September 2020 newsletter

HCA Newsletter September 2020

AGM change of date and arrangements

We previously advised that our Annual General Meeting would be on Tuesday 6 October 2020, and subject to Covid-19 restrictions, starting at 7.30pm in the meeting room, Maitland House.  This of course is during school holidays!  Many Hackett residents will probably be out of town, and given the recent announcement that ACT residents can fly to South Australia and to Queensland, without quarantining, perhaps many more will be away.

We will now hold the AGM after the holidays on Tuesday 13 October 2020, only via Zoom from 7.30-8.30pm. The meeting is open to all HCA members (if you receive this newsletter you are a member. If you know someone who would like to participate, but are not members, they need to register before 12 October – they can complete our membership form (its free) at

Upgrade of Hackett Shops

On 22 July, the ACT Government announced a range of measures to spruce up Canberra, including “refresh works” at the Hackett shops  – “The shops in North Lyneham and Hackett will receive minor refresh works such as small-scale pathway and kerb ramp improvements for accessibility and safety.”  The HCA is unsure what will be involved with this work, but there is a metal plate on the kerb ramp on the northside of IGA – perhaps this will be removed? We subsequently sent an email to Minister Chris Steel seeking further details, but had not received a response before they went into caretaker mode on 11 September – we hope to receive a reply after the ACT elections.

Floriade Reimagined in Hackett

We trust you are enjoying the colourful tulip bulbs that are now in full bloom in the gardens at the shops. Also check out the blooms at the front and back of Blue Gum Community School and at the Gilruth Park – well done to all the Hackett gardeners who planted them. We would like to thank the Floriade staff who provided these bulbs and plants to groups across Canberra.

Traffic issues  

As outlined in the June newsletter, residents raised concerns with us about cars speeding along Madigan and other streets.  The HCA sent an email to Minister Chris Steel, Minister for Roads and Active Travel, asking that he take appropriate actions to address these concerns. A copy of Minister Steel’s reply of 9 September 2020 can be viewed on our website at: We welcome your feedback on the reply.

Slower Streets

The HCA has applied to have Hackett included in this program. At the time of applying we were advised that the Government was waiting for more signs to be made, which were expected in September.

Equipment for use by community groups

The HCA has the following items for its use and for lending to other Hackett community groups:

  • 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

If your community group would like to borrow any of these, please send an email to

 HCA records in ACT Heritage Library

Thanks to the great work of our Secretary, Bruce Smith, the ACT Heritage Library now has copies of our minutes, papers, photos and other documents going back to when the Association was formed in 2002 and up to 2017. It is important that NGOs like ours ensure their records are provided to archive places like the Heritage library for future research purposes.

Hackett book

The HCA book “Hackett – 50 years plus: Story of a North Canberra suburb,” is still available. Pick up your copy from Hackett IGA for only $20 – ask at the checkout for a copy.

Chris Mobbs


Hackett Community Association

27 September 2020






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