City Renewal Authority to improve the CBD

The ACT Government has announced that as of July 1, a new City Renewal Authority will be established to drive the renewal of Northbourne Avenue, the city center and West Basin.

The precise boundaries will be confirmed in the coming weeks, but the Authority’s focus  will run from where Flemington Road intersects with the Federal Highway in the north, down Northbourne Avenue, including the Dickson Group Centre, to the CBD and on to Lake Burley Griffin.

As Canberra’s population grows, it’s important that Canberra and in particular, its CBD is designed to be well connected and functional, making spaces more usable and inviting.

“By renewing our urban areas and building functional, well connected suburbs, we can avoid the mistakes of Sydney and Melbourne,” says ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr.

The City Renewal Authority will work to improve public spaces within the precinct including streets, footpaths, parks and buildings. It will also lead and manage major projects and associated land acquisitions and sales in the city area.

Part of the City Renewal Authority’s work will include community engagement, including design competitions for new public areas and buildings.

The Authority will be responsible for delivering the Haig Park master plan, however power to approve developments in the precinct will remain with the National Capital Authority and the independent ACT Planning and Land Authority.

In The City Canberra know the City and Braddon district better than any other organisation. Now in our 11th year of operation, we know every nook and cranny; how the city works now, its past and how it could work in the future. We’re looking forward to working directly with the Authority as we share the same hopes and enthusiasm for a great city centre.