Section 66, Deakin and the fight to preserve Canberra as the Bush Capital

Republished from Riot ACT 8 July 2018

I enjoy my Sunday mornings with a cup of tea, the weekend paper, and the chirping of a jackhammer down the road as much as the next man. Indeed, I can’t help but admire the determination with which the ACT Government is literally laying down the trackwork to make sure that its growing population doesn’t outstrip its infrastructural expansion. (more…)

Red Hill Historic Plantings provisionally registered – public comments open until 7 August 2018

In mid 2017, the historic red flowering plantings of callistemon, grevillea and Darling Pea around the summit of Red Hill were nominated for an ACT heritage listing for their significant and historic value, having been established in the area 100 years ago in 1917, by horticulturalist Charles Weston, under instruction from Walter Burley Griffin. 

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Deakin S66 development proposal: FoI documents released

Following a request from the Red Hill Regenerators under the Freedom of Information Act 1989, for all relevant documents concerning the proposal by developer Hindmarsh to develop parts of Section 66 Deakin, the following 83 pdf documents were received on 19 June 2018.

  1. FoI decision letter
  2. FoI schedule of documents
  3. FoI documents part 1 (11Mb)
  4. FoI documents part 2 (10Mb)

Red Hill work activity Sunday 1 July 2018

The Red Hill Regenerators invite you to our next activity of 2018, which will be held on Sunday 1 July 2018 starting at 9am

For this month we will convene at the gravel car park near the bottom of Red Hill Drive and work south along the hillside removing woody weeds and Cootamundra wattles.   We will also be looking for coconut ant sites to record on Canberra Nature Map (bring a smart phone) and rabbit warrens.

We plan to meet at the car park at 9am.

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Red Hill work activity Wednesday 13 June 2018, 9am

The Red Hill Regenerators invite you to our next activity of 2018, which will be held on Wednesday 13 June 2018 starting at 9am

For this month we will convene at the Red Hill lookout (at the north end of Red Hill), and continue work in the area of the water tank, removing woody weeds and Cootamundra wattles.   We will also be looking for coconut ant sites to record on Canberra Nature Map (bring a smart phone) and rabbit warrens.

We plan to meet at the water tank at 9am.

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Red Hill work activity Sunday June 3 2018

The Red Hill Regenerators invite you to our next activity of 2018, which will be held on Sunday 3 June 2018 starting at 9am

For this month we will convene at the Red Hill lookout (at the north end of Red Hill), and work in the area of the water tank, removing woody weeds and Cootamundra wattles.   We will also be looking for coconut ant sites to record on Canberra Nature Map (bring a smart phone) and rabbit warrens.

We plan to meet at the water tank at 9am.

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Red Hill work activity Wednesday 16 May 2018

The Red Hill Regenerators invite you to our next activity of 2018, which will be held on Wednesday 16 May  2018 starting at 9am

For this activity we will return to the Kent Street side of Red Hill, and work in the area from Kent Street uphill to the water tanks, removing the remaining woody weeds – pyracanthas, briar rose, cotoneasta etc and Cootamundra wattles.  It is now too late to remove most of the exotic deciduous weeds, which will have to wait until spring.

We plan to meet at next to the Telecom Building off Kent Street at 9am.

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S66 Deakin development: comments requested by 25 May 2018

Members of the community are invited to comment on the recent proposal by developer Hindmarsh, to build 20,000sqm of self storage sheds on part of S66 Deakin, adjacent to the Red Hill Nature Reserve (reported in the Canberra Times on 1 May 2018).  The Red Hill Regenerators have provided comments on the ecological assessment report which was prepared by the developer, and has emailed our response on 24 May 2018 to this development here…
Comments close on 25 May 2018

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Red Hill work activity on Sunday 6 May 2018

The Red Hill Regenerators invite you to our next activity of 2018, which will be held on Sunday 6 May 2018 starting at 9am

For his month we will convene at the Red Hill Rusden Street gate (at the Garran southern end of Red Hill), and work mostly in the area between the maintenance track and Hindmarsh Drive, removing woody weeds and Cootamundra wattles.  We will focus on any deciduous weeds such as Nettle trees, to remove them before leaf fall starts. We will also be looking for coconut ant sites to record on Canberra Nature Map (bring a smart phone)

We plan to meet at the Rusden St, Garran gate at 9am.

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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.

Welcome to ACT Red Hill Regenerators

You are welcome to join our monthly activities. We carry out bush regeneration work within the Red Hill Nature Reserve on the 1st Sunday of each month, from 9am to 12:30, except for January. By joining the Group, you will automatically be advised of any Group activities and their locations. You will also be supporting the preservation and conservation of a vital ecosystem and recreational resource