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.

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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



Determine what further impact assessments need to be undertaken before formal approval is sought.

Commonwealth Approval is needed under the EPBC Act where an ‘action’ has, will have or is likely to have a significant impact on one of nine matters of National Environment Significance or Commonwealth land values.
Major Projects Canberra has referred Light Rail stage 2 to Commonwealth Minister for the Environment for her opinion whether it is a ‘controlled action’ and if the impacts are significant.

The Deakin Residents Association believes the impact on these values is significant and will be putting in a submission seeking a full Environment Impact Statement. Indeed, we believe there should be Public Inquiry which is possible under the ACT.

The documentation identifies New Structures that are needed including new bridges near The Lodge and over Hopetoun Ct.

Site of proposed new bridge to position Light Rail to middle of Adelaide Ave
Proposed new bridge over Hopetoun Circuit. DRA assumes a lift will also be installed.

The full list is:

  • A new bridge between the existing Commonwealth Avenue road bridge over Lake Burley Griffin. 
  • New Commonwealth Avenue bridge over Flynn Drive. 
  • New Adelaide Avenue bridge over State Circle. 
  • New Adelaide Avenue bridge over Hopetoun Circuit. 
  • New pedestrian bridge over Adelaide Avenue to the Kent Street light rail stop. 
  • New pedestrian bridge over Yarra Glen to the Carruthers Street light rail stop. 
  • New light rail bridge over Yarralumla Creek. 
  • Decommissioning and removing the road vehicle bridge from Yamba Drive to Melrose Drive. 

DRA fully endorses the objectives of Light Rail especially:

Objective 5: deliver an affordable project solution to the Territory that drives innovation and provides a value for money outcome.

Objective 4: provide Canberrans with an attractive, convenient, efficient and reliable integrated public transport system that facilitates choice, increases public transport patronage and reduces car dependency. 

We remain sceptical about the current proposal achieving those aims. We ask if the current express bus to Woden and local Deakin bus services will operate after Light Rail is built.

More information and documents at link to Light Rail referral site

The forum organised by the Inner South Canberra Community Council on Sunday 5th May 2019 at Eastlake Football Club, Griffith was attended by 176 participants and generally agreed to be a great success.
The meeting was compered most effectively by Malcolm Farr, national political editor of

Marea Fatseas, Chair of the ISCCC was not able to attend at last minute and George Wilson filled in for her. Many thanks to Sonia Owens for her organisation.

We met and heard from a variety of CANDIDATES seeking our VOTE on May 18th in the electorate of Canberra and for the Senate in the Federal Election.
The House of Representatives candidates for the electorate of Canberra
• Labor – Alicia Payne
• Greens – Tim Hollo
• Australian Progressives – Robert Knight
• Independent – Tim Bohm
• Liberal – Mina Zaki (attended towards the end)
Senate Candidates
• Labor  – Katy Gallagher
• Labor   Nancy Waites
• Independent – Anthony Pesec
• Independent – Gary Kent
• Greens – Penny Kyburz
• Sustainable Aust Party            John Haydon
• Independent    Nick Houston
• Independent    Gary Cowton


  • Will you commit to advocate for increased funding and other resourcing of the National Capital Authority to enable it to fulfil its responsibilities more effectively in planning for, and protecting the heritage values of not only the Parliamentary Triangle but the national capital and ACT more broadly?
  • What will you do to ensure the Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories exercises its responsibilities effectively, including its oversight of the National Capital Authority?
  • When the ACT government seeks Commonwealth approvals for light rail stage 2, will you advocate for an inquiry by the Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories, including on:
  • whether a rigorous cost-benefit analysis has been undertaken, including whether alternative technologies can deliver the same outcome at less expense
  • what lessons have been learnt from evaluation of stage 1, and
  • whether an integrated transport and land use plan for the Civic to Woden corridor has been developed with meaningful community engagement?
  • Will you commit to advocate for meaningful community engagement on a masterplan and precinct code for Manuka to the Foreshore, an area with many heritage listed places and valued parks and landscapes, and that includes land under the responsibility of both federal and ACT Governments?
  • Given that the ACT and region are experiencing rapid growth, but the ACT essentially remains a city state with a narrow industry base, are you prepared to lobby for a review of federal funding to ensure adequate funding, especially for infrastructure, taking into account cross-border issues?
  • Will you advocate, with your “local members” hat on, to the ACT Government to ensure proposals for new waste management facilities in Canberra, including in Fyshwick, are subject to rigorous cost-benefit analysis, especially of health and environmental impacts?

Section: 66 DEAKIN, which is the site behind the Telstra Building on Kent St, has been refused development approval as a storage facility.

A copy of the Notice of Decision Number 201833473 in accordance with the requirements of Section 170 of the Planning and Development Act 2007 can be downloaded at link

A copy of the application and the decision are also available for inspection on the Public Register.  The register can be inspected between 8:30am and 4:30pm weekdays at Access Canberra Customer Service Centre, 16 Challis Street, Dickson, ACT.

Ben Morton MP, the Chair of the Standing Committee said he was surprised that the ACT Government was proposing a light rail service that was slower than the existing bus service. Nevertheless planning is proceeding after a decision by Standing Committee. See CT

Then on 12 March, Federal Labor announced $200m to support the project. CT

The route on Adelaide Avenue needs closest attention by DRA.

The latest the maps from the Canberra Times show light rail not in the middle of Adelaide Avenue but descending to Hopetoun Circuit then rising on the other side. The Hopetoun / Adelaide intersection is already dangerous and complex, especially at school drop off times, let alone when the proposed Aged Care facility is built. Its hard to imagine how light rail travelling in both directions can be accommodated on ramps with cars travelling in one direction. Are traffic lights planned?

Equally problematic is how does light rail can pass in both directions between State Circle and Adelaide Ave in front of the Lodge. What are the implications for the bike lanes? Are more traffic lights envisaged

Then what happens at Novar /Kent St intersection with Adelaide Ave. How does light rail fit with plans for an interchange to pass traffic to the Molonglo?

Perhaps the option to avoid light rail disrupting traffic flows is the laying tracks down the middle of Adelaide Avenue, (or the exiting bus lanes) but that means the route via Capital Circle, not State Circle, with even less chance of it being used.

These matters need to be incorporated in a thorough cost benefit analysis is needed that considers these issues before Stage II proceeds.

DRA also believes light rail must be part of an integrated transport plan that follows agreement on the extent of proposed infill along the route such as the Deakin Mint ovals and Curtin horse paddocks.

DRA remains concerned about the impact of light rail on the heritage values of the Parliamentary Triangle and the Lake. We note Jack Kershaw’s option of another lake bridge along lines of Burley Griffin’s original proposal.