Feb 052016

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The Weston Creek Community Council welcomes the latest Master Plan for the Stromlo Forest Park.  The new swimming pool would be a welcome addition for all residents of Weston Creek and Molonglo and the road cycling proposal around Mt Stromlo will make life safer for many cyclists who now ride on the roads but we need to ensure that other current users, equestrians, walkers, runners are not disadvantaged.

Council does have concerns with overdevelopment taking away the open feeling of the park and would want to see the Bushfire Memorial not be an oasis in the middle of venues. Accomodation within the Park would also bring a greater use of a facility which is world class. The Gondola proposal is sure to attract much comment but it would enable a much safer trip to the top of Mt Stromlo for cyclists and those who would drive them up the mountain.

Read the Submission …

Feb 052016
 actew_heloActewAGL will be carrying out helicopter inspections of overhead powerlines from Thursday 4 February across parts of Canberra. The patrols will run until 25 February (weather permitting), and are an essential part of ActewAGL’s vegetation management and asset management program.

ActewAGL Manager Works Delivery Clinton McAlister said, “The helicopter patrol is a significant part of our overall network maintenance program and bushfire mitigation strategy. Trees and vegetation growing too close to powerlines can cause blackouts and create safety hazards such as grass fires and bushfires. Trees and vegetation can also restrict access, preventing essential maintenance from being carried out.” Continue reading »

The latest on crime in Weston Creek

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The latest crime statistics for Weston Creek show that in the past two years that there has been a marked rise in assaults (both physical and sexual) but no homicide deaths.  And while property and car thefts and burglaries are also on the rise there has been a reduction in robberies.  While there was increasing crime rate trend, when viewed against the wider Canberra community, Weston Creek only accounts for 4.5% of the overall crime reported in Canberra which is a pleasing result.

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Jan 242016

Defence Housing Australia’s new estate Featherston Ridge at Weston. Photo: Jamila Toderas

The Weston Creek Community Council is disappointed by the approval of a 21-dwelling medium density development planned for Featherston Ridge in Weston.

The $7.7 million Bellette Street project is proposed for a block within the Defence Housing Australia estate sold to private developers in mid-2015.

Public submissions on the plans took issue with the 7.6 metre building height and the loss of privacy with unit balconies overlooking homes on the opposite side of Heyson Street.

The council has questioned the ACT Planning and Land Authority about the decision.

Council chairman Tom Anderson said it was the first time the council had sought a clarification of the terms of any development approval. Continue reading »

Jan 182016

ActewAGL Distribution is proposing to the ACT Government that changes be made to the regulations that govern the required distance that vegetation must be kept from electricity infrastructure in the ACT.

Vegetation clearances are an important part of ActewAGL Distribution’s Bushfire Management Strategy that helps to ensure the safety of our community during bushfire season.

ActewAGL are proposing to change the minimum distances that vegetation is required to be kept from power poles and wires. The proposed new distances relate to rural and bushfire abatement zones within the ACT including power lines within some Canberra Nature Parks.  There are also changes proposed to vegetation clearance requirements around power poles within the suburbs and backyards of Canberra.   Continue reading »