Chronicle – September 2010

Planning issues are still very much to the fore in Canberra and Weston Creek with plans for 24 units on the BP Waramanga site and 9 units on 2 blocks in Kalgoorlie Circuit in Fisher. There continues to be much press and letters to the Editor on this broad issue. I would urge all residents of Weston Creek to continue to monitor the Weston Creek Community Council’s website at www.wccc.com.au to ensure that something that you don’t want gets approved close to where you live.

Our next Public Meeting on Wednesday 29 September at 7.30 pm at the Weston Club will feature staff from the Land Development Agency to provide an in-depth presentation on the proposed layout and landscape intentions for Molonglo and the Cotter Road.

On the good news front, last week I met with the Director, Roads ACT and I was advised that the proposed Unwin Place/Streeton Drive intersection will now be controlled by traffic lights. This is a welcome outcome and Council believes a much safer option and Roads ACT need to be congratulated for this decision.

Other matters discussed included the ongoing issue of parking at and around Cooleman Court since the move to virtually blanket the area with a two hour parking limit. Consultations are to continue to see if this can be improved. I was also advised that a feasibility study will be conducted into the upgrading of the Cotter Road to two lanes from the Tuggeranong Parkway to Adelaide Avenue.

Weston Creek is the focus of a pilot survey called “Quality of Life for the Over 50’s” to determine as we age what would encourage people to stay in their own home. This is being conducted by Communities at Work on behalf of the ACT Government. With over 8,000 people over 50 in Weston Creek now – a third of our population, it is vital that we are all make a comment in this survey. As well, the Chief Minister wants to know how we would want Canberra to look in 2030 in the “Time to Talk” – Canberra 2030. Again, please have your say in what you would like to see.

It remains a disappointment to me that Council still has no Chair. A sad indictment on a population of 22000 people.

Finally, I continue to encourage people to use Council’s website to keep up to date with what is happening within our Community. This is being continually updated for your information.

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