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GCC 2014 AGM Minutes
Gungahlin Public Library 7.30pm, 10 September 2014
AGM September 2014
Apologies: Stuart Todd
Peter Elford moved that the minutes of previous meeting accepted. Seconded: James Milligan. Passed unanimously.
This report covers my third term as President of the Gungahlin Community Council. The contributions of the committee have enabled us to continue the impressive record of achievement for a local community council and to demonstrate strong commitment to local issues.
GCC maintained a high profile through its use of traditional and social media in pursuing and communicating issues. We used our contacts, networks and the media to very good advantage!
Setting the scene –Gungahlin’s development melange
Gungahlin scored 5 new projects in the last act budget with the only major items being the signalisation of the William Slim Drive/Barton Highway roundabout and construction of an access road into the new suburb of Throsby.
We missed out on the duplication of Gundaroo Drive and relief of parking problems at Yerrabi – both in our top 5 list. 7 more projects were classified as work in progress and one, the completion of Horse Park Drive, was achieved in mid-July. Another GCC priority issue – intersections in the eastern end of the town centre – is under consideration. However the ‘waiting game’ continues in the town centre, in particular along Hibberson Street.
Gungahlin Town Centre is evolving – moving inexorably away from the concept of a quiet urban village - but it is not yet at the stage of a dynamic commercial environment.
GCC progressed its objective to upgrade communications with community residents through greater use of the various forms of media available. We sought to make the community more aware of plans and developments in the area and of issues that the Council intended to pursue.
GCC continued to update its list of issues and provided these to stakeholders as well as publishing them on the GCC website and in most editions of Gunsmoke.
Our Gunsmoke newsletter was improved to provide more reader-friendly material. The invaluable support and advice provided by James Milligan of JM Publishing enabled steady improvements to the quality and content of the publication so that readability and appeal were enhanced. In the past year we produced 6 editions (July
September, November, February April and June) to the set schedule, with all editions being available for the public meetings in the month of release.
Relationships were enhanced with My Gungahlin to develop opportunities for better promotion of events and issues throughout the Gungahlin community.
We participated in a number of NBN events and featured in media interviews on a wide range of topics. Comments were frequently featured in newspaper, radio and television media. GCC sought to ensure that the provision of the long awaited NBN services continued throughout all of Gungahlin with an aim of our district achieving the highest take-up rate around the country.
GCC maintained its contact with a wide variety of groups, including the Planning and Development Forum, to convey its views on matters affecting the Gungahlin community. We established strong links with Community @ Work to support their profile after merging with the GRCS and retained involvement in seeking continuation of the Gungahlin Community Forum.
As President I maintained contact with a number of ACT Government Directorates at senior level to discuss issues of concern and to ascertain information about developments. I participated in Bush on the Boundary meetings to keep abreast of conservation issues (and learn form a broad range of conservation interests) and attended forums on Light Rail, Water Quality, Air traffic Noise, Climate Change, City to the Lake planning, City Centre planning and Aged Cities planning.
GCC continued its efforts to encourage community participation in Community Council activities; Read More..