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.

Local Groups:

Most Recent 15 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: 5 Durack Street, Downer, ACT

Development Application: 201731420

Desecription: PROPOSAL FOR DUAL OCCUPANCY - Demolition of the existing structures and construction of 2 new two storey dwellings, garages, landscaping and associated works.
Comment closure date: 2017-05-24

Address: 11 Fenner Street, Downer, ACT

Development Application: 201731375

Desecription: PROPOSAL FOR A SECONDARY RESIDENCE AND ALTERATIONS TO EXISTING DWELLING - Construction of a new single storey secondary residence and alterations to existing dwelling including new windows, pergola, courtyard and associated works.
Comment closure date: 2017-05-01

Address: 2 Bradfield Street, Downer, ACT

Development Application: 201731204

Desecription: PROPOSAL FOR MULTI UNIT DEVELOPMENT - BLOCK SUBDIVISION - Demolition of the remaining site infrastructure and removal of trees; construction of 160 dwellings with garages or basement car parking, landscaping and associated works. Dwellings to be constructed in two stages and comprise 37 townhouses within four 2-storey buildings and 123 apartments within three 4-storey buildings. Works addressing Deed of Agreement requirements including creation of two multi unit residential blocks with heritage listed objects; off-site works; with portion of site to remain under Holding Lease for future development.
Comment closure date: 2017-04-26

Address: 31 Padbury Street, Downer, ACT

Development Application: 201630654

Desecription: PROPOSAL FOR SINGLE RESIDENCE AND SECONDARY RESIDENCE - demolition of the existing dwelling, garage and carport. Construction of a 2 storey dwelling, attached secondary dwelling, additional driveway on the verge and associated works.
Comment closure date: 2016-12-30

Address: 36 Blacket Street, Downer, ACT

Development Application: 201630198

Desecription: PROPOSAL FOR MUTLI UNIT DEVELOPMENT AND LEASE VARIATION - demolition of the two existing dwellings and associated garages, construction of six new two storey residences with associated garages. Consolidation of Blocks 37 and 38 Section 34 Downer into one block and variation to the Crown lease purpose clause to permit a maximum of 6 dwellings.
Comment closure date: 2016-11-14

Address: 34 Cadell Street, Downer, ACT

Development Application: 201630358

Desecription: SECONDARY RESIDENCE-Construction of a new secondary residence.
Comment closure date: 2016-11-02

Address: 7 Legge Street, Downer, ACT

Development Application: 201629636

Desecription: SECONDARY RESIDENCE-DEMOLITION. Proposed removal of existing garage/shed and construction of secondary residence
Comment closure date: 2016-08-03

Address: 81 Bonython Street, Downer, ACT

Development Application: 201629587

Desecription: SECONDARY RESIDENCE-GARAGE. Proposed construction of secondary residence at rear of property. Proposed demolition of existing detached garage and construction of new garage.
Comment closure date: 2016-07-06

Address: 28 Cole Street, Downer, ACT

Development Application: 201629522

Desecription: SECONDARY RESIDENCE-ALTERATIONS. Proposed alterations to existing residence to form secondary residence.
Comment closure date: 2016-06-23

Address: 10 Lynd Place, Downer, ACT

Development Application: 201629219

Desecription: SECONDARY RESIDENCE. Proposed conversion of an existing garage into a secondary residence.
Comment closure date: 2016-05-09

Address: 24 Bonython Street, Downer, ACT

Development Application: 201527732

Desecription: LEASE VARIATION - Please see application form for a description.
Comment closure date: 2016-02-24

Address: 2 Bradfield Street, Downer, ACT

Development Application: 201528588

Desecription: PUBLIC WORKS. Proposed relocation and upgrade of existing sewer main.
Comment closure date: 2015-12-16

Address: 3 Fenner Street, Downer, ACT

Development Application: 201527650

Desecription: SECONDARY RESIDENCE-ALTERATIONS & ADDITIONS. Proposed conversion of existing structure to class 1 structure as secondary dwelling and addition of a workshop/garage at the front of the secondary dwelling.
Comment closure date: 2015-06-16

Address: 34 Frencham Street, Downer, ACT

Development Application: 201527214

Desecription: MULTI DWELLING-LEASE VARIATION-DEMOLITION-3 NEW TOWNHOUSES. Proposed Lease Variation; Demolition of existing residence; Construction of three new townhouses and relocation of existing driveway.
Comment closure date: 2015-04-29

Address: 17 Berry Street, Downer, ACT

Development Application: 201527254

Desecription: SECONDARY RESIDENCE-PERGOLA. Proposed conversion of the existing garage into secondary residence and construction of a new pergola.
Comment closure date: 2015-04-22

(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.)

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