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Federal Golf Club proposed development. Community input requested by 27 October 2017

Following three meetings of the Community Panel on the proposed housing development on part of the Federal Golf Club lease, the ACT Government has produced a draft report which is designed to summarise the views of the community. Input from members of the community who were not present at the Community Panel meetings is invited. This input should be provided to one of the community groups before Friday 27 October 2017.

All papers regarding the Community Panel can be found here

Greens MLA request integrated planning for Red Hill developments

On 20 Sep 2017, at 5:11 pm, LE COUTEUR <LECOUTEUR@parliament.act.gov.au> wrote:

Dear concerned residents

I asked a question today in the Assembly re the combined impact of the Federal Gold Club proposal and the Telstra site proposal.  I didn’t get a very useful response from the minister: (more…)

Regenerators join Community Panel on Golf Club development

The Red Hill Regenerators were invited on 21 July 2017 by the ACT Government to join a Community Panel to consider the proposed MBark housing development on the Federal Golf Course.

  • Draft Community Panel Terms of Reference
  • The first of three planned meetings of the Panel was held on 3 August 2017. Minutes can be seen here.
  • The second meeting was held on 24 August 2017. The following documents were tabled:

Meeting No 2 notes

Appendix 1: Statement by GAHRAG (Garran and Hughes Resident’s Action Group)

Appendix 2: Additional questions from Regenerators

Appendix 3: Additional comments from FOG (Friends of Grasslands)

Appendix 4: MBark presentation

Appendix 5.1: FGC fact Sheet – Club grants

Appendix 5.2: FGC fact Sheet – Water

Appendix 5.3: FGC Fact Sheet – Membership

Appendix 5.4: Letter to residents June 2017

Appendix 5.5: FGC Strategic Plan 2015-18

Appendix 5.6: FGC Presentation to Meeting No 2

Appendix 6: ACT Gov report to Meeting No 2

  • The third meeting was held on 12 October 2017. The following documents are relevant:

Meeting No 3 Draft Notes of meeting

Attachment 1 : Statement (revised 13/10/17) prepared by GAHRAG and endorsed by RHRG, Hughes Residents Group, Friends of Grasslands, Deakin Residents Assoc and Conservation Council of the ACT.

Attachment 2: MBark statement of commitments and proposed Masterplan

Attachment 3: EPSDD presentation and feedback on issues raised in Meetings 1 and 2

Attachment 3A: EPSDD request for quotation for economic evaluation of Federal Golf Club

Attachment 4: Draft report of the Community Panel (for comments before 27 October 2017)

ACT government sets up community panel to progress housing development at Red Hill golf course

Canberra Times 3 August 2017

The ACT government has set up a panel to progress the Federal Golf Club’s plans for 125 homes and a new clubhouse with gym on part of its golf course at Red Hill.

The panel, including government, community, environmental and business groups, as well as the club and developer, meets on Thursday, August 3.
The location of the federal golf club housing proposal in Canberra from a 2016 brochure. The club wants to build 125 ...The location of the federal golf club housing proposal in Canberra from a 2016 brochure. The club wants to build 125 homes and a new clubhouse with gym. No updated plans have been released.

The club is yet to submit a development application but acting deputy director-general of the planning directorate Brett Phillips said the panel would “investigate options for development” and pointed to previous concerns about the vegetation and the appropriateness of residential development.

The golf club will be asking the government to waive or discount the lease variation tax the multi-million proposal will attract.It wants to build 125 homes aimed at over 55s, with a new club house, swimming pool, gym and places to socialise.

Previous reports said the Red Hill site would be accessed via Gowrie Drive, which leads to the Red Hill lookout, and could involve a second access road from Garran, but the club could not be reached for details of its proposal this week.

Mr Phillips, who chairs the panel, said it was designed to ensure both the government and the developer understood and considered community concerns.

Federal Golf Club manager Scott Elias at the club at Red Hill, where there are plans to build 125 homes.Federal Golf Club manager Scott Elias at the club at Red Hill, where there are plans to build 125 homes. Photo: Jamila Toderas

The news comes after the golf club defected in recent weeks from Clubs ACT to a new clubs industry group favoured by Chief Minister Andrew Barr, saying the new group had the ear of the government and could help push the development through. A spokesman for Mr Barr said on July 12 the club was wrong to think it would get  better treatment in planning or lease variation tax by joining the new clubs group.

In 2015, the club discussed plans to build about 70 three-bedroom villas on a disused fairway east of the 14th fairway overlooking the golf course, and another 70 two-bedroom apartments near the club house.

In October 2015 the club signed an agreement with developer MBark, which would be given a 99 year peppercorn lease. In mid 2016 club members voted on the plan. The club cited the major benefit as the ability to upgrade water supply and build underground water storage, saying the issue was critical, with the future of the golf course at risk.

It said the development would bring in $18 million for the club, and the homes would also increase activity and membership, and enable the club to increase playability and presentation of the golf course.

The plan has been strongly opposed by the Red Hill Regenerators, whose conservation officer Michael Mulvaney said in 2015 that there had been seven attempts at developing the fringe of Red Hill Nature Reserve, a development that would mean the removal of 300 native trees and endanger wildlife. More recently, parliamentarian Caroline Le Couteur said the Greens had significant concerns.

The new panel is made up of the club, developer MBark, the National Capital Authority, the ACT Government architect, heritage representatives, the Conservation Council of the ACT, the Friends of Grasslands, the Red Hill Regenerators, three local residents groups, the Inner South Canberra Community Council, the Council on the Ageing and the Canberra Business Chamber.

Federal Golf Club development proposal: 18 April 2017 update

RHR were invited to meet on 18 April with representatives from the Federal Golf Club and the developer, Mbark (FGC/Mbark).
They advised that they had looked at options for a changed footprint to address concerns about the proximity of the development to Garran and the need to clear mature trees in that area. FGC/Mbark have decided to continue with their current planned footprint for a number of reasons including the different environmental impact of the proposed changes.  They advised that they would work to minimise the impact on Garran residents as much as possible.


Federal Golf Club development proposal: February 2017 update

The following information regarding the status of the residential development proposal by the Federal Golf Club, has been provided by GAHRAG (Garran and Hughes Residents Action Group). (more…)

Request to protect Golf Club land in Red Hill Reserve

On 10 August 2016, the Red Hill Regenerators President wrote to Ms Dorte Eklund, Director General, Environment & Planning Directorate, ACT Government, to repeat a periodic request to formally incorporate 12ha of Yellow Box Red Gum Grassy Woodland, currently part of the Federal Golf Club lease, but indistinguishable and unseparated from the Red Hill Nature Reserve, into the Reserve, to provide it with formal environmental protection. On 17 October 2016 Ms Eklund replied that this request could be progressed through the establishment of a Community Panel, to be set up by the Directorate in consultation with the Federal Golf Club.

ACT Greens oppose development on Red Hill

The ACT Greens candidate for Murrumbidgee electorate has come out against any development on Red Hill. More… and here… and here…

Development consultation may follow letter of law but still ‘misleading’: residents

Canberra Times 24 September 2016

The value of so-called “pre-DA community consultation” has been called into question, with the Environment and Planning Directorate confirming it requires few details about what consultation has actually taken place. (more…)

Regenerators discuss golf club development with Minister Rattenbury

The President, Red Hill Regenerators wrote to Minister Shane Rattenbury on 30 August 2016 to advise him of the current position with respect to the housing development proposal.

Letter to Minister Rattenbury

Regenerators concerns regarding development on the Federal Golf Course lease