6 July 2023

Take a look at Federal Golf Club's proposed retirement village

| Ian Bushnell
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Federal Golf Club retirement village

An artist’s impression of the proposed Federal Golf Club retirement village. Image: GDH.

The Federal Golf Club has moved ahead with its long-held plans for a 125-unit retirement village development on a southern section of its Red Hill course after the approval in May of the necessary change to the Territory Plan.

Plans released for consultation ahead of a development application show 77 detached single-storey three-bedroom homes, 48 apartments across six three-storey buildings and a residents’ health and wellbeing facility containing two cinemas, gym and yoga area, pool, library and games area.

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The development will be accessed via a landscaped entry driveway from Kitchener Street.

The club will also apply for a lease variation to remove its concessional status from about 5.8 hectares of the club’s 85.9ha lease area where the retirement village is to be sited, and will own both pieces of land.

Location of the retirement village

The site plan shows the location of the retirement village in the south of the course.

Plan Variation 384 also rezoned more than 10 hectares of land considered to be of high ecological value in the north-west portion of the site to NUZ3 hills ridges and buffer zone to facilitate its incorporation into the Red Hill Nature Reserve. It’s one of the reasons the club’s plans have mostly been supported by the community, apart from the Garran Residents Association.

The club has argued the development, which will also include updating its water infrastructure, was needed to secure its long-term future like many other golf clubs across Canberra.

The retirement village will be operated by Mbark and built on holes 6 and 7 and the area in between, but the course will remain an 18-hole championship layout.

Street view of the retirement village

A street view of the retirement village. Image: GDH.

It will be set back a minimum of 50 metres, and up to 100m, from residential boundaries on Brereton Street, Ogilvie Place, Furphy Place, Ingamells Street and Kitchener Street.

This site was chosen because it is considered to be of lower biodiversity value but trees with hollows will be retained and any endemic species that need to be removed will be replaced tenfold.

The club says mature vegetation within the village area will be retained as part of more than 9000 square metres of parklands.

Resident and visitor parking will be provided, including chargers to support the use of electric vehicles.

The club is also exploring rooftop solar and battery storage to support the village’s energy needs.

A view of the proposed three-storey apartments. Image: GDH.

It says there are no plans for any further development and V384 specifically removed previously permitted uses such as hotels and motels from the lease.

Construction will be staged and the timing of each stage will depend on the prevailing market conditions, the club says.

The course layout will need to be modified but the club is working to provide 18 holes throughout the construction period.

Construction is expected to take four years including the preliminary site works and a three-year build for the village itself.

The club expects to lodge a development application later in August subject to community feedback on the proposal.

Most community groups signed off on the Assembly-required Integrated Plan for Red Hill Nature Reserve and Surrounds which paved the way for V384. But the Garran Residents Association held out, saying V384 should have been thrown out on environmental grounds and because of the loss of public land.

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Federal Golf Club says the the public will still be able to walk or ride through the grounds, saying its land will remain green open space.

To learn more about the proposal and consultation sessions visit the project website.

Consultation will be open until 5 August.

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As a senior citizen, I was one will not be purchasing a unit on the land where the blood of the defenceless kangaroos mercilessly slaughtered in around the Federal Golf Course during 2022 and 2023 was spilt.

Haha like Narrabundah golf course. Sold some of their land, then golfers decided it was a garbage course and went elsewhere. And now it’s only good for redevelopment

@L Angers
“… Narrabundah golf course. Sold some of their land”
Would you care to elaborate? Actually some facts would be nice. What land did Capital Golf Course sell?

Apart from an adjustment to the 4th tee – to appease the residents of the LendLease and Mary Mead villages (talk about building next to an airport and complaining about air plane noise!), the golf course land has remained unchanged for many years.

I agree it’s gone downhill over the years – but that’s due to lack of spending on maintenance and upkeep. But I’m happy to be proven wrong when you produce the facts to support your assertion.

I was there the day Gloucester(Capital) opened, with Kep Enderby and Billy Dunk doing the honours. One amateur, one pro. and Gary Edwin in the shop.

Motojohnno6110:37 pm 13 Jul 23

In 2022 the ACT Environment Directorate stated that the ”opportunity had arisen to include Red Hill nature reserve in the Kangaroo Management Program.” The Directorate had previously made no mention of the need to protect grassland species in this reserve, throughout a 14 year period of killing kangaroos in other nature reserves.
They certainly made the most of this opportunity: claiming that there were 1,300 kangaroos in the reserve (disputed by many people who regularly use the reserve), they shot 500 kangaroos and killed their joeys, bludgeoned to death with wooden mallets (at least two furred joeys were found decapitated).
Opponents of these so-called kangaroo “culls” have since realised their worst fears: that the shooters would return in 2023. This time to kill 520 of these gentle, sentient beings who commit no crime other than to eat grass.
The slaughter has been relentless and there are genuine fears that very few kangaroos will survive this onslaught.
So….just what was the “opportunity” to mount these attacks on the kangaroos of Red Hill nature reserve? Is there any connection between the proposed development of the retirement village adjacent to the reserve and these mass slaughters? It’s not an unreasonable question. Many suburbs have sprung up over the past decade in the vicinity of nature reserves where mass killings of kangaroos have previously taken place.

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