October 25, 2019


Proposed Housing ACT redevelopment at 39 Blarney Crescent, Campbell

Housing ACT will be holding an information session to further answer any questions you might have about the redevelopment:


When: Thursday 31 October 2019 Where: Campbell Primary School - 25 Chauvel Street, Campbell ACT 2612

Time: 5.30pm-6.30pm


Answers to the frequently asked questions can be read at:

October 15, 2019

Public Consultation - Australian War Memorial - Extension of Poppy's Cafe and Temporary Carpark









The National Capital Authority (NCA) has received a Works Approval application for the extension of Poppy’s Café Carpark and installation of a temporary carpark at Block 3 Section 39 Campbell (Australian War Memorial).


The plans and supporting information can be viewed at the following link:




The NCA welcomes community feedback on this application by close of businessTuesday 5 November 2019.


Submissions can be made via email to worksapproval@nca.gov.au or sent to GPO Box 373, Canberra ACT 2601. Please contact the NCA for further information on (02) 6271 2888.


Kind Regards,


Works Approval Team

National Capital Authority

( (02) 6271 2888

October 09, 2019

AWM Temporary Carpark Update

An arborist's report was commissioned by the AWM and has identified 43 trees within the construction zone that will need to be removed and a further 37 trees that may be affected depending on the construction methodology proposed by the successful tenderer for these works. We would not expect all 37 of these trees to be affected but rather a smaller subset of them depending on the approach taken.


The 37 trees that may be “affected” means they may require protection such as fencing or other intervention to preserve them and in fact, it is possible that none of these trees will need to be removed.


A copy of the site study by the arborist is attached for information, the light blue line represents the construction site of the new car park, the darker blue line the area assessed by the arborist as possibly affected by the construction through vibration, vehicle traffic, changes to drainage etc. Note that the size of the car park was reduced by the Memorial after we received this arborist report to ensure the remnant tree (one of the 37 possibly affected trees) to the east of the works would not need to be removed; the trees will be carefully protected and monitored during construction.


People are welcome to contact the AWM at development@awm.gov.au with questions or for further information

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September 14, 2019

Community Consultation for Anzac Park West Development

Amalgamated Property Group invite Campbell and other local residents to a formal presentation of their proposals for the residential development of the Constitution Avenue site at 6 pm on Monday, 23 September in the former Anzac Park West cafeteria.


Comprehensive plans and other information will be available for inspection and a Feedback form will be provided.


The landscaping works near the tunnel are getting close to completion and parking will be available adjoining the site on the CIT side.

July 17, 2019

Australian War Memorial: Early Works Community Consultation 24 July

Purdon Planning has been engaged by the Australian War Memorial to assist with community engagement and approvals for the Early Works component of the Australian War Memorial Redevelopment.


The first stage of early works includes extension to the Memorial’s underground car park. Additionally, a temporary on site car park will be constructed at the rear of Poppy’s Cafe, to provide an area for construction and contractor parking. Currently, all early works will be within the Memorial site. Once the Memorial expansion has concluded, the temporary car parking area is intended to be restored to a landscaped communal area for all visitors.


Below is a flyer which has been delivered to residents around the Memorial. It includes an invitation to a drop-in session to be held on Wednesday the 24th of July 2019 at the BAE Systems Theatre, Australian War Memorial. The Memorial invites the Campbell Residents Association to attend.

July 15, 2019

Want to nominate for a position on the CCA committee? Here's how!

Nominations for positions on the CCA committee need t be made in writing by two nominators who are members of the CCA and include the written consent of the person nominated. Nominations need to be sent to the Secretary of the CCA at community.campbell@outlook.com.au by 11 August.

June 30, 2019

Public consultation for the development of the CSIRO site is now open.

The NCA is inviting comments on the proposed Concept Plan and Development Control Pan.  The relevant page of the NCA website is attached below.  If you scroll down to the section headed 'Public Consultation' you will see that there will be an information session on 10 July between 6pm and 7pm at the National Capital Exhibition, Barrine Drive, Regatta Point.  All are welcome to attend.  

June 09, 2019

Update on the trees in the park.

The new trees in the park behind the Campbell shops are thriving in their new home.  Thanks so much to all the volunteers who showed up to help with the planting. I'm attaching a couple of site maps showing both the botanical names for the new trees and also the names given to each of the trees by the volunteers who planted them.  


Hopefully this is just the start of many more happy planting days to come!   

May 17, 2019


Thank you to the residents who were able to attend the NCA discussion forum hosted at the NCA offices on the 7th and 16th May 2019. 


In summary:

Hindmarsh have produced an illustration of the building height (download here), which is said to describe the height from the curb surrounding #71 Constitution Ave block.  The blue shows the area within the 25 meter height restriction.  

Community consultation with the x-CSIRO development are in progress.  The building has been demolished and plans, as we understand, are to build two 8 storey residential apartment blocks plus townhouse.  

No plans have been made to remove Remembrance Park behind the AWM, however talk about converting it to a car park as still alive.   


A development application or Academy Close is expected to be submitted soon. 

May 17, 2019

Footpath upgrades coming to Campbell

Northrop Engineers is working with the ACT Government in providing footpath and footpath related infrastructure upgrades as part of the age friendly suburbs initiative. As part of these works Northrop Consulting are looking at obtaining feedback from the community within the suburbs within this year’s proposed area of works including Campbell.


The below link is the media release/ your say information provided by the ACT Government which should provide information on the project and possible upgrades which may take place.




The link contains a contact email to provide any feedback which the community may have on the project or their thoughts on pathways within the suburb. Please pass this link onto anyone within the community who is interested in providing feedback on the project

April 30, 2019


The CCA were notified today of NCA’s decision to approve the revised development works for 71 Constitution Avenue, Campbell.  A copy of the letter issued by the NCA addressed to the CCA members can be download below and a link to the NCA works approval is here

Members of the CCA are invited to raise any questions relating to this approval OR any works in Campbell with the NCA directly at two round-table forums.  Chief Executive of the NCA, Sally Barnes and Andrew Smith will both be available at these meetings to address your questions.


The times available are:

Tuesday 7 May at  6-7pm and 

Thursday 16 May at 6-7pm

You are welcome to attend one or both of these meetings. 


To accept the NCA’s invitation to participate in the round-table discussion, please RSVP via email to Sandy Jacobson, Sandy.Jacobson@nca.gov.au


April 21, 2019

11 May at 11am - SAVE THE DATE!

Great news for Campbell tree lovers. To kick start the park regeneration project for the park behind the Campbell Shops the ACT Government is giving us 15 trees. You are invited to come along and help plant a tree at a special tree planting event on Saturday 11 May at 11am. Click on the button below to see the flyer with all the information.

April 17, 2019

Time to fill in the Pre-DA Consultation Survey

The ACT Government is conducting a review of the Pre-DA Consultation process. If you have been involved in the process (EG for the service station site) or have an opinion about how the process has operated over the last 12 months please fill in the attached survey. Survey closes 29 April 2019.

April 16, 2019

Proposal to build EIGHT new townhouses on ONE residential block in Rosenthal Street, Campbell?

Church faces clash with residents over bid to build 8 new townhouses at 51 Rosenthal Street, Campbell. 

April 08, 2019

The development proposal for 71 Constitution Avenue is open to the public for submissions until 12 April.

The time for making a submission on the latest plans for the development of 71 Constitution Avenue closes this Friday, 12 April.  Attached below is a copy of a letter written by a Campbell resident to the NCA objecting to the proposal to build over the 25 metre height limit. You are invited to use this letter as a basis for your own submission, or simply send it in to the NCA with your endorsement if you agree with it. I apologise for prematurely posting the letter yesterday which was drafted before our hardworking Campbell planning boffins had fully got their heads around the latest plans submitted by Hindmarsh.

April 06, 2019

Canberra Indian Myna Action Group

The Canberra Indian Myna Action Group Inc (CIMAG) is a community group formed in April 2006 to reduce the impact of this exotic invader on our native birds and animals. Lots of information and helpful advice can be found on the CIMAG web page http://www.indianmynaaction.org.au/

Facebookpage: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1965719250400803/about/

April 03, 2019

Demolition started on CSRIO building on Limestone Avenue

The demolition is expected to be completed in two weeks.

April 01, 2019

Hassett Park Campbell

A letter has been drafted to go to the Chief Minister requesting the upkeep and further resourcing for Hassett Park, Campbell. If you would like to support the suggested changes, please forward your individual comments to barr@act.gov.au  steel@act.gov.au  stephen-smith@act.gov.au.  

March 23, 2019

Australian War Memorial

The Canberra Times yesterday carried a major front page story on a citizens’ campaign to stop a huge $1/2 billion expansion of the Australian War Memorial.  A letter endorsed by 83 prominent Australians opposing the plans was launched; you can read the letter and list of signatories on the Honest History website. 


This proposed expansion is wrong because:

  • The budget for it is huge, far greater than that given to any other cultural institution

  • $1/2 billion could be used to:

    • help restore our overseas aid, especially to places where we fight our wars

    • help our veterans

    • finally commemorate those who died defending their land in the Frontier Wars

    • properly fund our other cultural institutions

    • set up a peace research centre, or …….

    • any other area of need

  • A major reason for the proposed expansion is to display more weaponry.  This does not help us understand Australia’s wars better.

  • Another major reason for the proposal is to commemorate current wars, including by direct “feed” from the Defence Department.  This will be likely to have the effect of stifling dissent in relation to current military operations.


Could you please consider any or all of these steps to help us stop this wanton profligacy in the face of competing needs:

  • Write or email about this, to:

    • the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs the Hon Darren Chester (minister@dva.gov.au)

    • the Shadow Minister for Veterans Affairs Amanda Rishworth MP (Amanda.Rishworth.MP@aph.gov.au)

    • the Opposition Leader Bill Shorten (Bill.Shorten.MP@aph.gov.au)

  • Circulate the petition to stop this development

  • Raise this issue whenever possible, especially when government cries poor in the face of pressing needs


Feel free to use the attached letter as a template, and the additional talking points.


If you have any questions please get in touch with David Stephens at admin@honesthistory.net.au 


Sincere thanks for helping us restore balance to our funding of cultural institutions.

March 19, 2019

Application to amend proposed development of the Service Station site.

An application has been filed to amend the development approval for the service station site. It appears the application is to have an increased 200sqm of commercial units at ground level of building 3 where the ground floor carpark was previously going, and an increase in carpark capacity by building two levels of underground carparks instead of one.

I know there is a lot of concern about the car parking situation so I've done a quick comparison between the original plans and the plans proposed in the amendment.

The original plans provided for 51 car parks; comprising 41 for residents, 5 for commercial, and 5 for visitors.

The new plans they're seeking approval for provides for 66 carparks; comprising 36 for residents, 25 for commercial, 5 for visitors and 5 for office space.

If you would like to lodge a representation about this proposed amendment the closing date is 5 April 2019.

March 03, 2019

Would you like to help reduce the use of plastic?

One of our members recently asked the Campbell dry cleaners if she could bring her own suit holder to put the dry cleaning in rather than a plastic holder.  They said no they only use their own plastic holders BUT they would be happy for people to return the plastic holders for reuse.  So if you remove the dry cleaners plastic holder in good condition, you can take it back for them to use again rather than just putting in in the rubbish bin to go to landfill. HAPPY DAYS!

February 05, 2019

E-Petition for more trees in Canberra.

This petition asks the ACT Government to plant 7,000 trees a year to stop the tree decline.

February 05, 2019

Downer residents take the development fight to the Government.

More than 100 residents packed a Downer Community Association meeting on Monday night to discuss the amount of high rise development planned for their suburb.

January 01, 2020

Hasset Park neglected

Elizabeth Thurbon writes to Minister Barr about the current neglected state of Hassett Park.  

January 02, 2019

Anzac Park East is set to be demolished

January 02, 2019

Another Costigan special!

What's wrong with town planning in Canberra???

January 02, 2019

More on the Constitution Avenue development

Paul Costigan has written an article about the proposed development in Constitution Avenue. 

December 19, 2018

Campbell residents rally!

It was a good turnout on Sunday by Campbell residents to send a message that development along Constitution Avenue should comply with the current building height restrictions.

December 19, 2018

Small and isolated habitat patches are crucial to species survival

This article talks about the importance of planting even small areas of natural habitat for natives birds and animals. Gives us some food for thought about what could be achieved in our small parks and gardens.

January 01, 2020

Fiona Cotton's Response to 71 Constitution Ave

FYI: Fiona has shared very pertinent points and background about # 71 Constitution Ave. Thank you

71 Constitution Ave Campbell Responses

  • Hindmarsh Developments have applied for NCA Works Approval for construction of 78 Units and Townhouses on the site

  • This includes two penthouses of 450 m2 which will be above the permitted height level 

  • The NCA Consultation process closes on Friday 14 December 2018

  • Two letters have been drafted for your use in response to the Hindmarsh development proposed for 71 Constitution Ave.

  • Please feel free to use these letters to support your own response or (see below) the endorsement of Julie Doyle and Mark Anderson's responses to: 


National Capital Authority

GPO Box 373



cc Mr A Smith

Chief Planner and Deputy Chief Executive



Ms S Barnes, Chief Executive NCA



Ilse Wurst


January 01, 2020

You are invited to endorse J Doyle's submission

In addition to your own response to 71 Constitution Ave, you are invited to endorse Julie Doyle's response. Please download and send to: worksapproval@nca.gov.au, andrew.smith@nca.gov.au, sally.barnes@nca.gov.au and ilse.wurst@nca.gov.au

January 01, 2020

You are invited to endorse M Anderson's response

In addition to your own response to 71 Constitution Ave, you are invited to endorse Mark Anderson's response. Please download and send to: worksapproval@nca.gov.au, andrew.smith@nca.gov.au, sally.barnes@nca.gov.au and ilse.wurst@nca.gov.au

October 15, 2018

Ex Servo Campbell: letter to Andrew Barr and Co

In response to the recent DA approval for the ex-service station, a letter has been drafted to notify relevant MLAs of this decision.  You are invited to use/customise this letter and email the following members:  


Andrew Barr - barr@act.gov.au

Candice Burch - candice@parliament.act.gov.au

Elizabeth Lee - lee@parliament.act.gov.au  

Shane Rattenbury - rattenbury@act.gov.au

Rachel Stephen-smith - stephen-smith@act.gov.au

December 05, 2018

New Planning Strategy Paves way for more urban infill and dual occupancy in Canberra's suburbs.

The government has released a new planning strategy.  Seventy percent of a projected 100,000 new homes will be built in existing suburbs.

November 23, 2018

CCA Meeting 9 Dec 2018

Please join us for the Campbell Community Association meeting. 

Date: 9 Dec 2018

Time: 3-4pm

Venue: St Thomas More's Primary School Hall

Agenda: Please download

This event will be advertised to CCA members via email and Facebook.  Only limited flyers will be available at the shops, so please encourage your neighbours to attend. 

If you have an agenda item, please contact us asap

November 14, 2018

Community Councils face uphill battle with planning minister

Costigan talks about problems with planning and development in the ACT.

October 16, 2018

Cane Toads in Campbell??

The ACT Government is currently responding to an incident involving two cane toads found in Rosenthal Street in Campbell.

It is thought it is a contained incident and the cane toads were most likely accidentally transported to Canberra via a vehicle travelling from Queensland.

It is highly unlikely cane toads will establish a population in the ACT due to Canberra’s colder climate. However, if there are any others they do pose a threat to native and domestic animals so we are treating it seriously.

Staff from ACT Parks and Conservation Service have visited residences near where the cane toads were found and are searching the surrounding area.

Advice if people see what they think is a cane toad:


  • do not kill it as it is most likely a native frog

  • exercise caution and take a close-up photograph

  • wearing rubber gloves and eye protection put into a well-ventilated container with 1cm of water

  • email EPSDInvasiveAnimals@act.gov.au or phone Access Canberra on 13 22 81.


You can visit www.environment.act.gov.au/cane-toads for more information.


Stephen Hughes, Senior Manager, Biosecurity and Rural Services

ACT Parks and Conservation

October 16, 2018

DOMA development: Section 38 Campbell

DOMA have used a consultancy company called Purdon to undertake community consultation in relation to the proposal at Section 38 Campbell.

Purdon presented a concept master plan to the North Canberra Community Council on 15 August 2018 (refer attached presentation) and have delivered flyers to adjacent residents and lessees in Reid, Ainslie and Campbell (refer attached). 

Details of the proposed development and approval process on the Purdon website at http://www.purdon.com.au/consultation/10-Blocks-4-&-5-Section-38-Campbell

Purdon expect the Master Plan and studies will be subject to public notification by the NCA for comment in the near future. Purdon have invited residents to contact their office for further information or a meeting to discuss the proposed development. 

October 16, 2018

Calling All Volunteers

Campbell has a group which cleans weeds out of the Mt Pleasant Reserve.


The group operates under the guidance of the Parks and Conservation Service, and our target weeds over the last 4 years have been Cootamundra wattle, blackberry, grevillea, privet and other exotic weeds which infest the Reserve.


The boundaries of our area are Blamey Cres, Vasey Cres, Holmes Cres, Fairbairn Avenue, Northcott Drive and Constitution Avenue.


We meet on the third Sunday every month, at the end of the lane between number 56 and 58 Vasey Cres.  Working parties run for about 3 hours, from 9am in winter and 8.30 during daylight saving.


The next working party is Sunday 21 October.  


Residents are most welcome to join the group.  We supply equipment - loppers, saws, gloves, spray -  and volunteers should bring sunscreen, water, a hat, stout shoes/boots and sensible clothes.


To join an email list about the operations of the working party, send an email to the convenor:  director@tossgascoigne.com.au


Toss Gascoigne

October 15, 2018

Ex Servo: letter to Andrew Barr and Co

In response to the recent DA approval for the ex-service station, a letter has been drafted to notify relevant MLAs of this decision.  You are invited to use/customise this letter and email the following members:  


Andrew Barr - barr@act.gov.au

Candice Burch - candice@parliament.act.gov.au

Elizabeth Lee - lee@parliament.act.gov.au  

Shane Rattenbury - rattenbury@act.gov.au

Rachel Stephen-smith - stephen-smith@act.gov.au

October 08, 2018

Approval granted for ex-service station

36 Submissions were received in response to the ex-service station DA on Blamey Cres, Campbell.  A notice to approve the four storey residential block (19 apartments and three shops) is attached.  We would be interested in your thoughts. 

September 28, 2018

CityNews reports on Albert Hall meeting

Luisa Capezio spoke at the Albert Hall meeting about the importance of making good planning decisions for Campbell.

September 16, 2018


DA Period closes this Friday, 21 September.


Email Submissions in support should be sent to epdcustomerservices@act.gov.au



Key points relating to this DA can be downloaded here

August 25, 2018

Allowable height exceeded | 71 Constitution Ave, Campbell

A letter to the Chief Planner and Deputy Chief Executive, National Capital Authority, has been written to object against the proposal to build a tower 9 storeys high at 71 Constitution Ave, Campbell.  This height exceeds the planning rule RL617, which restricted buildings to a height of 617 metres above sea level.  No consultation with the residents is required.  Julie Doyle, CCA core member, has submitted a letter (see below to download).  You are invited to endorse this letter or write your own directly to the NCA Chief Planner. 


August 22, 2018

The Impact of Planning Decisions on Canberra's Heritage Values and Urban Form

An important town hall meeting dealing with urban planning issues is being held at Albert Hall at 6pm on 10 September. Everyone interested or concerned about these issues is invited (nay urged) to attend.  

August 13, 2018

Bringing Back the Little Birds in Campbell

You, too, have no doubt noticed the significant decline in both the numbers and the diversity of species of little birds in our lovely suburb. Birds such as Eastern Spinebills, Superb Fairy Wrens, Silvereyes and Pardalotes are becoming scarcer as gardens become smaller and predators such as Noisy Miners move in as the shrubberies disappear.


Now for the GOOD NEWS! By planting the right native plants for shelter and providing a constant source of water we can not only bring back the little birds so important to a healthy, diverse eco system but also attract native bees and butterflies.


The attached brochure from Greening Australia sets out great advice on bird attracting natives suited to the ACT. All of these plants can be obtained from Cool Country Natives at 5A Beltana Rd Pialligo (Email: retail@coolcountrynatives. Tel: 02 6257 6666). 



August 08, 2018


Campbell's newest cafe gets the thumbs up from the RiotAct.

August 07, 2018

Campbell School Bus Timetable Response

The school bus services between Pialligo and Dickson via Campbell are being axed by the Barr Government causing severe distress to families in our community.  To help raise concern on this matter, we invite you to please top and tail the following suggested text below and email it to the Ministers/Chief Minister listed.  

July 29, 2018

Inquiry into Engagement with Development Application Processes in the ACT

Download the CCA report in response to the ACT Legislative Assembly's Inquiry in the Development Application.   If you would like to support if please forward by email to the email below by 3 August 2018:  LACommitteePUR@parliament.act.gov.au

Read more at: https://www.parliament.act.gov.au/in-committees/standing-committees-current-assembly/standing-committee-on-planning-and-urban-renewal/inquiry-into-engagement-with-development-application-processes-in-the-act

July 25, 2018

Campbell 5

An article in the RiotAct says that Campbell 5 is already on the way to developing a strong community spirit.

July 24, 2018

The ACT Government is proposing a new bus network for Canberra.

This proposal could affect how you and your family get to work and school.  Click on the link below to see the proposal and have your say.

July 24, 2018

The CCA invites you to a community meeting to be held on Sunday 12 August at 3.15pm.

Please come along and play an active part in the Campbell Community Association.  Click on the button below to see all the details.

July 24, 2018

Do you need assistance with your wheelie bin?

The ACT Government may be able to help you. Click on the button below to see if you are eligible for wheelie bin assistance.

June 26, 2018

Housing Choices Discussion Paper Report

37 of 153 submissions made to the Government in response to the discussion paper were made by Campbell residents! Way to go Campbell!

May 30, 2018

Campbell Service Station Site

A Development Application for the service station site, proposing 19 apartments and 3 commercial units, has been lodged.

May 23, 2018

An extreme example of "unsustainable overdevelopmet"

Some Campbell residents speak out about development in the suburb.