Review of Traffic Management at the intersection of Ibbott Lane and Lathlain Street, Belconnen

The Belconnen Community Council wrote to Minister Steel regarding concerns about the traffic management arrangements at the intersection of Ibbott Lane and Lathlain Street in Belconnen. We highlighted safety and traffic flow issues at this highly trafficked intersection and emphasizes the need for short-term and long-term solutions for this intersection and the Belconnen Town Centre more generally.

Minister Steel’s response is below and included the following actions.

Roads ACT is presently reviewing the operation of traffic signals at these intersections to determine if any improvements can be made to traffic conditions in this general area in the short term. I have also asked Roads ACT to conduct a study to determine whether any feasible upgrade options to the road network and these intersections can be identified for future consideration.

We appreciate the Minister requesting this review and study, but we will continue to follow up on the progress of these and advocate for action on effective solutions that alleviate traffic congestion and enhance road safety.

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.

Lachlan Butler
Chair

Belconnen Community Survey

📣 **We Want Your Voice! Take Our Community Survey**

Hey Belconnen community! 🌟 Your opinions matter, and the Belconnen Community Council wants to hear from YOU! We’ve created a survey to gather your valuable insights and perspectives on how we can better serve our community.

🗺️ Share Your Vision: Let us know what you see as the role of the Belconnen Community Council. Your input will shape our future initiatives and guide our decision-making process.

🤝Meeting Preferences: We want to make our meetings as accessible and engaging as possible. Tell us how you would prefer we conduct our meetings. Your feedback will help us create an inclusive environment that encourages participation and collaboration.

🏡 Local Matters: What matters most to you in your local area? We’re eager to understand the issues that are important to our community members. Your responses will help us prioritize and advocate for the matters closest to your hearts.

📋 Take the Survey: Click the link below to access the survey and make your voice heard. It only takes a few minutes, but your impact will be long-lasting!

https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSc4Sq1GaS2…/viewform…

Your opinions are crucial to our community’s growth and development. Let’s work together to create a vibrant and inclusive Belconnen that we can all be proud of! 🤝💚

Community Announcement: Planning Act Amendments and Community Engagement

With the passage of the new Planning Act last week, the Belconnen Community Council was glad to see the inclusion of key amendments that we lobbied for. These amendments addressed our concerns about community consultation and pre-DA consultation. These changes prioritized the voices of our community in the planning process, and we are grateful for this significant step forward compared to the draft bill.

However, while we appreciate the amendments, we acknowledge that concerns remain regarding the outcomes-based system and how it will impact Belconnen residents. In this vein, we support the built-in review mechanism to evaluate the system’s effectiveness and the potential need for further reforms. The government should be proactive and consider a continuous evaluation and review process of the planning system. We believe in ensuring active community participation in shaping the planning outcomes that impact our neighborhoods.

Additionally, we are disappointed that governance arrangements were not prioritized from the beginning. However, we welcome the amendment requiring an independent review of the governance arrangements within 12 months of the Planning Act’s passage. This review should examine the effectiveness of the independent planning body and explore the potential of local design panels, both of which we advocated for in our submission on the draft Bill. These measures will contribute to a more inclusive and community-centric planning framework.

We express our gratitude to the ACT Government, the Opposition and all stakeholders involved for their efforts in addressing our concerns and taking meaningful steps towards creating a more consultative and inclusive planning framework.

However our work is not yet done, we will keep advocating for the best planning outcomes for our community and if you are interested in helping out, we would love to hear from you.

The BCC remains committed to advocating for genuine and transparent community engagement in planning, and for a fit-for-purpose territory plan, district strategy, and design guides that deliver for the Belconnen community while delivering the housing our city needs.

Together, let’s shape the future of our community! 🌍✨

BCC June Public Meeting Recording

Please follow the link below to access the recording of the June BCC public meeting!

https://us06web.zoom.us/rec/share/UCk_dOn7l80sj6lW77y8PgkjAdHQ47rOozZHoUIXrpqYrGUjSiTjWDnliGgPwbxd.PEW-apxrQMfdFhSs
Passcode: 2dBQE6#Q

Agenda

7:00pm Welcome
7:05pmChair’s Report
7:20pmMLA Updates
7:26pmTCCS Presentation on the draft Urban Open Space
Land Management Plan – Daniel Iglesias
7:46pmIcon Water Presentation on the Lower Molonglo Water
Quality Control Centre in Holt – Patty Chier
8:06pmGeneral Business:
– Discussion on the William Hovell Drive Duplication Project
8:30pmMeeting End

There were some questions taken on notice by our presenters and MLAs.

Further information on whether lighting was included in the Lake Ginninderra upgrades was requested.

The ACT Government is upgrading paths around Lake Ginninderra with $3 million invested to fund Stage 1 of works improve connections to the many playgrounds, picnic areas and parks located around the lake edge.

With the path network connecting these facilities, improvements include new connections, wider paths, better drainage, more lighting and seating. The first stage of the works will start near Emu Bank, following feasibility and consultation work which occurred in 2021.

The following questions were asked by Jo Clay MLA to the Minister for Water about the Lower Molonglo Water Quality Control Centre in Question Time addressing some of the questions raised in our meeting.

  1. What are the existing water treatment methods in use at the Lower Molonglo Water Quality Control Centre?
  2. What is the new water treatment method proposed for use in future?

https://broadcast.parliament.act.gov.au/vod/player/05f5428c210ac2fe327e2325d2178d24?i=f1720a9af55b4900848ef4c5cee93cf9-47

BCC May Public Meeting

Please follow the link below to access the recording of the May BCC public meeting!

https://us06web.zoom.us/rec/share/FeyQ8IKmri2WSq-mwOEHF8kPCr58PXLJso3bIlfVdi1o5tXBuze6amEIF7WS6vun.271AIhrvDBu5WSKB
Passcode: *.?0MP9a

Agenda

7:00pmWelcome
7:05pmChair’s Report
7:15pmMLA updates
7:30pmProposed Higgins’ Rain Garden update (ACT Healthy Waterways & Ginninderra Catchment Group)
7:50pmDrake Brockman Drive upgrade update (Ginninderry)
8:10pmGeneral Business
8:30pmClose

Summary of our February Meeting

Below is a summary of the February meeting.

There were some images and language used during the meeting that was not sanctioned by the BCC, and has been to the best of our knowledge edited from the recording.

Questions taken on notice regarding the Swanson Street Belconnen development can be found by clicking here.

View the meeting record by clicking here.

00:00:00 Chair’s Report
00:06:10 MLA Updates
00:27:00 Presentation on the Swanson Street Belconnen development.
00:53:45 Presentation on Umbagong bridges
01:03:45 Draft District Strategy and the draft Territory Plan – BCC survey and submission
01:25:30 General business

BCC Community Consultation Survey – The draft District Strategy and the draft Territory Plan.

Update: The Belconnen Community Council submitted its submission on the 3rd of March.

This submission can be found here: http://www.belcouncil.org.au/documents/draft-territory-plan-and-belconnen-district-strategy-submission/


The Belconnen Community Council is interested to hear the opinion of members of the Belconnen community about the draft District Strategy and the draft Territory Plan (As part of the ACT Planning System Review and Reform Project). The new planning system will shape the future of our city.

The community feedback received through this survey will inform Belconnen Community Council’s submission to the ACT Government on this proposal.

Full details about the ACT Planning System Review and Reform Project :
Draft Belconnen District Strategy (Summary) : shorturl.at/lCSV7
Draft Belconnen District Strategy (Full Document) : shorturl.at/lxNT2
Draft Territory Plan : shorturl.at/jHYZ6

Thank you for your interest in this community consultation – this survey will close on the 24th of February.

BCC Survey: closed

February General Meeting – Casual Vacancies

The next general meeting of the Belconnen Community Council (BCC) will be held via Zoom from 7.00 pm Tuesday 21 February 2023.

There are several positions that are currently vacant on the BCC Committee. As per section 5.3.3 of the constitution, members shall be invited to submit nominations and an election will be conducted at an Ordinary General Meeting. This will be conducted at our February meeting on 21 February 2023.

A person is eligible for appointment or election to the Committee if the person is a member of the BCC who has attended and registered their attendance at a minimum of three general meetings of the BCC during the twelve months preceding the nomination.

In the filling of casual vacancies, ineligible members may only be appointed if there are no eligible members available to fill the position.

Nominations for the following vacant positions will be, subject to the constitutional provisions of Clause 5.2, accepted from eligible members up until the close of business Tuesday 14 February 2023.

  • 1x Secretary
  • 4x Committee Members.

Nominations must be made using this nomination form (pdf version) or this editable Word version.

The position description for Secretary can be found here.

The position description for Committee Members can be found here.

The Constitution can be found here.

You can submit your nomination form by:

  • email to hello@belcouncil.org.au
  • mail to: Secretary BCC, PO Box1131 Belconnen ACT 2616

This page will be updated with the agenda and zoom link closer to the meeting.

Questions?

Please email hello@belcouncil.org.au if you have any questions.

We hope to see you at the meeting!

Summary of our November 2022 meeting

Last night was our final meeting for 2022. We heard about the plans for the Westfield Belconnen redevelopment, as well as the community consultation process for the draft Belconnen District Plan and the new draft Territory Plan.

Below are links to all the ways you can provide input into these significant changes, as well as links to the meeting recording and the ACT Government’s presentation slides…