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Red Hill Red Gums listed for protection


The ACT Government has placed five Blakely’s Red Gums on the ACT Provisional Tree Register on 8 July 2019. The trees which are located on Hughes S57 and Deakin S66 and S78, very close to the formal Red Hill Nature Reserve boundary form an important part of the critically endangered Yellow Box Red Gum Grassy Woodland ecosystem. The provisional listing will be made permanent within a year, subject to consideration of any public submissions which are received before then.

The notification to residents dated 12 July 2019, of this provisional listing provides details for finding more information.

The Notice of inclusion in the Provisional Tree Register, dated 8 July 2019 can be found here.


Deakin S66 Development Application refused

A development application was submitted to the ACT Dept of Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development on 16 April 2018, seeking to increase a storage facility from 500m2 to 20,500m2. This application was refused on 17 April 2019 on a number of grounds, including that an Environmental Impact Statement is required. More…

Further information is included in this letter dated 15 June 2019 from Planning and Land Management Minister Mick Gentleman to Minister Chris Steel including that the applicant had been given until 30 June 2019 to lodge a ‘reconsideration’ of the decision.

Riot ACT report of 24 April 2019

Asbestos contamination on Red Hill

Part of the old tip site, located at the north end of Red Hill Reserve close to the Kent St/Carruthers Street, Hughes intersection is contaminated with asbestos and has been fenced off with a temporary metal fencing for some years. Recently the ACT Government decided that this contaminated land will be remediated and replanted to mitigate any residual hazards from the asbestos.

In response to a 15 February 2019 request from the Red Hill Regenerators for more detail concerning the remediation proposal, the following information has been provided: (more…)

Significant trees adjacent to Red Hill nominated for protection

A member of the Hughes community has written to City Services minister, Chris Steel MLA seeking protection for 18 red gum trees located on Sections 57, 66 and 78. In his response dated 14 February 2019, Mr Steel stated: (more…)

FGC development EIS must wait for the Red Hill Integrated Plan

On 15 October 2018, MBark submitted an application to the Commonwealth Dept of Environment & Energy for an Environmental Impact Statement (2018/8277) to be prepared regarding the proposed residential development on part of the Federal Golf Club. This application was confirmed by the DoE&E on 17 December 2018.

On 9 January 2019, in an email to the Director General, Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate, the co-convenor of the Garran and Hughes Residents’ Action Group (GHRAG) requested that the EIS not proceed pending completion of the Red Hill Integrated Plan (more…)

On 1 February 2019, in a reply to the GHRAG, the DG,EPSDD confirmed that the proposed EIS would not proceed pending completion of the Red Hill Integrated Plan (more…)

Deakin S66: Developer response to community comments

Purdon Planning P/L has provided the following reports in response to community comments regarding the proposed development of S66 Deakin, adjacent to the Deakin Telephone Exchange building, Kent Street.

18 September 2018: Purdon Planning Pty Ltd on behalf of Hindmarsh constructions submitted a Development Application (DA) for Section 66 in Deakin for a proposed storage facility. This memo is in response to the submissions received on the DA with ecological concerns. More…

29 November 2018: SMEC was commissioned by Hindmarsh Pty Ltd (Hindmarsh) to conduct a traffic study for the proposed development of a self-storage facility on Blocks 7&8, Section 66 Deakin. A Transport Assessment Report was previously produced by Opus detailing the impact of a residential development on the site. The analysis in this report is based on the same observed AM and PM peak hour traffic volumes at intersections along Kent Street as used by Opus. Blocks 7&8 Section 66 Deakin are currently undeveloped land behind the existing defence installation occupying block 6. This study includes traffic generation based on trip generation rates taken from the Institution of Transportation Engineers (ITE), traffic distribution based on existing traffic on Kent Street and intersection analysis using SIDRA Intersection. Report, Appendix A: Input volumes, Appendix B: Movement summaries.

Deakin S66 proposed development: update

I have discussed the progress with the Leasing Section who informed me that, as part of the assessment, the leasing section have been liaising with the Environmental Division to understand the environmental values of the site. Subsequently, further information has been requested from the applicant under s141 of the Planning and Development Act 2007. The further information requested included supporting documentation relating to the suitability of the gross floor area (GFA) proposed on the site, including indicative plans, and also information addressing a number of matters raised by Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) relating to the traffic impact study.

The application is currently waiting for the submission of the further information before the assessment can progress any further.


Dominic Riches | Development Assessment Officer
Phone 02 6205 1834 | Fax 02 6207 1856
Planning Delivery Division | Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate | ACT Government

Dame Pattie Menzies House, 16 Challis Street, Dickson | GPO Box 1908 Canberra ACT 2601 | www.planning.act.gov.au

Engagement with the Development Application (DA) process

The Red Hill Regenerators provided on 23 July 2018, a submission to the Legislative Assembly Inquiry into Engagement with Development Application Processes in the ACT.  The six page submission is highly critical of the current approach, and made six recommendations. The submission is published here…  and here…      (more…)

Section 66, Deakin and the fight to preserve Canberra as the Bush Capital

Republished from Riot ACT 8 July 2018

I enjoy my Sunday mornings with a cup of tea, the weekend paper, and the chirping of a jackhammer down the road as much as the next man. Indeed, I can’t help but admire the determination with which the ACT Government is literally laying down the trackwork to make sure that its growing population doesn’t outstrip its infrastructural expansion. (more…)

Deakin S66 development proposal: FoI documents released

Following a request from the Red Hill Regenerators under the Freedom of Information Act 1989, for all relevant documents concerning the proposal by developer Hindmarsh to develop parts of Section 66 Deakin, the following 83 pdf documents were received on 19 June 2018.

  1. FoI decision letter
  2. FoI schedule of documents
  3. FoI documents part 1 (11Mb)
  4. FoI documents part 2 (10Mb)