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!


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…)

Red Hill work activity Sunday 3 February 2019

The Red Hill Regenerators invite you to our first activity of 2019, which will be held on Sunday 3 February starting at 8am

Welcome to our first activity of 2019! We will start work at 8am to avoid the heat later in the day. We plan to meet at the water cube located next to the native plantings on the flat area south of Davidson’s trig. Activities include watering the small native plants south of this location (if you want to do this please bring at least two buckets); beheading and dabbing verbascum flower spikes; spraying emerging verbascum; cut and dab woody weeds including briar rose, pyracantha and cotoneasta (both of which have begun setting seed).

Time: Sunday 3 February 2019 Work: 0800 to 1130, with byo morning tea at 1000.  Work will be stopped at 10am if hot. (more…)

Bad weather doesn’t stop an AGM

The dreadful wind and cold on Red Hill for the Regenerators AGM on Sunday 2 December didn’t deter those members from completing their AGM and final working bee for 2018.

Deakin S66: Developer response to community comments

Purdon Planning P/L has provided the following reports in response to community comments regarding the proposed development of S66 Deakin, adjacent to the Deakin Telephone Exchange building, Kent Street.

18 September 2018: Purdon Planning Pty Ltd on behalf of Hindmarsh constructions submitted a Development Application (DA) for Section 66 in Deakin for a proposed storage facility. This memo is in response to the submissions received on the DA with ecological concerns. More…

29 November 2018: SMEC was commissioned by Hindmarsh Pty Ltd (Hindmarsh) to conduct a traffic study for the proposed development of a self-storage facility on Blocks 7&8, Section 66 Deakin. A Transport Assessment Report was previously produced by Opus detailing the impact of a residential development on the site. The analysis in this report is based on the same observed AM and PM peak hour traffic volumes at intersections along Kent Street as used by Opus. Blocks 7&8 Section 66 Deakin are currently undeveloped land behind the existing defence installation occupying block 6. This study includes traffic generation based on trip generation rates taken from the Institution of Transportation Engineers (ITE), traffic distribution based on existing traffic on Kent Street and intersection analysis using SIDRA Intersection. Report, Appendix A: Input volumes, Appendix B: Movement summaries.

Red Hill Historic Plantings protected by ACT Heritage Register

The Red Hill Historic Plantings were formally entered into the ACT Heritage Register under Section 40 of the ACT Heritage Act 2004 on 15 November 2018. The letter of notification and instrument of registration can be found here and here. More information…

Book launch: “Ties to Red Hill” 4pm Tuesday 4 December 2018

You are cordially invited to the launch of the second book of poetry by Paul Williamson, titled ‘Ties to Red Hill’, at 4pm on Tuesday 4 December 2018 at the Red Hill Summit cafe (see  invitation).

Copies of this book can be purchased and will be signed by the author at the launch, or orders should be sent to and include your name, postal address, phone number and email address.
A few remaining copies of Paul’s first book ‘Moments from Red Hill’ will also be available for purchase. 

Red Hill work activity on Wednesday 14 November 2018

The Red Hill Regenerators invite you to our next activity of 2018, which will be held on Wednesday 14 November 2018 starting at 9am

Unfortunately (or fortunately) our October mid month activity was cancelled due to rain. So this activity on 14 November will return to complete the rained out one.

For this next activity we will move down to the southern end of the Hill where verbascum have been spotted together with significant numbers of briar rose.

The details:

Time: Wednesday 14 November 2018 Work: 0900 to 1230, with byo morning tea at 1100. 

More information: registration is not required.

Location: Meet at the reserve gate close to the Tamar Street junction with Hindmarsh Drive

Activities:  cut and dab briar rose and woody weeds, spray and chip verbascum and thistle, map rabbit warrens and coconut ant nests.

 Conditions:  Flat to steeply sloping. Mostly open grassland with some woodland. Some rocky areas towards the ridge.

You bring: Water, hat, long sleeved shirt, long pants, eye protection, sunscreen cream, solid shoes, byo morning tea.

We bring: We will provide tools, dabbers, gloves and instructions

Note: It is important that you attend the safety briefing and instructions at 9.00am.  Children under 15 years must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian. Individuals who are under 18 years must have parental or guardian consent. Those wishing to use the manual spray equipment are strongly urged to obtain free training from Parks & Conservation in the use of chemicals.

Cancellation: The activity will be cancelled by email (if possible) if enough rain/wind is forecast to make planned work potentially hazardous, or high temperatures are forecast.

Other 2018 activities scheduled for your diary are:

  • Sunday 2 December 2017 time to be announced. AGM

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…

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