Committee decided to award a prize to a team of students enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and Design in a User-Centred Design course. This prize would be for a team that identified a problem through interaction and observation in Belconnen, articulated a design opportunity and prepared a brief outlining a solution that is pertinent to the Belconnen community.
The students were extremely keen to get out and explore Belconnen, with many being new to Canberra and Australia. Working in teams they came up with quite different solutions. In May the students presented their ideas to the BCC Committee and Dr Stephen Trathern of UC’s Faculty of Arts and Design.
As well as being used in their grading, and providing useful field research, the teams that place first and second will be awarded a cash prize, from the Belco50 funds provided by the ACT Government to celebrate Belconnens 50th Birthday.
We encourage the Belconnen public to attend our public meeting in August, view the different ideas, and applaud the teams that win the two prizes being awarded. They range from: improving Emu Bank, a tuk-tuk service, an improved bus interchange, and a Farmers market (there are more ideas!).
All the ideas the BCC Committee have examined are good, and each team has satisfied the brief. It will be very difficult to come up with a winner!
Are you interested in the development occurring on Section 200 by Geocon? It is being marketed to the public ahead of DA approval as ‘Republic of Belconnen‘. The development of this very large block of land in the Belconnen Town centre is one of the biggest developments in Belconnen in recent years.
Initial concept drawings of the proposed development were first presented to the Belconnen community in June 2016. The official launch of the Republic of Belconnen development occurred in December 2016. Concept drawings and imagery associated with the development have been available since then.
In April the developer lodged a Development Application. The BCC and others, requested that the period to respond to the DA be extended, as the scale of the development was so large, and the associated documentation was also voluminous. The ACT Government have extended the period in which submissions can be made by three weeks, until 21 June.
Special meeting 13 June 2017
The BCC will be holding a special meeting on 13 June 2017 at 7PM at the Community Room above the Belconnen Library.
All members of the public are welcome to attend.
Geocon will be sending representatives, including architects, to answer questions from the public, a week ahead of the DA period closing for submissions.
Why is this meeting being held?
The BCC are supportive of this development, and support the mix of retail and residential proposed by Geocon. This DA is for two buildings of 17 and 22 storeys, fronting Emu Bank and Eastern Valley Way.
The purpose of community consultation is to present ideas and proposals for public, government and community scrutiny. This brings about better outcomes for all.
In addition to the short timeframe for submissions to be made on such a significant development in the Belconnen Town Centre, the BCC have concerns over the level of community consultation that has occurred to date.
There are also significant community concerns about the lack of parking for Belconnen Labor Club patrons in the new development (this parking was a condition of sale).
Does the Section 200 DA affect you?
Do you have any questions or concerns about the proposed development?
You can contact the BCC at email@example.com or attend the public meeting and ask Geocon directly.
Information about the Section 200 Development
The information at the ACT Governments Development Application page is:
Development Application: 201731563
Address: EMU BANK, EASTERN VALLEYWAY & CAMERON AVENUE
Block: 2 Section: 200
Proposal: PROPOSAL FOR A SEVENTEEN AND A TWENTY TWO STOREY MIXED USE
COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT + Demolition of the existing
structures, removal of trees, construction of mixed use development
comprising of 6 commercial tenancies, 414 dwellings, basement car
parking, signage and associated works.
Period for representations closes: 21/06/2017
Belconnen Community Council Inc.
General Meeting 21 March 2017, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Venue: Kippax Raiders Club, Hardwick Cres, Holt
BCC Chair, Elizabeth Hirst
BCC Chair, Elizabeth Hirst
ACT Government planner Helena Seabrot, or her manager will update the community on the Status of the Kippax Master Plan
Steve Harding and Tony Adams will talk bout the DA and negotiations with NSW and update the Belconnen community on the first stage of development at Ginninderry