18 May / 2021

Floriade in Deakin 2021

DRA has been granted 4800 bulbs and annuals as part of ‘Floriade in the suburbs. Our proposal is to plant them on the roundabout at junction of Buxton St and Stonehaven Cres, and at the Deakin shops.
If you can you contribute to either site preparation, planting and maintenance maybe you could complete the form at the link to indicate your availability.

Maintenance of the bulbs and annuals will continue until 10 Oct 2021

Where is Canberra’s development and planning taking us?

And what should we do about it?

5.00pm, Friday 12 March 2021

Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circuit, Forrest

The Greens recently announced a New Plan for Canberra. Join us as we explore the issues confronting planning and development in the ACT with three well-informed speakers:

  • Jack Waterford: former Editor-in-Chief of The Canberra Times and well-known critic of Canberra’s planning environment will open the Forum
  • Caroline Le Couteur: former member of the ACT Legislative Assembly and Chair of its Planning Committee will present the New Plan for Canberra, its strategy and timeline
  • Richard Johnston: Life Member of the Planning Institute of Australia and former senior planner with the ACT Planning Authority (ACTPLA, formerly NCDC)
  • Jack Waterford will invite questions and statements from the audience

Booking essential$15.00

Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/BPBPV

 Refreshments will be provided but please bring your own glass, due to COVID restrictions.

The event will be held in the MCH garden – perhaps bring a hat


A new proposal for Federal Golf Club has made by a consortium of Nikias Diamond, Stewart Architecture and the Canberra Southern Cross Club. They say their aim is to stimulate a conversation about what is possible and desirable to keep the Club viable and retain the course for quiet enjoyment by golfers, locals, and visitors alike.

The proposal includes:

  • a new clubhouse (on the site of the existing building)
    • including café/bar/restaurant/office and meeting facilities, pro shop, private Members’ bar, lockers and change facilities, and undercover car parking as well as golf cart and bicycle parking
  • a new coaching pavilion at the driving range
    • including video analysis of golf swing dynamics whilst hitting balls in both real time on the practice range and in a simulator setting, with dedicated spaces for video review and tuition
  • A new lake and upgraded water reticulation to enable better water management and maintenance of high quality surfaces
  • a flexible function venue for up to 300 people able to be used for weddings and other events such as conferences,
    • located separate to the main clubhouse to minimise impact on the golf operations
  • a 36-suite boutique hotel offering an Australian tourism experience with kangaroos at the doorstep,
    • able to be used year round by golfers, eco-tourists, wedding guests, those on corporate retreats and domestic travellers on mini breaks
  • a health club including wellness spa, gym, swimming pool, tennis courts and undercover parking
  • upgraded and signage on walking and cycling tracks and improved access to Red Hill from the surrounding suburbs
    • paths will discourage intrusion onto the fairways and greens as well as protect the highly sensitive box gum woodland ecological community.

More details at the links.

The DRA committee has drawn to the attention of the proponent that the proposal is twice as close to Garran shops as it is to Deakin. We are concerned about the impact on local traffic Deakin and the capacity of Deakin shops to handle the increase. We note that the proposal that was part of the integrated plan for Red Hill had access to Garran where as this proposal does not.

Jane Seaborn at jane@landscaperesearch.com.au

13 Nov / 2020

Flowers in November

The flower show in Deakin continues.  Some people have turned nature strips into flower beds.








Compost on one roundabout which was placed there in an effort to keep the agapanthus alive, has been the source of sweet peas and petunia’s.

Wild and other flowers on Red Hill have been wonderful.




Deakin Residents’ Association Inc.


Public meeting 18 Nov 2020

                                               Bridge Club, Duff Place, Deakin

6 00 pm  Emma Davidson MLA  (Emma is the newly elected Greens member for Murrumbidgee. She has been elevated to the ACT Cabinet, as Minister for Families and Community Services (assistant); Disability; Justice Health; Mental Health. She will discuss what she sees as priorities for the new ACT Government. Members have also expressed an interest in hearing about:

  • DRA has for years been calling for a Master Plan to be developed to integrate Kent St traffic with developments such as Equinox,
  • Light rail Stage 2 is going ahead at vast cost but no information on alternatives and relative benefits and damage to the Garden City heritage values.
  • What progress has been made on the 66 recommendations of the report on “The Inquiry into Engagement with the Development Application Process in the ACT”. This commenced under another Greens member, Caroline Le Couteur.

6.30 pm  Ian Bushnell Editor the community newspaper the RiotACT will be our other guest speaker. The RiotACT is based in Napier Close, Deakin so Ian also has an interest in the need for a master plan for Deakin and Yarralumla. Ian is a career journalist and a former News Editor and Chief of Reporting staff at The Canberra Times.

There will be time allocated to each speaker to allow for questions from the floor.

7:00 pm  AGM   and Business Agenda

  • Welcome and apologies
  • Proxies
  • Confirmation of Minutes of Annual General Meeting of 20 November 2019
  • President’s Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Election of Committee Members and Office Bearers.
    1. All positions are vacant.
    2. Nomination forms are at the link
  • Other Business
  • Close of Meeting

Please stay at home if  unwell  and get tested for Covid. Temperature checks and registration will be underway on arrival at the Bridge Club.

The meeting will be accessible by Zoom and will be recorded.

If you would like the link details contact president@deakinresidents.asn.au

23 Oct / 2020

Equinox stage 2


Plans have been prepared to extend Equinox on the former Canberra West Bowling Club site on Kent Street, currently a Wilson car park. The building will be the first in a new office precinct north of the existing four-building Equinox, with the plans showing a further three potential buildings.

Initial plans released for community consultation ahead of a development application are for a four-storey building with basement parking for 232 vehicles. The proposed 9040 square metre Building 5 development at Equinox 2 includes offices, medical suites, food and beverage outlets, co-working offices, and retail.

DRA is concerned about the additional traffic in Kent St that Equinox 2 and subsequent buildings will generate. Congestion in Kent Street, and in Deakin generally, is already a serious issue.

DRA has for years been calling for a Master Plan to be developed to integrate developments and avoid this sort of ad hocery. A Master Plan should integrate light rail Stage 2, which also is going ahead at vast cost, no information on alternatives and relative benefits and damage to the Garden City heritage values.

These issues will be discussed at the DRA AGM on 18 Nov in the 1830h Bridge Club.  SAVE THE DATE. Ian Bushnell from the community newspaper the RiotACT will be our guest speaker. The RiotACT is based in Napier Close, Deakin and so Ian will also discuss the need for a master plan for Deakin and Yarralumla. The meeting will be accessible by Zoom. If you would the link details contact secretary@deakinresidents.asn.au 

In the meantime Canberra Town Planning is organising a community information sessions for the Equinox 2 proposal. A virtual presentation and Q&A will be held on Tuesday, 27 October from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm. To register and receive a link send your name, surname and email to Canberra Town Planning.

A physical drop-in session will be held on Wednesday, 28 October between 5.30 pm and 7:00 pm at Level 3, Equinox 1, 70 Kent Street, Deakin.

We have members ready to prepare a coordinated response. If you would like to join in and contribute please respond to former president@deakinresidents.asn.au

22 Sep / 2020

Deakin Spring Flowers

Blossums and bulbs are Deakin’s contribution to the Garden City in Spring.


Improving the street and park scape

Roundabouts could be improved and planted out. That at junction of Stonehaven Crescent and Jervois Street was cleared of vegetation some years ago and remains bare.
Latrobe Park is in serious need of attention and support.
The trees are dying at the Deakin shops.  Let us know if you are interested in helping.

The Special General Meeting by Zoom is set for 7.00 pm, on Thursday 10 September 2020. The purpose of the meeting is to ask DRA members to vote on the resolution, “That the proposed amended Rules of the Deakin Residents’ Association be adopted by Special Resolution of the 2020 Special General Meeting of the Deakin Residents’ Association”. The meeting will be conducted by Zoom.

The Inner South Canberra Community Council

 Priority policies and actions for the incoming ACT government ACT elections 2020

A. Streetscapes, Urban Forest and Open Spaces

The ISCCC’s online survey of 555 residents clearly demonstrated the high value they place on their
streetscapes, urban forest and open spaces. Therefore, the ISCCC advocates:

  1.  An ongoing program of better maintenance and renewal of the urban forest, verges and vegetation
    contributing to the streetscape.
  2.  Ongoing improvements to, and better maintenance of open spaces, parks and reserves, with Telopea Park being of particular concern.
  3. Transparency about what’s being done and community engagement to achieve better outcomes.

B. Planning priorities

The next government must work hard to improve the trust, transparency and effective collaboration
between the three main planning stakeholders: the community, the developers and the government. We
should all be working towards a better city.

Changes to the Territory Plan
  1. All the documentation must be easy for the layperson to understand. One-click on the block of interest
    and all the planning rules for that block become readily available.
  2. Green spaces and the urban forest must be maintained in residential areas. Mandatory site coverage
    and planting-area rules should be added to the plot-ratio rule. The current government has committed to
    a 30% canopy cover and 30% planting area in Canberra’s urban footprint, by 2045. The next government
    should commit to develop and implement a plan, and provide an adequate budget, to meet these targets,
    and to ensure better maintenance of parks, street trees and verges.
  3. All the criteria in the building codes must be subservient to the rules, which are simplified and made
    mandatory. The current situation, in which subjective criteria override rules, lacks clarity and common
    sense. We need simple rules for key parameters such as height, setbacks, appropriate solar access, number
    of dwellings on the block and permeable/planting areas.
  4. Knock-down rebuilds should be progressed through standard Development Applications. The situation
    regarding DA-exempt knock-down re-builds is completely unacceptable. Neighbours have to go through
    FOI requests to obtain copies of plans even though a knockdown re-build could affect the whole character
    of the street. All those living nearby should be able to access the plans before any demolition is approved.
  5. Before making any zoning changes, the incoming Government must undertake meaningful community
    engagement with inner south residents about housing choice and diversity, including social housing, to
    ensure a reasonable balance between low, medium and high-density residential stock. Currently, the
    inner south has amongst the lowest proportions of detached dwellings of any Canberra District, and has the
    highest proportion of high-density residential development. 42% of dwellings are detached, while 45% are
    high density, and the remaining 13% are medium density.

C. Manuka to the Lake

Before the 2016 Election the ACT Government gave a commitment to develop a Master Plan for the area
from Manuka to the Lake. Nothing has happened. There appears to be an ad hoc approach based on
whatever is proposed by any developer. We need a firm commitment from the next government to
develop a Master Plan and a plan to improve amenity in the area.

D. Heritage

Aboriginal culture and early colonial settlement speak to the history of this city, and add a rich background
to the establishment of the National Capital. Since self-government, places and precincts of heritage value
have been recognised by entry into the ACT Heritage Register. This process of nomination & recognition
continues. However, in recent years the cumulative impact of alterations, demolitions & rebuilds has led to
the erosion of the character of these places & precincts. It is essential that these highly-valued assets are
maintained and conserved, not whittled away.

  1. Allocate sufficient expertise and financial resources to address the inadequacy of Conservation
    Management Plans, which are intended to reflect and support the ACT Heritage Register requirements. This
    must be underpinned by timely enforcement of these legislated requirements.
  2. Urgently progress the existing heritage listing process of Canberra’s National Capital values with the
    Federal Government in full consultation with the ACT community. This process was supposed to have been
    completed in time for the 2013 centenary of Canberra and has been languishing for close to a decade.

E. Transport

  1. Identify areas for improvement in the bus network in the inner south, including by addressing concerns
    that have led many past bus users to give up on public transport.
  2. Improve access to and maintenance of shared paths, pedestrian crossings and better street lighting.
  3. Provide a publicly available and rigorous social cost-benefit analysis for Light Rail Stage 2, including a
    comparison with a comprehensive electric bus network.
  4. Develop an integrated land use and transport policy (including all forms of transport) to avoid traffic
    congestion, focusing on the Civic to Woden (Commonwealth and Adelaide Avenues) corridor, the junction
    of Yarra Glen/Cotter Road/Adelaide Avenue, the Queanbeyan/Fyshwick to Civic transport corridor, and the
    Manuka Precinct on Canberra Avenue.
  5. Continue to negotiate with the NSW and Australian Governments to develop a faster reliable train link
    between Canberra and Sydney.

F. Waste Management

  1. Commit to an ongoing waste management policy that rules out any future waste to energy plant, or
    waste facility leading to reduced air quality or other adverse health impacts, mass importation of waste
    from interstate, or that threatens the light industrial and bulk retail future of Fyshwick and residential
    future of East Lake.
  2. Establish an air quality monitoring station in Fyshwick.
  3. Consider the cumulative impact of current and proposed waste facilities in Fyshwick.
  4. Change the ACT Territory Plan so that such major waste facilities are prohibited as a land use in Fyshwick.

The DRA provided comments on the NCA Draft Amendment Plan 95 (DAP 95) which sought to to seek approval to change the land use policy of the Curtin horse paddocks to become a new Diplomatic Estate and a new residential area adjacent to Yarra Glen.

Key points in DRA submission:

• The consultation with interested parties such as ACT Equestrian Association has been inadequate
• The demand for new diplomatic missions has not been demonstrated
• There is a need for a long-term comprehensive plan to guide diplomatic development
• The paddocks and surrounding open space are home to significant species of flora and fauna. They are also a corridor and buffer zone providing shelter.
• The increased residential densification which will result from DAP 95 appears to be a plank to justify light rail expenditure, without adequate consideration of costs and benefits
• Bushfire risks need further consideration.

The submission is at the link. Horse paddock submission_NCA DAP 95 Swap

Under the ACT’s dual planning regime, the Australian Government and ACT Government share planning responsibility in the ACT. The NCA administers the National Capital Plan and it manages Canberra’s diplomatic estate on behalf of the Australian Government, including the sale and issue of Crown leases for diplomatic purposes, rent collection, lease variations, and lease compliance.
DAP 95 comes on the back of an agreed land swap between the Commonwealth and ACT Governments, involving transfer of Block 4 Section 106 Curtin and approximately 70 per cent of Block 5 Section 121 Curtin (totalling approximately 31.5 hectares in all) from the ACT Government to the Commonwealth, with a commensurate transfer of parts of Block 1 Section 89 Acton, which constitute a portion of the bed of Lake Burley Griffin, from the Commonwealth to the ACT Government.
The primary purpose of DAP 95 is to seek approval to change the land use policy of the Curtin holdings to become a new Diplomatic Estate to accommodate new offices and residences for foreign diplomatic missions and for the establishment of a new residential area adjacent to Yarra Glen. These areas are currently designated as Broadacre Acres which do not permit residential development and will need to be changed to Urban areas to accommodate the proposed land use changes. A number of smaller parcels of land in Curtin, Yarralumla and Weston Creek also appear to be included, but it is unclear where they fit in with DAP 95.