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Red Hill Butterfly walk, Sunday November 12 2017

It was a slow start to the morning’s butterfly walk on Red Hill, led by butterfly expert Dr Suzi Bond, but the sun came out and we soon started to accumulate species. It’s been a pretty quiet season so far, so we did well to get the species we did!

  • Dainty Swallowtail
  • Cabbage White
  • Australian Painted Lady
  • Yellow Admiral
  • Common Brown – this species was the highlight of the morning for me – wonderful to see the freshly eclosed male pump his wings up, and nice to get our first record in the ACT this season of a female Common Brown.
  • Amethyst Hairstreak – larvae only
  • Two-spotted Line-blue
  • Common Grass-blue

A couple of days later Rob Parnell took this great photo of a Meadow Argus, to add to our list of sightings

Red Hill Working bee Wednesday 15 November 2017

The Red Hill Regenerators invite you to our next working bee which will be held on Wednesday 15 November 2017 at 9am

For this mid month working bee we plan to continue our woody weed removal along the Federal Golf Course access road, working towards where the November 5 working bee finished.

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Red Hill Butterfly Walk Sunday 12 November 2017

The very popular butterfly walk is being conducted again this year on Red Hill. We are fortunate to have butterfly expert Suzi Bond to lead this walk. Suzi is the coauthor, with Steve Holliday and John Stein,  of the popular  ‘Field Guide to the Butterflies of the Australian Capital Territory’. I am sure that she will have a few copies available to purchase on the day. Everyone is welcome to attend.

When: Sunday 12 November 2017, 10am to midday
Where: Meet at the Red Hill summit restaurant car park
Bring: Water, sunscreen, hat, sturdy clothes and binoculars and/or camera
The event will be cancelled if it is raining.
More information contact info@redillregenerators.org.au

Red Hill walk demonstrates Deakin S66 development issues

Over 40 members of the community and Greens MLA Ms Le Couteur, were taken on a conducted walk by environmentalist Dr Michael Mulvaney, to demonstrate the environmental values of woodland along the edge of the Red Hill Reserve, which is under threat from residential development on Kent Street (S66) Deakin.  Walkers heard about the high value woodland, rare and endangered species which could be impacted, in addition to the potential hazards to future residents posed by a historic toxic waste tip site located adjacent to the boundary of the proposed development.

Representations have been made to the ACT Legislative Assembly by community groups and a petition is being circulated urging the ACT Government to plan the open space around Red Hill strategically so that ad hoc developer driven developments are properly considered.

 

Red Hill working bee Sunday 5 November 2017

The Red Hill Regenerators invite you to our next working bee which will be held on Sunday 5 November 2017 at 9am

This month we plan to move to the west side of the Reserve and work on the woody weeds which are appearing along the Federal Golf Course access road.

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Concerns about Red Hill housing proposal near contaminated old tip at Section 66

From Canberra Times 30 October 2017

A group of Red Hill residents are concerned a proposal for a major residential development in the area may be too close to an old contaminated dump site for housing.

Developer Hindmarsh is proposing to redevelop land bordering the Red Hill Nature Reserve on Kent Street, with at least 200 new units.

The site, Section 66, is also home to a Telstra facility and former Defence block, and it borders the old tip, a disposal site for asbestos and, residents believe, chemicals from the mint. (more…)

Assembly debates Red Hill development processes

From Canberra Times 26 October 2017

The territory government has lost a vote over calls for an overarching “environmental plan” for the Red Hill nature reserve and surrounds, after an at times fiery debate on development in the area on Wednesday.

The debate in the Legislative Assembly centred on what Opposition planning spokeswoman Nicole Lawder dubbed a “sham consultation” on the Federal Golf Club’s plan to build a 125 units and redevelop the club. (more…)

Red Hill Woodland Walk: Saturday 4 November 2017 from 2pm

Members of the Red Hill Regenerators and the Canberra community are invited to join environmentalist and Red Hill expert Dr Michael Mulvaney, to learn about the ecology and wildlife of Australia’s critically endangered Red Gum/Yellow Box grassy woodland, of which Red Hill is an prime example.

The 1 km walk will start from the top of the walkway between 57 and 59 Glasgow Street Hughes, and follow a well marked trail to end at the site of the proposed housing development on Kent Street, near the Deakin telephone exchange.
More information is provided in the attached flier.

Concerned community groups petition the ACT Assembly

A number of community groups in Deakin, Hughes and Garran have expressed concern that the ACT Government may proceed with piecemeal development on green spaces adjacent to the Red Hill Nature Reserve. A petition will be presented to the Assembly on 22 November 2017. The petition can be downloaded here.

Concerned members of the community are invited to circulate this petition and return it to the address shown, before the closing date.

How Red Hill got its Colour

The Chronicle 24 October 2017

Brett McNamara, ACT Parks & Conservation Service has written about the history of the historic callistemon plantings on Red Hill. Read the article here.