North Canberra Community Council: Unintended outcomes a Black spot

North Canberra Community Council members and north Canberra residents are invited to the council's May meeting.

The meeting will be held at 7.30 pm on Wednesday July 17 in the Downer Community Centre, Frencham Place.

New members are welcome.

There is no joining fee.

The Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate made a presentation to our June meeting on the Demonstration Housing Project.

Stellulata then explained their proposal to build co-housing, for several households, on a residential block in Ainslie.

We considered some unintended consequences of Variation 91 to the National Capital Plan, including that higher buildings on the corner of Wakefield, Macarthur and Northbourne avenues, will make it harder to see Black Mountain.

We established a working to pursue this issue.

We also set up a working group to draft a new constitution, that would constitute us as a peak body to represent the inner north's residents' associations.

We agreed that Section 72 (the area east of the Dickson swimming pool) should continue to provide community, cultural and recreation facilities for the growing population of the inner north.

The July meeting will consider drafting a submission to the review of the Territory Plan which, as Chief ACT Planner Ben Ponton says, "has become complex and multi-layered-it's more than 2700 pages long!"

We will also consider the recently-launched City Precinct Renewal Program, which will form an additional layer over the existing precincts of Canberra Central, City, Northbourne Avenue, Acton, Braddon, Turner, O'Connor, Inner North, Ainslie, O'Connor, Lyneham and Dickson.

We will receive updates from north Canberra residents' associations.

  • More information about the North Canberra Community Council is available on our website: northcanberra.org.au

Leon Arundell is the chair of North Canberra Community Council Inc.

Sunset over Black Mountain in June. The natural feature would be obscured by higher buildings on the corner of Wakefield, Macarthur and Northbourne avenues, says the chair of North Canberra Community Council. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Sunset over Black Mountain in June. The natural feature would be obscured by higher buildings on the corner of Wakefield, Macarthur and Northbourne avenues, says the chair of North Canberra Community Council. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen