Have your say on some of Canberra’s most exciting urban renewal projects

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.

As Canberra grows, there are a number of ambitious visions to create a vibrant and diverse metropolitan hub for all.

At the moment, there are several innovative urban renewal projects in place to improve the efficiency of the city’s infrastructure and its surrounding facilities.

These projects will help define the shape of our city, its identity and how liveable it is into the future:

  1. West Basin Renewal project

The renewal of the West Basin precinct will continue with the ACT Government investing in stage two of the boardwalk and parkland upgrades as part of the upcoming ACT Budget 2017-18.

With stage one of the boardwalk complete and work about to begin on the new Point Park, the area is set to become one of the best, if not the best, place for Canberrans to enjoy Lake Burley Griffin close to the city!

  1. Acton Peninsula

The National Capital Authority is inviting you to have your say about the Acton Peninsula Draft Structure Plan before it closes at midnight on Tuesday 13 June 2017.

The draft structure Plan is designed to promote connectivity and blend the uses of the Peninsula to improve the public realm. The plan intends to:

  • Deliver world-class core functions of education and museum facilities that exceed the expectations of a domestic and international population of visitors and employees;
  • Reaffirm Acton Peninsula as one of Canberra’s premier gathering places by creating an exciting, connected, active and vibrant precinct that focuses visitors, educators and researchers on Australia’s culture and intellectual capital.

3. Currong Flats

The developers of the former Currong and Allawah Flats site in Braddon have submitted revised, scaled-back plans for the land after their first development application was withdrawn.

The new proposal includes;

  • A 2.3 metre path along Currong Street; and
  • A central landscaped plaza connecting the road with Cooyong Street for pedestrians and cyclists.

The new application calls for further community consultation, you can have your say here.

4. Light Rail Business link

The Light Rail Business Link Quarterly Forum on Thursday 8 June 2017 will be raising the challenges for business as the construction of the light rail projects ramps up.

Key business leaders will offer their perspectives on resilience and adaptation strategies for businesses. Canberra Metro will also provide an update on supplier opportunities as Light Rail Stage One prepares for its operation phase.

To have your say register here.

5. Commonwealth Avenue and Kings Avenue

The National Capital Authority has unveiled plans of a ‘high-level design’ for Kings and Commonwealth Avenue to be remade into grand pedestrian-friendly boulevards.

The proposal intends to dismantle on and off ramps on Kings and Commonwealth avenues, reduce speed limits and reconfigure the roads as grand boulevards for easy cycling and walking.

Further plans include; building conventional intersections, slowing traffic and opening up land either side of the avenue for development. Slip lanes would be eliminated, slowing traffic and giving more of the space to pedestrians and cyclists.

The Authority has invited community feedback until July 3, 2017.

6. Haig Park

A public lecture was delivered on Monday 5 June 2017 as part of the Haig Park Masterplan process, which outlined the vision for the park to guide future investments and improvements.

The lecture explored issues such as:

  • The heritage of the park, including park management;
  • Our changing climate; and
  • The biodiversity of the park.

With all of these fantastic projects underway, the ACT is committed to making the right investments to renew our city and maintain a strong local economy.

Make sure you get involved and have your say on the future of our city.