Development consultation may follow letter of law but still ‘misleading': residents

Canberra Times 24 September 2016

The value of so-called “pre-DA community consultation” has been called into question, with the Environment and Planning Directorate confirming it requires few details about what consultation has actually taken place. (more…)

Regenerators working bee Sunday 2 October 2016

The Red Hill Regenerators invite you to our next working bee of 2016 on Sunday 2 October 2016 (Daylight saving starts today!)

This will be the last time this year that we will be able to remove Cootamundra Wattles before they set seed, so we will be focussing some of our attention on these, in addition to dealing with our ‘weed of the month’, the Oregon Grape. This is easy to spot as it is currently in flower.  We will be working along the ‘rabbit proof fence’ half way up the side of the hill from Mugga Way, where there are lots of Cootamundra Wattles and Oregon Grape. At the northern end of this fence is a meadow of Early Nancys to enjoy.

The details:


Father’s day on Red Hill

It was a fine sunny spring day on Father’s Day, when eleven keen volunteers (fathers included), gathered for a successful Cootamundra Wattle hunt among the dense understorey between Red Hill Drive and the Deakin cut off drain. The cut off drain held enough water to excite the frogs to fever pitch. Morning tea was taken up by an animated discussion about the proposed Development on the Federal Golf Course lease.



Red Hill water


Hear the frogs (Common Eastern Froglets?) in the flooded cut off drain..(click on the left end of the black bar)


Red Hill illegal motorcycle activity

There has recently been evidence of significant damage done to the Gandalf Trail resulting from illegal motorcycle access into the reserve. (The Gandalf Trail runs southwest uphill from the Mugga Way car park).
Please report any illegal motorcycle activity to including date, location and if possible a photo of the vehicle and registration number.
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Canberra Invasive Plants Facebook page launched

The ACT Government has launched a Facebook Group page “Canberra-Invasive-Plants” to share information about invasive plants, their impact and control in the Canberra Region. More…

Regenerators discuss golf club development with Minister Rattenbury

The President, Red Hill Regenerators wrote to Minister Shane Rattenbury on 30 August 2016 to advise him of the current position with respect to the housing development proposal.

Letter to Minister Rattenbury

Regenerators concerns regarding development on the Federal Golf Course lease


Regenerators meet Minister about golf course development

The Regenerators and other stakeholders wrote to Planning Minister Mick Gentleman on 3 July 2016 requesting a meeting to discuss the proposed housing development on the Federal Golf Club concessional lease. A productive meeting was held with the Minister on 25 August 2016. A record of this meeting was sent to the Minister’s office on 30 August 2016, together with a copy of the Statement of Concerns which the Regenerators provided to developers MBark on 28 January 2016.

Contact GAHRAG for additional information.

Regenerators working bee Sunday 4 September 216

The Red Hill Regenerators invite you to our next working bee of 2016 on Sunday 4 September 2016

We were fortunate that a recent visit by the Green Army resulted in removal of a significant quantity of Cootamundra wattle seedlings in the nature reserve close to Deakin. This was followed up last month by our working bee, which resulted in many more seedlings being removed. The aim of our working bee this month is to complete this task in the area between Red Hill Drive and Buxton Street. Being in flower, they will be easy to spot.

The details:


Red Hill prescribed burns 2016-17

The Fire Management Unit of the ACT Government are planning a major fuel reduction burn on Red Hill during 2016-17.  The exact timetable has to be determined, but almost certainly will take place within the spring and autumn weather windows. The Regenerators have objected to this burn to the Fire Management Unit.

Prescribed burn west of summit reservoir


Glyphosate not carcinogenic – World Health Organisation

Regenerators will be aware that the most common herbicide that volunteers use for spraying and dabbing weeds is Glyphosate (Zero, Roundup etc). There has been debate globally regarding its carcinogenicity.
On 9–13 May 2016 experts met at WHO headquarters and concluded glyphosate is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic or genotoxic risk to humans. More…
The Australian Pesticides & Veterinary Medicines Authority report that “All glyphosate products registered for use in Australia have been through a robust chemical risk assessment process and are safe to use, provided they are used as per the label instructions

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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