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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Belconnen Community Council Inc.

General Meeting

Raiders Belconnen

and via Zoom

https://zoom.us/j/94560829985

 16 March 2021

7pm

AGENDA

7pm                 Welcome and COVID-19 Update from ACT

7.05pm            Chair’s Report

7.15pm            MLAs update

7.30pm            Kippax Centre expansion presentation

8.30pm            BCC Budget Submission

9.00pm            Close

Next meeting:  General Meeting 7pm Tuesday 20 April 2021

via Zoom

Belconnen Land Release Sites – Phase 2

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

Online

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

In-person

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

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