Canberra hosts over 96 diplomatic missions from around the world in three distinct diplomatic estates – Yarralumla, West Deakin and O'Malley.
The existing supply of diplomatic land does not meet the needs of nations wishing to establish their mission in Canberra.
A new area for diplomatic use is required to meet the current and future needs of foreign missions in Canberra.
On 2 September 2011, the National Capital Authority called for community views on three possible locations for a new diplomatic development in Canberra.
The following areas were considered as potential areas for a new diplomatic estate:
- Land to the south west of Stirling Ridge
- Land in the vicinity of the Old Canberra Brickworks
- Land adjacent to Federal Golf Club
- Other suggested location
The consultation report on the proposed diplomatic sites is available here. [Released 10 November 2011]
Following the community consultation, a consultant team was engaged to assess the potential suitability of these sites as a diplomatic estate. A series of drop-in sessions were held at each of the proposed areas in March 2012.
On 16 June 2012, the National Capital Authority released a report into the suitability of three areas in Canberra for diplomatic use.
Environmental, heritage and community values, tenure, servicing and preliminary bushfire assessment were all considered to assess the suitability of each area.
The report also highlights the development area, with indicative layout, proposed servicing and indicative costs, and impacts of the development.
Taking into account the site analysis and feedback from the community, the Authority, at its last meeting removed the land adjacent to the Federal Golf Club from further consideration.
The NCA will now hold discussions with relevant government agencies prior to any further investigation of sites adjacent to Stirling Ridge and the Old Canberra Brickworks.
The report into the suitability of three areas in Canberra for diplomatic use is available below. [Released 16 June 2012]
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