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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)

S66 Deakin development: comments requested by 25 May 2018

Members of the community are invited to comment on the recent proposal by developer Hindmarsh, to build 20,000sqm of self storage sheds on part of S66 Deakin, adjacent to the Red Hill Nature Reserve (reported in the Canberra Times on 1 May 2018).  The Red Hill Regenerators have provided comments on the ecological assessment report which was prepared by the developer, and has emailed our response on 24 May 2018 to this development here…
Comments close on 25 May 2018


Red Hill Integrated Plan: First meeting with community groups

The Deputy Director-General, Land Strategy & Environment has invited community groups to attend the first meeting concerning the development of an Integrated Plan for Red Hill Nature Reserve and Surrounds, on Monday 7 May 2018. The agenda for this meeting can be seen here. Reports from this and future meetings will be posted here.

S66 Deakin new proposal designed to avoid the Integrated Plan

Developer and leasee of S66 Deakin, Hindmarsh P/L, has requested approval for a lease variation to increase the maximum permitted GFA of buildings on Block 7 and 8 of S66 by a factor of 41, from 500sqm to 20,500sqm, for the purpose of constructing a multi-storey self-storage facility. The concept in the application shows three distinct storage structure options with associated hardstand, car parking, landscaping and self-storage units.

This proposal is an alternative to the earlier proposal to construct 500 apartments on S66.

The development application can be viewed here.  Comments are requested before 18 May 2018 (subsequently extended upon request to 25 May 2018). (more…)

Red Hill Integrated Plan update

From Ben Ponton, Director-General, EPSDD

As per the Assembly resolution, the directorate is in the process of analysing existing material and identifying what additional work needs to be done, to ensure that we can have an informed discussion.

Engagement with interested parties is a key part of developing an integrated plan and we will engage as soon as is practical once our initial analysis is complete.

I’d encourage you to remain in contact with the directorate’s Deputy Director-General Land Strategy and Environment, Dr Erin Brady, who is leading this work on behalf of the directorate.  Of course, we’ll be in contact as soon as we’re ready.____________________________

Ben Ponton | Director-General

Phone +61 2 6207 8359
Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate | ACT Government

Level 3, 16 Challis Street, Dickson | GPO Box 158 Canberra ACT 2602 | www.environment.act.gov.au

S66 Deakin: complaints that spoil dumping will cause environmental damage

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…)

S44 Deakin proposed apartment development: Regenerators objects to consultation process

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.


S66 Deakin dumping of spoil

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…)

Respect and Responsibility! The Case for Campbell (or Deakin S66)

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’