Red Hill work activity Wednesday 17 July 2024 from 9am

This Wednesday we plan to continue our work just outside the Reserve boundary to remove weeds which if left, will eventually spread onto the reserve. The smallish triangular area of good quality bushland is located between Gowrie Drive, Stonehaven Crescent and the cut-off drain. We cleared weeds from this area a few years ago, many of which have now grown back.

More information: info@redhillregenerators.org.au

Location: Park and assemble at the (very) rough informal parking area on Gowrie Dr just above the bridge over the cut-off drain. Task and safety briefings will be held at 9am sharp. Work usually wraps up at about 12.30pm. (more…)

Red Hill work activity Sunday 7 July 2024 from 9am

This Sunday we plan to work just outside the Reserve boundary to remove weeds which if left, will eventually spread onto the reserve. The smallish triangular area of good quality bushland is located between Gowrie Drive, Stonehaven Crescent and the cut-off drain. We cleared weeds from this area a few years ago, many of which have now grown back.

More information: info@redhillregenerators.org.au

Location: Park and assemble at the (very) rough informal parking area on Gowrie Dr just above the bridge over the cut-off drain. Task and safety briefings will be held at 9am sharp. Work usually wraps up at about 12.30pm. (more…)

Federal Golf Club development: environmental aspects summary

Consideration of the proposal to develop an over 55s retirement village on the Federal Golf Course commenced in 2016.  Since that time, the proposal has changed greatly and been subject to exhaustive study and analysis by a very wide range of experts and has involved relevant Commonwealth and ACT Government environment and planning processes.  This consideration commenced with an ACT Government Community Panel process which then morphed into a much larger process of developing and adopting a Red Hill Integrated Plan.  Following this process the proposal was subject to environmental consideration by both the Commonwealth and ACT Governments.  The outcome of these considerations then led into ACT Government processes which resulted in variations being made to the Territory Plan.  The proposal is now subject to the ACT Government Development Application process.  All these steps have involved detailed consideration of the potential environmental impacts of the proposal on the important biodiversity found on the golf course and in the surrounding areas.   There has been a detailed focus on potential impacts on vegetation and importantly, threatened species and communities including the grassy woodland, the Gang-gang Cockatoo, and the Superb Parrot.  An important aspect of these processes has been close consultation with both the Federal Golf Club and the proponent Mbark to discuss and provide views on the mitigation of potential impacts to protect the biodiversity of the area.  I along with other Regenerators who have been involved in these exchanges with the FGC and Mbark have found them to be more than willing to take on board our suggestions and they have devoted a great deal of time, effort, and resources to avoid, mitigate and reduce potential environmental impacts of the proposed development.

I will now highlight some key aspects of the investigations and considerations that have been undertaken to date, with a particular focus on environmental matters.

  1. In 2022 a referral was made under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to determine if the proposal required Commonwealth assessment and approval.  The referral focussed on detailing and classifying native vegetation in the area, strategies to be employed to avoid impacts on high- value ecological areas, including grassy woodland, and habitat of importance to the superb parrot, the golden sun moth, and the Gang-gang cockatoo.  A great deal of detailed survey work was involved in the preparation of the referral, including detailed vegetation mapping, the location of hollow-bearing trees (HBTs) and surveys of the incidence of Superb Parrots and Gang-gang Cockatoos in the area.  The Commonwealth determined that the proposed development is not likely to have a significant impact on any matters of National Environmental Significance which includes those threatened species and ecological communities which I have mentioned.  
  1. In 2022 an Environmental Significance Opinion (ESO) was sought from the ACT Government.  A great level of ecological information was provided in the application which further investigated the potential impacts of the proposal on environmental matters covered by the ACT legislation. Importantly, this application provided more detail on avoidance of impacts, mitigation and environmental management commitments, the proposed inclusion of 10.4ha of the FGC lease area (containing grassy woodland) into the Red Hill Nature Reserve , hollow protection and relocation, and funding for research and monitoring activities, amongst others. The ACT Government assessment concluded that the proposed development is not likely to have a significant adverse environmental impact.
  1. The Development Applications recently submitted to ACTPLA include a detailed Environmental Report by Umwelt (2023).  The report deals with obligations in the ESO and outlines additional research completed, commitments made and reductions in potential environmental impacts resulting from further detailed design work. These include:
  • A reduction of about 10% in the total native vegetation likely to be impacted.
  • The survey of trees located over 600 HBTs on the golf course, with 120 HBTs identified in proximity to the development areas.  The number of HBTs to be impacted has been reduced from 20 to 17.  No Gang-gang nesting trees will be directly impacted.   This outcome was achieved through detailed design that prioritised mature and HBts in and around the development site. To achieve this reduction will result in a significantly more expensive build due to the use of retaining walls, earthworks to retain natural surface levels around key trees, specialised construction methods and inefficient siting of buildings.  Mbark consider that this financial cost is very worthwhile to achieve improved environmental outcomes.
  • 26 HBTs were subject to detailed inspection including the 17 HBTs proposed to be removed.  Stacey Taylor and Laura Rayner were involved in climbing these trees in order to measure their hollows to assess their potential for Gang-gang nesting. This enabled Mbark to design around trees of higher likely value to this species. Of the HBTs proposed to be removed, there are 3 hollows that meet all four hollow attributes with another 5 having nesting potential.  So, no more than 8 potential nesting trees will be removed from more than 600 HBTs on the golf course.  All the impacted hollows will be relocated on-site where salvageable.
  • Stringent works restriction periods have been proposed around the Gang-gang breeding season, both initially and on an ongoing basis.
  1. An Arborists Reports (2023) detail the impact each DA will have on specific trees. Over 2,500 trees were catalogued and assessed on site, with every single tree’s data shown in the annexed table to the arborists report.  A total of 358 trees are proposed to be removes, with 109 of these being of a regulated size.  The key point is that most of the trees to be removed are planted exotics and non-local eucalypts.  A detailed landscape plan has been prepared.  This plan involves the planting of locally endemic species, with a focus on re-establishing a more complex understorey and shrubby mid-layer.  This will enhance the existing high-quality arboreal habitat and canopy and provide more opportunities for smaller birds, reptiles, and mammals.

June 2024

Red Hill work activity Wednesday 19 June 2024, 9am- 12.30pm

Hello It’s EOFY time, when we are asked to provide our 2023/24 volunteer hours to ParkCare to enable them to prepare their Annual Report. Could any individual volunteers please send any hours that they have not yet provided, up to and including 19 June 2024, for inclusion in our statistics. All returns to be emailed to jhag58@gmail.com On Wednesday 19 June, we plan to complete the work that we started at the last couple of activities, to remove a number of mature woody weeds which are located in the tree line just below Davidsons Trig. It is part of the hill which we visit infrequently due to its relative inaccessibility.

More information: info@redhillregenerators.org.au

Location: Park and assemble at the Mugga Way car park. Task and safety briefings will be held at 9am sharp. Work usually wraps up at about 12.30pm. (more…)

Regenerators awarded $27,700

Under the 2024/25 ACT Government Environmental Grants Program, The Regenerators have been awarded $27,700 to continue the eradication of blackberry infestation in Red Hill Nature Reserve. Eradication work started in early 2024, when major infestations were mapped followed by $11,000 being spent on spraying blackberry in the southern end of the reserve. The new funding will ensure that all blackberry plants across the Reserve can be sprayed, and that any regrowth of previously sprayed plants can also be undertaken.

Red Hill work activity Sunday 2 June 2024 from 9am

We plan to continue the work we started at the last activity to remove a number of mature woody weeds which are located in the tree line just below Davidsons Trig. It is part of the hill which we visit infrequently due to its relative inaccessibility.

More information: info@redhillregenerators.org.au

Location: Park and assemble at the Mugga Way car park. Task and safety briefings will be held at 9am sharp. Work usually wraps up at about 12.30pm. (more…)

Kangaroo management 2024 on Red Hill

Red Hill Nature Reserve will be formally closed under the Nature Conservation Act 2014 to enable kangaroo culling to take place, from Sunday June 9 to Tuesday July 23 2024, from 6pm to 6am between Sunday and Thursday each week, and will remain open over the weekends from Friday morning to Sunday evening. The closures will have no impact on Regenerators work activities during this period. More…  and More…

Red Hill activity Wednesday 15 May 2024, from 9am

The last activity was cancelled due to rain, so for this activity we plan return to remove a number of mature woody weeds which are located in the tree line just below Davidsons Trig. It is part of the hill which we visit infrequently due to its relative inaccessibility.

More information: info@redhillregenerators.org.au

Location: Park and assemble at the Mugga Way car park. Task and safety briefings will be held at 9am sharp. Work usually wraps up at about 12.30pm. (more…)

Red Hill work activity on Sunday 5 May 2024 from 9am – Cancelled

For this activity we plan to remove a number of mature woody weeds and nettle trees which are located in the tree line just below Davidsons Trig. It is part of the hill which we visit infrequently due to its relative inaccessibility.

More information: info@redhillregenerators.org.au

Location: Park and assemble at the Mugga Way car park. Task and safety briefings will be held at 9am sharp. Work usually wraps up at about 12.30pm. (more…)

Red Hill work activity Wednesday 17 April 2024 from 9am

As the cooler weather approaches, the growth of plants such as Briar rose and blackberry slows down, which inhibits take-up of herbicide. Similarly, exotic deciduous woody weeds take up of herbicide stops after leaf fall. So for the next few working activities we will focus on cut/dab of these weeds. We plan to return to this part of the hill to continue the weeding from our previous visit.

More information: info@redhillregenerators.org.au

Location: Park and assemble at the top of Brereton Street, Garran. Task and safety briefings will be held at 9am sharp. Work usually wraps up at about 12.30pm. (more…)

Welcome to ACT Red Hill Regenerators

You are welcome to join our monthly activities. We carry out bush regeneration work within the Red Hill Nature Reserve on the 1st Sunday of each month, from 9am to 12:30, except for January. By joining the Group, you will automatically be advised of any Group activities and their locations. You will also be supporting the preservation and conservation of a vital ecosystem and recreational resource