Flashback Friday: Transforming our city streets

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.

A city without a vibrant centre is a city without a heart; which is why we here at In The City Canberra (ITCC) are thrilled the City Renewal Authority (CRA) will soon assume responsibility for providing our beloved CBD streets with the TLC they deserve.

Over the years the pavements, shopfronts and alleyways of Canberra’s city have often been subject to neglect. Since In ITCC started in 2007/2008, we’ve patrolled the streets, keeping them clean while petitioning for improvements in the form of better pavements, public furniture, parks, art, events and various community-focussed initiatives to bring life to the CBD. Along the way, we’ve partnered with Canberra city supporters such as the Property Council of Australia (ACT) to deliver some of these initiatives, outlined in Transforming Canberra’s City Centre. The proposed plan sought to transform Canberra’s city centre by:

  • Increasing the number of people living in the city centre
  • Reducing the amount of through-traffic
  • Improving connections across the city and to the lake
  • Creating a modern built environment which fosters a dynamic and vibrant atmosphere

Melbourne, and replicating the look and feel of the bustling metropolis in Canberra served as inspiration for the proposal. We’re certain CRA CEO Malcolm Snow’s experience in leading Melbourne’s CBD former rejuvenation project will be invaluable in helping to achieve a similar transformation in Canberra.

Also integral in the process will be abiding by the mantras espoused by Turn On Transform. Canberra City Centre Collective Agenda 2016; those being putting people first, retaining authenticity of our city – staying true to what makes Canberra unique – animating and activating the city by building vibrancy, supporting density and promoting economic diversity. Last but not least, empowering Canberrans to work together by pursuing the shared vision to achieve positive change.