University of Canberra design students ideas about improving Belconnen – prize to be awarded at August BCC Public Meeting

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!

Public meeting on June 13 to discuss Section 200 Development Application

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 hello@belcouncil.org.au 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

BCC March public meeting – Kippax Raiders 21 March 7.30PM

Belconnen Community Council Inc.

General Meeting 21 March 2017, 7:30 – 9:00 pm

Venue: Kippax Raiders Club, Hardwick Cres, Holt

AGENDA

  1. 7:30 pm Welcome & and call for apologies

BCC Chair, Elizabeth Hirst

  1. 7:35 pm Chairs report,

BCC Chair, Elizabeth Hirst  

  1. 7:45 pm Kippax Master Plan

ACT Government planner Helena Seabrot, or her manager will update the community on the Status of the Kippax Master Plan

  1. 8:15 pm Break
  1. 8:25 pm Strathnairn at Ginninderry

 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

  1. 9:00 pm Meeting Close

BCC February Public Meeting – Tuesday 21 Feb 7.30PM

The very first public meeting of the Belconnen Community Council will be held at 7.30PM on 21 February 2017 at the Community Room, Belconnen Library.

This month we will have two speakers:
– Attorney General Gordon Ramsay MLA on public art in Belconnen
– Amanda Doelle on Canberra Pet Rescue (cat rescue)

A brief agenda:
7.30 – Meeting Open
7.30 -7.45 – Chairs Report on BCC activities
7.45 – 8.30 – Gordon Ramsay MLA on public art in Belconnen
8.40 – 9.10 – Amanda Doelle – Canberra Pet Rescue

9.30 Meeting closes

All members of the public are welcome.

Water Police Building Open Day 26 Feb 2017 – 1 to 5 PM

water police open day 26 feb

This is your last chance to see this building before demolition! The ACT Government through the Land Development Agency have agreed to let the Belconnen Community Council and the Belco50 committee host an open day prior to demolition.

There will be a sausage sizzle provided by the Lake Ginninderra Sea Scouts and face painting and a jumping castle to keep the kids amused. The Sea Scouts are also holding a regatta beforehand, and there is a jetty – so why not arrive by canoe!
Guided access to the building will be provided, including the upper level. Unfortunately, there is no disabled access to the upper level.

The AFP Museum has provided some historical documents related to the building that will also be on display.

This is it folks, in the days after this event the building will be prepared for demolition, ahead of the sale of the site.

Belconnen Community Council submission for the 2017-18 ACT Budget

In December 2016 the BCC provided  a  comprehensive submission to  the  ACT  Government  covering  short  and long-­‐term  budget  items  it  has  identified  that  can  best serve  Belconnen  residents,  workers  and  visitors.  
 
The  BCC  submission  has  a  distinct  concentration  on the capital  infrastructure  priorities  the  Government  should consider  implementing  in  the  next  four  years.  
 
While  the  BCC  submission  should be viewed  through  a Belconnen community  lens, a  number  of  our  suggestions apply across  the ACT.    
 
As  the  Belconnen  area  straddles the electorates of Ginninderra  and  Yerrabi,  the  items suggested  by  the  BCC  are  of  benefit  to  residents  of  both electorates,  and  those  who  visit  for  work,  education  or recreation.

These items represent the focus of our lobbying activities for 2017/18.

The full BCC Budget Submission can be read at this link

BCC  2017/18  BUDGET  SUBMISSION  HIGHLIGHTS  

  • Enhancing  community  consultation  with  representative  reference  groups
  • Updating  the  Belconnen  Town  Centre  Precinct  Code
  • Improving  parking  payment  at  Calvary  Hospital
  • Mobile  Coffee  carts  around  Lake  Ginninderra
  • Enhancing  public  transport  linkages  from  West  Belconnen  to  prepare  for  growth
  • Increasing  bus  services  to  reflect  current  and  future  need
  • Park  &  Ride improvements
  • Light  Rail  engineering  study  from Civic to Belconnen
  • Improving  bus  stops  on  arterial  roads
  • Construction  of  a  multi-­‐level  car-­‐park  in  the  Belconnen  Town  Centre.
  • Smart  parking  technology  in  the  Belconnen  Town  Centre
  • Completing  the  Belconnen  Arts  Centre
  • Temporary  use  of  the  Remand  Centre  site  on  Lathlain  Street
  • Increasing  amenity  in  Margaret  Timpson  Park  and  around  Lake  Ginninderra
  • Constructing a Margaret  Timpson  Park public  toilet  facility
  • Beautification  of  Benjamin  Way
  • Dog  waste  bag  dispenser  at  Lake Ginninderra
  • William  Slim  Drive  duplication
  • Upgrade Kuringa  Drive  intersections  in  West  Belconnen
  • New  cycleway  linking  Lawson  to  the  Town  Centre

Combined Community Councils of the ACT and the BCC

The Combined Community Councils of the ACT are an unincorporated group with no elected positions, and do not represent the Belconnen Community Council, or speak or act on its behalf.

Any claims that the Combined Community Councils of the ACT represent all of the ACT community councils, are not accurate. Any position taken by the Combined Community Councils of the ACT, can not be taken as supported by the Belconnen Community Council.

BCC AGM 15 November 2016

Belconnen Community Council Inc.
Annual General Meeting followed by General Meeting
15 November 2016, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Venue: Community Room Belconnen Library
AGENDA
1. 7:30 pm Welcome & and call for apologies
2. 7:35 pm AGM Business
(a) Chair’s Annual Report – BCC Chair, Damien Haas
(b) Acceptance of previous AGM Minutes
(c) Acceptance of audited accounts.
(d) Public Officer declares all committee positions vacant.
Committee appointments for 2016-17 announced:
Chair: Elizabeth Hirst
Deputy Chair: Glen Hyde
Secretary: Chander Khera
Committee members:
Damien Haas,
Brian Rhynehart
Charles Thomas
Treasurer position nominations called for from the floor.
Other Committee positions called for from the floor.
(e) Appointment of Richard Trevanion as auditor for 2016-17
8:00 pm AGM declared closed.
General Meeting 15 November 2016,
AGENDA
1. 8:02 pm Chair’s report including Belco50
BCC Chair, Damien Haas
2. 8:15 pm David Collett, Executive Director, Public Housing Renewal Taskforce
3. 8:30 pm Emu Bank and Kippax Fair Discussion
4. 8:45 pm Other Business
4. 9:00 pm Meeting Close

BCC Monthly Public Meeting 19 July 2016

The next Belconnen Community Council public meeting will be held at the Belconnen Library Community Room on July 19 at 7.00PM.

All are welcome.

Following recent NCA planning changes there are questions about the future of the CSIRO Ginninderra field site, and how it will affect Belconnen residents. CSIRO representatives will talk with the Belconnen community about these changes and provide an  opportunity for the public to ask questions about them.

Daniel Iglesias, Director of ACT Parks and Conservation Service, and Dr Jason Cummings, General Manager of the Woodland and Wetlands Trust will talk about quolls, where they have been seen, how they are managed, and other interesting things the Parks Service is doing. The quoll population in Canberra is growing with the reintroduction of eastern quolls at the Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary. Spotted tail quolls have recently been seen in Charnwood and Holt indicating that they are returning to the ecosystem.

There will also be an update on Belco50 events and activities

The BCC are seeking a new Committee member. If you have an interest in community issues and are an eligible BCC member, please consider nominating. Email secretary@belcouncil.org.au for further information.

Agenda

7.00PM – Apologies

7.05PM – Chairs report

7.15PM – CSIRO on the Ginninderra Field Site

8.00PM – ACT Parks and Conservation Service on Quolls

8.45PM – Other Business

9.00PM – Meeting Closed

Facebook pages: Belconnen Community Council and Belco50

Belconnens 50th Birthday 23 June 2016 – All welcome

Belconnens 50th Birthday 23 June 2016

Belconnens 50th Birthday 23 June 2016

All Belconnen residents are invited  to the Official ceremony commemorating Belconnen’s 50th birthday.

The Belco50 Committee are planning a mid morning event at the Aranda Playing fields on 23 June 2016

Briefly, the ceremony will consist of a Welcome to Country, a short introduction from the Chair of the Belconnen Community Council, and an address by Minister Chris Bourke (representing the Chief Minister who will be overseas). Refreshments will be provided

The birthday celebration begins at 10.30AM. Displays of historic photos and a document to be signed for later placement in a time capsule will be available.

There will be cake!