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Curtin Update

April 20, 2018

Changes to Curtin Group Centre Draft Master Plan released for consultation

The Draft Master Plan for Curtin shops has now been released and I encourage you to give your feedback.

I acknowledge that the master planning process has taken some time, but the community panel process over the past year was important to ensure there was a way forward for Curtin Shops.

I have also been actively meeting with Curtin residents and passing on feedback from the community. Changes to the Draft Master Plan include key issues raised by the community including the bulk and scale of the buildings, the community use of the public areas and the retention of sunlight to the existing central courtyard.

A single storey building height limit is introduced as part of the changes, at the edges of the existing central courtyard to protect it from excessive overshadowing and to provide an appropriate bulk and scale of development.

The revisions to the draft plan also include improvements to the pedestrian and cycle networks and changes to the internal road network.

Please provide your feedback on the Draft Master Plan for Curtin Group Centre at by June 6.


I understand and share the frustration of many Curtin residents with the current situation at 44 Curtin Place, which has seen the shops fenced off by the private owners and tenants relocating or moving outside of Curtin.

As you may be aware, the independent ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA) did not approve the initial proposed development application at the shops in early 2017, due to the size, character and scale of the proposal, and concerns about an increase overshadowing onto the central courtyard.

Since this decision, the ACT Government’s Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD) has brought shop owners in Curtin and residents from the local community together to discuss development and shared outcomes through a series of community panel meetings which has been a positive process.

We are now expecting another application (DA) to be made by the developer. This would again require another statutory period of community consultation on the revised proposal. I strongly encourage residents to examine any modified proposal and make a submission when the DA is available for comment.

Rest assured that the resolution of this issue is top of mind in my work as your local Member of the Assembly.


The ACT Government has begun construction on a new rain garden in the open space around the Flood Memorial site in Curtin which will play an important role in improving water quality in Yarralumla Creek. It will also improve the visual and recreational amenity of the area.

The new rain garden will play a role in improving water quality in Yarralumla Creek by filtering nutrients flowing into our waterways.

The cycle path in the area will also be widened from 2.5m to 4m as part of these works with the area expected to be open for public use in November 2018.

More information on the Healthy Waterways project is available here:,-flood-memorial-site-near-service-street,-curtin


My view has always been that elevated development is better suited in our town centres, rather than in our suburbs like Curtin.

It is great to see the regeneration beginning in Woden Town Centre, with four major new developments either planned or under construction.

I will be continuing to advocate for Woden's regeneration and will be starting a conversation this year about building an arts presence in Woden and improved community facilities.

The ACT Government is also supporting a new place making project in Woden town square through the #WodenExperiment, a six month installation to activate the square and improve its use.

Stay updated with Woden's regeneration at


If you would like to raise any of the issues in this update with me, or any ACT Government issue, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

I have been meeting with residents at Curtin shops regularly since being elected. I will  be at Curtin on the following dates:

  • Friday 4 May 10:00am - 11:30am
  • Saturday 12 May 12:00pm - 1:30pm
  • Wednesday 16 May 10:00am - 11:30am
  • Friday 25 May 4:30pm - 6:00pm

My full schedule of mobile offices with other locations is available at or you can email me at [email protected]

Kind regards


Chris Steel MLA