Precinct Renewal Program


Precinct Renewal Program

The City Renewal Authority wants your help to create an action plan to help improve our growing city precinct.

We want a city precinct that reflects Canberra’s ambition, character and vibrancy – one that attracts people, industry and investment and creates sustainability and opportunity for our community now and into the future.

Canberra, and particularly its city heart, belongs to all of us. For the city precinct to achieve its potential we need collaboration and cooperation from all sectors of the Canberra community.

The ACT Government has established the City Renewal Authority to lead the transformation of the city renewal precinct, which spans Dickson, Northbourne Avenue, Haig Park, Civic and West Basin.

Six Themes

Over the past 15 years, the community has often provided feedback on a vision for our city centre. From what we’ve heard, we’ve compiled six themes that will guide how we contribute to future renewal.

These themes have been developed after reviewing the results of 23 community consultations (link to the audit subpage here), which have included more than 32,000 pieces of community input.

These themes include:

A city of people

Develop, renew and strengthen partnerships between community, industry and stakeholders to make the precinct full of places we can all use, enjoy and be proud of.

A creative city

Arts enrich people’s lives and play a major role in unifying communities, activating public spaces, promoting investment, boosting tourism and lifting economic activity.

An active city

Activate our precinct through best-practice place making that embraces a community focused approach.

A sustainable city

Support greenhouse gas emissions targets, promote innovative building and good urban design, nurture social connectedness and a more equitable city.

A connected city

Create a place to spend time and connect with others so it is easy and convenient to move around and encourages active travel. Shape the growth of Canberra to make it the premier place to connect us to each other.

A progressive city

Collaborate with community, business and government to create a re-energised precinct that is sustainable, liveable and attractive. We will use new and emerging technologies to improve quality of life.

Get involved

While the City Renewal Authority is charged with shaping the growth of the central parts of Canberra, we recognise that we all have a role in creating a city precinct that we can all enjoy and, therefore, it is essential that everyone is involved in the creation of an action plan for our city precinct.

Help us develop the plan to improve our growing city precinct by reviewing the six themes for renewal via YourSay. Your views will help ensure what we have heard over the past 15 years is still current and relevant. Your ideas will also ensure we have ideas we can take forward to develop the action plan.

We will then, through a series of engagement activities, work with community groups, industry, representative organisations and other government agencies to identify, prioritise and progress specific initiatives, programs and projects.

Visit YourSay to contribute to the conversation.