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

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.



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.

The Act Legislative Assembly is currently conducting inquiries into:

  • Engagement into Development Application Processes in the ACT, and
  • Nature in Our City.

The first inquiry is examining:

  • Community engagement and participation in the Development Application process;
  • The accessibility and effectiveness of Development Application processes;
  • Development Application compliance, assessment and enforcement measures;
  • Development Application practices and principles used in other Australian jurisdictions.

Public submissions are sought by 1 June 2018.

The second inquiry is examining the value of the natural environment to an urbanising Canberra, including:

  • The growing importance of urban open space and bushland reserves and the benefits they bring to Canberra;
  • The level of public support for, and satisfaction with, the amount and quality of natural environment areas;
  • Managing the interface between the natural environment and urban areas, particularly in regards to conserved environmental areas; and,
  • Current policy on regulatory settings that impede the integration of the natural environment within optimal urban development and design.

Public submissions are sought by   8 June 2018.

Further details are available on the Act Legislative Assembly web site –

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 National Capital Authority (NCA) is proposing 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 is seeking responses to Draft Amendment 89 (DA89) by 16 April 2018.

The Deakin Residents’ Association will be making a submission and would particularly like to hear from members who are residents of the Deakin Precinct area, about issues they would like raised. We would also be happy to hear from other residents of the affected area of Deakin and have a view.

More detail:

The NCA has issued a Draft Amendment to the National Capital Plan, following consideration of responses to its Issues Paper released for public comment in April 2017.

DA89 proposes to introduce specific requirements for those residential blocks in theDeakin/Forrest Residential Precinct bound by Hobart Avenue, National Circuit, Canterbury Crescent, and blocks fronting State Circle.

Key proposed requirements for these blocks include:

  • other than those sites fronting State Circle, a single dwelling only per block be permitted;
  • new and existing trees to be capable of providing at least 15% canopy coverage of a site when trees are mature;
  • not less than 35% of total site is to be for planting area, meaning an area of land covered by trees, grass or lawn, garden beds, shrubs and the like.

Existing provisions of the Plan concerning building height and plot ratio are not proposed to change. This includes a maximum building height of two storeys and eight metres above ground level, and a maximum plot ratio of 0.4.

Even more details of the Draft Amendment can be found  at

Comments should be sent to by 8 April 2018.  If you are not a member we look forward to you signing up at

A Development Application (DA) 201833330 is now on the ACT Government’s website for the redevelopment of the St Luke’s Anglican Church site, Deakin (Block 1 Section 30).


The proposal covers the demolition of the existing buildings; the construction of 8 new two storey semi-detached residential townhouses, attached garages, landscaping and associated works. The existing Crown Lease will be surrendered to be replaced by a ‘market’ lease with a purpose clause to permit the construction of supportive housing.


The DA, lodged by Purdon Planning Pty Ltd on behalf of The Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn, can be located under DEAKIN at the following link:


The period for representations closes on 30 April 2018.


For a co-ordinated response by the Deakin Residents’ Association please send any comments/questions on the DA by Monday 16th April 2018 to:


Neal Davis at 50 Newdegate Street, Deakin ACT


Telephone: 6285 1217

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Deakin Residents Association, Forrest Residents Group, Griffith Narrabundah Community Association, Kingston and Barton Resident Group, Oaks Estate Progress Association, Old Narrabundah Community Council, Red Hill Residents Group, Yarralumla Residents Association

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