NCCC October 2021 Newsletter

The NCCC Committee has been undertaking preparations for the Annual General Meeting, which is scheduled to be held on Wednesday 17 November. In addition to the election of the new office bearers and NCCC Committee, the AGM will include a discussion on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing the NCCC over the medium term, and a discussion regarding the Ainslie Football Club’s development plans.

The 2021 AGM agenda can be accessed here.

Anyone who may be interested in nominating for election to the Committee can find out more detail on the nomination process as specified in the NCCC Constitution (see paragraphs 71-83).

NCCC updates

  • Update on October General Meeting: For the October General Meeting, the NCCC hosted the Greens federal candidate for the seat of Canberra Tim Hollo and the ACT Opposition Leader Elizabeth Lee MLA for a discussion on a wide range of issues affecting North Canberra, with Rebecca Vassarotti MLA and Peter Cain MLA also in attendance to also offer their views and advice.Among the topics discussed was the concern around the gap between the goals of the Living Infrastructure Plan and the actual application of the 30% tree cover level in new suburbs to limit the urban heat island effect. Another major topic was around what constitutes meaningful consultation, noting that people don’t always expect their views to be carried but expect their views will at least be taken seriously by the decision makers.

    There was also an interesting discussion on a number of other topics such as housing affordability and the logistics of how to effectively plan for increased densification. The NCCC would like to thank Tim Hollo, Elizabeth Lee, Rebecca Vassarotti and Peter Cain for joining us for the discussion.

  • NCCC members survey: The NCCC is currently undertaking a review of how it communicates information to members (such as through the newsletter and other channels) and also what NCCC members are particularly interested in and want to hear more about from the NCCC.We’d be interested in hearing your thoughts, which can be posted anonymously via this SurveyMonkey link.

You can find out about new DAs in your area, including information on how to lodge a submission, by accessing this ACT Government website or by visiting the NCCC website.

Local news and updates

  • Most new ACT dwellings will be strata titled: In its recently released 2021-22 Budget, the ACT Government has updated its projection on the mix of residential housing to be built over the next five years in the ACT, with three quarters of new dwellings expected to be strata titled (such as units and apartments). The figures identify 12,263 medium and high density dwellings to be build in the next five years, with more than 4,000 to be built before the end of June 2022.
  • Safe Streets to School campaign: The recent return of children to school for the final term of 2021 has highlighted the importance of managing residential and business congestion in our suburbs (an issue that was sadly recently highlighted in Narrabundah in relation to the deaths of a number of peafowls).A campaign and petition has been set up to advocate for safer crossings and speed limits in suburbs in Canberra, which can be signed here. More detail on the campaign can be found on their website

Financial Update

The NCCC’s current balance as of September 2021 is $2,421.

There has been no expenditure since the September update, pending the NCCC’s consideration of the consolidated list of funding proposals for 2021-22.

The acquittal of the 2020-21 grant was recently submitted and accepted by the ACT Government.

 

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