Greens MLA Carline LeCouteur reported on 23 November 2017 her support for the community over ad hoc residential developments located close to the Red Hill Nature Reserve. She stated:
Standing with the community in Red Hill
I was pleased to work across party lines to stop the Government from rezoning two sites next to the Red Hill Nature Reserve – the Federal Golf Course and a Telstra Exchange on Kent Street Deakin – until an integrated plan is developed in consultation with the community. I strengthened Nicole Lawder’s motion, so that ACTPLA will now have to consider the joint impacts of the developments on traffic flow and residents’ amenity before approving any rezoning for either site.
I have been working with local community groups on the Federal Golf Course development proposal for many months, and have long-standing concerns about this issue as a former Garran resident of 17 years. The call for an integrated plan for developments in Red Hill originally came from the community, and I did my very best to represent your voices and the need to protect our environment in the Assembly.
The ACT Government Community Panel, which was established in July 2017 to consider the proposed residential development on the Federal Golf Club concessional lease, concluded three meetings without an agreed outcome. As a result, the community groups which were represented on the Community Panel have today submitted their own report to the ACT Government, together with a covering letter.
The attached letter dated 17 November 2017, from Bob Correll, Vice President of the Federal Golf Club has been sent to all ACT Legislative Assembly MLAs providing a project update in the context of the recent Assembly motion on the Red Hill Nature Reserve precinct and informing them of broader community consultation to be undertaken in early December.
Attached also is a postcard invitation to attend 3 drop-in sessions on 6 and 7 December at the Hughes Community Centre that will commence distribution today to 8,000 residential and commercial premises within a 1.5km radius of the golf club. There will also be print and social media notices.
More information is available at the project website www.activeandconnected.com.au
A clarification to the FGC letter was emailed from the Regenerators to Chief Minister Andrew Barr on 25 November. More…
It was a slow start to the morning’s butterfly walk on Red Hill, led by butterfly expert Dr Suzi Bond, but the sun came out and we soon started to accumulate species. It’s been a pretty quiet season so far, so we did well to get the species we did!
- Dainty Swallowtail
- Cabbage White
- Australian Painted Lady
- Yellow Admiral
- Common Brown – this species was the highlight of the morning for me – wonderful to see the freshly eclosed male pump his wings up, and nice to get our first record in the ACT this season of a female Common Brown.
- Amethyst Hairstreak – larvae only
- Two-spotted Line-blue
- Common Grass-blue
A couple of days later Rob Parnell took this great photo of a Meadow Argus, to add to our list of sightings
The Red Hill Regenerators invite you to our next working bee which will be held on Wednesday 15 November 2017 at 9am
For this mid month working bee we plan to continue our woody weed removal along the Federal Golf Course access road, working towards where the November 5 working bee finished.
The very popular butterfly walk is being conducted again this year on Red Hill. We are fortunate to have butterfly expert Suzi Bond to lead this walk. Suzi is the coauthor, with Steve Holliday and John Stein, of the popular ‘Field Guide to the Butterflies of the Australian Capital Territory’. I am sure that she will have a few copies available to purchase on the day. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Over 40 members of the community and Greens MLA Ms Le Couteur, were taken on a conducted walk by environmentalist Dr Michael Mulvaney, to demonstrate the environmental values of woodland along the edge of the Red Hill Reserve, which is under threat from residential development on Kent Street (S66) Deakin. Walkers heard about the high value woodland, rare and endangered species which could be impacted, in addition to the potential hazards to future residents posed by a historic toxic waste tip site located adjacent to the boundary of the proposed development.
Representations have been made to the ACT Legislative Assembly by community groups and a petition is being circulated urging the ACT Government to plan the open space around Red Hill strategically so that ad hoc developer driven developments are properly considered.
The Red Hill Regenerators invite you to our next working bee which will be held on Sunday 5 November 2017 at 9am
This month we plan to move to the west side of the Reserve and work on the woody weeds which are appearing along the Federal Golf Course access road.
From Canberra Times 30 October 2017
A group of Red Hill residents are concerned a proposal for a major residential development in the area may be too close to an old contaminated dump site for housing.
Developer Hindmarsh is proposing to redevelop land bordering the Red Hill Nature Reserve on Kent Street, with at least 200 new units.
The site, Section 66, is also home to a Telstra facility and former Defence block, and it borders the old tip, a disposal site for asbestos and, residents believe, chemicals from the mint. (more…)
From Canberra Times 26 October 2017
The territory government has lost a vote over calls for an overarching “environmental plan” for the Red Hill nature reserve and surrounds, after an at times fiery debate on development in the area on Wednesday.
The debate in the Legislative Assembly centred on what Opposition planning spokeswoman Nicole Lawder dubbed a “sham consultation” on the Federal Golf Club’s plan to build a 125 units and redevelop the club. (more…)