Shine a nightlight on Canberra’s heart

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.

Lighting our city centre helps pedestrians feel safe, keep crime rates down and provide interest and focal points can shape urban life after dark.

In Canberra, we have the programmed lanterns in Lonsdale Street trees, the glorious fairy lights in Ainslie Place linking the theatre to the Canberra Centre and the coral-like lights on London Circuit nearby the Melbourne building.

These are all paid for by the 608 commercial property owners in the City and Braddon District – CBD.

These lights are intended to create a strong east-west link from the ANU student residences to the Convention Centre, as well as a north-south link from Haig Park to the government owned and maintained space, Garema Place.

Soon to start, and subject to agreements, are sensational lighting in two trees in Garema and picking out the heritage details of the facades of the Sydney and Melbourne buildings facing Northbourne Avenue.

Canberra’s nightlife is more than nightclubs and bars; it can be artistic, safe, invigorating and active strips of restaurants at every price point and late trading galleries.