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Red Hill Integrated Plan

The full Draft red Hill Integrated Plan was released for public comment on 13/11/19 by the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD). Comments should be provided by 4 December 2019 to terrplan@act.gov.au

The draft plan considers four possible options for the context area and identifies a preferred option which includes the following recommendations (refer to the map in the attached document for further detail):

  • Retaining open space which adjoins and links to the Red Hill Nature Reserve, preserving the ecological values of the area.
  • Implementing buffers around the Federal Golf Course and associated development.
  • Managing the Red Hill Nature Reserve in line with the Plan of Management for the Canberra Nature Park and the National Capital Plan.
  • Identification of proposed upgrading to a number of roads and intersections to cater to the current traffic volume of the roads and prepare for future growth and capacity.
  • Retaining residential zones adjoining the Nature Reserve.
  • Expanding the Deakin Office Park (rezoning Deakin Section 66) to partly include further urban open space and commercial use.
  • Increasing housing choice particularly for the ageing population through the development of a retirement village, to be located in the southern portion of the Federal Golf Course with access via Kitchener Street

More Information:

Draft Integrated Plan for Red Hill Nature Reserve and Surrounds (PDF 3.6Mb)

Appendix D – Traffic Analysis and Study (PDF 3.8Mb)

Draft Red Hill Integrated Plan for community comment

The Draft Map and Proposed recommendations for the Integrated Plan for Red Hill Nature Reserve and surrounds, dated 12 September 2019, was released for public comment on 23 September 2019.

While the ACT Government has not provided a date when comments have to be received, comments should be provided before December 2019.

More information here…

Federal Golf Club development proposal meeting 23 September 2019

The Federal Golf Club plan to hold a public meeting at the clubhouse at 5.30pm on 23 September 2019, to discuss the potential for relocating the proposed housing development to a location having access from Kitchener St, Garran instead of access via Gowrie Drive. The Hughes Residents Association has also alerted its members to this meeting.

A flier was distributed on 11 October 2019 concerning some of the outcomes from the above meeting and committing to further community consultation. More…

Red Hill Integrated Plan

Six conservation groups wrote to Dr E Brady, Deputy D/G, Land, Strategy and Environment, EPSD Directorate on 29 August 2019, to reintegrate the importance of settling the status of the 12.5ha of Yellow Box/Red Gum Grassy Woodland currently within the Federal Golf Club concessional lease, and to ensure that it is included within the Red Hill Nature Reserve. The letter also requested that appropriate conservation measures are undertaken at the location of the proposed retirement village at the southern end of the golf course. The six conservation groups include the Conservation Council of the ACT, Deakin Resident’s Association, Garran and Hughes RA, Hughes RA, Hughes Garran Woodland Group, and the Red Hill Regeneration Group. More…

Significant trees adjacent to Red Hill nominated for protection

A member of the Hughes community has written to City Services minister, Chris Steel MLA seeking protection for 18 red gum trees located on Sections 57, 66 and 78. In his response dated 14 February 2019, Mr Steel stated: (more…)

Federal Golf Club appeals for support from members for MBark residential development

A Message From the Club President

Our Over 55’s Development Needs Your Help!

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FGC development EIS must wait for the Red Hill Integrated Plan

On 15 October 2018, MBark submitted an application to the Commonwealth Dept of Environment & Energy for an Environmental Impact Statement (2018/8277) to be prepared regarding the proposed residential development on part of the Federal Golf Club. This application was confirmed by the DoE&E on 17 December 2018.

On 9 January 2019, in an email to the Director General, Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate, the co-convenor of the Garran and Hughes Residents’ Action Group (GHRAG) requested that the EIS not proceed pending completion of the Red Hill Integrated Plan (more…)

On 1 February 2019, in a reply to the GHRAG, the DG,EPSDD confirmed that the proposed EIS would not proceed pending completion of the Red Hill Integrated Plan (more…)

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…

Engagement with the Development Application (DA) process

The Red Hill Regenerators provided on 23 July 2018, a submission to the Legislative Assembly Inquiry into Engagement with Development Application Processes in the ACT.  The six page submission is highly critical of the current approach, and made six recommendations. The submission is published here…  and here…      (more…)

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.