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Poor parking and disconnection are 'major concerns' for Belconnen residents: survey

Poor parking options and disconnection within the Belconnen Town Centre are highlighted as major concerns in a Belconnen Community Council report.

The report, released on Monday, analyses the findings of a survey of more than 200 respondents completed earlier this year.

It is also a precursor to an ACT government update to the Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan slated for 2015.

Council deputy chairwoman Tara Cheyne said the report focused on several themes, including the town centre’s accessibility and connectivity, Westfield Belconnen, Lake Ginninderra and Emu Bank, and residential development.

‘‘Unsurprisingly, there is a strong community desire for all aspects of parking throughout the town centre – including convenience, availability and cost – to be improved,’’ Ms Cheyne said.

"The community also wants to see more, and better-connected, street level amenity.’’


Despite a number of high-rise development proposals attracting the ire of some sections of the community, survey results revealed no clear majority in favour of restricting building heights.

Ms Cheyne said the issue was much more complex than determining an arbitrary height limit. Meanwhile, many areas that were identified for improvement in the 2001 master plan – such as the need to better utilise Lake

Ginninderra – remained key issues.

‘‘The update to the master plan in 2015 must address these concerns,’’ Ms Cheyne said.

A presentation on the survey results will be held at the council’s public forum on Tuesday, August 19, from 7.30pm at the Community Room, Belconnen Library.