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. 

Canberra Times article by Emily Baker on 27 Dec 2017 reports on Deakin Residents’ Association strong opposition to Provectus Care’s proposal for a two-building aged care facility on Grey Street.  The 102-bed nursing home proposed for Deakin would limit the suburb’s light rail options, further exacerbate existing traffic woes and invade the privacy of nearby embassies, schools and homes, according to the local residents’ group.  Read more at article.

DRA wrote to Minister Meegan Fitzharris in May 2017 about traffic speeds and pedestrian transit under Adelaide Ave to  Yarralumla.  In Dec 2017  we  learn that traffic islands will be extended, path links and signage, and line-marking will be improved in accord with following drawings.

The ACT Government very correctly, seeks to encourage children to walk and ride to school. In DRA’s view the improvements are modest. Pedestrian access (and bike transit ) remains dangerous. Zebra crossings are not envisaged and  further work will be needed for light rail stage 2. Should it go ahead, passengers will be walking along Hopetoun Circuit to and from the middle of Adelaide Avenue to catch a lift to the level of the light rail.

Given that serious doubts are emerging about light rail stage 2, including that it will double current express transit times between Woden and Civic, DRA would like pedestrian improvements installed expeditiously.  Comments can be made by 20 Jan 2018 to Ms Snezana Dimitrovska  snezana.dimitrovska@act.gov.au | Senior Traffic Engineer,  Traffic Management and Safety | Roads ACT | Transport Canberra and City Services | ACT  Government (Ph) 6207 6570 | (M) 0432 757 189





On 6 Dec 2017, DRA made a response to the Development Application for to vary the lease and develop a 102 bed residential aged care facility on Grey St, Block 13 Section 49 Deakin,  201732711.  DRA submission

DRA believes a high-rise nursing-home on a tiny block on Grey Street, Deakin is not the best use of the site. DRA is concerned that the proposal will cause a number of problems for the residents and neighbours. It will exacerbate existing traffic problems and noise, fails to provide adequate parking and will overlook the adjacent residential area. The size and location of the site is inappropriate for the intended use by clients. The proposal will limit options for the route of light rail.

DRA retained the services of Ted Streatfeild RPIA, an expert in planning to review the DA. His review is at link.  He identified that the DA does not comply with the Development Control Plan applicable to this site in a number of respects. Given that the DCP takes precedence, this is a major issue.

His review  also identified issues in regard to parking inadequacy, the removal of protected trees, the lack of an active frontage to Hopetoun Circuit and waste collection conflicting with pedestrian access and car parking at the front of the building.

The full proposal can be downloaded from ACT Govt website here

A community panel was established to “hold open and inclusive discussions about how the Federal Golf Club site should evolve and develop into the future” The Panel aimed to “endeavour to form a consensus view on development opportunities”.

Six Panel members have found it necessary to present their own report to Members of the Legislative Assembly. The six Panel members are the:

  • Deakin Residents’ Association
  • Conservation Council ACT Region
  • Friends of Grasslands
  • Garran and Hughes Residents’ Action Group
  • Hughes Residents’ Association
  • Red Hill Regenerators

The key recommendation made by this group is that:

the ACT Government suspend all development activity in the Red Hill open space area until an overarching planning and management framework for the area has been prepared and implemented.

The report is at the FEDERAL GOLF CLUB report to ACT Assembly Nov 13.

A 102-bed aged care facility is planned for a block of land in Deakin that was occupied by the Margaret Dimoff Art Gallery, formerly known as the Solander Gallery. The 2973 square-metre site is located on the corner of Hopetoun Circuit and Grey Street next to Canberra Girls Grammar School.

The proposal can be downloaded here

DRA held a public meeting on the proposal in August 2017.