You are invited to a public forum on Light Rail Stage 2.

Tuesday 10 July, 7pm

Eastlake Football Club
3 Oxley Street, Griffith.

Speakers and participants include:

CEO,  National Capital Authority, Sally Barnes,
Deputy Director-General, Transport Canberra, Duncan Edghill,
Project Director, Light Rail Stage 2, Pam Nelson
Senior Manager of (Bus) Network Systems and Service Performance, Peter Steele

Agenda includes what are the implications of light rail for:
• Travel Options
• Costs and Benefits
• Urban Development Along The Transport Corridors
• National Capital and Heritage Values
• Urban Open Space

The DRA conducted an on line survey between 15th May and 10 June 2018 to assess support for Light Rail through the suburb and adjacent areas. The survey and accompanying comments revealed a wide breadth of visions for Canberra and for Deakin. The diversity and the strength of feelings were particularly reflected in the language used in comments.

Here are the links lead to the survey questions and the results.

58% of respondents said they would use light rail while 36% said doing so was unlikely. The rest could not decide.

Broadly, 3 out of 5 are in favour of Light Rail and would use it.

Most respondents indicated they are sensitive to aesthetic issues:

  • agreeing on the need for overhead wire free passage through National Capital Areas areas, and
  • opposing tree removal.

Many of the supporters of light rail regard DRA’s objective of maintaining the bush capital concept as an old idea. They argue for infill and development and that the garden city ideal is used to protect a privileged level of local amenity at the cost of keeping others out.

Only 33% of respondents were opposed to development infill, a result which could be skewed by a pro-development campaign in the early days of the survey. When promotion of the survey was conducted locally, opposition to infill development rose markedly,  – probably attributable to that privileged factor in play.

Other respondents were horrified at the majority support in this survey for modifications to the bridge over the Lake. They are very concerned about the impact of light rail on the Canberra landscape and the aesthetic of the National Capital.

The highest percentage, 69% positive response, to any question in the survey was received for investigation of alternative technologies for electrified transport. Respondents also needed demonstration of the benefits and cost effectiveness of light rail technology in a Canberra context.  The exception came from strong light rail supporters.  They really like trams regardless of cost.

DRA supports a properly and respectfully designed public transport infrastructure, lane-separated where possible from other vehicle traffic, that is fully compatible with garden city values, in fact more so than the inevitable traffic jams and pollution of ever-increasing motor traffic.

A wider publicly-funded survey and debate is needed.

2 Jun / 2018

Light Rail Survey

Light rail survey

DRA drafted a survey to gauge attitudes of residents to the proposal to put light rail down Adelaide Avenue from Civic to Woden. The survey is now closed and the results used to compile submissions to the Parliamentary Inquiry into light rail,  and to the consultation by the ACT Government into this stage of the  proposed network.

The survey covers

  • Cost benefit
  • Utility
  • Visual impact
  • Alternatives

Early results indicate majority support for light rail stage 2.

1 Jun / 2018

Deakin kangaroos

Some of our magnificent grey kangaroos on Red Hill. Such a delight to see.

Lots of breeding underway and the population is growing exponentially. As winter settles in they are coming down onto Latrobe Park and front lawns. Drivers need to be careful.

The revised Draft Master Plan for Curtin Group Centre has been published for public comments. The
revisions to the Plan follow three Community Panel meetings last year. All parties at the Community
Panel agreed to the vision, character statement, planning principles and high-level strategies as outlined in the Draft Plan.

The plan is available at

Comments can be made until June 6 2018

Section 66 Development Application – Submissions close Friday 25 May


Save the Gang Gangs, Sugar Gliders and all that’s fascinating about the bush!

DRA strongly encourages you to lodge an objection to the Section 66 Deakin (Kent Street) Development Application by the closing date,  Friday 25 May. You can email your objection to the address below. If you are writing a letter, please email it, or post it by the due date.

We and other resident and environmental groups have tried unsuccessfully to have this DA put on hold until the Integrated Plan for Red Hill and surrounds is developed.  The best chance to get this to happen is for as many objections as possible to be lodged.

If this development proceeds as planned there would be devastating impact on woodland and wildlife as well a significant and unacceptable increase in traffic in Kent Street,  safety issues for school children accessing Kent Street, as well as the building of an unsightly storage facility more suited to an industrial zone than the Deakin/Hughes suburban area.     

Remember your submission will only be counted as an objection if it says “I object” and gives one or more reasons.

You need to give the DA Number 201833473, Section 66 Deakin Blocks 7 and 8.

Below is some text you could edit or replace with your own objections (remember to start with “I object”):

EPD Customer Services
PO Box 365




Dear Sir/Madam,

I object to Development Application 201833473 for Section 66 Deakin, Blocks 7 and 8.

This proposed development would destroy our beautiful woodland and wildlife, exacerbate traffic congestion, affect residents’ safety and amenity, and would be completely inappropriate in scale and character for a suburban area.

The development would concrete over the woodland and wildlife on Section 66 Deakin to build an ugly multi-storey storage. The endangered yellow box red gum woodland on this site contains many mature trees, some with hollows used by nesting gang gangs, sugar gliders, microbats and other animals.

Building multi-storey storage on these Blocks would add to existing traffic congestion and road safety issues on Kent Street, Carruthers Street, including for children from local schools, and in feeder streets.

The development would affect the safety and amenity of nearby residents, particularly children who play in this area and walk and cycle to Alfred Deakin High, other nearby schools and bus stops.

The scale of the proposal is completely inappropriate. It would cover the entire site in buildings and car parks and would be 41-fold increase in the building area allowed by the current lease.

Multi-storey storage facilities are not an appropriate use for land immediately adjacent to Red Hill Nature Reserve and the Hughes/Deakin Public Open Space, and would be totally out of character with the surrounding RZ1 residential area.

They would be unsightly and would obstruct the iconic view of Canberra’s Inner Hills from the National Arboretum and surrounding suburbs.

They would create noise and light disturbance for residents and wildlife.

No development should proceed on this site until the Integrated Plan for Red Hill Nature Reserve and environs has been developed, as it explicitly includes Section 66 Deakin.

I ask you please to reject this Development Application.

Yours sincerely,

[name, address, date]


Additional Information – should you need this:


The original application is here

You can lodge an objection online

Aged Care Facility – Grey St

The proposal height breaches NCA standards and other requirements. Will NCA standards be over-looked / ignored? See correspondence.
DRA is seeking member help in determining the priority of planning instruments.

National Capital Authority – DA 89

DRA made a submission to the NCA about development options in the Deakin/Forrest Residential Precinct over which the NCA has responsibility

St Lukes / Newdegate St redevelopment

DRA commented on the DA. See submission at link DRA submission

Telstra Kent St site – Section 66

Hindmarsh constructions has varied its proposal for high density housing on Kent St to the development of a Storage Facility. DRA is asking if it should  proceed regardless of Legislative Assembly resolution on the need for a integrated plan for Red Hill. See next item.

Integrated Plan for Red Hill Nature Reserve and surrounds

An important first step in development of the Integrated Plan for Red Hill Nature Reserve and surrounds is establishing what parcels of land should be included. A paper from Garran and Hughes Residents’ Action Group addresses the issue.

Housing Choices Discussion paper

The ACT Government paper sought to introduce more flexibility, better housing choices and encourage the kind of quality residential buildings that communities want.
Here is the DRA submission.

Melbourne Ave traffic and parking

Negative impact particularly on the median strip. Advice needed on responsibility NCA or EPSDD Also involve Forrest Residents Association.

Over arching

  1. Need for Deakin masterplan
  2. Who benefits financially from a change of lease purpose, the whole community or the former lease holder
  3. Traffic numbers and speed

DRA has made a submission to the National Capital Authority (NCA) about development options in the Deakin/Forrest Residential Precinct over which the NCA has responsibility. The  proposal was that development in the precinct close to Parliament House should be restricted to a single dwelling per block. This excludes blocks fronting State Circle.

The NCA  sought responses to Draft Amendment 89 (DA89). DRA asked for residents views and made the submission is at the link.



16 May / 2018

1955 Aerial Photo

 ACTmapi, which is the ACT Government’s interactive mapping service that provides the capacity to analyse ACT spatial data, has released 1955 aerial photos. It can be overlaid with cadastral information and a number of base maps.  If you go to the link you can zoom in houses trees and parks as they were then.