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Book launch: “Ties to Red Hill” 4pm Tuesday 4 December 2018

You are cordially invited to the launch of the second book of poetry by Paul Williamson, titled ‘Ties to Red Hill’, at 4pm on Tuesday 4 December 2018 at the Red Hill Summit cafe (see  invitation).

 
Copies of this book can be purchased and will be signed by the author at the launch, or orders should be sent to mulvaney@netspeed.com.au and include your name, postal address, phone number and email address.
 
A few remaining copies of Paul’s first book ‘Moments from Red Hill’ will also be available for purchase. 

Red Hill work activity on Wednesday 14 November 2018

The Red Hill Regenerators invite you to our next activity of 2018, which will be held on Wednesday 14 November 2018 starting at 9am

Unfortunately (or fortunately) our October mid month activity was cancelled due to rain. So this activity on 14 November will return to complete the rained out one.

For this next activity we will move down to the southern end of the Hill where verbascum have been spotted together with significant numbers of briar rose.

The details:

Time: Wednesday 14 November 2018 Work: 0900 to 1230, with byo morning tea at 1100. 

More information: info@redhillregenerators.org.auPrior registration is not required.

Location: Meet at the reserve gate close to the Tamar Street junction with Hindmarsh Drive

Activities:  cut and dab briar rose and woody weeds, spray and chip verbascum and thistle, map rabbit warrens and coconut ant nests.

 Conditions:  Flat to steeply sloping. Mostly open grassland with some woodland. Some rocky areas towards the ridge.

You bring: Water, hat, long sleeved shirt, long pants, eye protection, sunscreen cream, solid shoes, byo morning tea.

We bring: We will provide tools, dabbers, gloves and instructions

Note: It is important that you attend the safety briefing and instructions at 9.00am.  Children under 15 years must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian. Individuals who are under 18 years must have parental or guardian consent. Those wishing to use the manual spray equipment are strongly urged to obtain free training from Parks & Conservation in the use of chemicals.

Cancellation: The activity will be cancelled by email (if possible) if enough rain/wind is forecast to make planned work potentially hazardous, or high temperatures are forecast.

Other 2018 activities scheduled for your diary are:

  • Sunday 2 December 2017 time to be announced. AGM

Federal Golf Club proposed development: Referral under EPBC Act

On 15 October 2018, the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy sought public comments regarding the submission by MBark FGC Retirement P/L, required pursuant to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (ref EPBC Number 2018/8277), regarding the proposed development of housing on the Federal Golf Club (MBARK FGC RETIREMENT PTY LTD/Residential Development/Block 1 Section 56, Red Hill; Block 2, Section 56 & Block 1, Section 55, Red Hill/Australian Capital Territory/Federal Golf Club Retirement Village Project, ACT).

The following documents refer to the above application:

  1. The referral application
  2. Social Cultural and Economic Impact Assessment
  3. Ecological Assessment Report
  4. Impact Footprint
  5. Alternative Works Footprint

In response to the above request, Dr Michael Mulvaney, Red Hill Regeneration Group submitted a response on 29 October 2018. The response can be found here…

Red Hill Regenerators Activity Sunday 4 November 2018

The Red Hill Regenerators invite you to our next activity of 2018, which will be held on Sunday 4 November 2018 starting at 9am

For this activity, we are putting away the loppers, saws and dabbers and instead we will accompany Dr Michael Mulvaney for a nature stroll on Red Hill, where Michael will talk about and answer your questions on everything Red Hill – flora, fauna, insects, butterflies, history, geology, threats and more!

The details:

Time: Sunday 4 November 2018 from 0900. The length of the walk and talk will only be limited by your interest, although it should finish by about 11am, when we will find a shady spot for morning tea. 

More information: info@redhillregenerators.org.auPrior registration is not required.

Location: Park cars at the top of Bonwick Place, Garran, taking care not to obstruct residential driveways, and walk 50m uphill to meet at the maintenance track.

Activities:  Walk and talk with Dr Michael Mulvaney

 Conditions:  Flat to steeply sloping. Mostly open grassland with some woodland.

You bring: Water, hat, long sleeved shirt, long pants,  sunscreen cream, solid shoes, byo morning tea.

Cancellation: The activity will be cancelled by email (if possible) if enough rain/wind is forecast to make planned work potentially hazardous, or high temperatures are forecast.

Other 2018 activities scheduled for your diary are:

  • Wednesday 14 November 2018 09.00am Final working bee for 2018.
  • Sunday 2 December 2017 09.00am  AGM

Red Hill Regenerators activity Wednesday 17 October 2018

The Red Hill Regenerators invite you to our next activity of 2018, which will be held on Wednesday 17 October 2018 starting at 9am

Our previous activity resulted in thousands of verbascum being sprayed and/or chipped over a huge area along both sides of the ridge and around the Davidsons Trig.  The rabbits are also back in large numbers and the status of known and new warrens need to be mapped, using Collector App (if you wish to obtain training for this activity please ensure that you have the “Collector for ArCGIS’ App loaded on your smartphone). While spraying the verbascum some new rabbit warrens were mapped.

For this next activity we will move down to the southern end of the Hill where verbascum have been spotted together with significant numbers of briar rose.

There is also an opportunity to water some of the plantings.

Note that the next activity on Sunday 4 November 2018 will be a nature walk, conducted by Dr Michael Mulvaney. More details will follow.

The details:

Time: Wednesday 17 October 2018 Work: 0900 to 1230, with byo morning tea at 1100. 

More information: info@redhillregenerators.org.auPrior registration is not required.

Location: Meet at the reserve gate close to the Tamar Street junction with Hindmarsh Drive

Activities:  cut and dab briar rose and woody weeds, spray and chip verbascum and thistle, map rabbit warrens and coconut ant nests. Water plantings.

 Conditions:  Flat to steeply sloping. Mostly open grassland with some woodland. Some rocky areas towards the ridge.

You bring: Water, hat, long sleeved shirt, long pants, eye protection, sunscreen cream, solid shoes, byo morning tea. Bring two buckets if you wish to do some watering

We bring: We will provide tools, dabbers, gloves and instructions

Note: It is important that you attend the safety briefing and instructions at 9.00am.  Children under 15 years must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian. Individuals who are under 18 years must have parental or guardian consent. Those wishing to use the manual spray equipment are strongly urged to obtain free training from Parks & Conservation in the use of chemicals.

Cancellation: The activity will be cancelled by email (if possible) if enough rain/wind is forecast to make planned work potentially hazardous, or high temperatures are forecast.

Other 2018 activities scheduled for your diary are:

  • Sunday 4 November 2018 09.00am Nature walk led by Michael Mulvaney
  • Wednesday 14 November 2018 09.00am Working bee
  • Sunday 2 December 2017 08.00am Working bee and AGM

Red Hill work activity Sunday 7 October 2018

The Red Hill Regenerators invite you to our next activity of 2018, which will be held on Sunday 7 October 2018 starting at 9am

A recent inspection along the Red Hill ridge has revealed that, despite our focus on verbascum over the last two years, they are back in large numbers this year. So the activity this month will primarily engage with spraying and chipping the verbascum located on the ridge mostly to the north and south of Davidson’s trig.  The rabbits are also back in large numbers and the status of known and new warrens need to be mapped, using Collector App (if you wish to undertake this activity please ensure that you have the “Collector for ArCGIS’ App loaded on your smartphone) (more…)

ParkCare groups seek meeting with Minister for Canberra Nature Park

A number of Park Care groups, including the Red Hill Regenerators note to the Minister for Environment & Heritage, Mick Gentleman, MLA on 26 September 2018. They have sought a meeting with the Minister to discuss issues concerning the Canberra Nature Park, including the long overdue draft Canberra Nature Park Management Plan, underresourcing of management of the Park, and acknowledgement that volunteer ParkCare has now been providing free resourcing to the ACT Government for almost 30 years. More…

Red Hill work activity Wednesday 19 September 2018

The Red Hill Regenerators invite you to our next activity of 2018, which will be held on Wednesday 19  September 2018 starting at 9am

For this mid month activity, we plan to inspect the northern and western parts of the Red Hill Reserve between the Golf Course Access road and the water tanks above Deakin. (more…)

Red Hill work activity Sunday 2 September 2018

The Red Hill Regenerators invite you to our next activity of 2018, which will be held on Sunday 2 September 2018 starting at 9am

For our spring work activity, we plan to inspect the east side of Red Hill to the north and south of the Mugga Way carpark, cut and dab any woody weeds and spray verbascum and thistle rosettes before they flower. (more…)

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.

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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