As a follow up to the proposal to develop an Environmental Sporting Precinct at West Greenway, a planning group from the West Greenway Stakeholder Panel met to talk about running a number of events to explain the idea.  A decision was made to start to develop principles that would suit the new precinct and organise a list of all the various groups and organisations that currently use the various areas in West Greenway.  I already have a two page list of organisations who use only some of the facilities. We are hoping to have our first public meeting in August.

We were very sad to hear about the Baptist Church fire in Kambah. They were a great support to the community with their OP shop, free tea/coffee and free lunches on Thursdays. We are currently looking at ways we can help them.

A planning group of the Youth committee met on the 22 June Youth Committee – hear more details later

Hamish, Taryn and I met with Minister Gentleman, his advisor, and Gary Rake, the Deputy Director of Environment and Planning to talk over various issues. I spoke about how we could best engage with the government and they with us.  He said he saw council as a way to get information out to the community and receive community opinion.  He was impressed with us trying to involve young people in our consultation. We then spoke about the following: 

  • the Youth Engagement Committee and the idea of having an event next term to look at issues that young people are concerned about. He thought this was a good idea and said he would be happy to support such ideas.
  • West Greenway Environmental Sporting Precinct and mentioned the meeting we were having to decide where to from here. He said he was keen to hear what the people of Tuggeranong really wanted for the area and was looking forward to hearing outcomes
  • Anketell Street and Laneway project, re-routing the buses from Anketell Street, South Quay Urban Renewal development and the Dog Park on Mortimer Lewis. Hamish commented that we needed the laneway completed and a way to better connect the Hyperdome to the lake and South Quay.   The Minister liked this idea and implied there might be funds available to work with the community develop plans to achieve this. We could then ask for this to go into next years’ budget.
  • Taryn the spoke about the awards we wanted to organise and the big Event we wanted to organise next year if we get funding from the Events people

It was a bit of a surprise to hear that about the proposed changes to the area surrounding the Jindebah Café, where if it goes ahead is likely to lead to the Café having to close its doors, at least in this location – more about all these items later in the meeting.

The Council following the recommendation from one of our members at the last meeting, put in a submission re the preferred proposed route of the stage 2 Woden light rail. We commented that if it were to go ahead that is should stop at Woden and not the Hospital. This would better facilitate expansion to Tuggeranong (if it ever goes ahead).

Other meeting I have been involved with include:

  • Hearing about the need to us looking at Climate Adaptation programs not just emissions programs
  • Spoken at Lake Tuggeranong College about bus re-routing – they al all in favour but want to be consulted about signs and pedestrian crossings
  • ACTewAGL meeting – will hear from them in a little while
  • Combined Community Council meeting
  • Karen Jesson re helping facilitate the coming Youth event
  • Stormwater Education meeting with H2OK

The next meeting of the TCC will be held on the 1st August at the Tuggeranong Town Centre Club where we will hearing Minister Shane Rattenbury about his new portfolios.  We will also hear about the Blueprint for Zero Emissions strategy the ACT government is currently developing with community consultation.

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