The Apartments // NewActon South
NewActon South is a residential complex housing approximately 180 luxury apartments. It was completed in 2010 and is the showpiece of the developments making up the New Acton precinct. It has sweeping 360 degree views including Lake Burley Griffin and the Parliamentary Triangle to the south, and the City and ANU to the north. The New Acton precinct is a vibrant redevelopment of an old part of Canberra, now home to many restaurants and casual eateries, three hotels, and a movie theatre complex.
AED (Automatic External Defibrillator)
An AED has been installed on the Ground Floor of the Apartments in the South Corridor equidistant from the East and West Tower Elevators and not far from the Gymnasium. Read more.
Free Book Exchange
Bookshelves have been installed in the Western foyer on the ground floor opposite the notice boards.
These bookshelves are available as a free book exchange. Residents may leave any books no longer needed or to perhaps find one to read.
All residents and their guests are normally welcome to use both the North and South gardens, including the barbeque, for individual or group social purposes.
For this coming Christmas and summer period, the COVID-19 pandemic and preference for outdoor gatherings suggests a need for more managed use.
For GROUP use of the South Podium Garden and Barbeque
Please make a prior booking with the Building Manager to avoid any double-up. In this way social distancing can be managed as well as barbeque use. No exclusive bookings can be made on days of special events such as Sky-fire.
Please note: The garden area must be kept clean and tidy just as you find it. The Barbeque especially must be cleaned ready for use by the next person/s.
North Podium Garden use is not affected by these arrangements, but observance of social distancing is still required.
Limit of 5 persons at one time
Observe social distancing – 2 metres
Residents only – no visitors
Do not use the Gym if feeling unwell.
Use the supplied anti-bacterial gym wipes (from the dispenser at the entrance) on each piece of equipment before you use it.
Thoroughly wipe each piece of equipment with an anti-bacterial gym wipe after use.
Care in entering or leaving the garage
The speed hump did not seem to discourage drivers from entering and leaving the garage at excessive speed or in driving too fast in the garage. Going fast over the speed hump also disturbed residents in apartments close by the garage door at all hours of the day and night.
The Executive Committee therefore decided to try other means of counteracting such thoughtless and dangerous behaviour.
The speed hump has been removed to stop it disturbing nearby residents.
The timing for remote opening of the garage door has been modified.
Drivers should stop (at the sign directing this) prior to entering the garage and to then proceed slowly.
Residents are reminded that smoking is prohibited in all areas of common property of the building. This includes corridors and foyers, podium gardens and the garage. It also applies to apartment terraces unless steps are taken to ensure that other residents are not affected by the odour or vapour. Cigarette butts should not be thrown into the podium gardens and particularly not thrown onto terraces of apartments below.
Tidy Terraces and Balconies
All residents are asked to keep terraces and balconies tidy and clear of storage boxes or containers. In particular, clothing racks and washing drying on terraces or balconies is not permitted. In this way the building will be an attractive place to live.
There are one or two drain outlets under the tiles on the external balconies. These can get blocked with leaves and other similar rubbish and should be cleaned out about once a year. The Building Manager has plans of the balconies that can help you identify where the drains are located. You will need a tool to lift the tiles or use a loop of twine slipped under diagonally opposite corners of the tile. Take care as they are fairly heavy.
Podium Gardens on Level 4
The North Garden is now showing the full benefit of the major refurbishing undertaken in 2014. A few of the original plantings were rescued such as magnolias and camellias but the new plantings are much more suited to the exposure to strong sun and winds. New weeping cherry trees are doing well along with many colourful shrubs. The natural compost tea added to new soils (no chemical fertilizers) and mulching is also showing great results. Many thanks to Corporate Gardens for their ongoing work.
Spend some free time to enjoy the gardens. Some recent Spring photos of the Podium Gardens are here, and earlier Autumn photos here.
On 11 August the Government have issued a revised concept document for the Acton Waterfront (previously referred to as West Basin). It is called the Acton Waterfront Place Plan
In May your Executive Committee prepared a factual summary of government plans for West Basin. It still seems to be useful current information. You are encouraged to read it here
City to the Lake
The ACT Government has established the City Renewal Authority
to drive city projects including West Basin. A Government summary of the West Basin developments is shown here
Please visit https://www.yoursay.act.gov.au/
for information on other ACT Government plans and requests for feed-back.
Please see the attached important notice here regarding blinds on window frames.
Only working smoke alarms save lives.
Smoke detectors need replacing after 10 years. Click here to get yours replaced or checked.
Please see ACT Fire and Rescue advice here. If your property is leased you are required by law to have compliant smoke alarms. Please see here.
Fire Safety Equipment
Residents should note it is an offence to tamper with fire safety equipment. Please see the attached letter.
As of 1 October 2017, originally installed air-conditioning units are no longer being covered for damage by the Body Corporate insurance policy as the 7 year prescribed limit has expired. Please see the attached letter from the Strata Manager.
Please click here to learn about initiatives taken by the Executive Committee related to the environment, and ways residents can contribute further.
The ACT Government has published a number of information articles covering the sensitive topic of “noise”. Please click here.
Electric Car Charging
An electric car charging point has been installed in the car park south of our building. Read more.