Environmental Offsets: How they impact our voluntary work

The ACT Government has adopted an environmental offsets policy, which ostensibly enables a valued area of bushland under threat of destruction by development, to be ‘neutralised’ by improving a similar area of bushland.

Lots of us spend our spare time volunteering with various organisations to plant trees, control weeds, and generally doing good environmental work. What would you think if you found out that the work you were doing was actually part of a legally required offset for a large corporation? Or worse still –what if revegetation work you contributed to over many years was retrospectively exchanged for an equivalent amount of environmental damage by a developer? You’d probably be pretty annoyed – and maybe less likely to volunteer for environmental work in the future. (more…)

Federal Golf Club wants to expand development into Red Hill Nature Reserve

The Federal Golf Club has been attempting since last century to generate revenue by developing part of the golf course. On each occasion the ACT Government has not approved their proposal. The latest proposal goes even further by wanting to expand the golf course boundary into the Red Hill Nature Reserve.  An inspection of the proposed boundaries of the development shown on the web site of their principal developer Global Lifestyles Developments P/L, indicates a boundary across the golf course access road (which is itself located within the Nature Reserve boundary) and into the Reserve.  It appears that the only purpose for this encroachment into the Reserve is to improve the views from residences to be built up to the existing lease boundary of the golf club.

The Regenerators not only reject any incursion from the golf club into the Red Hill Nature Reserve, but seeks return of internationally recognised Red gum/Yellow box woodland, currently within the golf club lease, back into the Reserve, as recommended by the ACT Government in 1999.

August working bee on Red Hill: Sunday 2 August 2015

The Red Hill Regenerators invite you to help with our next working bee of 2015 on Sunday 2 August 2015.

Last month we did a tremendous job removing vegetation which was blocking the view of the historic Callistemon plantation near the summit restaurant.  This month we will start from the Callistemon plantation and move north along the contours and downhill as far as the wire fence, towards the Lookout, focussing on removing woody weeds and Cootamundra Wattles. (more…)

Impact of Federal Golf Club development on the Red Hill ecosystem: independent experts

A group of independent experts in woodland ecology and biodiversity wrote to the Chief Minister on 8 July 2010, in response to the 2010 Federal Golf Club proposal to develop parts of their lease in a similar proposal to that put forward again in 2015. The views expressed in this letter are relevant to the 2015 development proposal. More…

Prohibited and restricted activities on Red Hill

The ACT Parks and Conservation Service has recently installed new ‘activity declaration’ signs at some of the entries to the Red Hill Reserve.
The signs are a requirement of the ACT Nature Conservation Act 2014 to clearly state prohibited and restricted activities in ACT reserves. The signage currently installed is temporary until more formal permanent signs are prepared by PCS in collaboration with the Environment and Planning Directorate (EPD) that complement existing signage standards within reserves.

Regenerators work in fog and frost

A party of enthusiastic volunteers were out on Red Hill in thick fog and heavy frost, helping to care for the environment.

Regenerators winter working party

Bird survey results for Red Hill

A survey of birds was conducted on Red Hill on 28 June 2015.  Results here…

Erosion control on Red Hill

A report has been completed following an inspection in early 2015 of erosion issues on Red Hill. The report focusses principally on a major erosion gully located upslope from the main Mugga Way car park.  In some places this erosion gully is over 4m deep and is actively eroding.  The report provides suggested methods for addressing this erosion. More…

Managing kangaroo grazing: seminar ANU 29 June 2015

A seminar will be held by Brett Howland titled “Managing kangaroo grazing for the conservation of grassland and grassy woodland fauna”, at the Fenner Seminar Room, ANU 29 June 2015, 10am.  The attached flyer summarises the research findings, which have significance for managing the kangaroo population on Red Hill Reserve. More…

Regenerators response to Federal Golf Club proposed development

The Red Hill Regenerators wrote on 21 June 2015 to Simon Corbell MLA to express their views regarding the proposed residential development on the Federal Golf Club. More…

A reply was received from Minister for Planning Mick Gentleman on 7 July 2015. More…

Welcome to ACT Red Hill Regenerators

You are welcome to join our monthly activities. We carry out bush regeneration work within the Red Hill Nature Reserve on the 1st Sunday of each month, from 9am to 12:30, except for January. By joining the Group, you will automatically be advised of any Group activities and their locations. You will also be supporting the preservation and conservation of a vital ecosystem and recreational resource

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