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 |

ParkCare Volunteer Code of Conduct released

The ACT Parks and Conservation Service (PCS), Volunteer Policy and Code of Conduct (7.4Mb PDF) has been released.


Red Hill work activity Sunday 8 April from 9am

The Red Hill Regenerators invite you to our next activity of 2018, which will be held on Sunday 8 April 2018 starting at 9am

This month we will move over to the Kent Street side of Red Hill, and work in the area from Kent Street uphill to the water tanks, 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 plan to meet at next to the Telecom Building off Kent Street at 9am.


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 working bee Sunday 4 March 2018 from 9am

The Red Hill Regenerators invite you to our second working bee of 2018, which will be held on Sunday 4 March 2018 starting at 9am

We plan to continue the work which we started last month on the slope facing the Mugga Way car park.  There are still plenty of weeds, particularly briar rose, which can be dealt with.

We plan to meet at the Mugga Way car park at 9am. We will work up the slope from the cutoff drain to the summit and between the two tracks which lead NW and SW from the carpark.


Volunteers needed for watering on Red Hill on 14 February 2018

Owing to the extremely hot and mostly dry weather this summer, the Red Hill Regenerators are planning to water the recent plantings on Red Hill.

We need at least six volunteers who are willing to do some walking while carrying buckets of water from our water cubes, which are located close to plantings.
Event: water plantings on Red Hill
Date: Wednesday 14 February 2018
Time: 9am to midday
Meet: Nature Reserve gate at Rusden St, Garran.  We will drive into the Reserve to access the watering sites
Bring: Two 10 litre buckets (I will organise some spares)
Please reply to  if you can attend.

S66 Deakin: complaints that spoil dumping will cause environmental damage

On 6 January 2018, the President, Red Hill Regenerators wrote to the Commonwealth Office of Compliance, Dept of Environment and Energy, and the Compliance Officer ACT Government, about possible environmental damage resulting from ad hoc spoil dumping on S66 Deakin.  He wrote:

Complaint re dumping of spoil on Critically Endangered Yellow Box – Red Gum Woodland at Lots 7 and 8 Section 66 Deakin, ACT. 

The Red Hill Regenerators are a community group that has been caring for Red Hill for more than 25 years. In terms of remnant size (400ha), plant diversity (250+ plant species), number of rare and threatened species (30+) and connectivity, Red Hill supports one of the most significant Yellow Box – Red Gum woodland patches remaining anywhere. (more…)

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.

S44 Deakin proposed apartment development: Regenerators objects to consultation process

The Red Hill Regenerators wrote on 24 January 2018 to the Minister for Planning and Land Management, Environment and Heritage, Mick Gentleman, MLA, to express concern that processes associated with the proposed development of S66 Deakin may be proceeding in a way that risks decisions being made with incomplete or incorrect information.

The letter was accompanied by a critique of the Ecological report prepared for the developer, to illustrate the above concerns.

A copy of this correspondence was also forwarded to Mr Ben Ponton, Director General, EPSD.


Red Hill working bee Sunday 4 February 2018 from 08.00am

The Red Hill Regenerators invite you to our first working bee of 2018, which will be held on Sunday 4 February 2018 starting at 8am

Welcome back to Red Hill 2018! The weeds have not stopped growing while we enjoyed Christmas, and there is a fine collection awaiting our attention – verbascum, nettle trees, pyracanthas, briar rose, blackberries, cotoneasta, saffron thistles, St John’s Wort. And that’s just for starters!

We plan to meet at the Mugga Way car park at 8am (yes, that’s really 8am) to beat the heat. We will work up the slope from the cutoff drain to the summit and between the two tracks which lead NW and SW from the carpark.


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