Meeting of residents associations and others on 11 December 2018

Summary notes

Planning Processes –

o   Consultation across all sectors of the ACT Government and the National Capital Authority as well as the key stakeholders including proponents of Deakin section 66 and at the Federal Golf Club.

o   Independent traffic analysis has been undertaken.

o   Next step to take feedback from these meetings and update options and analysis and come back to stakeholders in early February 2019.  EPSDD will work toward a draft Integrated Plan possibly for April 2019.

·        Study area including:

o   The core study area – all blocks adjacent to the Red Hill Nature Reserve and the surrounding open space network.

o   The broader context area – residential areas of Hughes, Garran and Deakin; Deakin office park.  Areas excluded are the Garran hospital precinct; and the Commonwealth land and playing fields adjacent to Adelaide Avenue at Deakin

·        Ecological  values:

o   Mapped within the Red Hill Nature Reserve

o   Review of the Plan of Management for the Canberra Nature Park including the Red Hill Nature Reserve

o   Funding the capping of the old Deakin tip

o   Values, links and corridors on surrounding open space network and leased lands.

·        Opportunities and constraints to urban development in the core study area:

o   Traffic analysis –

§  Kent Street is likely to require upgrades in the near future with implications for development within the Deakin office park and at Deakin section 66;


§  Gowrie Drive traverses the nature reserve and is problematic in terms of emergency access egress for development at the Federal Golf Club

§  Brereton Street is a low order residential street and is not recommended as alternative access for the Federal Golf Club

§  A thoroughfare linking Brereton Street with Gowrie Drive would create a significant rat run.

o   Bushfire risk – is problematic for leases adjoining the Red Hill Nature Reserve including; Deakin section 66; parts of the Federal Golf Club and its sole access along Gowrie Drive; residential low density areas adjoining the nature reserve.

o   The established low density settlement pattern of areas surrounding the nature reserve and potential for increased edge affects limit development potential in the area.

Option 1 – do nothing –

§  The Federal Golf Club could explore uses permitted under the current PRZ2 restricted access recreation zoning including a range of recreation uses; hotels; motels and clubs up to 15% of the site

§  Deakin office park and community facilities allow a range of uses for which there are current development applications in train.

§  Deakin section 66 could be developed for a uses permitted under the current TSZ2 services zoning including storage facility, waste transfer stations and the like.

Option 2 – development as proposed by developers –

§  Retirement village at Federal Golf Course provided the constraints relating to emergency access, traffic and ecological values are addressed

§  Significant mixed use residential development at Deakin section 66 provided the constraints relating to bushfire, traffic, ecological values and the old Deakin tip are addressed.

§  Deakin office park as per option 1

Option 3 – expanded Deakin office park

§  The Federal Golf Club could explore uses permitted under the current PRZ2 restricted access recreation zoning as for option 1

§  Include Deakin section 66 into the Deakin office park area with limitations on residential development on the site provided the constraints relating to bushfire, traffic, ecological values and the old Deakin tip are addressed.

§  Deakin office park as per option 1

o   Option 4 – expanded Deakin office park and alternatives for the Federal Golf Club

§  The Federal Golf Club could explore development at another location on the site with alternative access of Kitchener Street.

§  Include Deakin section 66 into the Deakin office park area with limitations on residential development on the site provided the constraints relating to bushfire, traffic, ecological values and the old Deakin tip are addressed.

§  Deakin office park as per option 1

·        Discussion/comments from the group:

o   The Prime consideration /objective relates to the preservation of the Red Hill Nature Reserve and any impacts on it.

o   The broader context has been considered (and largely related to if certain options might be pursued).

o   Weeds and management of weeds in the Red Hill Nature Reserve is a fundamental consideration for the protection of the values of the reserve.

o   Ecological values – have been mapped within the area of the Red Hill Nature Reserve as well as the identification of key values, links and corridors outside the reserve.

o   Traffic analysis – discussion was broad ranging and included: time counts; modelling; the recent upgrades (speed bump) in place

o   Deakin Section 66 – is essentially two parts being the  current footprint of development and vacant land

o   Federal Golf Club site –

§  Gowrie Drive  widening might have impacts on the wildlife and environment

§  Suggestion for handing part of the site back to the reserve with the balance being utilised for recreation and/or education

§  The scale of development was discussed including – height, number of units (scale) and location (siting).  GAHRAG will forward some considerations of this.

§  Management of site retained if developed under the retirement village MBark model

§  preference is for Gowrie Drive as is or closed.

DRA has learnt that the Development Application for the Aged Care Facility in Grey St was approved in March 2018 by both EPSD and the NCA and that work is due to begin ‘early in the New Year”. See a copy of the decision approval.

DRA did not get a response to our submission on parking, traffic and apparent breeches of codes and rules before the proposal was approved.

EPSD has said “they didn’t know what had happened but suggested that the person concerned may not have been familiar with the procedure”. EPSD ‘appreciated’ the problem and that DRA had the right to access the ACAT process.

DRA has also learnt that expansion of the CGGS Junior School and the Early Learning Centre next year are likely to increase vehicle movement and parking by approximately 75% for the ELC and 25% for the Junior School.

John Bell and Di Johnstone are leading our scrutiny of these issues and potential impact on our suburb. If you would like to support their work, you could contact John on 0438732953.

Presidents Report 2017 /18

The Report by George Wilson that was presented at the AGM is available at past year 2017_2018.

The report also raised a number of more positive activities for DRA so as to avoid appearing only to being a brake on what we see as inappropriate building and other developments.

DRA is seeking to make contact with members who would like to initiate them.  Topics include:

  • Community Gardening
    • Shops
    • Roundabouts
    • Latrobe and Rosemary Dobson Parks
  • Restoring Nature Strips
  • Growing Street Libraries – like the one in Barron St
  • Developing a Community Garden
  • Reviewing bicycle routes
  • Suburb-wide power infrastructure and communications technology
  • Community Party in Latrobe Park
  • Growing membership –
    • especially younger members
    • commercial members

To indicate you interest please complete the form at Deakin Initiatives

Gai Brodtmann MP, Member for Canberra

We are fortunate Gai Brodtmann is able to attend the beginning of our meeting. She will not be re-contesting next year’s Federal election and will speak to us about her term since election in 2010. She is also a member of the Joint Standing Committee on National Capital and Ext Territories which considered Light Rail through the Parliamentary Precinct.

Update on PROGRESS and IMPEDIMENTS to Developments in Deakin

Rob Purdon from Purdon Planning has kindly agreed to take questions on proposals for which his company has been engaged by developers to consult.

  1. Grey Street – Aged Care Facility
  2. Houses on the former Church site on Newdegate St
  3. Multi- units on Telstra site on Kent St -Telstra – Section 66

All Welcome – Bridge Club, Duff St

Drinks and nibbles from 5.45pm

Please let DRA Secretary know if you are able to attend.

Followed at 7 pm by the AGM of DRA


Waste and waste-to-energy policy

7-7.30pm ACT Government presentation Speakers:
• Greg Haraldson, Manager, Industry Development, ACTNoWaste
• Lisa Johnson, Senior Manager, Business Development Unit

Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate

7.30-8pm ACT Government presentation on new integrated transport network
The new bus network will come into effect in January 2019 – ACT Government officials will provide an update in response to earlier community consultations.

Judith Sturman, Executive Director Transport Canberra
Peter Steele, Manager Business Improvements Transport Canberra

ISCCC Annual General Meeting: 8-9pm

• Find out what the ISCCC has been doing in the past year.
• Nominate for, or participate in, the elections for officeholder positions.
Nomination forms at:

Notice of 2018 Annual General Meeting


The DRA 2018 AGM will be held at the Deakin Bridge Club, Duff Place, Deakin on 21 November 2018.  The papers about the meeting are at the link on the DRA website :

  • Notice of Meeting, including the Agenda;
  • Nomination form for Office bearer and Committee positions;
  • Proxy form for those people unable to attend.

Copies of the Minutes of the 2017 AGM and 2018 audited financial statements will be made available at the meeting.

Please note that drinks and nibbles will be available from 5.45 pm and after the conclusion of the meeting.

It is intended that the Guest speaker will talk and be available for questions from 6.00pm to 6.30 pm.  The name of the speaker will be advised to you separately, once this has been finalised.

The business of the AGM will commence at 6.30 pm.

Could you please let us know at if you are no longer a resident of Deakin or, if you are not, whether you still own property in Deakin.  In this instance you may still be eligible to be a member.

I look forward to seeing you at the AGM.

George Wilson


DRA has prepared a brochure for letterboxes. It informs about recent activities and aims to encourage new membership.

Copy at link Deakin Residents Association 2018 Brochure 

We need your help delivering them. Can you take a handful and distribute in your street. A pleasant evening’s walking.

Let me know if you’d like a some and the street(s) you could undertake to deliver.
Fix a time to collect from 51 Stonehaven Cres

George Wilson


DRA has made the following submission in regard to Development  application 201834341: Block 9 Section 13

The Deakin Residents Association would like to make the following comments about DA 201834341: Block 9 Section 13 Fergusson Cres Deakin.

The DRA notes that once again there is a lack of compliance with the Rules in regard to plot ratio, building setbacks, building height, courtyard walls and privacy.

The DRA is concerned that developers in Deakin, as elsewhere in Canberra, continue to push the boundaries outside the existing Rules. We wonder why the rules exist if breaches are permitted. If the ACT had an anti corruption agency we would ask it to consider this and numerous other similar cases of rule breaches.

DRA is also concerned about the proposed removal of four mature trees that are significant to the streetscape. These are the trees numbered in the supplied Tree Survey as 1, 2, 3 (on the Fergusson Crescent frontage) and number 5 (on the Gawler Crescent frontage).

Retention of these trees would appear to have only a trivial affect on the proposed building works, but would significantly soften the impact of the stark new townhouse terrace on streetscape viewed both from Fergusson Crescent and from Gawler Crescent.

DRA fully supports the representation by Dr John and Mrs Judy Bell, in relation to DA 20183434. They are the neighbours of the proposed development. If permitted to proceed as proposed the development will have a significant negative impact on their property.

We strongly advocate that the proposal be modified to comply with the Rules or refused because of its impact on the street and neighbouring properties.

Yours sincerely

George Wilson


DATE: Monday 10 September 2018
TIME: 6:00pm – 8.00pm
VENUE: Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth Ave, Yarralumla ACT 2601

Jack Waterford AM, Max Bourke, Juliet Ramsay, Luisa Capezio, Fiona Carrick, Marea Fatseas,
The event is free but to let organisers know about numbers Book here

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ABOUT: Canberra’s unique public spaces and urban environmental and heritage values are being subjected to significant change through a number of development projects, such as the Gungahlin to Civic Light Rail corridor development, the proposed City to Lake project and major urbanisation projects across suburbs and in town centres. Such projects invariably involve changes to planning policies.

Serious concerns have been raised by various Community Councils and community groups interested in specific aspects of a project or its impacts on the heritage and amenity values. The questions raised in particular are:

  • has the Government complied with its statutory planning requirements?
  • has there been adequate consultation with the local communities, and has the Government provided the necessary relevant information to those communities?
  • has there been input from professionals and experts? and
  • what is the Government’s vision for Canberra?

This IGPA Seminar will discuss the role of community councils and community groups interested in specific planning and/or heritage issues. The Seminar will particularly explore the adequacy and appropriateness of community consultation processes in planning decisions across the Territory, and improvements deemed necessary to those processes.

The Seminar is jointly convened by Professorial Fellow Jon Stanhope AO and Adjunct Professor Dr Khalid Ahmed PSM, and the event sponsored by the Lake Burly Griffin Guardians (LBG). The format of the event will be:

A key note address by Jack Waterford AM;
Address by Lake Burly Griffin Guardians, and brief presentations/speeches by representatives of Community Councils;
A panel discussion facilitated by Professor Mark Evans, Director Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis; and
Questions and answer session.
Resolution section chaired by the Guardians
Jack Waterford AM studied law at the Australian National University, and having graduated in 1972, started as a cadet at The Canberra Times. He was appointed Deputy Editor in 1987, Editor in 1995, Editor-in-Chief in 2001, and Editor-at-large in 2006. Jack retired in 2015, but continues as a freelance writer.

Jack is well known for his investigative journalism using Freedom of Information legislation and for his work and advocacy on indigenous health issues and on the national trachoma and eye health program. Over the years Jack has written on law, government, industrial relations, ACT politics and planning, indigenous affairs and the public service.

He was appointed to a Jefferson Fellowship at the East–West Center in 1987, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland in 1999. He is a board member of the Asia Pacific Journalism Centre. In 2007, Jack was awarded Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to journalism, particularly as a commentator on national politics and the law; to raising debate on ethical issues and public sector accountability, and to the community in the area of Indigenous affairs. He was 2007 Canberra Citizen of the Year for his contribution to journalism and Aboriginal health.


Max Bourke and Juliet Ramsay, Lake Burly Griffin Guardians;
Luisa Capezio, Campbell Community Association;
Fiona Carrick, Woden Valley Community Council; and
Marea Fatseas, Inner South Canberra Community Council.

Mark Evans is the Director and Professor of Governance at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis. He is an expert in the study and practice of governance and policy analysis. Before taking up this role he was Head of the Department of Politics at the University of York in the United Kingdom and Provost of Halifax College (1999-2009).

Mark has played an international role in supporting good administrative practices in public administration in developed and developing contexts. He has acted as a senior policy advisor, delivered training and managed evaluation projects in 26 countries. He has also worked with several Australian councils on the co-design and implementation of better policy-making frameworks to guide sustainable development.

Mark is the author, co-author or editor of 24 books in his field and has been the editor of Policy Studies since 2005. In addition, he has successfully supervised 18 PhD theses to a successful conclusion. He has been awarded honorary positions with the universities of Renmin in China, and York and Hull in the UK.

PROPOSAL FOR MULTI UNIT DEVELOPMENT – demolition of the existing dwelling and the construction of 3 new two storey dwellings, basement car parking, landscaping and associated works.

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PROPOSAL FOR MULTI UNIT DEVELOPMENT – demolition of the existing dwelling and the construction of 3 new two storey dwellings, basement car parking, landscaping and associated works.

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We found this application for you on the planning authority’s website 3 days ago. The date it was received by them was not recorded.

(Source: ACT Planning & Land Authority, reference 201834341)

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