Transforming our city - 'The City Plan' and 'City to the Lake'


As we celebrate our first 100 years, and look towards our next century, it is appropriate to talk about the role of our City centre, and how it can become a more dynamic, vibrant and sustainable place.

The City Plan will provide a blueprint for future infrastructure development, land release and incentives for redevelopment right across the city. It will guide our decision-making on what facilities and infrastructure are needed, where these should be located, and what should be the appropriate mix of land use.

The City to Lake project was also unveiled. This project will extend the city towards the lake, and finally link the two areas.  It encompasses an area stretching from West Basin to Anzac Parade, and may include:

  • A rectangular sports stadium;
  • A new convention centre;
  • Cultural facilities;
  • An aquatic facility and urban beach; and
  • Making Parkes Way a split-level boulevard to seamlessly link West Basin and Civic.

The City Plan will also provide context for further staging of the Capital Metro light rail project.

I urge Canberrans to have their say on what they would like the City Centre to look like in the future.

Community feedback will be critical in our future planning.  From today there will be a website where you can find out more about these projects and have a say online.  A number of face-to-face opportunities to provide feedback will also be held over the coming months. Comments can be made until Mid-may. Comments can be made online, by email, mail and in person at an ‘open house’ in Garema Place from 9-13 April.

As the City grows to a population of 500,000 and beyond we have to plan for key infrastructure, major recreation and cultural facilities in order to ‘future proof’ our City.

‘The City Plan’ project is jointly funded through the Australian Government’s ‘Liveable Cities Program’ and the ACT Government.

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