“Turn on and Transform Civic” Collective Action Agenda

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A collective action agenda which aims to “turn on and transform Civic” has been launched today.

The action agenda follows on from a discussion paper and public forum which brought together planners, architects, economists and policy makers to outline the steps needed to ignite the city centre.

This agenda outlines the practical, commonsense steps we can take to enliven Civic and bring the beat back to its heart

The themes that the actions fall under include:

  1. Put people first – place-making must be a
  2.  Maintain authenticity – stay true to what makes
    Canberra unique
  3. Animate and activate – build vibrancy, support
    density and promote economic diversity
  4. Canberra City Coalition – empower Canberrans
    to establish the vision for Civic and drive positive


Jane Easthope, Chief Executive Officer of Canberra CBD Limited, says Civic remains “a place of untapped potential and economic opportunity.”

“Successes on the fringes of our city centre – such as those in Braddon and New Acton – hint at the potential of our city centre. Now is the time to drive a critical mass of economic activity and revitalisation of our city centre,” Ms Easthope says.

Installing a new ‘big screen’ in Garema Place, enlivening laneways, working with the University of Canberra to establish a recurring program of student action in the city centre,  invest in infrastructure to facilitate events and introducing population density targets are just some of the action items recommended in the agenda.

The collective action agenda was launched by the Property Council of Australia, Canberra CBD Limited and the Canberra Business Chamber.

You can view the action agenda here.