We are taking time to develop a draft master plan with input from key stakeholders, prior to taking the draft to broad consultation.

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Key stakeholder preliminary meetings


Inform the master plan in three key stakeholder ‘co-design’ workshops
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Workshop 1 - Inform.

Introduction to the project, site analysis for opportunities and constraints and discussion of possible future uses.
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Workshop 2 - Collaborate.

Collaboration with stakeholders to explore the relative merits of future uses in relation to their practicality and viability.
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Workshop 3 - Consult.

Presentation of a draft master plan to work through various aspects of the proposal.
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Workshop 4 - Present.

Further refining the draft master plan.


Roundtable discussions to address the needs of immediate neighbours and other key stakeholders on specific aspects of the draft master plan.


Seek feedback on the draft master plan from the broader Yarralumla and surrounding communities. There will be drop-in sessions and an online forum.


Report on consultation outcomes and refine master plan.

What we have heard so far…

Based on recent consultation activities in the area including an Inner South Community Council survey published in May 2020, the relevant local community issues appear to be:


Preserving open space and a high quality environment.


Impact of increased population on car parking at the Yarralumla shops.


Retaining the current suburban context of an established quiet leafy suburb with low density housing, trees and parks.


Traffic congestion and safety particularly increased traffic generation resulting from development at the Old Canberra Brickworks and more broadly the Molonglo Valley. Upgrades to the Royal Canberra Golf Course and expansion of the Deakin employment hub are seen to attract more out of suburb traffic.

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Protection of heritage buildings and treescape.


Impact on water quality entering the Lake.


Continued public access across the site for dog walking and other recreational activities.


Climate and urban forest decline particularly the loss of large tree canopies.

Five hundred and fifty five (555) residents responded to the Inner South Community Council survey of whom 82 or 14.7% were Yarralumla residents.

Many Yarralumla respondents highly valued the suburb’s green open spaces, parkland/recreational lands, Weston Park, Stirling Ridge, reserve and bush around the lake, and lake foreshore.

They made comments such as:


...very keen to see Stirling Ridge/Park protected...



... amazing community and environmental asset/space...



...the open spaces, landscape corridors, lake foreshore and local and district parks are beautiful and should be protected (Weston Park, Royal Canberra Golf Course, lake shores, ovals, playgrounds)...


They valued street trees and other trees, the CSIRO heritage listed Forestry precinct in Banks Street, and the Brickworks and woodland near the Brickworks.
In terms of what they would like to change, Yarralumla respondents sought improved maintenance of paths and more pedestrian crossings.

One resident said:


...Novar Street in Yarralumla gets particularly busy with traffic (at speed) and is hard/dangerous to cross with kids. Install speed humps on Novar Street...


There was a desire for better and safer parking at the shops, as well as tenanting of vacant shops at the Yarralumla shops and upgrading of the Yarralumla shops streetscape, and better maintenance and renewal of street trees.

This community feedback is the starting point of our understanding as we plan future uses for the Forestry Place, Yarralumla.

Draft Master Plan.

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