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Integrated Plan for Red Hill finalised

The ACT Government published for public comment a Draft Integrated Plan for Red Hill, after sustained engagement from the Red Hill Regenerators, the Federal Golf Club and other stakeholders, and a resolution of the Legislative Assembly. On 16 June 2021, the Minister for Planning and Land Management, Mick Gentleman MLA informed the President, Red Hill Regenerators that the ACT Government had finalised the Plan. 

Minister’s media release 17 June 2021

For more than two decades the Red Hill Regenerators battled a near constant barrage of ad hoc, ill-conceived development proposals on land in and adjacent to Red Hill’s woodland. This was incredibly frustrating and time consuming. We, together with other local community groups, called for a strategic plan that takes a landscape focus that protects the woodlands key values and functioning and reflects community wishes before setting development options. The plan strikes a balance between providing protection for biodiversity both inside and outside the Red Hill Reserve, protecting the amenity of residents and allowing for some limited development activity. It provides an opportunity for adding several areas of woodland to Red Hill Reserve, limits development on Kent Street Deakin to the existing built footprint and to commercial/business purposes, seeks to enhance the ecological functioning and community use of open space corridors joining Red Hill to woodland patches in Hughes and Garran and allows for up to a 125 unit retirement village in the southern portion of the Federal Golf Course  (well away from Red Hill Nature Reserve and at least 50m from any existing houses).

The Red Hill Regenerators consider that the Plan balances the diversity of community needs.  The Plan is a framework document which now requires a great deal of implementation activity, including funds, to deliver real outcomes.  We trust (and remain vigilant) that the coming years will bring to fruition the strategic, well informed vision of the Plan

The Federal Golf Club issued the following statement on 17 June 2021:

The draft Red Hill Integrated Plan was a very thorough piece of work which included wide ranging input from multiple agencies and community groups. The Club acknowledges the many contributions to this study and looks forward to continuing close contact with community groups as we work through the implementation of the Plan towards a Development Application.

This is a very important and pleasing day for the future of our Club. The Over 55 Development provides for our water and financial security, replaces ageing course and clubhouse infrastructure, improves course and practice facilities and provides much improved facilities for the local community including the ability to downsize and age in place in a beautiful environment. It secures our Club for the whole community.

Next steps with our Over 55 Development partner, Mbark, will involve consultation with the Government’s Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD) on implementation arrangements and preparation of a Development Application for the Over 55 Village and associated course changes working closely with Club members and the local community and based on the approved provisions contained in the Final Red Hill Integrated Plan.

Much more news and discussions to be had in the days ahead.

 Bob Correll, Chair of the Board Development Committee.


More information can be found here.

Draft Red Hill Integrated Plan: public comments before 31 December 2019

The full Draft red Hill Integrated Plan was released for public comment on 13/11/19 by the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD). Comments should be provided by 31 December 2019 to terrplan@act.gov.au

The draft plan considers four possible options for the context area and identifies a preferred option which includes the following recommendations (refer to the map in the attached document for further detail):

  • Retaining open space which adjoins and links to the Red Hill Nature Reserve, preserving the ecological values of the area.
  • Implementing buffers around the Federal Golf Course and associated development.
  • Managing the Red Hill Nature Reserve in line with the Plan of Management for the Canberra Nature Park and the National Capital Plan.
  • Identification of proposed upgrading to a number of roads and intersections to cater to the current traffic volume of the roads and prepare for future growth and capacity.
  • Retaining residential zones adjoining the Nature Reserve.
  • Expanding the Deakin Office Park (rezoning Deakin Section 66) to partly include further urban open space and commercial use.
  • Increasing housing choice particularly for the ageing population through the development of a retirement village, to be located in the southern portion of the Federal Golf Course with access via Kitchener Street

More Information:

Draft Integrated Plan for Red Hill Nature Reserve and Surrounds (PDF 3.6Mb)

Appendix D – Traffic Analysis and Study (PDF 3.8Mb)

Red Hill draft plan stymies Hindmarsh development plans” RiotACT 14 November 2019

The Red Hill Regenerators responded with a submission which was emailed to the ACT Government on 24 December 2019. More…

Draft Red Hill Integrated Plan for community comment

The Draft Map and Proposed recommendations for the Integrated Plan for Red Hill Nature Reserve and surrounds, dated 12 September 2019, was released for public comment on 23 September 2019.

While the ACT Government has not provided a date when comments have to be received, comments should be provided before December 2019.

More information here…

Red Hill Red Gums listed for protection


The ACT Government has placed five Blakely’s Red Gums on the ACT Provisional Tree Register on 8 July 2019. The trees which are located on Hughes S57 and Deakin S66 and S78, very close to the formal Red Hill Nature Reserve boundary form an important part of the critically endangered Yellow Box Red Gum Grassy Woodland ecosystem. The provisional listing will be made permanent within a year, subject to consideration of any public submissions which are received before then.

The notification to residents dated 12 July 2019, of this provisional listing provides details for finding more information.

The Notice of inclusion in the Provisional Tree Register, dated 8 July 2019 can be found here.


Deakin S66 Development Application refused

A development application was submitted to the ACT Dept of Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development on 16 April 2018, seeking to increase a storage facility from 500m2 to 20,500m2. This application was refused on 17 April 2019 on a number of grounds, including that an Environmental Impact Statement is required. More…

Further information is included in this letter dated 15 June 2019 from Planning and Land Management Minister Mick Gentleman to Minister Chris Steel including that the applicant had been given until 30 June 2019 to lodge a ‘reconsideration’ of the decision.

Riot ACT report of 24 April 2019

Asbestos contamination on Red Hill

Part of the old tip site, located at the north end of Red Hill Reserve close to the Kent St/Carruthers Street, Hughes intersection is contaminated with asbestos and has been fenced off with a temporary metal fencing for some years. Recently the ACT Government decided that this contaminated land will be remediated and replanted to mitigate any residual hazards from the asbestos.

In response to a 15 February 2019 request from the Red Hill Regenerators for more detail concerning the remediation proposal, the following information has been provided: (more…)

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…)

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…)

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.

Deakin S66 proposed development: update

I have discussed the progress with the Leasing Section who informed me that, as part of the assessment, the leasing section have been liaising with the Environmental Division to understand the environmental values of the site. Subsequently, further information has been requested from the applicant under s141 of the Planning and Development Act 2007. The further information requested included supporting documentation relating to the suitability of the gross floor area (GFA) proposed on the site, including indicative plans, and also information addressing a number of matters raised by Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) relating to the traffic impact study.

The application is currently waiting for the submission of the further information before the assessment can progress any further.


Dominic Riches | Development Assessment Officer
Phone 02 6205 1834 | Fax 02 6207 1856
Planning Delivery Division | Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate | ACT Government

Dame Pattie Menzies House, 16 Challis Street, Dickson | GPO Box 1908 Canberra ACT 2601 | www.planning.act.gov.au