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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.
Canberra Times 20 May 2018
The Federal Golf Club is pushing ahead with plans for a 125-home over 55 village on the course after signing a contract with developers MBark.
Federal Club captain Bob Correll said the club and MBark “had an understanding” since mid-2016 but only this month entered a formal contract to “proceed with advancing the development”. (more…)
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
On 21 November 2017, the Community Groups which were invited to consult with Government, developer MBark and the Federal Golf Club, issued a joint report concerning the consultation process. This report was made available to all parties.
The Red Hill Regenerators were informed on 31 January 2018, by Mr Ben Ponton, Director General, Environment, Planning & Sustainable Development Directorate, that, further to the ACT Legislative Assembly resolution on 25 October 2017, that an integrated plan be prepared for the Red Hill surrounds, a draft document is expected to be ready for public consultation by the second half of 2018.
The Minister for Planning, Mick Gentleman delivered a response on 2 February 2018 to the Assembly regarding the petition and resolution. More…
Mr Ponton noted that the ACTLA resolution superseded the work undertaken by the Federal Golf Club Community Panel.
In response to a letter dated 12 September 2017 from the Regenerators, which expressed a number of concerns regarding the S66 proposed multi storey apartment development, the Director General, Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate replied on 20 December 2017 to confirm that ‘no planning decisions will be made until the integrated plan has been prepared in accordance with the resolution [dated 25 October 2017] of the Legislative Assembly’.
The Minister for Planning, Mick Gentleman delivered a response on 2 February 2018 to the Assembly regarding the petition. More…
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…)
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…
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 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.