Project status: Open


How to have YourSay:

Stage 2 engagement is now open for you to share your ideas and feedback on the two draft design scenarios and continue the discussions on how we shape the future of Dickson Section 72.

Analysis of the opportunities and challenges from engagement earlier this year have helped shape two planning and design scenarios which we are keen to explore with you during this next stage of the project.

You can have your say by:

Stage 2 of engagement will be open for seven weeks from Thursday 6 September to Friday 26 October 2018.

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We are looking at:

Dickson Section 72 is located within 800 metres of major public transport services on Northbourne Avenue adjacent to the Dickson group centre and recreational facilities at the Dickson playing fields, making it an important precinct to reconsider its best uses for the community.

Earlier this year, we heard from inner north residents, the wider Canberra community, and stakeholders about their aspirations for Dickson. You can find out more information on what we heard from stage 1 of engagement in the Stage 1 Engagement Report and Stakeholder Workshop outcomes.

The first stage of engagement told us there is support for people to live in an area close to the services at the Dickson group centre. There was also support for more community facilities in the inner north.

Following feedback from the first stage of engagement, two design scenarios have been developed that show how the future of Dickson Section 72 might take shape.

We want to work with you on these scenarios and look closely at how best to shape future land uses and public spaces at Section 72.

Community aspirations for the area is a key focus and includes gaining views on:

  • various land uses
  • community services
  • place making
  • landscape, infrastructure and transport requirements, and
  • transport connections to the surrounding area.

The much loved Dickson Pool will remain with no intention to relocate this facility. A new Common Ground has also been committed for this site. We want to look at how Section 72 can continue to support the community, and how we can enhance the area and its amenities.

We're also coordinating with other key projects in the inner north, including the Dickson Place Making Implementation Plan by the City Renewal Authority.

We will use your views to:

Your feedback on the two draft design scenarios either by sharing your ideas on the survey or attending the interactive drop-in session, will help inform the best design to shape future land use and public spaces in Section 72.

Previous engagement

2014 & 2015

The current planning and engagement for Dickson Section 72 acknowledges and builds on key outcomes from previous community engagement undertaken in 2014 and 2015.

Previous messages from the community included:

  • Provide integrated precinct planning for Dickson Section 72, including planning and design controls;
  • Retain community facilities, trees and open spaces in the precinct;
  • Deliver integrated public spaces and walking and cycling network;
  • Investigate alternative funding models for public space upgrades; and
  • Understand the future demand for community facilities.


Stage 1

During Stage 1 engagement for Dickson Section 72, we have been talking with the community and leaseholders about opportunities and challenges that need to be considered for the future planning of the site. We have received helpful feedback through various engagement activities, such as a workshop, Info Kiosks, Meet the Planners sessions, emails and interactive online maps on YourSay, and a number of themes and priorities are emerging:

  • Residential uses: We have received support for sustainable, supportive and community housing, co-housing, public housing and housing for people to age-in-place. This support included feedback received via the interactive map on YourSay. The most popular comment on the site produced 138 likes for ‘great location for public housing’, with 24 people disliking any public housing within the site.
  • Active travel: People want to see walking and cycling prioritised over cars, as well as better walking and cycling infrastructure and connections into and through the site. Ideas include formalising the dirt track on the northern side of the drain, a new footbridge across the drain, widening existing shared paths, providing more lighting and traffic calming measures for Hawdon Place and Rosevear Place. The valuing of active travel infrastructure was highlighted in one of the top Social Pinpoint comments, which showed the bridge crossing Sullivan’s Creek and Hawdon Place for walking and cycling liked 37 times.
  • Community facilities and inclusive communities: Some responses show that people want to see existing community facilities protected and enhanced for current and future populations. Groups that were specifically mentioned included older and younger generations, and people experiencing disadvantage.
  • Green space and urban amenity: We have heard that the trees and landscape characteristics should be protected whilst providing more active and creative spaces, such as playgrounds, parks, community gardens and a central meeting point for social interaction. There have been some suggestions made by lessees to improve interfaces between existing and future facilities to improve integration, activate green space and create safer places and urban amenity.
  • Safety and Security: Some concerns have been raised about anti-social behaviour in the area, including vandalism of buildings and some physical attacks due to the underutilisation of areas within the precinct and an associated lack of ‘eyes on the street’ and activity. This issue has been raised with mixed feedback. A Social Pinpoint comment that makes a reference to future social housing causing anti-social housing had 35 people supporting this idea while 16 people did not support this idea.
  • Parking: Some suggestions have been made to improve the quantity and configuration of parking on Rosevear Place, Hawdon Place and surface parking at the pool. Parking provision during future stages of development has been raised. Some people would also like to see less parking to encourage more walking and cycling. This mixed response is shown in a Social Pinpoint comment referring to insufficient parking for the site only receiving 4 likes but receiving 30 dislikes.
  • Density: Key messages received relate to integrating development into the landscape and tree line of the precinct (‘City in the Landscape’ character) with preferably low-rise, medium density development with active interfaces to the public places.
  • 1,262 people via YourSay
  • 203 individuals and 8 leaseholders during ‘Meet the Planner Sessions’, ‘Info Kiosks’ and one on one meetings with leaseholders
  • 16 community workshop participants
  • 400 brochures and posters distributed at local shopping centres and streets bordering the site
  • social media audience of almost 960 individuals
  • 20 emails with written feedback or submissions.
Technical Summary:

While we have been talking with the community about Dickson Section 72, we have also been undertaking planning work. Our planning work draws upon a range of technical and background studies to support challenges and opportunities analysis and forward planning for the precinct. Key findings include:

  • Infrastructure and contamination - a sewer upgrade will be required to support any future development; stormwater feasibility work (subject to confirmation of proposed development); contamination investigation work is ongoing.
  • Ecological - there are no areas of environmental significance or triggers under Commonwealth or ACT environmental legislation within the study area.
  • Traffic and parking - any new development within the Dickson Section 72 precinct is likely to trigger the need to upgrade the Rosevear Place and/or Hawdon Place intersections with Antill Street, further short-term parking allocations should be considered for the precinct; cycle and pedestrian paths will require improvements and/or upgrades.
  • Tree Assessment - the precinct is home to over 690 trees of varying health and quality, mostly comprising species from the Eucalyptus, Pinus, Quercus, Platanus and Ulmus families.
  • Heritage - no registered heritage places or objects are recorded within Dickson Section 72.
  • Community Facilities - existing facilities may need to be upgraded and new facilities developed incrementally to support current and future populations.

Stages and Timelines

Stages and indicative timelines

  • Stage 2 Opportunities and Challenges –complete
    The first stage of engagement asked residents about their aspirations for the site. Read the stage one engagement report.
  • Stage 2 Consultation on Draft Planning and Design scenarios – currently underway until 26 October 2018.
    Two design scenarios have been developed based on feedback from the first stage of engagement. These scenarios propose various levels of residential development, public realm and landscape upgrades.
  • Stage 3 Draft Estate Development Plan (EDP) – late 2018.
    A draft Estate Development Plan will be designed using feedback from the second stage of engagement. This will be available for community feedback.

Detailed planning and design - Estate Development Plan and Territory Variation Plan

Date: TBA

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate’s (EPSDD) planning and engineering consultants will prepare a Draft Estate Development Plan (EDP) that will reflect previous engagement outcomes and community feedback on the draft Planning and Design Scenarios. The early involvement of the planning and engineering team will ensure consistency between the engagement on the Planning and Design Scenarios, the Draft EDP and the final Detail Design that will be constructed.

In parallel to this process, a Draft Variation to the Territory Plan will be prepared. This will propose land use policy changes for the precinct that reflect the outcomes of the Phase 1 engagement, as well as any necessary technical considerations.

Non-statutory (pre-Development Application) Community Engagement on the draft EDP will run in parallel with engagement on the Draft Variation to the Territory Plan. The details of proposed changes to the Territory Plan will be reflected in the Draft EDP.

Statutory consultation (public notification) of the Draft Variation to the Territory Plan and the EDP Development Application (DA) will then commence.

Onsite Activities

Notice of site activities

As part of the urban renewal of Section 72 Dickson, the Environment Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD) is undertaking a detailed survey for Section 72 Dickson and surrounds.

What does the work involve?

EPSDD consultants will be on site to undertake a detailed topographic survey of Section 72 Dickson and surrounds including trees, utilities (such as gas, sewer, water and electrical), roads, paths and general land surveying. The works are unlikely to generate any dust or noise.

Why is it being done?

The survey information is needed to inform future detailed planning, engineering, infrastructure and landscape design on Government land as part of the urban renewal of Section 72 Dickson.

When is it happening?

The survey is scheduled to start mid-September 2018 and take around six weeks.

How will it affect me?

The surveyors will generally not be surveying private properties, however they may require access to locate underground services. Some temporary traffic management arrangements may be required while the surveyors are working near Cowper and Antill Street, Rosevear and Hawdon Place; however this is expected to be completed outside peak traffic periods.

What else is happening on site?

Demolition of the Government owned buildings is also progressing on Block 6 (former CFMEU site). This is expected to commence in early 2019 subject to development application approval.

For more information about site activities

If you have any questions, please call Access Canberra on 13 22 81 and ask to speak to EPSDD Urban Renewal or email