Kippax Fair propose turning a community oval into a shopping centre, instead of using one of the government owned carparks

Kippax Group Centre Master Plan consultation close 16 March 2018

Kippax Fair propose turning a community oval into a shopping centre, instead of using one of the government owned carparks

Kippax Fair propose turning a community oval into a shopping centre, instead of using one of the government owned carparks

The Kippax Group Centre Master Plan Community Panel Outcomes Report and the final stage of community engagement on revisions to the draft master plan were released on Saturday 23 December 2017.

This period of engagement will run until Friday 16 March 2018. This particular engagement will be longer as it runs over the school holidays which we are unable to count as part of the engagement period.

This link will take you to the Your Say page with details of the engagement.

https://yoursay.act.gov.au/kippax-group-centre-master-plan-2

The BCC have prepared this presentation on the negative impacts of surrendering an oval to become a shopping centre, when better options exist.

The community oval is much loved and highly valued. The government owned carparks and old buildings in Kippax could be used to provide more retail space, or the owners of Kippax Fair could redevelop their building. Turning an oval into a shopping centre is not the best option.

We encourage all Belconnen residents to express their opinion on this master plan at the link above.

BCC submission on the draft Kippax Master Plan

kippax mp area

The BCC has made a submission to the Environment and Planning Department on the draft Kippax Master Plan.

Our submission can be found here.

With the large increase in population over the coming decades from West Macgregor, the Riverview development and urban infill, good forward planning is required to ensure good planning outcomes.

Broadly the BCC is supportive of the draft Kippax Master Plan and the strategies proposed. The draft has considered and provided reasonable options that encourage growth, greater access and community as well as enhancing the public domain.

The BCC feel that expansion of the retail area in the Kippax group centre is warranted, and that extra parking and enhanced road access is needed. We also believe that enhanced pedestrian and cycle access is important, and that the loss of any existing green space is to be avoided if possible. An opportunity exists for improved community facilities to be developed in any upgrade or reuse of existing government owned property.

If extra retail space is to be made available, we suggest that either of the large government owned carparks serving the Kippax group centre be considered for conversion to retail space and multilevel carpark structures. We also suggest that any extra retail space not be of the mall type with people forced to shop in a controlled environment, we recommend a combination of the existing Kippax Fair and extra street frontage retail.

We acknowledge that the government building at the rear of Kippax Fair is at the end of its useful life, and that space could be better used for retail purposes. If that was to occur, we would expect a replacement government building to be built with equal access to that of the retail space, and offering extra government services to West Belconnen residents such as an Access Canberra shopfront, health facilities or some other service identified through community consultation.

The BCC are comfortable with the proposed building heights and mix of retail and residential development identified in the draft Kippax Master Plan.

We have also urged the Government to revisit road and traffic management from Southern Cross Drive as part of the Master Plan process.

The BCC urge all residents of West Belconnen to read and comment on the draft Kippax Master Plan. Submissions close Friday 5th February 2016.

Your submission can be emailed directly to: kippax@act.gov.au

BCC Chair Tara Cheyne talks to ABC radio about the Kippax master plan and future development in West Belconnen

Genevieve Jacobs spoke to BCC Chair Tara Cheyne on ABC 666 radio today, about the Kippax master plan and development in West Belconnen. Planning Minister Mick Gentleman is interviewed first, with Tara appearing at the 3.22 minute/second mark.

The BCC are keen that West Belconnen is connected to the rest of Belconnen by good planning and public transport. We also want Kippax to remain a lively and friendly centre of the community.

The interview is online here.

 

Parking and access concerns with Holt childcare site development application

The BCC have some concerns about parking and access by parents and employees to a proposed childcare facility in Kippax/Holt. We would appreciate your views.

Submissions to this development application can be made until the 29th of July. Please see this link for more information.

The development application is for 47 Hardwick Crescent, the vacant block at the top right of the photo.

kippx parking photo

Belconnen Community Council newsletter March 2015

The next Belconnen Community Council public forum will be held at:

7.30pm, Tuesday 17 March

Community Room (upstairs at the Belconnen Library), Chandler Street

A short agenda is:

7.30pm-7.35pm   Welcome; Chair’s report

7.35pm-7.50pm   Presentation from Purdon Associates on Canberra District Rugby League Club (Holt)

7.50pm-8.25pm   Riverview Group with an update on West Belconnen rezoning

(short break)

8.30pm-9pm        ACT Basin Priority Project

If you are unable to get along to this meeting but still have questions you’d like put forward, please e-mail me at chair@belcouncil.org.au

Possible relocation of Immigration staff

There has been significant media coverage that the Department of Immigration and Border Protection may relocate out of the Belconnen Town Centre. (See our website for more information.) Together with the Belconnen Community Service we will be hosting a community forum on Thursday 19 March at the Belconnen Community Centre Theatre (corner Swanson Ct and Chandler St). The purpose of the forum is to share, hear about and promote the positive contribution the Immigration Department’s presence in Belconnen has on people’s lives and businesses. Join the community at 6pm (for a 6.30pm start) to hear from local leaders – including Fraser MP Andrew Leigh and ACT Senator Zed Seselja – before there is an opportunity for you to have your say. View the flyer here.

Community

There are a number of community celebrations in March to which we’re very happy to contribute and support:

Saturday 21 March, 12-6pm: Charny Carny

Friday 27 March, 3-7pm: Scullin Parties at the Shops

Saturday 28 March, 11am-4pm: Connect and Participate Expo, Old Bus Depot Markets

Sunday 29 March, 10am-2pm: Hawker Primary School fete

We hope to see you at some of these fantastic community events. If you’d like to help by volunteering at our stall at the Charny Carny or Scullin Parties at the Shops, or if you have a community event you’d like us to promote, please e-mail me at chair@belcouncil.org.au.

Constitution update

A reminder that we are proposing to update the BCC constitution. Key proposed changes include around our membership as well as attendance requirements to nominate for an executive position. The draft of this constitution and a summary of the key proposed changes can be found here on our website. Initial feedback is due by 22 March. We’re keen to hear your thoughts!

Smart Parking submission

The BCC was pleased to provide a submission on the ACT Government’s proposed smart parking trial earlier this month. The full submission can be viewed here.

Community Consultation

There are a number of community consultations open at the moment:

– Evaluation of the Holt traffic management scheme (closes Monday, 16 March)

– Input into the Planning Minister’s Statement of Planning Intent (closes Wednesday, 8 April)

– Study of traffic conditions on Copland Drive – seeking feedback on proposed treatments to improve traffic conditions (including speed humps and improved intersections) (closes Monday, 13 April)

If you wish to discuss any of these issues with the BCC, please contact me.

Wayfarer construction and road closure

Building is expected to begin at the Wayfarer site in the Belconnen Town Centre. This could involve temporary traffic changes. Please keep an eye on the BCC website and Facebook page for information as it comes available.

Mr Fluffy

A reminder that the Asbestos Response Taskforce has a Personal Support Team located in the BCS Health Centre in Kippax. The intention is to make the Taskforce more accessible for affected homeowners, particularly senior Canberrans. More information can be found here.

ActewAGL

ActewAGL is looking for views on its Gas Network five year plan that it will be submitting to the Australian Energy Regulator. That plan is an important part of the regulatory process that will determine prices and influence service levels for the distribution of gas between 2016-17 and 2020-2021. More information can be found here.

Warm regards

Tara Cheyne
Chair

Belconnen Community Council

Belconnen Community Council newsletter February 2015

The next Belconnen Community Council public forum will be held at:
7.30pm on Tuesday, 17 February
Community Room (upstairs at the Belconnen Library), Chandler Street
A short agenda is:
7.30pm – Welcome and apologies; Chair’s report
7.35pm – Presentation from the Asbestos Response Taskforce on the progress of the buyback scheme (including Q&A)
8.15pm – Presentation from Emergency Services Agency on the new ambulance, fire & rescue station at Aranda (building expected to begin in March) (including Q&A)
8.45pm – Initial discussion from BCC Secretary Chris Gingell on the proposed changes to the BCC’s constitution to simplify our operation (including Q&A)
If you are unable to get along to this meeting but still have questions you’d like to put forward, please send them through to me (chair@belcouncil.org.au).
Constitution update
As above, the BCC is proposing to amend its constitution. Key proposed changes include around our membership as well as attendance requirements to nominate for an executive position. The draft of this constitution and a summary of the key proposed changes can be found here on our website. Initial feedback is due by 22 March. We’re keen to hear your thoughts!
Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan
The initial consultation period on the update to the Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan has now closed. Over 100 people attended our event at the Belconnen Arts Centre (held in partnership with BAC and Belconnen Community Service) on 29 January and submitted their ideas.
The BCC was also pleased to provide its own submission to the initial consultation. This included an outline of a ‘vision’ for the Town Centre in 2025. We’re delighted with the positive feedback we’ve received about it so far.
40 km/h zones
The Government is proposing to introduce more 40km/h zones to group centres. The BCC provided its submission to the consultation on this in early February which can be accessed here.
Smart Parking
The Government is also proposing to commence a trial of smart parking technologies in the second half of 2015. You can read the discussion paper and submit your comments on the Time to Talk website.
Holt traffic management
The Government is seeking feedback on the Holt traffic management measures which were introduced last year, intended to reduce speeding and rat running. Again, feedback can be provided via the Time to Talk website.
If you wish to discuss any of these issues with the BCC, please contact me.
Scullin Parties at the Shops
Parties at the Shops is happening again this year, and Scullin will be hosting another party on Friday, 27 March 3-6pm! They’re looking for people to get involved – use the hashtag #ScullinPATS on social media, or e-mail them directly at amy@devilmoon.com.au. Community members are also welcome to attend a planning meeting at the Scullin shops next Tuesday, 17 February at 1pm.
Charny Carny
The Charny Carny is also on again this year on Saturday, 21 March from 12 midday! More information is here.
Fix My Street
We have received some positive comments from the community about the ACT Government’s ‘Fix My Street’ app. For those unfamiliar, it can be accessed here and allows the community to submit service requests ranging from removing abandoned shopping trolleys to attending to overgrown grass or abandoned vehicles.
Keep up to date with the BCC by checking our website (www.belcouncil.org.au), our Facebook page (facebook.com/belcouncil) or Twitter (twitter.com/belcouncil). You can also learn more about our committee members here.
Warm regards
Tara
Tara Cheyne
Chair

Belconnen Community Council