The President, Red Hill Regenerators wrote to the Federal Golf Club’s developer MBark on 2 July 2016 to respond to the information provided by MBark to the community regarding their proposed residential development.
Red Hill Regenerators Response to Development Proposal Information Booklet 27 May 2016
Red Hill Regenerators believes that any housing development on the Federal Golf Club lease will have a negative impact on Red Hill Nature Reserve.
The Red Hill Regenerators Executive have met with representatives of the Club and Mbark, the chosen developers on several occasions. The Club’s Development Proposal Information Booklet includes a number of aspects that have been changed from preliminary plans to reduce the concerns expressed by the Red Hill Regenerators about the proposed housing development. These changes are appreciated and the proposed return to the Red Hill Reserve of unused sections of the Club’s lease is particularly welcomed.
It is still early in the process of planning and gaining approval for the housing development with all aspects outlined in the Booklet either still not formulated or to be confirmed. Consequently, the full list of concerns previously expressed by the Red Hill Regenerators still stand.
The Red Hill Regenerators seek to continue open communication with the Club and Mbark and the Red Hill Regenerators response will be updated, based on these discussions and other developments.
President, Red Hill Regenerators
2 July 2016
Ten community groups wrote to Planning Minister Mick Gentleman on 3 July 2016, requesting a meeting to outline their concerns regarding the proposed residential development on part of the Federal Golf Club concessional lease. Read the letter here.
The results of the 2016 bird survey by the Canberra Ornithologists Group can be found here.
A pair of magnificent wedge tailed eagles are regular visitors to Red Hill and can often be seen soaring along the ridge line, often accompanied by a complaining flock of magpies. Thanks to Roy McDowall for this photo.
At a meeting of federal Golf Club members on 20 June 2016, a significant majority of members voted that developer MBark proceed to the next stages in obtaining ACT Government approval to build up to 125 residences on the golf course concessional lease. More…
The Red Hill Regenerators invite you to our next working bee of 2016 on Sunday 3 July 2016
While the recent rain has been very welcome, it has resulted in a lot of vigorous weed growth, including the ubiquitous verbascum. After spraying verbascum around Davidson’s Trig only recently, new plants are now emerging. This month we will return to Davidson’s Trig for another session of verbascum chipping, dabbing and spraying.
An unofficial track has recently been marked out using white house paint on rocks and some trees. The track starts at the Brereton Street, Garran gate and heads uphill towards Davidson’s Trig. It is alleged that the track has been created by a cross country running organisation. Parks & Conservation are keen to talk to any persons who has any information about this matter. Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The website and Facebook page for the Garran and Hughes Residents Action Group is now live and open. The website address is garranresidents.wordpress.com.
The GHRAG oppose the current residential development proposal on the Federal Golf Club concessional lease.
The weather was absolutely stunning when our (delayed) June working bee was held last Sunday. Despite it being a long weekend, we were delighted that 18 happy volunteers arrived ready to help. Our numbers were significantly boosted by a contingent from Mt Mugga Scouts, who put in a great effort swinging their mattocks at the never ending verbascum plants. Our thanks to those scouts!
From the Conservation Council of the ACT:
ACT Budget 2016-17
We went to the 2016-17 ACT Budget community sector lock-up and have had a preliminary look at some areas of the Budget along with iscussions with officials.
The Budget has more good news for local action on climate change with $6.5 million allocated for climate change resilience and reinforcing the commitment to 100% renewable energy by 2020 and zero net emissions by 2050 – although we still say the ACT should be aiming for zero net emissions by 2040.
We are not so happy with the treatment of weeds funding. While we welcome the increase in funding for weeds management and pest animals it is still not enough: we need over $2 million for weeds and $500,000 for pest animals. It is very disappointing that the increase is only for one year. Effective management of pest plants and animals needs adequate funding and ongoing certainty.
We will continue to look at the Budget and look at its outcomes for environmental issues and report further in the future.