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.

Purdon Planning Pty Ltd on behalf of Hindmarsh constructions has submitted a DA for a proposal for a storage facility for the Section 66 site in figure below.

DRA believes approval now would overlook the decision of the ACT Legislative Assembly that the Government should develop an Integrated Plan for Red Hill Nature Reserve and environs,  including Section 66 Deakin. Not to do so would show disregard for the expressed views of local residents and community organisations in last years petition with 3,100 signatures.



DRA is concerned that the proposal will lead to even more pressure on parking at Deakin shops and extra traffic in our suburb? Noting that Garran shops are  twice as close to the proposal as Deakin, and the need to avoid Brereton St and Gowrie Drive becoming a ‘rat run’, can an access management be implemented at the site in the figure to share the burden with Garran?
Also, will the injection of funds from the sale of the land to the developer solve the Club’s financial problems in the longer term?

DRA has made following submission in  response to the DA.
Special thanks to Neal Davis for compiling views of neighbours and preparing it.

Based on feedback to the DRA, local residents are supportive of the proposal as set out in DA201833330. The matters raised in this submission relate to:

  • the process for changing the existing Crown Lease to allow for the construction of ‘supportive housing’ and the charges involved;
  • the manner by which the Lessee proposes to achieve the aim of marketing the units to over 55s;
  • whether any units might be taken up for ‘public housing’;
  • no stormwater runoff from the property; and
  • the timing of demolition and construction.

Red Hill Regenerators had a working bee from Hampden Place Deakin on Sunday, 8 April hacking away at woody weeds on the Deakin side of the hill and parts of proposed Section 66 (Telstra site development on Kent St  Deakin. You can see their efforts if you walk around the hill near the bottom water tank – cut-down weedy shrubs such as privet and cotoneaster with pink weedkiller on their stumps, making room for the native trees and shrubs to regenerate.

Afterwards, Michael Mulvaney took people on a walk to show them a coconut ant nest (within the Deakin suburb boundary), a recent Significant Sighting on the Canberra Nature Map and a first for Red Hill, as the nests are the only known breeding site for the Very Rare and Threatened small ant-blue butterfly, and possibly another rare butterfly too. He also spoke about recent sightings of the Very Rare and Threatened Little Eagle just nearby on this side of the hill (photos below).

DRA will be in closer contact with proposed RRG activities in Deakin and planning to collaborate more closely

The proposed Light Rail to Woden would pass through Parliamentary Zone, which is managed by the federal National Capital Authority (NCA) rather than the ACT Government. Under the 1974 Parliament Act, all building work within that zone must be approved by both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

The NCA chief planner Andrew Smith is not assuming that approval is going to be a “tick and flick.” He expects politicians will be particularly keen to ensure the heritage qualities of Commonwealth and Kings avenues were protected.

To prepare for a potential Parliamentary inquiry, DRA would like to survey the views of residents.  A copy of our 2017 submission to ACT inquiry  can be downloaded at DRA Light Rail submission GRW June 2017 .

If you would like to help with this task, maybe design a survey and compile views, could you reply to

1 Jan / 2018

Deakin trees

Deakin trees are under stress. 

Several oak trees near shops look to be dying.

A Brittle Gum in Stonehaven Cres just fell over in nil wind on a hotter day.

Fortunately no one was hurt.  Fire Brigade did a great job clearing the road.