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Development blowback: Petition bolsters push for Red Hill Master Plan

From Riot Act 1 December 2017

Pressure is mounting on the ACT’s planning authority to devise a Master Plan for the Red Hill as opposition grows to two major development proposals on its south-western side. (more…)

Deakin S66 proposed residential development location

The exact location of the proposed multi storey residential development on Kent Street at section 66 was revealed to the public recently. A copy of that location plan is shown here.

 

Community Groups Red Hill petition tabled in the ACT Assembly

The ACT Greens have today (30 november 2017) tabled two petitions totalling some 3,112 signatures opposing inappropriate development in areas adjacent to the Red Hill Nature Reserve—the largest petition of this term of the Assembly. More…

The Minister for Planning, Mick Gentleman delivered a response on 2 February 2018 to the Assembly regarding this petition. More…

Red Hill community groups request a meeting with ACT Planning Minister

On 30 November 2017, a letter was sent to Planning Minister Gentleman and copied to all MLAs seeking a meeting to discuss a way forward for the development of an integrated plan for the Red Hill open space area. The letter stated:

“Given the level of public concern about proposed developments on Red Hill and the fact that the preparation of an integrated plan for the area involves a new process I urge you to consult with relevant interests about the manner in which the ACT Government intends to implement the Legislative Assembly motion.  I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you and/or your officials to discuss the matter.  I am sure representatives of the other organisations that prepared the Community Panel Report would equally welcome the opportunity to be involved in such discussions.”

Read the letter here…

Meanwhile, WIN news interviewed concerned residents on 30 November 2017. More…

Greens MLA supports Red Hill community over ad hoc developments

Greens MLA Carline LeCouteur reported on 23 November 2017 her support for the community over ad hoc residential developments located close to the Red Hill Nature Reserve. She stated:

Standing with the community in Red Hill

I was pleased to work across party lines to stop the Government from rezoning two sites next to the Red Hill Nature Reserve – the Federal Golf Course and a Telstra Exchange on Kent Street Deakin – until an integrated plan is developed in consultation with the community.  I strengthened Nicole Lawder’s motion, so that ACTPLA will now have to consider the joint impacts of the developments on traffic flow and residents’ amenity before approving any rezoning for either site.

I have been working with local community groups on the Federal Golf Course development proposal for many months, and have long-standing concerns about this issue as a former Garran resident of 17 years. The call for an integrated plan for developments in Red Hill originally came from the community, and I did my very best to represent your voices and the need to protect our environment in the Assembly.

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.

 

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…)

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.

Request by MLA to refer proposed Red Hill developments to Planning Committee

Nicole Lawder MLA today gave notice (Private Member’s Business, Notice No 1 (Ms Lawder) on 23 October 2017 to the ACT Legislative Assembly that the ACT Government should refer overall planning of the Red Hill Open Space area and environs to the Planning and Urban Renewal Committee, and to report back by June 2018. More…

The Notice amendment was moved by Caroline Le Couteur MLA on 24 October 2017. More…

The Assembly Minutes of Proceedings of 25 October 2017 can be found here.