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.

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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: 6 Bush Street, Downer, ACT

Development Application: 201834508

Desecription: PROPOSAL FOR A SECONDARY DWELLING - Construction of a secondary dwelling with attached garage; Addition of a metal carport to the existing dwelling and associated works.
Comment closure date: 2018-10-24


Address: 171 Antill Street, Downer, ACT

Development Application: 201834477

Desecription: PROPOSAL FOR DEMOLITION - demolition of a loose-fill asbestos affected dwelling (unit 1) and associated works.
Comment closure date: 2018-10-15


Address: 125 Antill Street, Downer, ACT

Development Application: 201833834

Desecription: PROPOSAL FOR A SECONDARY DWELLING + conversion of an existing studio into a secondary dwelling, landscaping and associated works.
Comment closure date: 2018-06-13


Address: 40 Blacket Street, Downer, ACT

Development Application: 201833521

Desecription: LEASE VARIATION to consolidate Blocks 39 and 40 Section 34 Division of Downer.
Comment closure date: 2018-05-25


Address: 167 Antill Street, Downer, ACT

Development Application: 201833588

Desecription: PROPOSAL FOR A SECONDARY DWELLING - New single storey dwelling in addition to the existing dwelling, landscaping and associated works.
Comment closure date: 2018-04-30


Address: 94 Melba Place, Downer, ACT

Development Application: 201833392

Desecription: PROPOSAL FOR DUAL OCCUPANCY + construction of 2 new two storey dwellings, garage and carport, landscaping and associated works.
Comment closure date: 2018-04-17


Address: 4 Durack Street, Downer, ACT

Development Application: 201733113

Desecription: LEASE VARIATION to permit 'retirement village' and 'supportive housing', and to remove the current age limit on residents.
Comment closure date: 2018-03-09


Address: 4 Durack Street, Downer, ACT

Development Application: 201733113

Desecription: LEASE VARIATION to permit 'retirement village' and 'supportive housing', and to remove the current age limit on residents.
Comment closure date: 2018-03-09


Address: 548 Northbourne Avenue, Downer, ACT

Development Application: 201833256

Desecription: PROPOSAL FOR SECONDARY DWELLING - Construction of a new secondary dwelling, carport, courtyard wall, landscaping and associated works.
Comment closure date: 2018-03-15


Address: 548 Northbourne Avenue, Downer, ACT

Development Application: 201833256

Desecription: PROPOSAL FOR SECONDARY DWELLING - Construction of a new secondary dwelling, carport, courtyard wall, landscaping and associated works.
Comment closure date: 2018-03-15


Address: 17 Berry Street, Downer, ACT

Development Application: 201732603

Desecription: PROPOSAL FOR NEW DWELLING - Demolition of the existing primary residence and construction of a new two storey dwelling, garage, landscaping and associated works.
Comment closure date: 2017-11-22


Address: 582 Northbourne Avenue, Downer, ACT

Development Application: 201732468

Desecription: PROPOSAL FOR A SECONDARY DWELLING - A new single storey dwelling in addition to the existing dwelling, carport, landscaping, and associated works.
Comment closure date: 2017-11-10


Address: 2 Frencham Place, Downer, ACT

Development Application: 201732322

Desecription: PROPOSAL FOR ALTERATIONS AND ADDITIONS TO COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT - Internal fitout of existing tenancy including proposed mezzanine areas and associated works.
Comment closure date: 2017-09-15


Address: 94 Blacket Street, Downer, ACT

Development Application: 201731957

Desecription: LEASE VARIATION to permit a maximum of 5 dwellings.
Comment closure date: 2017-08-30


Address: 85 Antill Street, Downer, ACT

Development Application: 201731612

Desecription: PROPOSAL FOR MULTI UNIT DEVELOPMENT CONSOLIDATION AND LEASE VARIATION - Demolition of the existing duplex dwelling and construction of a two storey development consisting of 8 units with basement carpaking, tree removal, landscaping and associated works. Consolidation of the blocks and variation of the lease to increase the number of dwellings permitted to 8.
Comment closure date: 2017-07-03



(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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