Owing to the extremely hot and mostly dry weather this summer, the Red Hill Regenerators are planning to water the recent plantings on Red Hill.
On 6 January 2018, the President, Red Hill Regenerators wrote to the Commonwealth Office of Compliance, Dept of Environment and Energy, and the Compliance Officer ACT Government, about possible environmental damage resulting from ad hoc spoil dumping on S66 Deakin. He wrote:
Complaint re dumping of spoil on Critically Endangered Yellow Box – Red Gum Woodland at Lots 7 and 8 Section 66 Deakin, ACT.
The Red Hill Regenerators are a community group that has been caring for Red Hill for more than 25 years. In terms of remnant size (400ha), plant diversity (250+ plant species), number of rare and threatened species (30+) and connectivity, Red Hill supports one of the most significant Yellow Box – Red Gum woodland patches remaining anywhere. (more…)
The Red Hill Regenerators were informed on 31 January 2018, by Mr Ben Ponton, Director General, Environment, Planning & Sustainable Development Directorate, that, further to the ACT Legislative Assembly resolution on 25 October 2017, that an integrated plan be prepared for the Red Hill surrounds, a draft document is expected to be ready for public consultation by the second half of 2018.
Mr Ponton noted that the ACTLA resolution superseded the work undertaken by the Federal Golf Club Community Panel.
The Red Hill Regenerators wrote on 24 January 2018 to the Minister for Planning and Land Management, Environment and Heritage, Mick Gentleman, MLA, to express concern that processes associated with the proposed development of S66 Deakin may be proceeding in a way that risks decisions being made with incomplete or incorrect information.
The letter was accompanied by a critique of the Ecological report prepared for the developer, to illustrate the above concerns.
A copy of this correspondence was also forwarded to Mr Ben Ponton, Director General, EPSD.
- Letter dated 24 January 2018 to Minister Gentleman
- Attachment to letter – critique of Ecological Report
- Attachment to letter – Area to be included in the strategic review of open space adjacent to the Red Hill Nature Reserve
- Details of s66, Deakin proposed development, including consultant reports referred to in correspondence with the Minister
The Red Hill Regenerators invite you to our first working bee of 2018, which will be held on Sunday 4 February 2018 starting at 8am
Welcome back to Red Hill 2018! The weeds have not stopped growing while we enjoyed Christmas, and there is a fine collection awaiting our attention – verbascum, nettle trees, pyracanthas, briar rose, blackberries, cotoneasta, saffron thistles, St John’s Wort. And that’s just for starters!
We plan to meet at the Mugga Way car park at 8am (yes, that’s really 8am) to beat the heat. We will work up the slope from the cutoff drain to the summit and between the two tracks which lead NW and SW from the carpark.
From The Conversation, 9 January 2018
Gardening is a great way to relax, be one with nature and get your hands dirty. But lurking in that pleasant environment are some nasty bacteria and fungi, with the potential to cause you serious harm. So we need to be vigilant with gardening gloves and other protective wear. More…
On 5 January 2018 the President, Red Hill Regenerators asked Mr David Power Manager, Environmental Quality Construction, Environment and WorkPlace Protection, Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate (CMTEDD), the following: (more…)
From The Riot Act 3 January 2018. By Paul Costigan
‘Someone needs to ask the ACT Planning Minister why his planning directorate continues to encourage local residents to form residents’ associations to oppose inappropriate developments. It has happened all over Canberra and now it is happening in Campbell.
‘The formula is simple: The Planning Directorate (Authority?) allows an inappropriate DA to progress and then up pops a residents group wanting to maintain their suburb as a livable and sustainable urban environment….
‘What has been allowed to go out for consultations has so many faults that one can only surmise that the compliance regime now depends on the residents doing the work to identify the faults, to have it amended or totally disallowed’
In response to a letter dated 12 September 2017 from the Regenerators, which expressed a number of concerns regarding the S66 proposed multi storey apartment development, the Director General, Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate replied on 20 December 2017 to confirm that ‘no planning decisions will be made until the integrated plan has been prepared in accordance with the resolution [dated 25 October 2017] of the Legislative Assembly’.