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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!


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.

Federal Golf pushes ahead with plans for over 55 village

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.

From August 2017, a picture of the location of the Federal Golf Club housing proposal in Canberra. It wants to put 125 ...

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…)

Red Hill Integrated Plan update

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

Level 3, 16 Challis Street, Dickson | GPO Box 158 Canberra ACT 2602 | www.environment.act.gov.au

Federal Golf Club developer responds to Community Group report

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.

On 9 March 2018, the developer MBark has provided a detailed response to the joint report and also provided a statement of commitments regarding the proposed development.

Red Hill Strategic Plan expected late 2018

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.

S66 Deakin development planning decisions on hold

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…