9 Jan / 2020

State of Alert

 A State of Alert was declared for the ACT on Thu 2 Jan 2020.

ACT Emergency Services Commissioner Georgeina Whelan has been appointed the Emergency Controller.

BE PREPARED:  The ISCCC encourages all Canberrans to develop a Bushfire Survival Plan and discuss with family and friends what you would do in the event of a bushfire.  A carefully thought out plan could save your life, the lives of family members, your neighbours, your pets and farm animals and your home.

The ESA advises the State of Alert is about preparedness. There is no immediate threat to the Territory. As a community we must all be prepared ahead of more extreme weather conditions that are forecast for the ACT and our surrounding region in the coming days, especially Friday.

The State of Alert that has been put in place will ensure that ACT emergency services are able to be as responsive as possible to any risks of bushfire in the coming days.

For all updates in relation to the State of Alert, please visit the ESA website at esa.act.gov.au or follow ACT ESA on Facebook and Twitter.

and on the RED CROSS website at:

With bushfires currently in the surrounding region, it is important to keep up-to-date on the changing conditions via the ACT ESA WEBPAGE at https://esa.act.gov.au.  More frequent updates are provided on the ESA FACEBOOK and TWITTER sites.

STAY INFORMED WITH APPS you can download onto your phone.

To stay informed of fire activity in our region and around the country, we recommend:
FIRES NEAR ME: at https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fires-near-me  This app is constantly updated by NSW Rural Fire Service and will provide you with a map of fire activity. When you click on an icon shown on the map, you can read a brief description of the status of that fire.
ABC LISTEN APP: The official emergency broadcaster. Click on ‘Edit Stations’ in the top right-hand corner of the home page to select the station/s you want to listen to.

AIR QUALITY: With more smoke expected to descend upon Canberra at around 4:00pm on Wednesday 8 January you can monitor air quality at:
AIRRATER APP at https://airrater.org
For regular updates on Canberra’s air quality go to: https://www.health.act.gov.au/about-our-health-system/population-health/environmental-monitoring/monitoring-and-regulating-air
Don’t forget to check on elderly and vulnerable neighbours during these extreme weather events.

Canberra: https://www.cityservices.act.gov.au/roads-and-paths/act_public_road_closures
NSW: LIVE TRAFFIC APP or https://www.livetraffic.com/desktop.html

Emergency Services have asked that you only phone 000 if you can actually see FLAMES from a fire or have a life-threatening emergency.
Please do not phone 000 to report smoke.


The ACT Government has announced that P2/N95 masks are being delivered to pharmacies and will be available for people at risk of the health impacts of exposure to the smoke from 7 January 2019. Masks will also be available through the Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service for their clients.

The groups of particularly sensitive individuals who will be able to access these masks, if they choose, include:

  • People with existing chronic lung and heart conditions, such as asthma, chronic bronchitis or emphysema, and heart disease
  • All pregnant women, and
  • People over 65 years of age.

Each eligible person will receive two masks at the pharmacy.

ACT Health recommends that people with lung conditions, such as chronic obstructive airways disease, asthma or emphysema, and people with chronic heart conditions, should seek advice from their medical practitioner prior to using these masks.

For further information visit the ACT Health website at: https://health.act.gov.au/…/heavy-smoke-and-hot-conditions-…

In regards to retail sales of masks, some are available at Canberra pharmacies and hardware stores.


The Annual General Meeting of the Deakin Residents Association was held at the Bridge Club, Duff Place, Deakin on 7.00 p.m. 20 Nov 2019

The Draft Minutes and the President’s report are at this link.

The meeting was preceded by a presentation from guest speaker Mr Chris Steel MLA  Minister for Transport and City Services; Community Services and Facilities ; Multicultural Affairs in the ACT Government. He spoke on the Light Rail proposal, the potential impact on existing bus services and travel times between Woden and Civic. He discussed the health of trees particularly at the Deakin shops. We were also able to raise with him our concerns about traffic volume, speeds and parking.


12 Dec / 2019

Trees at Deakin shops

Deakin trees continue to deteriorate. In his presentation before the AGM Minister Steel said they had been unable to diagnose the what was ailing the oaks at the shops.  Mulch had been applied to assist water retention.  But first we need rain.

The Inner South Canberra Community Council (ISCCC) invites you to have your say on what you value about your local area, suburb or the inner south generally, what you would like to change, or to be protected, to make it a better place to live.

The results will be discussed at the ISCCC AGM Tues 12 Nov 2019, 7-9pm Eastlake Football Club (Duffy Room)
3 Oxley Street, Griffith.

In particular, ISCCC is seeking your views on planning and development issues, as the ACT Government is undertaking the most comprehensive review of the planning system in over a decade.

The ISCCC is a volunteer-run association and peak body of inner south residents groups. It aims to improve the social, cultural, economic and environmental well being of Inner South Canberra and the Inner South Canberra community.

Inner south suburbs are Barton, Kingston, Griffith, Forrest, Deakin, Red Hill, Narrabundah, Yarralumla, Oaks Estate, Fyshwick, Symonston.

To do the survey click this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ISCCC2019

Some very unhappy Deakin residents are concerned about the size of  communications tower that has been constructed on the Deakin Oval. This eyesore can be readily seen from many parts of Deakin and  is unacceptable visual pollution and further erosion of our objective of enhancing the residential, suburban, social and environmental qualities of Deakin, consistent with garden city planning principles.

Why TPG needs a separate tower when there are already towers in Deakin, presumably owned by competing companies, at both bottom and the top of Gowrie Drive. We understand that ACT Government is not responsible for competition in the communication industry but we regard such triplication as just another example of appalling national policies on Communication (and Energy). We have competing poles and wire and now we have competing towers!

DRA understands that the development proposal for the communication tower involved a pre-consultation process and a formal consultation process from 2 August 2018 to 3 September 2018. However, the Deakin Residents Association was not informed by the developer, not invited to the pre-consultation process and not advised by the ACT Government of any subsequent consultations. After hearing through informal channels of a discussion of some form of development for the Deakin Oval, and unaware of what that might be, on 3 December 2018, the Deakin Residents’ Association wrote to EPSDD to seek information.

We have now seen correspondence from the tower provider, Catalyst One Pty Ltd, to EPSDD dated 1 August 2018 advising that the planned tower was to be a ‘new 20 metre monopole to replace an existing 20 metre light pole to establish a telecommunications facility located in Deakin’. However this advice is misleading as the documentation (attached) shows the top of the huge communications panels at 22.85 metres and the top of the tower itself beyond that, so the height in total is far above 20 metres. The girth of the tower is also massively larger than that of other light poles on the Deakin Oval. We are continually confronted by developments that ‘slightly’ exceed what is legal and or that have been approved in this case  22.85 m is not 20 m let alone the facility on top.

Comments from residents are welcome and will be passed to the Minister to whom we have written and who will be at our AGM on 20 Nov.

The Deakin Residents Association will be holding our Annual General Meeting at the Bridge Club, Duff Street, Deakin. The date for the meeting is 20th November from 6:00 pm (1800h).  More details and nomination forms at web page

The DRA is honoured to have Chris Steel MLA, (Minister for Transport and City Services; Community Services and Facilities ; Multicultural Affairs; ACT Government and Canberra) attending as the guest speaker at our Annual General Meeting. He has undertaken to talk from 1830 h on topics of particular interest to members of the DRA. These include the Light Rail proposal, the potential impact on existing bus services and travel times between Woden and Civic.


DRA has submitted an application for support under the Adopt a Park program that seeks to facilitate the formation of a volunteer group within the DRA in the upkeep and maintenance of the park. Our hope is that the funding will lead to increased community use of the park; and, contribute to the enhancement of Canberra’s reputation as a ‘garden city’.  We will ask the Minister at our AGM how our application is going.

For your information , the Double Shot at the Deakin shops has applied for a liquor licence and extended opening hours. Seems like a reasonable proposal to DRA.

It seems like a reasonable proposal and will add to Deakin amenity.

Also making changes to enable easier access for patrons morning takeaway coffee.

The ACT government has released a draft of the ‘Integrated Plan for the Red Hill Nature Reserve and surrounding areas’  as prepared in accordance with the resolution of the Legislative Assembly.

It proposes the development of a retirement village in the southern portion of the Federal Golf Course with access via Kitchener Street. See map below.

DRA supports this change as it acknowledges that the previously proposed retirement village on the driving range adjacent to the clubhouse which to be accessed via Gowrie Drive and was less then half as close to Deakin shops as it was to Garran shops. Traffic would have increased on Gowrie Drive plus putting further pressure to Deakin shops.

We understand that residents adjacent to the proposal are now agitated.

In supporting the change we are also advocating that the proposed land swap should proceed.  It anticipated the re-dedication of a a high conservation area in the north-west of the golf course lease as an addition to the Red Hill Reserve.

This image outlines the timing and sequence of planning stages and engagement with stakeholders undertaken to develop the draft Integrated Plan for the Red Hill Nature Reserve and surrounding areas. The process began in October 2017, when a resolution of the ACT Legislative Assembly resolving that an Integrated Plan for Red Hill Nature Reserve and surrounding residential areas is required. It also called for a considered and integrated approach to planning in the area. Throughout 2018, the project area was scoped and defined, and initial research was completed including site inspections and the assessment of various ecological, development, land use and traffic issues. Stakeholders were consulted throughout 2018 including government agencies, community councils, local residents’ groups and environmental organisations. Draft findings for the area were identified in early 2019, which prompted further traffic studies and additional ecological research. Draft directions and recommendations were completed in August 2019 and presented to stakeholders. The draft directions will be available for broader community information in late 2019, following which a final plan will be prepared and presented to the Legislative Assembly in early 2020.

The other elements are

  • Providing community facilities through the development of a retirement village, to be located in the southern portion of the Federal Golf Course with access via Kitchener Street.
  • 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.

The full report is available at the ACT Gov website