This month we are looking at the Buy Nothing movement, and the Geocon Republic shutdown and its impacts on the community.
This month we are looking at the Buy Nothing movement, and the Geocon Republic shutdown and its impacts on the community.
The third part of the Belconnen Showcase will take place on Friday October 5th from 4 to 8 PM, in Margaret Timpson Park in the Belconnen Town Centre.
It is a free event and everyone is welcome!
Over 50 of the stalls are Belconnen local businesses or operated by people who live in Belconnen. Many of the performers are also Belconnen locals.
Below is the list of Stalls, Performers and Food Vans at the Belconnen Twilight Market .
Live music will be from 4 to 8 PM from the stage, where people eating and relaxing on the grass can listen to local performers, with the announcement of the Belconnen Town Centre Photo Competition winners by Tara Cheyne MLA at 8PM
Belconnen Animal Hospital
ACT Rescue & Foster
Evatt Bike Path Transition Group
Vegan Healthy Living
Flying Lady Ceramics
Dear Bianca Design
Scentsy with Amy
Threads by CRD
Black Swan Sole Design
Dragon Scales and Mermaid Tales
Emma Maja Design
Larry Brandy Aboriginal Storyteller
Made To Inspire
Dee’s Book and Comic Shop
Service One Alliance Bank
Another Chance OP Shop
UC Ginninderra Athletics and the UC Athletics Academy
Belconnen Community Council
Belconnen Labor Club
Belconnen Arts Centre
Tara Cheyne MLA – Photographic Competition Finalists
Transport Canberra & City Services
Belconnen Community Services
University of Canberra
Lucy Gemma Design
Sit on the grass listening to music and enjoying a beautiful Belconnen afternoon!
Lake Ginninderra Sea Scouts (sausage sizzle)
Yummy Thai Catering
Pot Belly – Wignall brewery
Sly Fox Coffee
In The Cloudz Fairy Floss
Come and Get it Hotdogs
Dannys Argentinean Chorizo
EVERYBODY IS WELCOME !
On Friday 5 October from 4:30pm-8:30pm, Belconnen Town Centre will come to life at the Belconnen Twilight Market in Margaret Timpson Park.
There will be a range of local stallholders offering everything from crafts, food, art, ceramics, candles, crystals, fairies, community groups and storytelling! There will be food trucks and music, and a place to relax around the iconic grassed pyramids.
The Twilight Markets are the third part of the ACT Government sponsored “Belconnen Showcase” a program designed to promote Belconnen as a place to do business, and to enjoy life and community.
Community groups and people who make and sell crafts, art or food have an opportunity to setup a stall and either sell to the public or tell them what they do and spread their message. There is no charge for stallholders to attend. If you’re a local maker, artist, community or sporting group, or have a food truck, send your Expression of Interest in by 14 September to secure a space at the Belconnen Twilight Markets.
More information can be found at the Facebook page: Belconnen Twilight Market
You can also find out more at the Belconnen Community Council meeting on 18 September at 7pm in the Community Room, upstairs at the Belconnen Library.
The Annual General Meeting of the Belconnen Community Council will be held on:
7PM Tuesday 18 September 2018
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.
To nominate for the Committee please use the following form and send it to hello@belcouncil by Sep 15th 2018
Following the AGM, the monthly public meeting will be held. All BCC members and members of the public are welcome to attend. For further information email:email@example.com
All members of the public are invited to attend the September Public meeting of the Belconnen Community Council.
The public meeting will be held immediately following the Annual General Meeting at 7PM.
There are two presentations of interest to Belconnen residents:
Belconnen Showcase and Twilight Market.
Damien Haas will update the community about the Belconnen Showcase program. Three events will be held in October to promote Belconnen as a business, community, lifestyle, recreation and entertainment destination.
The final event is the Belconnen Twilight Market on Oct 5th.
Green Bin introduction to Belconnen
TCCS have commenced the rollout of Green Bins to the Belconnen area. If you are interested in this scheme, TCCS will update residents on how it operates and how you can have your green waste collected.Please share this email with anyone you think may be interested.
The May 2018 public meeting of the Belconnen Community Council will be held on:
7PM Tuesday 15 May 2018
BCS Theatrette, Swanson Ct, Belconnen Town Centre.
A brief agenda:
All BCC members and members of the public are welcome to attend. For further information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
DV342 – Precinct code for the Belconnen Town Centre
DV342 is the proposed precinct code following on from the 2016 Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan.
The ACT Government invite written comment on the draft variation from the public by22 June 2018
Likely dating back to the very earliest days of European settlement in the region, and perhaps even earlier, it is still visible as either current road alignments, bikeways or remnant tracks running through public land. The route links up many heritage sites in the Belconnen district, and plays an important role in the pre-1960s oral history relating to the region.
This interpretive trail will form an active travel exploration route between markers (similar to those in the Forde Heritage park) installed at key locations along the line of the old road.
The trail will start (or end) at the Lyneham Wetlands, with a ‘Canberra Tracks’ sign showing the full route installed in the park opposite 162 Dryandra Street. Each sign will have a short description of local heritage sites around that section of the road.
In future, short videos could be produced by local groups or schools and triggered by each sign. The trail could be extended to the ford at the Molonglo and Murrumbidge’s junction and link in with the Uriarra Loop track. It could also follow along Coppins Crossing road to the south and link with the Butters Bridge, engaging new developments in the region with some of its oldest European heritage.
24 March 2018
Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate
GPO Box 365
Canberra City ACT 2601
Re: Development Application 201833271 Section 65 Block 83, Belconnen
The Belconnen Community Council (BCC) strongly opposes this development application (DA) for a lease variation (LV). This DA for a LV does not meet the expectations of the community at large. The proposed fast food takeaway drive through facility is inappropriate for the location, and contrary to the expectations of the community following the release of the updated Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan (the master plan). It would also create significant traffic issues on a problematic corner.
The concerns raised regarding a drive through takeaway fast food shop on this heavily trafficked corner block are significant. The BCC has spoken to the community, local sporting bodies and government agencies that share our concerns.
The recently released master plan is the result of the most extensive community consultation process undertaken by the ACT Governments Environment and Planning Directorate (EPD) for any master plan to date. In both the draft and final master plan process, EPD received more submissions from the public and community groups than any other master plan.
In the many public meetings and information sessions held by both EPD and the BCC during the consultation process, it was clear that Emu Bank was important to Belconnen residents, workers and visitors. The master plan creates a vision for future development in this area that would address the frustrations people identified with Emu Bank, and enhance the aspects that the community loved.
A strong aspect of the new master plan is to provide an incentive for property owners along Emu Bank to relocate fast food drive through businesses to other more suitable locations in the town centre (such as the services and trades area), that are better served by suitable road access for the types of traffic that drive through fast food outlets create.
The precinct code governing permitted development is about to be updated and is in draft form right now. The community consultation process is due to begin shortly. The development on this corner would not be approved under the proposed precinct code, based on the community expectations that the new master plan has created, and the vision of Emu Bank that ACT Government planners have presented to the community.
However, as ACTPLA determined in late 2017, the previous DA for this development, DA 201630298, did not comply with the current precinct code. The proposed use is a fast food takeaway drive through facility. That proposed use is inconsistent with the use of that site. Approving a lease variation for that site, making a fast food takeaway drive through possible would be a disastrous planning outcome and should not be approved.
The specific reasons that DA201833271 for a LV should not be approved are:
“The reasons for this restriction on right turning movements is due to the limited road width available for right turning vehicles entering the site (with no capacity for a right turn lane for storage of right turning vehicles) and the proximity of the signalised intersections (15 metres to the west and 45 metres to the east) and high volume continuous traffic streams in both directions along Emu Bank”
In summary, DA201833271 for a lease variation on this particular location is inappropriate on the following grounds:
A further observation unrelated to planning, but clearly felt by the Belconnen community, is that the ACT government advocates healthy lifestyles. Permitting a fast food outlet next to a skate park used almost exclusively by youths, and so close to a high school, conflicts with this intention and undermines active living programs aimed at reducing obesity.
The BCC rarely oppose private developments taking place in Belconnen. In this instance the proposed DA for a lease variation is highly inappropriate and should not be approved.
The site is problematic and that is borne out by several failed and lapsed DA’s that precede this one. ACTPLA were correct in not approving DA201630298. The BCC recommend that this block be acquired by the ACT Government and incorporated into the existing skate park or turned into some much needed green space for the future residents of the high-density residential accommodation planned for the area.
Emu Bank has great potential that is currently not best realised. The new master plan has created great expectations in the community that the poor planning decisions made in the past, that have led to the problems along Emu Bank today, can be resolved over time. The BCC request that this LV is not approved. Approving this LV would conflict with the vision contained in the new master plan, and be contrary to community expectations.
Chair, Belconnen Community Council
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.
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.
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