ACT’s City Renewal Authority in good hands

As of 1 January 2018, the management of the City Centre Marketing and Improvements Levy transferred from In The City Canberra to the City Renewal Authority. Views expressed in these articles may not reflect the views of the Authority.

Malcolm Snow is a long-term friend of In The City Canberra, having formally met with our Board of Directors several times and crossed paths on multiple occasions at workshops, forums and other gatherings discussing the future shaping of our city centre befitting of a world class national capital.

He was a significant driver of the Canberra Business Chambers vision called ‘Destination 2030’, which called for activating the CBD whilst creating prescribed designated entertainment precincts, a cultural precinct, quality public realm and all forms of infrastructure enabling people to be healthy and connected. The agenda for renewal is discussed and documented. Now its action time.

Often there has been conversation about creating a coalition of existing organisations to establish a ‘Committee for Canberra’, to champion the city and region providing independent research and advocacy. It appears that the city and suburban renewal authorities are agile and well and competently resourced to perform this role. Wooing Malcolm from his highly regarded leadership of the National Capital Authority is of benefit to us all.

We are delighted that the board of the City Renewal Authority has chosen someone with great insight and affection for Canberra with potential to be one of the great planned cities of the world. He has unique experience in retaining the Capital’s planning heritage of “great bones”, a term Malcolm has often used, and aspiringly fleshing them out for future generations.

Together, Malcolm’s knowledge and experience of the two layers of planning control and proven track record of reinvigorating Melbourne and Brisbane CBD precincts, will mean he’s well positioned to lead a smooth, considered and collaborative transition to Canberra’s CBD and lakeside precincts.

We wish Malcolm every success in his new role.