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The planned Over 55s village development at the Federal Golf Club has passed a number of approval processes that required thorough vetting including:
- the Australian Government Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water decided that no approval was required under the EPBC Act as it was determined that the proposed development is not likely to have a significant impact on any matters of National Environmental Significance i.e., listed threatened species including the Superb Parrot, the Gang-gang Cockatoo and the Grassy Woodland;
- the ACT government provided an Environmental Significance Opinion that the proposed development is not likely to have a significant adverse environmental impact;
- On 9 June 2023, the ACT Territory Plan was amended to provide for;
- a 125-unit retirement village including an access driveway from Kitchener Street Garran;
- the retention of an 18-hole golf course;
- limiting the range of commercial uses on the golf course lease by excluding hotels, motels and further clubs; and
- requiring protection of the key ecological values on the site, which includes a raft of rules aimed at minimising the impact of the proposed development on trees, threatened species, wildlife corridors and the ecological values of the site.
The Federal Golf Club is holding two community consultation meetings to provide information and seek feedback on a Concessional Lease Variation for a retirement village. More…
Public comments have been invited on two draft Territory Plan Variations (TPVs) which deal with the implementation of the Red Hill Integrated Plan:
· DV380 deals with Section 66 Kent Street Deakin and is open for public comments until Friday 25 November 2022.
· DV384 deals with the proposed Over 55s retirement village on the Federal Golf Club and is open for public comments until Friday 2 December 2022.
Both draft TPVs involve important conservation initiatives. The draft TPVs can be found online at
We have received the notification below of two Territory Plan Variations (TPVs) relating to the Red Hill Integrated Plan. One is for the area on Kent Street around the Telstra Building and the other is for the proposed development of the Over 55s residential village on the Federal Golf Club (FGC) together with the transfer of the unused section of the FGC lease to the Red HIll Nature Reserve.
Both TPVs outline the next steps in the implementation of the Red Hill Integrated Plan, which the Red Hill Regenerators support – as outlined on our website at http://redhillregenerators.org.au/?p=3071 and http://redhillregenerators.org.au/?cat=30
The Federal Golf Club submitted on 18 May 2022 a proposal (No 2022-09201) to develop a retirement village and water infrastructure on the golf course. The proposal has been submitted to the Commonwealth Department of Water and the Environment for assessment to determine if the proposal is a controlled action for the purposes of the EPBC Act. Public comments are invited until 1 June 2022. More…
Documents in support of the submission are shown below:
- Attachment B – Ecological Assessment report
- Attachment D – Red Hill Integrated Pan: Letter to Minister Gentleman
- Attachment E – Federal Golf Club Ecological Assessment
- Attachment F – Federal Golf Club Superb Parrot and Golden Sun Moth Survey
- Attachment G – Variation to the Territory Plan Federal Golf Club Woodland Area
- Attachment H – Migratory species likelihood of occurrence
Environment Minister Rebecca Vassarotti rejects community claims Federal Golf Course development plan puts rare birds at risk
Canberra Times Thursday 5 August 2021
A community petition has called on the Legislative Assembly to oppose housing development on the Federal Golf Course.
The ACT Environment Minister has rejected community claims a plan to allow development on the Federal Golf Course will damage breeding areas for the gang-gang cockatoo and superb parrot.
Rebecca Vassarotti said the plan, first flagged in 2019, provided the best way forward to protect key environmental values for the area, by limiting scale and location.
“It also enhances protection for biodiversity by recommending the expansion of the Red Hill Nature Reserve to currently unprotected woodland areas of high ecological value in the northern section at Deakin Section 66 and at the Federal Golf Club,” Ms Vassarotti said. (more…)
The Federal Golf Club has posted information online about the proposed development on their lease. This proposed development forms part of the Red Hill Integrated Plan. More…
The Red Hill Regenerators ParkCare Group supports the recently released Red Hill Integrated Plan, which provides the means to bring certainty to the protection and management of the Red Hill environment.
The Plan is a well-researched, professional document that responds comprehensively to the Legislative Assembly Resolution from which it arose. The Plan strikes a good balance between the important need to provide strong protection for biodiversity both inside and outside the Red Hill Nature Reserve, protecting the amenity of residents and allowing for some limited development activity.
It provides an opportunity for adding several areas of woodland to Red Hill Reserve and limits development near Kent Street, Deakin to the existing built footprintThe Plan is a framework document that now requires a great deal of implementation activity, including funds, to deliver real outcomes. We trust (and remain vigilant) that the coming years will bring to fruition the strategic, well informed vision of the Plan.
The ACT Government published for public comment a Draft Integrated Plan for Red Hill, after sustained engagement from the Red Hill Regenerators, the Federal Golf Club and other stakeholders, and a resolution of the Legislative Assembly. On 16 June 2021, the Minister for Planning and Land Management, Mick Gentleman MLA informed the President, Red Hill Regenerators that the ACT Government had finalised the Plan.
For more than two decades the Red Hill Regenerators battled a near constant barrage of ad hoc, ill-conceived development proposals on land in and adjacent to Red Hill’s woodland. This was incredibly frustrating and time consuming. We, together with other local community groups, called for a strategic plan that takes a landscape focus that protects the woodlands key values and functioning and reflects community wishes before setting development options. The plan strikes a balance between providing protection for biodiversity both inside and outside the Red Hill Reserve, protecting the amenity of residents and allowing for some limited development activity. It provides an opportunity for adding several areas of woodland to Red Hill Reserve, limits development on Kent Street Deakin to the existing built footprint and to commercial/business purposes, seeks to enhance the ecological functioning and community use of open space corridors joining Red Hill to woodland patches in Hughes and Garran and allows for up to a 125 unit retirement village in the southern portion of the Federal Golf Course (well away from Red Hill Nature Reserve and at least 50m from any existing houses).
The Red Hill Regenerators consider that the Plan balances the diversity of community needs. The Plan is a framework document which now requires a great deal of implementation activity, including funds, to deliver real outcomes. We trust (and remain vigilant) that the coming years will bring to fruition the strategic, well informed vision of the Plan
The Federal Golf Club issued the following statement on 17 June 2021:
The draft Red Hill Integrated Plan was a very thorough piece of work which included wide ranging input from multiple agencies and community groups. The Club acknowledges the many contributions to this study and looks forward to continuing close contact with community groups as we work through the implementation of the Plan towards a Development Application.
This is a very important and pleasing day for the future of our Club. The Over 55 Development provides for our water and financial security, replaces ageing course and clubhouse infrastructure, improves course and practice facilities and provides much improved facilities for the local community including the ability to downsize and age in place in a beautiful environment. It secures our Club for the whole community.
Next steps with our Over 55 Development partner, Mbark, will involve consultation with the Government’s Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD) on implementation arrangements and preparation of a Development Application for the Over 55 Village and associated course changes working closely with Club members and the local community and based on the approved provisions contained in the Final Red Hill Integrated Plan.
Much more news and discussions to be had in the days ahead.
Bob Correll, Chair of the Board Development Committee.
More information can be found here.
A consortium of Nikias Diamond, developer, Stewart Architecture and Canberra Southern Cross Club have proposed a $25m development located on part of the Federal Golf Club consisting of a 36 room hotel, 300 person function centre, health club and associated works. The proposal indicates that the development would be funded entirely by the developers and that the Golf Club would receive around $1mpa as ‘landlord’. Comments on this design concept should be sent to Jane Seaborne at email@example.com
The Federal Golf Club has indicated that this development proposal was assembled without prior consultation with the Club, and that it appears to be inconsistent with the draft Red Hill Integrated Plan. More…
Further information was provided on 18 December 2020 by the proponents of this proposal here…