HCA Newsletter – March 2022

2 MARCH 2022

A quick reminder about…

Clean Up Australia Sunday 6 March The Hackett Community Association is running its annual shops between 10am and 1pm. You will need to register on the day and if possible bring your own gloves. Bags will be provided. Volunteers usually give an hour of their time which is greatly appreciated.

Meet the HCA Sunday 6 March

When you register for Clean Up Australia, take the opportunity to meet the HCA Committee and find out what we have done in Hackett in recent years. We would also like to hear what you would like done to improve our great suburb. If you know people who are not members please encourage them to come along and join – its free. New members will go into the hat to win a special prize. If you are unable to attend we will have another HCA table on Sunday 27 March 10am-1.00pm – Neighbour Day across Australia.

Adopt-A-Park Community Grants Program – Hackett Shops Garden Project

As well as the above tables, Lucy Hopkins and Maree Wright, coordinators of a project to improve the gardens, will also be present. Come and find out what is been proposed to make further improvements to the gardens at the shops.

Our next meeting

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 8 March, 7.30-8.30pm via Zoom. If you would like to participate, email info@hackett.asn.au and we can provide Zoom details.

Committee
Hackett Community Association
2 March 2022

 

18 MARCH 2022
Clean Up Australia

Another very successful clean up in Hackett on Sunday 6 March. We had 23 people sign on and collect around 15 bags of rubbish across the suburb – less than last year which is good. It was also good to have ACT Federal MPs, Alicia Payne and Andrew Leigh, and ACT House of Assembly members Rebecca Vassarotti and Elizabeth Lee attend. Thank you again to Terry de Luca, the site supervisor, who has coordinated this event in Hackett for almost 20 years.

Hackett shops gardens project update

Along with the CUA and HCA presence at the shops, it was great to have Maree Wright and Lucy Hopkins showing draft plans for improving the gardens at the shops. More information about this Adopt a Park project is forthcoming.

Neighbour Day Sunday 27 March

The HCA, along with Hackett Neighbourhood Watch, will be present at the Hackett shops from 10am-1.00pm. Take this opportunity to meet the HCA Committee and find out what we have done in Hackett in recent years. We would also like to hear what you would like done to improve our great suburb. If you know people who are not members, please encourage them to come along and join – its free. New members will go into the hat to win a prize.

Welcome leaflet for new residents

The HCA has produced a leaflet aimed at new Hackett residents. We provide it to real estate agents selling or renting houses or units – a great way to show potential buyers details such as community organisations, schools, churches, shops and other matters. There are limited copies at the shops, but they may have run out – if you would like a copy (or know new residents) send an email with address details to info@hackett.asn.au. We can put one in the letterbox.

Tryon Street Playground shade sail torn down

Earlier this year, two shade sails were installed over the Tryon Street playground. But on 9 March a large branch from the adjacent eucalypt fell during the strong winds and damaged one of the sails, which has been removed but hopefully will be replaced soon.

2021 ACT Landcare – local winners

On 10 March 2022, the 2021 ACT Landcare Awards were announced. It was great to see two north Canberra groups receive awards:

  • ACM Landcare Community Group Award – Friends of Mount Majura. They have done outstanding work removing weeds and replacing with native plants on Mt Majura over many years.
  • Woolworths Junior Landcare Team Award – North Ainslie Primary School and P&C. They have transformed their oval into a very interesting play space.
Launch of the ACT Environmental Grants Program

On Monday 28 February, the Minister for the Environment, Rebecca Vassarotti, visited the Bragg St park to see the swales that were built last year. The Bragg Street Park Volunteers received a Nature in the City grant in 2020-21 to build seven swales. These swales help harvest the water and direct it into the ground instead of rushing across the surface and causing erosion and minor flooding. It was the perfect location for the Minister to announce the 2022-2023 ACT Environmental Grants Program.

Nature Play Grants Program (NPGP)

Applications for this program opened on the 18 March. It provides “financial assistance to eligible organisations for outcome-based projects, programs and initiatives to support participation in active

Tree planting in Hackett
You may have noticed many new trees recently planted along some of our streets including Mackenzie, Grayson, Rivett and Maitland Streets. They are Callistemon “Kings Park” and grow up to 5 metres high, with very bright red flowers.
Equipment for use by community groups

The HCA has the following items for its use and for lending to other Hackett community groups. If you would like to borrow any of these, please send an email to info@hackett.asn.au.

  • Gazebo 3mx3m
  • Two power leads each 20m long
  • Wheelable esky
  • Electric 8 litre urn
  • 70 metres of garden hoses
  • Collapsible table
  • A-frame poster board and a blackboard.
Meetings

We hold our meetings on the second Tuesday of the month, 7.30-8.30pm via Zoom. If you would like to participate, email info@hackett.asn.au and we can provide Zoom details. Meeting dates for the next three months are 12 April, 10 May and 14 June 2022.

Committee
Hackett Community Association
18 March 2022

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