ACT Labor to deliver better local shops and stronger communities

We all share a sense of pride in our city. ACT Labor continues to invest in Canberra to make it an even better place to live, work, study and play.

Our local shops and their continued viability is important to every Canberran and every local community.  Not only do our local shops deliver convenient local services but they are home to hundreds of small businesses and create thousands of local jobs.

ACT Labor has invested $13.8 million in our shopping centres, to make sure they remain viable, and are improved right across Canberra.

We have already delivered upgrades to Hawker, Griffith, Kambah village, Mawson, Jamison Centre (public spaces), Higgins, Holder, Holt, Melba, Garran, Deakin, Ainslie, Lyons and Scullin.

This year ACT Labor is upgrading Waramanga, Red Hill and Farrer, investing $3 million in these local centres and design is underway for Banks, Charnwood, Cook, Griffith, Lyneham, Torrens and Theodore.

But there is more to do.

ACT Labor is committed to the next phase of shopping centre upgrades to target those centres where the public areas need a bit of a ‘spruce up’.  The focus will be on improving our local spaces and places to make them safer, cleaner and retain their local charm.

If re-elected in 2012, ACT Labor will invest $11 million in the next phase of our local centre upgrades to improve paving, seating, parking and traffic – including more disabled parking, lighting and safety improvements at 15 local shops across Canberra.

The works will commence in 2013 and be completed over the next four years.


Policy costings

The average cost of shopping centre upgrades is $1 million each for major upgrade.  Minor upgrades, which include bringing lighting up to current standards (efficiency and safety), the provision of disabled car parking spaces, and minor landscaping, are costed at $0.2 million, per centre.

ACT Labor’s plan to invest even more in our local shops












$10.42 m






$0.61 m






$11.03 m


How are local upgrades decided?

Upgrades to local centres involve ongoing discussions with the community and local businesses to determine the upgrades which are needed in their centre.

Works will be phased across those identified for upgrade and include a consultation and design phase, followed by construction.

Which local centres will be upgraded?

Major upgrades

Major upgrades involve major works to upgrade public areas from lighting, to parking (including disabled parking) to pavements, seating and improving security.

  • Evatt

  • Florey

  • Fisher

  • Kaleen (Gwydir)

  • Hughes

  • Spence (Glasson)

  • Macquarie

Minor upgrades

Minor upgrades involve improvement of particular issues which have been identified.

  • Kambah (Mannheim)

  • Rivett

  • Fraser

  • Kambah (Carleton)

  • Fadden

  • Wanniassa

  • Kambah (Castley)

  • Kambah (Marconi)