General meeting on Curtin Planning – Sunday 3 December 2017

The Curtin Residents Association will hold a meeting on 3 December to talk about recent planning developments for Curtin. The ACT Government Directorate of Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development has been running an invited Community Panel to work towards a finalised Curtin Centre Master Plan, bringing together community, planning  and developers’ ideas.

The meeting is at St James Uniting Church, Gillies St Curtin
at 2.30pm on Sunday 3 December.  Members and interested residents are welcome.

For members the Annual General Meeting is at 2pm (financial report and election of new committee).

Here’s a copy of the November newsletter Newsletter Curtin Residents Assn 14Nov17

Posted in Curtin, Curtin General

First Curtin Autumn Fair Saturday 6 May

The first Curtin Autumn Fair will be held on Saturday 6 May, 10am to 2pm in Curtin Square. The Fair will celebrate and build Curtin’s community spirit that was seen so strongly in action over summer.
This is the first Autumn Fair to be held in Curtin, and we plan that it will be an annual event.
There will be stalls as fundraisers for community organisations, craft demonstrations, information tables for local groups, buskers and a barbecue. Children will enjoy the interactive art adventures and storytelling. The Canberra and District Historical Society will hold their open day outside their resource centre at Curtin centre, as part of the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival.
The response from local businesses has been overwhelming, with many supporting and sponsoring the Fair.
The Fair is being organised by a subcommittee of the Curtin Residents Association. The Fair will be inclusive and non-political.

Posted in Community Groups, Curtin General, Uncategorized

Development Application Rejected by ACTPLA

The ACT Planning and Land Authority has rejected the developer’s application to redevelop 44 Curtin Place. This is very welcome news – but it’s not the end of the story. We’ll keep you posted.

For more details see the Curtin Square Development page.

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Curtin Square planning petition signed by 22% of Curtin

The Association’s petition to the legislative assembly asking that the Minister stick to the building heights in the draft Master Plan, of 2 storeys in the square and 4 outside it – it’s attracted over 847 signatures from adults living in Curtin. The population of Curtin is approx 5,175 [2011 census, according to Wikipedia] of all ages. Around 25% are under 18 (ACT distribution) leaving a candidate population of 75% of 5175=3881.
This means that 22% of the Curtin population have signed on.

This is incredibly high. It shows that the Curtin community is clearly together on this.

The Curtin signatures are 62% of the total. Another 20% come from in the rest of the group centre catchment of 5 suburbs: Lyons, Hughes, Deakin, Yarralumla and Garran. This amounts to 9.3% of the adults in this wider area.


Posted in Current Issues, Curtin, Uncategorized

Successful rally in Curtin Square

It was a great morning to come to Curtin Square, over 700 people were there. A great morning, and  hopes for success.

The rally is reported in the Canberra Times 21 January online: Curtin says no to high rise development.

Thanks to everyone who came, and to all the volunteers who made it fly. And there was music – thanks Dan and Fred.

The rally was  reported in The Chronicle/Queanbeyan Age (page 4, and also in the WVCC segment on p8) Thursday 24 January 2017



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Caroline Le Couteur says “finalise the Master Plan before developments are approved”

Caroline Le Couteur, Member of the ACT Legislative Assembly, has issued media release – it calls for the Curtin Master Plan to be finalised before the development application is approved.

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Curtin Place Development – on the radio and print media

Our concern about the Curtin Place development proposal was featured in the Canberra Times on Wednesday 11 January:  Curtin Call to Reduce Size of Development

and in the CT editorial on Thursday 12 January: Curtin Shops Proposal the Canary in the Coalmine (Destroying Canberra in to Save it?)

The Rally is reported in the Canberra Times 21 January: Curtin says no to high rise development

and in The Chronicle/Queanbeyan Age 24 January, p.4: Shops Saga Continues.

and there’s more recently: the Toilets Story in the Chronicle Tuesday 1 February

and the Canberra Times Thursday 2 February,  Curtin Developers Deny Hardball Tactics in Threat to Hoard Up Shops.

The EPSD is considering all the objections to the development application: in the Canberra Times, Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development director-general Dorte Ekelund set to leave  CT 2 February.

One of the incendiary issues around planning is public consultation on development proposals and whether it makes any difference.

Ms Ekelund is adamant it can.

“We’ve got such a well-educated and engaged community and planning is an innately political thing, because it’s about our democracy, it’s about how change occurs in the environment and there is always going to be people who are for something and people who are against something,” she said.

“The community knows a lot of stuff that our technical people might not be so close to, so consultation is really part of the planning process.

With the Curtin shops masterplan the latest planning battleground, Ms Ekelund said the proposal, including a six-storey building, was still a draft and there was still a development application to consider.

“There’s still a requirement to consider how the proposal fits into the context and how it contributes to the amenity and character of the area, so it’s still a matter we need to consider,” she said.’


Radio interviews on Wednesday morning 11 January on 2CA 1206 (no link) and again later day; and
on ABC local radio Canberra (previously known as 666) Stoush over Curtin shops development heights

Several letters have also been published in the Canberra Times

  • Disaster in Curtin (Scott Humphries, letters, Jan 5) The Curtin shops proposal makes no attempt to respond to existing character, and it will overshadow and dominate the public square.
  • Six storeys are an unwelcome development for area’s amenity (Peter Graves, letters, Jan 12)
  • Adjust the height (Jeremy McGrane,  letters, Jan 13)
  • Consultation? Don’t Ask (Penny Moyes, letters Jan 16). “This is what you’re going to get unless you scream
  • Public ignored on high-rise (Chris Emery)  and  Barr stays silent (John Mungoven) (letters Jan 17) The ABC flats redevelopment, and “a deep concern in our community about the direction, scale and frenetic pace of building development, planing issues and community consultation”.
  • The real stakeholders (untitled online) (Chris Johnson) and Disease Taking Hold , (Murray May)  (letters Jan 20)
  • On submission roundabout (David Biles) letters Jan 29
  • Development application stress could bring down the curtain (Peter Graves) letters Jan 31
  • Curtin clash (Howard Carew, Peter Graves) letters Feb 2/3
Posted in Current Issues, Curtin, Uncategorized

Rally – 11am Saturday 21st January in Curtin Square

Please Walk or Bike to the rally  if you can – parking is always tight, and will be very challenged on Saturday.


Save Curtin Square

Protest Rally

11am Saturday 21 January 2017

Come along to hear about the development application, show your concern, sign the petition and hear how to make a response or objection

The facts

• a development application has been lodged to build a large building right on the edge of Curtin Square• the building will be 6 storeys above the square—5 storeys of high-ceiling rental apartments (50) on top of a double-height (7m) retail ground floor

• it will be equivalent in height to a 8-storey building

• many existing shops have not been guaranteed space in the new building.

We say the risk to Curtin is too great

• the building is much too big for the square—we agree with the Curtin Draft Master Plan, which limits 2 storeys on the square, 4 storeys off the square• the building will greatly reduce sunlight into the square from early afternoon onwards for over half the year—autumn, winter and spring

• the building will make parking more difficult for shoppers and visitors to cafés, gym, dentist and doctor

• the 50 apartments will make traffic problems worse for shoppers and nearby residents

• we will lose shops that make Curtin Square a unique and interesting place with its own identity

• we risk losing Curtin’s strongest feature—its sense of community

• we are not against development, but this one is not right for the square.

Posted in Current Issues, Curtin

CRA newsletter for January

The Curtin Residents Association newsletter for January describes what is proposed in the Development Application for Curtin Place, and why we object.

The most effective things to do are to come to the rally, and to submit your own objection to the Environment and Planning Directorate.  We will be posting some suggestions for objections soon. Closing date is 31 January.

The number of people at the rally will show the Minister the strength of our support for the Curtin square as a community facility.  See you at the Rally Saturday 21 January 11am in the Square – Save Curtin Square!


Newsletter Curtin Residents Assn 6Jan17

Posted in Community Groups, Current Issues, Uncategorized

Book launch – 4 pm, Thursday 8 December

Book launch for Curtin turns 50 at 4 pm, Thursday 8 December.

All are very welcome at the launch of the book Curtin turns 50: the story of a Canberra suburb 1964–2014. It is all about the history of your suburb. The book launch will be held in the square at Curtin shops. It is your chance to buy your own copy of this interesting and relevant book.


Posted in Curtin HIstory