Canberra Southern Cross Yacht Club redevelopment given green light

Ian Bushnell 13 August 2021 28
CSSC Yacht Club and Snapper cafe

Canberra Southern Cross Yacht Club and Snapper cafe. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

Canberra Southern Cross Yacht Club’s plans for the first stage of a redevelopment of its lakeside hospitality facilities in Yarralumla have been given the all-clear from the National Capital Authority.

The club lodged a Works Application in April for plans to refurbish the ground floor, including Snapper, its popular fish and chips outlet, and build a new Pop-Up Kiosk Bar and Gelato Café at one end.

There are no conditions attached to the approval.

The application attracted only two submissions – one from the Yarralumla Residents Association supporting the proposal and one unnamed submission criticising it for not providing more toilets.

The YRA says there are no significant negative impacts on the community as there are no proposed changes to the existing building footprint or height or encroachment onto public land.

It says the public will continue to be able to access the adjacent public land for picnics and the like, and the redevelopment will extend the season for outdoor dining.


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The other submission says the current toilets are inadequate for the number of people who frequent the site, as well as being dilapidated, unsanitary and unsafe.

“This has been the case for many years. There have been a couple of Band-Aid fixes over the years but no real effort to improve them,” it says.

But the NCA says in its consultation report that the number of toilets proposed for overall patronage and gross floor area is deemed compliant by the building certifier.

The club has told the NCA that it will not have time to refurbish the toilets this year before reopening for summer.

The NCA says the internal toilets are expected to be upgraded in 2022.

Canberra Yacht Club refurbishment plans

Canberra Southern Cross Yacht Club’s refurbishment plans. Image: Supplied.

It says the toilets are private facilities for club members and the yacht club, but there are public toilets maintained by the ACT Government to the southern side of Mariner Place.

The club’s plans also include external pergolas to rear paved and decking areas and the installation of a new outdoor fireplace, outdoor furniture and shade umbrellas.

A new deck will have an unimpeded view of the lake after a row of five melaleucas is removed and replaced with dryland grasses.

The trees will be replaced by five new melaleucas planted nearby.

New glazed concertina folding doors will secure an elevated dining area.

Other plans include landscaping, new lighting, new waste and gas meter enclosures, and minor alterations to the building facade.

The proposal will expand the ground floor’s gross floor area by 73 square metres, but the upper level will be unchanged.

The outside temporary marquee structure will be removed.

The club restaurant and Snapper have closed for the refurbishments. The restaurant is expected to reopen in early September and Snapper in October.


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28 Responses to Canberra Southern Cross Yacht Club redevelopment given green light
Gabby Farmer Gabby Farmer 4:02 pm 18 Aug 21

Amy Fleming fantastic news. Can’t wait to get my hands around some snapper after lockdown! 🙂

Meredith Osborne Meredith Osborne 9:20 am 18 Aug 21

Awesome, can't wait to go, great place. Stay safe 🙂🌞

Ebstar Sampson Ebstar Sampson 8:06 am 18 Aug 21

Hope they dont cut down the tree all the kids climb!

Tanya Taylor Tanya Taylor 9:03 pm 16 Aug 21

Mel Giggliani fish and chips, bar, gelato. Sigh me up

Jak Kanard Jak Kanard 4:45 pm 16 Aug 21

...and how much money changed hands with developers...!?

Leslie Henshaw Leslie Henshaw 8:24 am 16 Aug 21

Jessica Louise Ings our lunch spot is getting an upgrade

    Jessica Louise Ings Jessica Louise Ings 8:25 am 16 Aug 21

    Leslie Henshaw hopefully outdone heating

Alison Shaw Alison Shaw 10:22 pm 15 Aug 21

Sounds like a plan. A good one!!

Felicity Cooper Felicity Cooper 10:15 pm 15 Aug 21

Katharine Witcomb Kirsty Green this will be great in summer!

realist realist 8:08 pm 15 Aug 21

It is so refreshing to see a DA with no conditions and what appears to be full public support.

    GrumpyMark GrumpyMark 5:49 pm 16 Aug 21

    … apparently not, realist – see Jak Kanard below

Mel Braid Mel Braid 6:44 pm 15 Aug 21

Great news. Congratulations

Helen Hall Helen Hall 6:18 pm 15 Aug 21

Elizabeth Scheele Narell Walker Soto Belkis in time for Christmas drinks

Gabriel Spacca Gabriel Spacca 2:44 pm 15 Aug 21

Didn’t know the lake had Snapper.

    Chris Olsen Chris Olsen 3:55 pm 15 Aug 21

    Gabriel Spacca It was by the lake not in the lake you see 😁

whatwik whatwik 2:21 pm 15 Aug 21

Assume it won’t be catering for Berowra Waters-style seaplane fly-in luncheons.

Caren Bacardi-Bryce Caren Bacardi-Bryce 2:09 pm 15 Aug 21

Alison Shaw I'm sure we can visit again ☺️

Gary Hatcliffe Gary Hatcliffe 1:19 pm 15 Aug 21

Don't dare put any pokies in there....

Mark R Bullock Mark R Bullock 12:43 pm 15 Aug 21

Paul Cains, the Curtin Residents Association could learn a thing or two about supporting development applications, like the YRA did hear…

    Shaun Canning Shaun Canning 12:56 pm 15 Aug 21

    Mark R Bullock next Chief Minister

    Mark R Bullock Mark R Bullock 1:14 pm 15 Aug 21

    Matthew Handley thank you

    Paul Cains Paul Cains 1:30 pm 15 Aug 21

    Mark R Bullock and we know who would have opposed it due to lack of toilets,CRA

    Justin Hooper Justin Hooper 1:46 pm 15 Aug 21

    Mark R Bullock better not block the sun onto the Lake...

Adelaide Reilly Adelaide Reilly 10:20 am 15 Aug 21

Are they removing the big shady trees that people use when picnicking?

    Ken Owers Ken Owers 10:51 am 15 Aug 21

    Adelaide Reilly If people use them then they will probably go :-)

    Emily Priest Emily Priest 9:30 am 16 Aug 21

    Adelaide Reilly no trees will be removed- we love the shade they provide!

Avril Pounds Avril Pounds 10:04 am 15 Aug 21

I agree that the toilets there need a bit of work.

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