1 July 2017 – Hurly Burley Winter Fair brightens City West

16 June 2017 - City 7 sale to revitalise old Bega Flats site

14 June 2017 - Temporary traffic changes during waterfront park construction

Hurly Burley Winter Fair brightens City West

1 July 2017

Hurley Burley Winter Fair

Canberra’s City West precinct hosted a celebration of all things wintery with the capital’s first Hurly Burley Winter Fair on Friday June 30.

The event was organised by local artist Chenoeh Miller of Little Dove Theatre Productions. Ms Miller is currently also the Director of the Canberra Multicultural Fringe and ACT Music Awards in partnership with the ACT Government.

Hobart Place was transformed into a family friendly winter fair with delicious, locally-made food and live music by Kristobelle and the Southern Jubilee Ringers, East Row Rabble and more. There were creative goodies to purchase at the market stalls along with fire pits, marshmallow roasting and story-telling by some of Canberra’s best poets.

City 7 sale to revitalise old Bega Flats site

16 June 2017

A new mixed-use precinct that will add to the vibrancy of Canberra’s city heart is one step closer with the start of the sales campaign for the City 7 old Bega Flats site, Director of Urban Projects Nicholas Holt announced today.

“The sale of the almost-12,000 square metre City 7 site by auction on 9 August will be an exciting opportunity for prospective buyers to renew a precinct that will add to Canberra’s status as one of the world’s most liveable cities,” Mr Holt said.

“City 7 is located between suburban Reid, with its tree-lined streets, and the vibrant commercial and recreational areas of the Canberra CBD. The successful buyer will have a great opportunity to develop a precinct that blends these two distinct areas together.”

“The government is committed to providing a variety of housing options for Canberrans, and urban renewal in our city centre, close to shops, entertainment, public transport and employment opportunities, is key to helping the city grow in a sustainable way.

“With the potential for about 350 dwellings the redevelopment of City 7 will allow even more people to live right in the heart of our growing city.”

The sale of the former Bega Flats public housing units is part of the Commonwealth Government’s Asset Recycling Initiative, which provides a 15 per cent bonus to the ACT Government on the sale of ageing public infrastructure.

All remaining public housing tenants will be relocated into updated housing prior to settlement.
The ACT Government’s Public Housing Renewal Taskforce is replacing public housing sold through the scheme with 1,288 new, sustainable public housing across Canberra.

Height limits and other development conditions for potential developments on City 7 are set out in the Reid Precinct Code.

The auction of City 7 is on 9 August 2017. For further sales information please contact the appointed sales agents, LJ Hooker Commercial (Greg Lyons on 0406 995 383 or Mark Thompson on 0438 624 042).

Temporary traffic changes during waterfront park construction

14 June 2017

Road access under Commonwealth Avenue Bridge between West Basin and Commonwealth Park will be closed from Monday 19 June until Friday 8 September to allow for the construction of a new public park.

Diversions will be in place to ensure continuous access to both Commonwealth Park and West Basin parking areas during the temporary closure, including during individual events taking place during that period.

The temporary road closure, to allow work to begin on a waterfront park next to Commonwealth Avenue Bridge at the southern headland of West Basin, has been timed to allow the road to be reopened for Floriade.

Barrine Drive will be closed again after Floriade until the park’s completion in early 2018, when it will be reopened as a shared zone.

LDA City to the Lake Director Nicholas Holt said both West Basin and Commonwealth Park would remain accessible to users during the closure but some diversions would be in place for drivers looking for access from the opposite sides of Commonwealth Avenue.

“While the closure of this section of Barrine Drive is necessary for the construction of a new high-quality public park, we have ensured access to these two important areas will still be available,” Mr Holt said.

“We recognise that the diversions in place will be an inconvenience to some people but the delivery of a waterfront park, along with the new public boardwalk in West Basin, will create a fantastic new public space where Canberrans and visitors to enjoy Lake Burley Griffin.

“Given the greatly increased volume of traffic using West Basin and Commonwealth Park during Floriade we have ensured Barrine Drive will be accessible during this important event.”

Vehicle access during the closure will still be available to both West Basin (entry and exit northbound on Commonwealth Avenue) and to Commonwealth Park (exit and entry southbound on Commonwealth Avenue).

Drivers wanting to access or exit these areas in the opposite direction will need to turn around at Vernon Circle to the north or via the Flynn Drive off-ramp at the southern end of Commonwealth Avenue Bridge.

Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to use the signalised Commonwealth Avenue crossing.

These diversions will be in place both day and night.

Detour signage and barriers will be in place to alert motorists and pedestrians to the closure and direct them to the diversions.