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Fetherston Gardens: Watering System Upgrade Stage 2 Construction

The ACT Government has contracted Pyramid Corporation to carry out the second stage of the Fetherston Gardens watering system upgrade which will see an automated watering control system installed throughout the gardens.

 This will mean construction works will be occurring in the gardens from the end of March until approximately the end of May, 2014. The gardens will not be completely closed to the public, but sections where work is taking place will be designated as construction sites and temporarily closed off.

 Fetherston Gardens Friends will continue their regular working bees at the gardens during this period and volunteers are encouraged to attend on the second Wednesday and/or last Sunday of every month, as usual. Working bees start at 10am.

Living on the Edge - Help Shape Bushfire Management in the ACT

The ACT Emergency Services Agency (ACT ESA) asks the community to work with them on the review of the Strategic Bushfire Management Plan Version Two (SBMP v2). The SBMP is a government plan that clearly outlines how bushfire risk will be managed across the Territory.  A community consultation period will occur over March and April 2014. You can read more about this here.
 
Two Consultations will be held in the Weston Creek area and nearby.   Tuesday 1 April at the ACT Rural Fire Service, Rivers Volunteer Shed, 903 Cotter Road, WESTON CREEK at 6.30 pm for about 2 hours, and Thursday 10 April at the Burns Club, Kambah again at 6.30 pm for about 2 hours.  If you wish to attend you can Register by phone 62074541, E-mail SBMPhaveyoursay@act.gov.au or via www.esa.act.gov.au

Dixon Drive re-opening delayed (27 March 2014 update)

The ACT Govt Ecomomic Development Directorate has advised that " ... the discovery of previously unrecorded infrastructure at the intersection of Unwin Place and Streeton Drive will cause a delay of up to eight weeks in the re-opening of Dixon Drive.

"Despite soil testing and liaising closely with ACTEW Water prior to the commencement of construction, there was no evidence of the cement casing that is covering a large, high pressure water main, which will necessitate changes to the engineering of the new road.

"It is believed that the encasing of the main may have been undertaken in early 1920’s, however there are no known records available.

"The existing traffic arrangements will remain in place with traffic continuing to detour via Mulley Street until the work is completed, ensuring the safety of motorists, cyclists and construction workers.

Proposed Additional Parking at Cooleman Court

Roads ACT made a presentation to the Public meeting of the Weston Creek Community Council on 26 March outlining the proposal for an additional 80 parking spaces adjacent to Cooleman Court.  54 are proposed in Dillon Close and 26 in Liardet Street where the parallel parking will be made into 90 degree parking.  This proposal will go to Government as part of this years budget process.
 
Council welcomes the additional parking places proposal - it is an issue that Council first raised with Government in 2009 and would hope that this is fully funded in this year's budget deliberations.  Your Chair has had some informal discussions with the Minister for Territories and Municipal Services in indicating Council's wishes for the 80 places to be funded and provided to ease the parking burden around Cooleman Court with the influx of people into the suburbs of Wright and Coombs.

Cotter Road Stage 2 Duplication - Yarralumla Creek to the Tuggeranong Parkway.

At the Public meeting held on 26 March, Roads ACT outlined the proposal to upgrade the Cotter Road from Yarralumla Creek to the Tuggeranong Parkway.  This proposal is going to Government for funding  for the 2015/16 Financial Year. It is a 1.7km duplication which will involve a second bridge over Yarralumla Creek.  More information can be seen from the attached slide
 
Council is very supportive of the finalisation of the duplication of the Cotter Road given the expected growth in traffic on the Cotter Road from the increasing population in Wright, Coombs, North Weston and the Defence Housing development in Weston over the next couple of years.  This should complete the major roadworks in the Weston Creek District following the opening up of the Molonglo District.
 

Information Session re Proposed Rezoning Changes Block 21 Section 45 Holder

The Economic Development Directorate is proposing to rezone Block 21 Section 45 from its current land use of Urban Open Space to Community Facility.  This is the land that were the playing fields for the old Holder High School.  More details on this can be found on the attached including a plan of the land in question.
 
The Directorate is holding two drop-in sessions at the Grant Cameron Community Centre next Wednesday 2 April at 11am to 1 pm and 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm.   Comments and feedback are welcome on this proposal and close on 16 April 2014.

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WCCC is not a local government body. For government matters contact CanberraConnect.

The WCCC holds open public meetings on last Wednesday of the month - see Meetings for a timetable.

The meetings are held at The Weston Club, Liardet Street, Weston at 7.30pm (map). We regularly have invited speakers, politicians and other representatives, with other organisations (eg ACT Policing) also regularly attending.

There are no membership fees for the WCCC and any resident of Weston Creek is able to contact the WCCC to seek assistance or advice. All members of the committee are volunteers and no one receives payment for any activities. The Council also receives financial support from the ACT Government.

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