Precinct Renewal Program


Precinct Renewal Program

The City Renewal Authority was created to manage the renewal process across the City Renewal Precinct which spans Dickson, Northbourne Avenue, Haig Park, Civic and West Basin. We are creating a Precinct Renewal Program to co-ordinate this process.

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

Renewal Themes

Recently, public consultation was open to ask for your contribution in creating an action plan to help improve our growing city precinct. This consultation focused on six renewal themes identified from community and stakeholder feedback received over the last 15 years on a vision for our city centre. Twenty three planning reports were reviewed which included more than 32, 000 pieces of community input.

These themes include:

Our city is creative

We support and promote the Canberra creative sector by including art and culture in our major projects

We know the arts enrich people’s lives and play a major role in uniting communities, reflecting and enhancing our culture , activating public spaces, promoting investment, boosting tourism and lifting economic activity.  Therefore, all our projects, event and programs, including the Grants program, will have a creative focus generating creativity and artistic vitality within Canberra’s city centre.

Our City is active

We activate our city precinct through best-practice place making that embraces a community focussed approach

This is being delivered to Canberrans through the City Place Activation Strategy and the Public Realm Improvement Program which, in combination, enliven our city.

Our city is a community

Canberra is a city for people

Our community is the critical partner in everything we do.  We are securing, renewing and strengthening partnerships between community, industry and stakeholders to make the precinct full of places we can all use, enjoy and be proud of.

Our city is sustainable

We are committed to positive economic, social and environmentally sustainable outcomes for Canberra

As we renew the urban environment we will support greenhouse gas emissions targets, promote innovative building and good urban design, nurture social connectedness and a more equitable city.

Our city is connected

We believe in design and development that puts people at the centre of our work

Our city meets people’s needs and is a place to spend time and connect with others.  It is easy and convenient to move around and encourages active travel.  We are committed to shaping the growth of Canberra to make it the premier place to connect us to each other.

Our city is progressive

We want the best for our city to achieve its full potential

We will be a champion of excellence and innovation as we collaborate with community, business and Government to create a re-energised precinct in Canberra that is sustainable, liveable and attractive.  We will use new and emerging technologies to improve quality of life.

Thank you for your involvement

Thank you for sharing your ideas about how we can achieve these themes. Over 100 comments were received via YourSay. Read the contributions here.

Following on from the public online consultation, we also held a stakeholder workshop on 13 June 2018 where community groups, industry representative organisations and other government agencies came together to identify and prioritise initiatives, programs and projects which will also be considered as part of the Precinct Renewal Program.

The workshop added to the ideas from the YourSay survey.

Next Steps

The City Renewal Authority is now collating the contributions from the community, stakeholders and other ACT Government agencies and preparing a draft of the Precinct Renewal Program which will be reviewed and considered by the City Renewal Board and ACT Government.

The program will guide the vision for renewal in the city through the adoption of a place-based approach that is reflective of the distinctive areas within the City Renewal Precinct. It will set out the diverse activities of the authority and other supporting agencies to achieve this vision.

We will provide a summary of the program in the coming months.