DOWNER

Location Map for Downer
Location Map for Downer

Downer is a suburb in Canberra Australia, in the Inner North. The suburb is bounded by Northbourne Avenue, Antill Street and Philip Avenue.

The suburb was gazetted in 1960 and named after Sir John Downer (1844 – 1915) Premier of South Australia and a member of the first Australian Senate in 1901. There is no specific theme for street names.

The buildings which make up the Downer community centre and former shops, were built for the CSIRO in 1930s, and the area now comprising Downer was an agricultural research facility for the CSIRO. The area now comprising the suburb was used between 1939-45 as a plantation for the growth of opium poppy to provide a source for medications in the unavailability of imported supplies. The large pine and gum trees which surround the block around the shops were planted in this time as a wind break for the CSIRO building. Large trees (Camden Woolybutts) along Swinden street were also planted then, as Swinden street was the driveway for the CSIRO building, where it connected to Northbourne Avenue. With the development of the suburb the trees became diseased during the 1980s and a program is underway to replace them with more amenable local varieties of gum. As of September 2008, all but two or three of the older Swinden Street gums have been removed.

Downer has a local oval between Frencham, Melba, Bonython and Bradfield streets, with a shopping centre. However in 2005 the shopping centre was vacant due partly to the poor location of the centre away from major roads. There is also the Canberra Business Centre nearby, which at one time was a school. The Downer Club, which has an observatory, is nearby, although not technically in Downer, on the Dickson side of Antill Street.

The population count of Downer on census night 2016 was 3,662 people.

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Most Recent 5 Downer Development Applications

planningalertsThe latest public Environment and Planning Directorate – Planning notifications can also be accessed from their site. The following is an extract of the public applications selected by NCCC that principally relate to Downer or have an impact on North Canberra or its residents; the extract may not be complete and does not contain development applications that are not publicly notified.


Address: 55 Antill Street, Downer, ACT

Development Application: 202240981

Desecription: PROPOSAL FOR DWELLING ALTERATIONS AND ADDITIONS - additions and alterations to residence including new garage and roofed front porch, demolition of existing structures and associated works.
Comment closure date: 2022-11-17


Address: 169 Antill Street, Downer, ACT

Development Application: 202240911

Desecription: PROPOSAL FOR DWELLING ALTERATIONS AND ADDITIONS AND SECONDARY RESIDENCE - demolition of the detached shed and garage, tree removal and partial demolition of the existing dwelling, alterations and additions including new single storey extension and internal renovations, construction of a new secondary residence, new driveway, landscaping and associated works.
Comment closure date: 2022-11-16


Address: 109 Antill Street, Downer, ACT

Development Application: 202240208

Desecription: PROPOSAL FOR GARAGE AND CARPORT - construction of a new garage and carport and associated works.
Comment closure date: 2022-10-10


Address: 5 Burn Street, Downer, ACT

Development Application: 202240521

Desecription: PROPOSAL FOR DWELLING ALTERATIONS AND ADDITIONS - demolition of the existing deck and pergola, partial demolition of the existing dwelling and alterations and additions including extension to the ground floor living, extension to the garage, internal renovations and associated works.
Comment closure date: 2022-08-24


Address: 3 Swinden Street, Downer, ACT

Development Application: 202240468

Desecription: PROPOSAL FOR DWELLING ALTERATIONS AND ADDITIONS - partial demolition of the existing dwelling, alterations and additions including extensions to ground and upper floors, new driveway, double garage, swimming pool, alfresco, tree removal, landscaping and associated works.
Comment closure date: 2022-08-24



(Note: Earlier Development Applications can be seen by accessing the ACTPLA website or by going to PlanningAlerts. Note ACTPLA do remove access to the development application documentation some time after the DA closes, but PlanningAlerts do retain some basic historical information.)