GCC AGM 2023 and Public Meeting 8 November 2023

The 2023 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Gungahlin Community Council Inc., and November public meeting, will be held in the Eastlake Gungahlin Club, 51 Hinder Street, Gungahlin commencing at 6.30pm on Wednesday 8 November 2023. The AGM will be held first.

The AGM and meeting will be face-to-face. As usual the meeting will be live streamed on Facebook via the GCC Facebook page.

Persons wishing to attend the AGM are strongly encouraged to sign up as a GCC member (it’s FREE!) as only registered members can vote in the event of an election for an executive position.

Public Meeting


  • GCC Update, President, GCC
  • Gungahlin Infrastructure Update (road projects, playground upgrades, path and public space projects), TCCS
  • Suburban Land Agency Update, Andrew Griffiths, SLA

Annual General Meeting

All executive committee positions will be declared vacant and nominations are now open for the office-bearer positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Public Officer and up to five other Committee Members.

The GCC is a volunteer organisation that advocates for and on behalf of the district of Gungahlin as outlined in What We Do.

The GCC organises and hosts monthly public meetings. The GCC executive also meets once per month and much of the business of the executive is undertaken online through email, social media, our web site and other online tools. We engage with a wide range of ACT government agencies, MLA’s and Ministers, and members of the executive participate in a number of forums to better interact with the Gungahlin community. The GCC executive roles require a reasonable time commitment. The work of the GCC is captured in our newsletters and annual reports (eg. 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018).

If you know someone who may be interested in the work of the Gungahlin Community Council, please pass this information on to them.

You must be a registered GCC member to nominate for an executive committee position (signup as a member). A person is not eligible to nominate to be an Office-Bearer of the Council if the person is;

(a) an Executive Officer of a registered political party;
(b) a person employed by a registered political party;
(c) a registered candidate for a forthcoming election; or
(d) an elected member of the ACT Legislative Assembly or any Parliament or a person who has been pre-selected or has nominated for a forthcoming election to any of the aforementioned bodies; or
(e) an office bearer in a commercial or industrial lobby group registered with the Federal or ACT Government.

Nominations should be sent by emailing a completed NOMINATION FORM to the Secretary (secretary@gcc.asn.au) no later than Friday 3 November 2022. All nominations will be acknowledged by return email.

AGM Agenda

1. Opening and welcome
2. Apologies
3. Minutes of previous AGM held on 9 November 2022
4. Presentation of Annual Report for 2022-23
5. Presentation of Treasurer’s Report (Financial Reports & Reviewers Statement)

6. Appointment of Public Officer
7. Election of office bearers & general committee members for 2022-23
8. General Business

GCC Public Meeting 11 October 2023

The next public meeting of the Gungahlin Community Council (GCC) will be held on Wednesday 11 October 2023 starting at 6:30pm. We will be meeting in-person at the Eastlake Gungahlin Club.

As usual the meeting will be live streamed on Facebook via the GCC Facebook page.


  • GCC Update, GCC
  • Gungahlin Health Centre and Northside Hospital Update, Caitlin Bladin, Executive Branch Manager, Strategic Infrastructure Planning, ACT Health
  • New Gungahlin District Strategy and Territory Plan, Peter Elford, GCC

Notice of Car Park Closure on Monday 25 September 2023

The Suburban Land Agency will be undertaking works on Block 1, Section 228 Gungahlin, currently used as a car park and identified as Boon Lane car park on Google maps.
The carpark will be closed on Monday 25 September 2023 to allow access for the works which are essential to allow redevelopment of the car park in 2024.
The carpark is located between Ernest Cavanagh Street, Anthony Rolfe Avenue and Gozzard Street and is shown in red on the map below

Alternative parking options are available in the Gungahlin town centre. Information about the location of car parks is available on the Access Canberra website by searching ‘pay parking maps’ at www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au.

Please contact us by email on suburbanland@act.gov.au or by phone on 6205 0600 if you have any questions about the upcoming works. We would be happy to answer your queries.
Yours sincerely,
Ms Mayumi Piper
Senior Director, Community Development and Engagement 12 September 2023

GCC Public Meeting 13 September 2023

The next public meeting of the Gungahlin Community Council (GCC) will be held on Wednesday 13 September 2023 starting at 6:30pm. We will be meeting in-person at the Eastlake Gungahlin Club.

As usual the meeting will be live streamed on Facebook via the GCC Facebook page.


  • GCC Update September 2023, GCC
  • ACT Indicative Land Release Program, Andrew Griffith, Suburban Land Agency
  • Gungahlin Cinema Update, Michael Pettersson, Andrew Braddock, Leanne Castley, James Milligan, Yerrabi MLAs
  • Casey Block 9 Section 132 DA Reconsideration, Kip Tanner, PlanIt
    • “The strongest opposition to the proposal stemmed from the assertion that it was too tall for the location and represented over development of the site. In response, two storeys have been removed from the middle layers of the building. This retains the ground floor commercial uses and the two storey roof top terraces, but removes two floors of apartments. The number of dwellings proposed is reduced by 49, from 219 to 170. Changes to the basement are not proposed, resulting in a generous supply of parking for the remaining units. Other minor changes have also been made to address […] comments [from ACT government directorates].”

GCC and Pedal Power Feedback on Gungahlin Town Centre Active Travel infrastructure Feasibility Study

GCC and Pedal Power Feedback on Gungahlin Town Centre Active Travel infrastructure Feasibility Study

The ACT Government conducted a Feasibility Study for Active Travel infrastructure within the Gungahlin Town Centre in 2022. The final report has recently been released and identifies 12 individual community route links to improve active travel in the Gungahlin Town Centre. As detailed here – Active travel in the Gungahlin Town Centre – funding has been included in the 2023-24 budget to progress high priority segments through to detailed design.

The GCC partnered with Canberra cycling advocacy group Pedal Power to participate in the feasibility study, and provided the following joint feedback on a draft of the report. We would welcome any comments on the feasibility study or the comments below – email us at info@gcc.asn.au. Note that references below are to section numbers in the final report.


Pedal Power ACT (PP) and the Gungahlin Community Council (GCC) have expressed concerns about the amenity of the active travel infrastructure of the Gungahlin Town Centre (GTC) on behalf of Gungahlin residents for many years, and consequently welcome the investment that has been made in this study.
PP and GCC welcome the holistic, ‘all of GTC’ approach and a focus on active travel connections both from areas surrounding GTC, and within GTC.

High Level Comments

  • The new proposed community route network proposed by the feasibility study looks very promising and when implemented will be a vast improvement on the existing arrangements. Specific changes of note are the moving of the main route away from Flemington Road and the use of the verge along the reserve to the south of the town centre
  • The feasibility study has not sufficiently addressed the significant challenges associated with access into the centre of the Town Centre and the public transports interchange at Gungahlin Place. This would seem to be a significant failing/deficiency.
  • The feasibility identifies several valid and significant “overarching issues” that PP and GCC agree should be actioned ‘prior to implementation of the recommended improvements’ (noting that they are likely beyond the scope of the study and possibly even the TCCS Directorate). These include the four points made in the Executive Summary:
    • Bus movements in Gungahlin Place represent the highest hazard to active travellers in this important area [ see also 11.3.1 ]
    • There are legacy issues that present hazards to active travellers from infrastructure inconsistent with planning and design standards [ see also section 11.3.2 ]
    • A broader study is needed that considers the speed environment on major collectors adjacent to the Town Centre such as Anthony Rolfe Avenue and The Valley Avenue to reflect their purpose and proximity to the Town Centre 
    • A mechanism is needed to protect the amenity of the verges and planned green corridors in the Town Centre area from degradation from proposed future development such as that to the east of the Town Centre [see also 11.4.1]

    And the two additional points raised in the Conclusion:

    • Blackspot funding [see also 11.4.2]
    • Connections to future facilities and developments [see also 11.4.3]


  • The activities of multiple directorates needs to be greatly improvement and coorinated to ensure better outcomes in specific locations/precincts
  • Active Travel ACT needs to be consulted about temporary seating on verges and on Development Applications as both can have significant effects on the active travel experience
  • Prioritise work on links that are less constrained by issues identified above
  • We would like to see something more specific regarding the needs of residents living within the town centre, including in existing high rise towers in the nortwest precinct
  • In denser-usage areas (in and around bus/light rail interchange), the separation between travel modes (particularly e-cycling and personal mobility devices need to be very explicit, i.e. dedicated lanes, barriers, fences, planting. Challenging, but maybe that challenge needs to be addressed, or at least considered.
  • We would like to see some serious effort applied to explore some radical ideas, eg:
    • Remove parking on one side of the Hibberson Street shared space to create a cycleway
    • Constructing a large European-style parking station for bikes, scooters etc in Gungahlin place or in one of the underground carparks close by (could even include end-of-trip facilities like showers and toilettes
    • Moving the bus interchange
  • Businesses and shopping centre operators within the town centre (including those at Yerrabi and along Link 08), need to be included in the discussions
  • Some use-case analysis needs to be undertaken on movements of people to better understand what experiences need to be accommodated.
  • There needs to be a specific focus on improving the “destination”  experience, eg.
    • possible EU-style large secure bike/PMD facility
    • better distribution of secure facilities
    • better access to and use of underground car parks (existing bike parking under shopping centres are very difficult to access

Detailed Comments

  • Section 2 – Background Information Review
    • [GCC] The outcome of the Town Centre Planning Refresh was Territory Variation 364.  GCC is strongly of the view that this variation does not address the recommedations of the Refresh; rather it has diluted several aspects of the Gungahlin Town Centre Precinct Code (e.g. removing the road and active travel hierarchy). GCC remains of the view that the Gungahlin Town Centre Precinct Code does not address the issues identified in sections 11.3.2 and 11.4.1 and the Executive Summary.
  • Section 3 – Existing Infrastructure Snapshot
    • An excellent and detailed summary that captures a very large number of issues with the existing active travel infrastructure.
  • Section 4 – Constraints, Risks, Opportunities
    • Although somewhat overwhelming in that there seem to be many more constraints and risks than opportunities, we have no specific comment on the details.
  • Section 5 – Active Travel Network Design Review
    • We strongly support the proposed community route network.
  • Section 6 – Proposed Upgrades
    • The links are logical and well argued implementations of the proposed community route network.
    • We note that most of the links proposed are subject to, part of, or adjacent to, sites that are yet to be developed and, in several cases, for which the use is yet to be determined – further engagement with numerous agencies is required:
      • Link 01 – Current Development (The Establishment), upgrade Gundarroo Drive (TC). Has any thought been given to building a pedestrian and cycling overpass over Gundaroo Drive?
      • Link 02, 08 – Affected by the Yerrabi Pond redevelopment/refurbishment (TCCS/Friends of Yerrabi)
      • Link 03 – Sale/development of adjacent blocks (SLA/TC/EPSDD)
      • Link 04 – Sale/development of Block 1 Section 228 (currently an at-grade car park) and the sales/development of East Gungahlin (SLA/EPSDD)
      • Link 05 – Current development of Burgmann School car park
      • Link 06, 08 – Bus Interchange rework (TC)
      • Link 07 – Sale/development of adjacent blocks (SLA/TC/EPSDD)
      • Link 12 – Future Linear Park and East Gungahlin (SLA/EPSDD)

      GCC and PP suggest that these may significantly affect the priority of the link projects, as will the consultations associated with these developments, most notably the SLA-led Gungahlin Town Centre East Place-Making.

    • It is important that planning controls are strengthened and enforced to deliver the proposed active network in the presence of these developments based on the issues identified in the feasibility study.
  • Section 7 – Safety in Design
    • No comment.
  • Section 8 – Budget Estimates
    • Clearly, a significant amount of (essentially remedial) funding is needed to deliver a functional active travel network.
    • It seems likely that the cost of implementing the proposed links can be substantially reduced through strengthened and enforced planning controls applied to the developments noted above.
  • Section 9 – Prioritisation of Capital Works
    • The analysis is perhaps too simplistic, and needs to factor in issues identified in the study and those noted above re future development.
    • Comments below mostly focused on packages marked HIGH.
    • Link 01 – See notes above – may be more realistic to have multiple packages; considered important but not urgent.
    • Link 02 – High (recreational) value for community – need to engage TCCS/Friends of Yerrabi.
    • Link 03 – important but not urgent – most of its value will only be realised when link 06 is done.
    • Link 04 – packages 1-3 possibly need to be HIGH; perhaps include a temporary path for Hinder-Hamer part of package 4.
    • Link 06 – this link ‘unlocks’ the value of many of the other links because it’s the ‘destination’; needs to be VERY HIGH priority to action (may be hard to deliver).
    • Link 08 – High (recreational) value for community – need to engage TCCS/Friends of Yerrabi
  • Section 11 – Conclusions and Recommendations
    • Some of the important conclusions need to be emphasised in the Executive Summary.

GCC Submission ACT Budget 2023-24

GCC Submission ACT Budget 2023-24

PDF Version submitted to the ACT Budget 2023-23 consultation.

The Gungahlin Community Council (GCC) continues to advocate for the completion of the Gungahlin district with all the transport, commercial (office), community, entertainment, education, health, sporting and recreation infrastructure and services residents expect in a Canberra district.

Delivering against these expectations addresses all the ACT Wellbeing indicators.

Gungahlin Police Station and Policing

Gungahlin is Canberra’s second largest district and poses many challenges to ACT Policing.  Because of the many cultural, religious, demographic, and ethnic factors that are impacting the community and how it interacts, in addition to their normal law and order duties, police are required to act as ad-hoc counsellors, mental health responders, youth workers, and first aiders.

There are insufficient police resources in Gungahlin and the existing Gungahlin police station is completely inadequate. A recent ACT Assembly petition[1] calling for an increase in police resources and urgent investment in a new Gungahlin Police Station attracted 660 signatures. The GCC has campaigned for nearly a decade on the inadequacy of policing resourcing and facilities and STRONGLY recommends that the ACT government address these policing concerns in the 2023-34 budget.

Community and Recreational Facilities

The 2022 Community and Recreational Facilities Assessment – Gungahlin District[2] identified 28 categories of community and recreation facilities with only 12 (43%) categorised as meeting current and likely future demand (out to 2045). This is consistent with the GCC’s 2019 community survey and feedback from community stakeholder groups.  It is an issue that is further exacerbated by the lack of suitably zoned land in Gungahlin.

The GCC therefore strongly supports the Assessment’s recommendation that “Further investigations and planning will be required to confirm the need and feasibility of any future facilities in the Gungahlin district”.

The GCC:

  • STRONGLY urges the ACT government to fund the commencement of construction work on the Gungahlin community centre,
  • Calls for the ACT government to progress their other Gungahlin commitments[3] including a local walk-in health centre in North Gungahlin and the construction of a build-to rent affordable rental co-located with Common Ground Gungahlin
  • Asks that the ACT government fund additional planning work regarding community and recreational facilities including a bottom-up analysis of needs, an identification of priorities and allocation of space (land) to validate and expand upon the Assessment, and including detailed planning for a large-scale cultural meeting/event facility.

Employment in Gungahlin 

Further action needs to be taken by the ACT government to facilitate the development of employment and community services in the Gungahlin Town Centre. Gungahlin is home to over 20% of Canberra residents yet supports just 6% of employment. This disparity impacts many of the ACT Wellbeing indicators. The GCC again asks the ACT government to renew efforts to work with the Commonwealth government:

  1. to establish (or relocate) Commonwealth agencies, offices or facilities into the Gungahlin Town Centre or Gungahlin region, and/or
  2. establish a flexible workplace hub in Gungahlin, as articulated in the “Gungahlin Town Centre – A Prospectus for APS Investment”[4]

The ongoing East Gungahlin place-making engagement needs to be followed by detailed planning and investment to deliver much-needed entertainment and diversified retail services.

Road and Public Infrastructure in the Gungahlin Region

The GCC continues to receive strong feedback regarding congestion on Gungahlin’s arterial road network, traffic flow and parking issues within the Town Centre, and the inadequacy of the public transport services and ongoing concerns with the bus interchange. We appreciate the ongoing work on intersection feasibility studies and the mesoscopic traffic analysis, but these need to be completed and remedial work commenced to avoid further lag between issues arising and infrastructure being constructed.

The GCC asks that planning work be commenced to duplicate:

  • All of Horse Park Drive
  • Gungahlin Drive North of Gundaroo Drive
  • Gundaroo Drive North of Mirrabei Drive
  • Clarrie Hermes Drive
  • Mirrabei Drive

The Barton Highway-Gundaroo Drive intersection has the highest accident rate in the ACT, and will need to support increasing volumes of traffic with the duplication of the Barton Highway towards Yass, and the eventual development of the CSIRO site. The GCC asks that planning work be funded to replace the existing roundabout at this location with an overpass, and the duplication and further improvement of the Barton Highway.

The GCC asks the ACT government to work towards improving linkages between town centres and other employment centres, to address ongoing concerns expressed by TCCS on the operation of the bus interchange, and to publish and action the Gungahlin Town Centre Active Travel Feasibility study to better serve Gungahlin.

Coordination of Government Agencies

The recent experience of Community Councils, including Gungahlin, is a lack of coordination of government services and agencies in implementing investments. The ACT government agencies are sensibly whole-of-Canberra. However, the construction and development of assets are local. The governance structure has a gap in the lack of local (spatial) coordination. The GCC requests that the government experiment with local governance or oversight for a specific district. The selection of a paid governing board to oversee the project is by candidates nominating themselves, and the choice of members is by sortition. The governing board would have a secretariat from the government to coordinate information to and from government agencies.


Governments deciding what and how to invest requires accurate, up to date, accessible, local, relevant information. The Government’s Wellbeing measures are an example. What is lacking is how to use the measures to assist the development of District Strategies, particularly in new build areas such as Gungahlin.

The GCC recommends that Wellbeing data be collected and reported at District level.

[1] https://epetitions.parliament.act.gov.au/details/e-pet-006-23

[2] https://yoursayconversations.act.gov.au/gungahlin-community-facilities/gungahlin-community-facilities-report-released

[3] https://www.cmtedd.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/1654077/Parliamentary-Agreement-for-the-10th-Legislative-Assembly.pdf

[4] https://gcc.asn.au/gcc/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Gungahlin-Town-Centre-A-Prospectus-for-APS-Investment.pdf

8 Demountable Classrooms for Gungahlin College

8 Demountable Classrooms for Gungahlin College

The GCC has been advised by the ACT Education Directorate that eight (8) demountable classrooms will be installed at Gungahlin College in August 2023. The Directorate writes:

The Education Directorate is continuing to closely monitor enrolments at Gungahlin College and taking steps to ensure we have adequate space for learning across the school.

In addition to a range of improvements put in place over the past few months, plus planned improvements to the playing fields, Gungahlin College will soon be receiving additional science and mathematics learning spaces as well as eight additional transportable classrooms.

Delivering eight additional classrooms

Planning is underway to install four relocatable learning units (RLUs) this term, providing eight additional teaching and learning spaces for the school. Enrolments are projected to grow moderately in 2024 and 2025. If these enrolment projections are realised, students will be able to be accommodated within the increased capacity of the school.

The RLUs will be installed in the area currently occupied by the College tennis courts.

While this does cause some inconvenience for community, we are pleased to note the ACT Government is delivering a new 10-courts tennis facility in Amaroo to open in 2024, in partnership with Tennis Australia and Tennis ACT.

When the RLUs are removed, the tennis courts will be reinstated for community use.

Work to deliver and install the additional classrooms at Gungahlin College is expected to commence during August.

If you have any questions regarding this work, please contact the ACT Education Directorate on ACT.Education@act.gov.au

GCC Public Meeting 9 August 2023

The next public meeting of the Gungahlin Community Council (GCC) will be held on Wednesday 9 August 2023 starting at 6:30pm. We will be meeting in-person at the Eastlake Gungahlin Club.

As usual the meeting will be live streamed on Facebook via the GCC Facebook page.


  • GCC Update, GCC
  • Gungahlin Community Centre Update, Rod Baxter, EPSDD
  • ICON Water Major Wastewater Treatment Projects, Patty Chier (Senior Planning and Design Engineer) and Ellen Green (External Relations Advisor), ICON Water
  • Block 6, Section 2 – Pre-DA Consultancy
    Gungahlin Mixed Use Development
  • LevelUp Opening, Phil Knapstadt, Vinta Group, Marketplace Gungahlin