Welcome to the GNCA

Welcome! The Griffith/Narrabundah Community Association is a not for profit, voluntary community based organisation operating in the Griffith Narrabundah area.   The objects and purposes of the Association are “to protect the amenity and interests of the Griffith and Narrabundah communities, particularly in relation to the preservation of community facilities and open space”.

To view our goals for 2018, click here.

LATEST NEWS

ONLINE MEMBERSHIP AND RENEWALS ARE NOW AVAILABLE!

As we are using low cost Event software, Ticketebo, please be aware that we were unable to modify some of the ‘Event’ style (rather than membership) wording.

Please click here to renew or become a new member.  Donations are also welcome.

WASTE-TO-ENERGY

Consultation on the ACT waste-to-energy policy policy has been extended til 14 December. If you wish to have your say on the policy there is a survey you can complete and the opportunity to register your interest in participating in a focus group on the development of the policy. Further information is available at https://www.yoursay.act.gov.au/waste-energy

REVIEW OF CEMETERIES AND CREMATORIA

A review of the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003 is underway to identify regulatory changes that will ensure management of cemeteries and crematoria in the ACT is contemporary, sustainable, flexible, and meets the needs of all Canberrans.  If you wish to have your say on the policy there is a survey you can complete and an Information paper available at https://www.yoursay.act.gov.au/cemeteries-and-crematoria-act

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 

The AGM was held on Wednesday 24 October 2018. Our guest speaker was Minister Shane Rattenbury MLA, who spoke on the proposed Integrity Commission for the ACT.  To view a copy of his powerpoint presentation, please click here.

TIME TO THINK ABOUT BUSHFIRES  Residents will be only too aware of the recent drought, which together with the forecast El Niño means we face a particularly high bush fire risk over the next few months. While our area is not as close to the bush as many parts of Canberra, a fire on Red Hill could push spot fires in our direction in a high wind. We suggest you take a look at the official advice – here’s a link to the Government web site. And a couple of tips from members with recent experience of bush fires down the coast:

– keep your gutters clear and flat roof areas clear of leaves
– do you have bushes or shrubs against the walls of your property? These could draw fire towards your property. It’s time to think about pruning them back or removing them if you don’t really want them there.
– Make sure your outside taps and hosepipes are in good working order.
– do you store firewood in your back yard? Firewood stacks burn well during bush fires and you might want to avoid ordering more wood until the end of the bush fire season.
– think now about your evacuation plan, including for your pets. And do you have your important documents and photos in a place where you can easily grab them if you need to evacuate? Do you have people with mobility problems who may need special help in an evacuation? Plan for it now!
– and don’t forget to make sure your property and contents are insured against fire – a third of properties burned in the recent fires down at the coast were not insured. Now’s the time to do this – insurance companies won’t cover you when fires are threatening. If you are not sure your insurance has been renewed, check now. And make sure your valuations are up to date!

As in all things, we should hope for the best, but plan for the worst!  http://esa.act.gov.au/bushfireready

SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER Please click here to access pdf.

BLAXLAND PARK VOLUNTEER GROUP – Working Bee on Sunday 19 August 2018. For further information please click here.

EASY STEPS GUIDE TO REPORTING ILLEGAL PARKING   Please click here to access the submission. 

GNCA SUBMISSION ON THE DRAFT EIS PRESENTED BY CAPITAL RECYCLING SOLUTIONS.  Please click here to access the submission. 

GNCA SUBMISSION ON THE ACT GOVERNMENT’S DRAFT PEAFOWL MANAGEMENT PLAN. Please click here to access the submission.

CALLS FOR ACT GOVERNMENT TO ALLOCATE MONEY TO ESTABLISHED SUBURB REPAIRS.  Please click here to access media release.

APRIL NEWSLETTER    Please click here to access pdf.

APPLICATION LODGED TO BUILD WASTE RECYCLING FACILITY IN IPSWICH STREET FYSHWICK      

The planning and land authority within the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD) received a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) relating to the above proposal.

The draft EIS is now available on the EPSDD website (http://www.planning.act.gov.au/topics/design-and-build/assessment_of_dev/environmental_assessment/environmental_impact_statements/current-eis-projects/materials-recovery-facility-fyshwick) and is open for public comment until 5 June 2018.

Any enquiries on the EIS process can be directed to the Impact Team on 62071923 or epdimpact@act.gov.au.

GNCA SUBMISSION RE MANUKA OVAL MEDIA CENTRE

Click here to view DA 201731693 MANUKA OVAL MEDIA CENTRE

GNCA FACEBOOK PAGE follow me on facebook
We have recently set up a community Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TheGNCA. The page will provide updates about the GNCA, as well as information about the local area and the issues that are affecting all of us.  Please share our page with everyone you know that lives in Griffith and Narrabundah.

GNCA SUBMISSION TO BUILDING BETTER SUBURBS PROGRAM

Click here to view the Building Better Suburbs submission to TCCS 15 Nov 2017

PRIORITIES FOR THE ACT GOVERNMENT’S 2018-2019 BUDGET

In September 2017, the ACT Government invited residents to share their views on priorities for the 2018-2019 Budget.  Rather than proposing new services in a Budget-constrained environment, the GNCA has proposed that existing rules and regulations should be enforced by providing adequate administrative resources.  Non-compliance creates uncertainty and degrades trust in government because of a perceived corruption of administrative processes.  Recognising that increased compliance would require additional resources, the GNCA has suggested a number of potential sources of revenue.

To view the GNCA’s submission, click here.

PROPOSED FYSHWICK WASTE INCINERATOR

Capital Recycling Solutions (CRS) is a joint venture between Benedict Industries Pty Ltd and Access Trading Company Pty Ltd (Access Recycling) in partnership with ActewAGL.

It proposes to establish a facility in Ipswich Street, Fyshwick to sort and incinerate waste from the ACT and NSW. The facility will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will be located less than one km from residences in Symonston and Narrabundah.

Documents that may be of interest are available at the following links:

FINAL Flyer Public Forum 23 August 2017

Information sheet CRS proposal 080817

www.blacktown.nsw.gov.au/News_and_Events/News/2017/March/Opinion_Against_Energy_from_Waste

www.canberratimes.com.au/cqstatic/gxfp8u/CapitalRecyclingSolutions.pdf

PLOT RATIO FACTSHEET

To view this useful document, click here.

GNCA’S SUBMISSIONS TO GOVERNMENT

To access our submission to the National Capital Authority’s on the King’s and Commonwealth Avenues draft Design Strategy, click here.

To access our submission to the ACT’s Select Committee on the establishment of an Independent Integrity Commission, click here.

16 LANDSBOROUGH STREET – THE SAGA CONTINUES  

The height of the garage wall must be reduced and the developer must submit a third Development application.

After representations by neighbours and the GNCA, the government recognised that several elements of the house being built did not comply with the approved plans. It instructed the developer to submit an amended Development Application to cover the non-compliant issues. This was submitted on 2 June 2017 and there were 39 submissions from concerned neighbours and the GNCA.

The two main issues were the bulk and scale of the alfresco and the height of the garage wall adjoining 18 Landsborough Street. Most of the other issues were minor, such as reconfiguring the entry door, extending the awning feature and replacing a window with timber cladding. As the Government’s delegate stated:

“The alfresco wall/columns on the north-western side of the dwelling have not been built according to the approved plans. This modification has not been included in the in the amended application. Thus, it is not part of the approval and a separate amended application will need to be lodged for approval.” And “The raised parapet garage i.e. increase in garage height will increase the bulk and scale of the development, and will have an unacceptable adverse overshadowing impact on the neighbouring block.”

As a result, the developer has reduced the height of the garage wall and we are not aware of him submitting a second amended Application. We believe he may be altering the alfresco to comply with the original application. We await the outcome of the government inspectors, after the required changes have been completed.

The GNCA still considers there were several non-compliant parameters in the original application, which should not have been approved.

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