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

Powerboats and Skiers on Lake Ginninderra??

The Canberra Liberals and the Belco Party released plans for a feasibility study into increasing usage for skiers and powerboat operators. This is not new; several years ago the same issues were ventilated with the community and it went nowhere.

But 2020 has been an unusual year; is there a need for such activity on our lake given we are 45 minutes from the Burrinjuck Catchment with its superb facilities?

BCC Chair Glen Hyde spoke to 666 Drive host Anna Vidot last week about this and a few other election topics:

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/canberra/programs/drive/drive/12695690

Fast forward to 1:51:00 and let us know what you think!

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 Chair’s Report August 2020

Belconnen Community Council – Chair’s Report August 2020

The Ongoing challenges being faced by Victoria has had an indelible effect on life here in the ACT. Belconnen is not immune: the gateway to our territory from Victoria is via the Barton Highway and we have seen the number of police vehicles monitoring entry increase over recent days as the window to travel home closes. Can I ask you all to stay vigilant, continue the fantastic community effort of the last five or so months and please ensure you are tested at the first sign of symptoms.

Waste Services for the Belconnen District

There’s been a fair amount of talk about the current and future state of waste management services for our district in the lead up to the election. We are not alone in our concern for the management of waste and the ACT Government has implemented a feasibility proposal for all of the territory; the efforts of the Combined Community Councils of the ACT have turned their attention to influencing this process for the best possible outcomes. While political parties of all colours are ramping up the rhetoric, the BCC (as a participating member of the CCC) are actively looking at ways to identify gaps, source solutions and put together a package that can be considered by government to address the community concern. If you have ideas and feedback on this important issue, please get in touch with us so they can be included.

Three years down

This month marks the final time I will lead the BCC as its Chair. Since joining on as a member in 2014 (after being asked to participate in the forum to fight the move of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection away from Belconnen) I have been privileged to watch our district and its people expand and grow. We are now:

  • home to over 100,000 people
  • in the top two apartment dwellers in the territory (in 2017 we were the biggest!)
  • have the best rehabilitation hospital and facilities in the region

When I took over the role in 2018, one of my goals was to help solve the impasse with the proposed expansion of the Kippax Centre. While we are not yet at a point to say we have solved all the problems, we are able to say we have a way forward and at some stage next year (depending on the outcome of the land use tender) plans may be available for the community to peruse. Along with all the other stakeholders, we believe the most recent offering by the current owners will address the bulk of the community concerns raised with us over the last five years and set our West Belconnen area up for facilities that will last them for another 50 years. My thanks to all those who have worked so positively with us on this crucial issue.

I would like to pay tribute to our team of exceptional committee members over the last three years. We have faced many challenges and some which I don’t think any of us had envisaged when we started; but we have weathered them all and kept our dignity intact (except for perhaps that moment at the Florey Fair last year when I took a tumble!). Each of you have contributed to our community in a way few others have and your support for me has been more valued than you can ever know. You are the reason our council exists and may you always be remembered for your time and efforts to keep Belconnen the Jewel in Canberra’s Crown.

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

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

18 August 2020

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