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Celebrating Belconnen’s short history and bright future

By Ben Faulks

Belconnen town centre turned 50 last year, prompting celebration from  community and inspiring those who were here at the beginning to reminisce. A half century ago the town was little more than dust and dirt as remembered by long-time resident Margaret Janssens in an interview with ABC News.

"There were no street lights, there was no telephone for five months, and the bush flies were pests," she said.

Families are buying or renting in Belconnen increasingly often.

Belconnen's come so far

Aussies are taking note, and families are buying or renting in Belconnen increasingly often, contributing to the area's sense of community and exciting growth prospects.

Despite Belconnen's humble beginnings, we've come a long way, boasting a thriving town centre, strong real estate market and a close-knit community – minus the bush flies.

At the end of last year the ACT government also acknowledged Belconnen's bright future and awarded the town a $20,000 grant to help our community celebrate the town's birthday with an exciting public festival. ACT's Minister for Small Business and the Arts Chris Bourke praised the grant.

"It is funding that will allow an increased celebration of all the things that make Belconnen such a wonderful place to live," he stated.

Future developments and events in the area

After a period of celebrations and small victories for our town last year, Belconnen is still on the up. The drafting of a master plan for developments in central Belconnen promises considerable improvements to its liveability and infrastructure, and may contribute to increasing property values in the area.

Additionally, a massive housing development has been planned for West Belconnen, which will surely increase the region's population and vibrancy, promising an influx of new residents.

Developments in central Belconnen promise considerable improvements to its liveability and infrastructure.

While these are certainly exciting prospects, upcoming major events in the area may be even more so.

The pick of these include the Canberra Writers Festival, a showcase of local and international writers that takes place late August in venues throughout the city, such as the National Museum of Australia.

Later in the year the Floriade NightFest will bring Commonwealth Park to life with intricate lighting designs, bustling markets, unique artistic performances and an array of carnival rides.

With all of the exciting event activity and large-scale developments taking place in the area, now may just be the perfect time to invest in real estate in Belconnen – before everyone catches on and the prices skyrocket!

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