Jul 252016

waiting-list-2When there is a new building proposed close to your home or in the near vicinity it can be difficult to know what can and cant be built. When a new building is proposed a Development Application  is usually lodged although certain developments are exempt from this requirement.

The rules applying to a Development Application are complex and can be difficult to access but the resulting building could affect your lifestyle so it may be important that you make a comment.

The aim these provisions is to provide a balance between ‘certainty’ and ‘flexibility’.

One of the important  provisions is the Plot Ratio which is used to control the scale of a development. It is calculated by dividing the area of the site by the gross floor area of the proposed building. This can be particularly important in a primarily residential area.

Click for an Overview of the ACT Planning system which may help you understand the process better.

Weston Creek Dog Park

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Jul 232016

dogPark1In the 2016 ACT Budget there was a small item   ‘a new Dog Park for Weston Creek’.

We are not sure when and we are not sure where this dog park may appear BUT we do know there are a lot of dog owners in the Weston Creek area.

We would love your ideas and suggestions about possible locations and design which we will pass on to the ACT Government.

Jul 222016




Wednesday 27 July: 11.45am – 1 45pm

In this election year, we are delighted to welcome the ACT Legislative Assembly’s three spokespersons for transport. Please join us for this lunchtime policy forum, involving addresses followed by questions and discussion

Guest speakers:

  • Meegan Fitzharris, Minister for Transport and Municipal Services
  • Shane Rattenbury, Minister for Road Safety
  • Alistair Coe, Deputy Opposition Leader, Shadow Minister for Transport
  • Moderator: Adam Shirley, 666 Drive Program, ABC

 Topics include: public transport for a growing Canberra and region; the ACT as a freight and passenger hub; priorities for major road and rail links to serve the ACT and region; and the ACT’s role in accelerating transport reform to benefit the region

 Venue: Pilgrim House, 69 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra City

Light lunch is available from 11.45am and the forum will commence at 12.30pm sharp

Attendance is free of charge. Non-members are welcome

REGISTER NOW:https://www.cilta.com.au/eventform-nsw-canberra-future-trans  or via email: [email protected]

Jun 302016

LBGG PosterLake Burley Griffin Guardians is hosting a public meeting at Hughes Community Centre, Hughes Shops Wednesday 27 July 6 – 7.30 pm.

The appropriation of Lake Burley Griffin’s public parks for commercial and residential development raises serious questions about government planning, community consultation and the  protection of our Lake and its parklands. The purpose of the meeting is to expose concerns and issues to public scrutiny.

The meeting will have short presentations by experts and Government representatives followed by a session for questions, statements and motions for the ACT and Federal Governments. If you care about our lakeside parks and their future please come along and show your support. Continue reading »

Jun 292016

weston line jun 16The Weston Creek Community Council is pleased that the Government has announced key improvements to bus services in Weston Creek as part of its 2016-17 Budget. While a lot of the details are yet to be fleshed out, here’s what the Government has said so far:

  • Transport Minister Meegan Fitzharris said there would also be $3.5 million for the expansion of services in Weston Creek and Molonglo. “For Weston Creek residents there’ll now be a direct route from Weston Creek / Cooleman Court right through to the city,” the Minister said. “This new line will be called the Weston Line and it will enable residents of Weston Creek to travel directly to the city every 30 minutes from 7:00am to 7:00pm.”
  • Extra bus stops will also be opened in Wright while Coombs will receive some new stops, including one at the Charles Weston School. Route 83 and Xpresso 783 services will be extended to Coombs.
  • It is anticipated the bus services will begin operating in the “next couple of months”.

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