24 April 2018 - Our city is changing and so are we

24 April 2018 - Upgrades to our city centre spaces

23 April 2018 - Community event to celebrate Canberra's new lakeside park

18 April 2018 - Community street party to help shape the future of Dickson centre

10 April 2018 - City Grants serve up sonnets, beats and stitches

28 March 2018 - Join us to officially open Henry Rolland Park

28 March 2018 - Establishing a sense of place in Dickson and Braddon

28 March 2018 - Bringing the city to life

28 March 2018 - Peak Stuff is coming to Civic Square

28 March 2018 - Getting home safely thanks to the CBR Night Crew

16 March 2018 - Final week to have your say on city play spaces

13 March 2018 - Approval paves the way for new laneway possibilities

7 March 2018 - One week left to apply for a City Grant

1 March 2018 - Jellyfish Bloom adds to city centre’s Enlighten experience

28 February 2018 - Forecast for 'light clouds' as city centre joins Enlighten

28 February 2018 - Apply for a City Grant today

28 February 2018 - Enlighten extends into the city

28 February 2018 - Your Light Rail update

28 February 2018 - Meet Andy Sharp: Director, Design & Place Strategy

28 February 2018 - Visit The Lawns in Civic Square

28 February 2018 - Bringing colour and fun to the city's public spaces

21 February 2018 - All fun and games as community asked for play space input

12 February 2018 - Brightening our public spaces

7 February 2018 - Grants available to make the city centre more vibrant and enjoyable

5 February 2018 - Waste enclosures offer new life for Sydney and Melbourne Building laneways

31 January 2018 - City centre adds its light to Enlighten Festival’s shine

30 January 2018 - $1.1 million project kicks off rolling public realm improvements

30 January 2018 - Parking changes in the city centre

24 January 2018 - We want to work with you

24 January 2018 - Thanks to all who attended our first drop-in session

24 January 2018 - Meet Caitlin Bladin: manager of the city activation program

24 January 2018 - City upgrades are set to begin

24 January 2018 - #PicMixCBR brings colour to the capital

24 January 2018 - Your Light Rail Network Update

24 January 2018 - Meet City Renewal Authority CEO Malcolm Snow

4 January 2018 - Pic & Mix in City Walk

2 January 2018 - Graffiti Removal Program

21 December 2017 - Meet the team

20 December 2017 - Last Weekend to visit Christmas in Glebe Park festival

19 December 2017 - Thank you to In The City Canberra

4 December 2017 - Christmas in Glebe Park festival starts Friday

1 December 2017 - Pic & Mix in the park

24 November 2017 - Changes to short-term car parking on London Circuit

23 November 2017 - Rainbow makeover brings colour to Braddon roundabout

21 November 2017 - Pic & Mix makes a short stop in Civic Square

20 November 2017 - Forum shows importance of play in a vibrant city

17 November 2017 - Love is Love artwork brightens up City Walk

9 November 2017 - Experienced Canberran appointed to the board

8 November 2017 - Christmas in Glebe Park adds festive cheer to the city

2 November 2017 - Flythrough provides preview of Henry Rolland Park

31 October 2017 - Henry Rolland tops public poll for name of West Basin public park

25 October 2017 - Dine out in Garema Place at the Pic and Mix pop-up picnic area

20 October 2017 - Barrine Drive to re-close until West Basin public park completion

13 October 2017 - Presentation to the Property Council Thought Leadership Series

24 September 2017 - Public to choose name for new park at West Basin

20 September 2017 - 23,000 plants to transform new West Basin public park

8 September 2017 - Barrine Drive partially reopens for Floriade

6 September 2017 - Government sets first-year objectives for a better city precinct

25 August 2017 - Community makeover to give Dickson shops a facelift

24 August 2017 - Haig Park phase 2 consultation summary

21 August 2017 - City Renewal Authority welcomes Malcolm Snow

11 August 2017 - Sale of ageing government office block presents Dickson renewal opportunity

9 August 2017 - City 7 sale result shows strong interest in city renewal

8 August 2017 - Sales campaign for Northbourne Avenue sites commended

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


Our city is changing and so are we

24 April 2018

Here at the City Renewal Authority we are charged with shaping the growth of the central parts of Canberra.

In creating our new brand we have taken our love of this famously well planned city and combined it with our goal to create a vibrant city heart.

We want the best for our city. Renewal isn’t just about infrastructure – it’s about people.  We will be a champion of excellence and innovation as we collaborate with community, business and government to create a re-energised precinct.

While we may have a new look, you can expect to continue hearing all about project development updates, the latest news, event information and more.


Upgrades to our city centre spaces

24 April 2018

The City Renewal Authority is upgrading the 50-year-old paving on London Circuit between East Row and Ainslie Place. The first stage of the upgrade, around Bailey’s Corner, will open in early May.

The upgrades include new paving, street furniture and street lights to create nicer areas that provide better access. Tripping hazards are being removed to create a more pedestrian friendly and active space. Three additional trees will be planted as part of the project to create a boulevard look for the area.

Upgrades to London Circuit are being done in six stages to minimise the impact on people and businesses in the area. The upgrades will continue the improvements done to the footpath on London Circuit in front of the Legislative Assembly and CMAG and at 221 London Circuit.

The footpath on Akuna Street will also be upgraded as part of the project. This work will begin after the upgrades to the London Circuit footpath have finished.

The upgrades are part of the ACT Government’s urban renewal plan to help the ongoing transformation and revitalisation of the city centre. These upgrades to existing public spaces will continue to be rolled out to make the city cleaner, safer and more accessible.


Community event to celebrate Canberra's new lakeside park

23 April 2018

Henry Rolland Park at West Basin will be open to the public from Saturday (28 April) and the City Renewal Authority is throwing a party to celebrate.

The opening day event will run from 10am to 4pm and feature free live music, fitness classes, games and children’s activities that take advantage of the new park’s high-quality facilities.

Henry Rolland Park has lawn areas, fitness and barbecue equipment and a high-quality boardwalk.

Food and drink vendors will be onsite with Lions BBQ, Capital Woodfire Pizza, Boss Burgers, coffee from Shot Clock and brownie sandwiches from Hungry Brown Cows.  The Pop-Inn will also drop-in from noon and will operate until 6pm.

Several local businesses that make use of Lake Burley Griffin will also be operating from the park for the day. Go Boats will run short trips around West Basin for a gold coin donation and Canberra Urban Adventures will run their kayak and bike hire services from the park.

City Renewal Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow said the opening day event would be the first opportunity for the community to experience the city centre’s newest park.

“Henry Rolland Park is a wonderfully located place for people to get together and enjoy one of Canberra’s best views,” Mr Snow said.

“The park has barbecue and picnic facilities, world-class outdoor fitness equipment, lawn areas to play or even just sit and relax. The park is also connected to a brand new 150m boardwalk that has two timber jetties and a wet dock for canoe and kayak access.

“We invite all Canberrans to come down to the park on opening day to enjoy live music, take part in fun activities and see what the park has to offer.

“This is the first stage of the redevelopment of West Basin and everyone who comes to the park will be able to see its amazing transformation from car park to high-quality public space that will be a premium recreational destination for years to come.”

Henry Rolland Park opening day

When: 10am-4pm, Saturday 28 April 2018

Where: Henry Rolland Park, Barrine Drive, West Basin


Community street party to help shape the future of Dickson centre

18 April 2018

A community street party next week in Dickson with food, drinks, live music and children’s activities will double as an opportunity for the community to help inform a new place making plan for the area.

The City Renewal Authority has engaged specialist place makers Spaced Out to work with the Dickson community to prepare a plan for how the group centre should evolve to build community leadership and encourage more activity and greater use.

The plan will include a schedule of events and activities as well as potential physical improvements, with concept plans for two parts of Dickson’s public realm. The two areas selected will be determined through the consultation process.

The first engagement activity in the consultation process is the community street party, which will run from 5pm to 8pm on Friday 27 April at the plaza between Woolley and Challis streets.

The party will feature live music, children’s activities, tasty cultural treats, a pop-up bar from High Road, and a few surprises from Canberra’s favourite eat street.

City Renewal Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow said the street party was one of the innovative ways that Spaced Out would engage with the community and a great chance for the community to help inform a new place making plan.

“Community input is crucial in helping create a place making plan that will help make Dickson group centre an exciting, well-used space that meets the needs of the local community and attracts people from all over Canberra,” Mr Snow said.

“Spaced Out will be talking to the community at the street party and meeting with other stakeholders over the coming weeks as they help put together a place making strategy for the City Renewal Authority.

“Dickson centre should be an attractive destination for Canberrans and visitors while still being a community hub for locals.

“A place making strategy will guide the public space improvements and activations the City Renewal Authority, in partnership with the community, can implement to help rejuvenate the Dickson group centre.”

Spaced Out director, and place making specialist, David Snyder, said the event had a strong emphasis on local leadership.

“We want to explore all the experiences that make Dickson a distinctive place in Canberra,” Mr Snyder said.

“Come meet your community and don’t be afraid to get involved in some creative questions about the future of Dickson. We’d love to see you there.”

Dickson Community Street Party

  • 5-8pm: Live music, food and drinks, children’s activities at the plaza between Woolley and Challis streets.


City Grants serve up sonnets, beats and stitches

10 April 2018

Poetry breakfasts, a laneway music festival and a knitting event are just some of the recipients of the first round of City Grants for 2018.

The City Renewal Authority has awarded $173,164 in grants to 12 recipients for a variety of projects, from music festivals and knitting events to public art and temporary installations.

Over the next three months City Grants will help activate and improve the city centre with six events, three installations, a research project, an accessibility education campaign and a new public art mural.

City Renewal Authority chief executive officer Malcolm Snow said the mix of smaller and larger projects would help make the city more enjoyable and accessible.

“The successful round one City Grants applicants have put forward a range of projects that will each add to the experience for people in the city centre,” Mr Snow said.

“We will be funding a range of activities, from targeted urban interventions to larger community events.

“While the projects vary significantly, they each have demonstrated how they will make the city a more fun, active and connected place.”

Four larger projects were successful in receiving grants ranging from $19,000 to $75,000.

“The winners of the larger grants proposed events and projects that will bring significant activity and benefit to the city centre,” Mr Snow said.

“These include the Hurley Burley Winter Fair, which will be back again this year with more music, food and market stalls, and the Loaded Laneway festival, which will breathe new life into the underutilised laneway through the Sydney Building.”

“The other two larger grants awarded are for a series of temporary, sculptural seating installations created from transformed recyclables, and the development of an activation analysis tool by the Play, Creativity and Wellbeing Project.”

Eight other applicants were successful in receiving smaller grants of $5000 or less. These projects include a new colourful mural within city centre, a pop-up parklet in a car space on Lonsdale Street, an education campaign to help businesses become more accessible and a World Wide Knit In Public Day event in June.

City Grants are funded through the City Centre Marketing and Improvements Levy - paid by commercial land owners in the city centre - and are managed by the City Renewal Authority.

Visit this page for a list of grants winners.

Another grants round will open soon for projects taking place next financial year.


Join us to officially open Henry Rolland Park

28 March 2018

West Basin’s newest park, on the edge of Lake Burley Griffin, will officially open on Saturday 28 April - let’s celebrate!

Join us from 10am to 4pm as we host a day out at Henry Rolland Park. There will be live music, activities and games to take part in, spectacles to see and food and beverages to enjoy.

The opening of Henry Rolland Park marks the first stage of development in this area to deliver a more accessible and connected waterfront. The new park, which is connected to the lake by a 150m long boardwalk, has lawn areas, picnic and barbeque facilities, exercise equipment and more than 23,000 plants.

Henry Rolland Park is located in West Basin, adjacent to Barrine Drive. Walk or cycle to the park and take in the 150m long boardwalk.

If catching the bus, hop off along Commonwealth Avenue at Regatta Point.

Alternatively, there is plenty of public parking available near the park, adjacent to Barrine Drive and Commonwealth Avenue.

Come and enjoy a day at the lake and see Canberra’s newest park for yourself.


Establishing a sense of place in Dickson and Braddon

28 March 2018

The City Renewal Authority will soon ask stakeholders within Dickson and Braddon to help shape the vision  for two of Canberra’s most rapidly changing precincts.

The Dickson group centre and Braddon’s retail and entertainment precinct are home to an increasing residential population through numerous urban renewal projects.

This growing residential population is accompanied by a changing culture and an increased demand for services. As a result, a place-making implementation plan will be designed for these important residential, commercial and entertainment precincts.

The implementation plan will identify tangible actions and projects that take into account community and stakeholder consultation as well as the numerous city plans and strategies that have already been developed for these areas.

Over the next month the authority will consult with place-making experts, local traders and the community to create and implement a place plan for each neighbourhood that is sustainable into the future.

The final product will improve the amenity of the area, resolve movement issues and provide a program of short, medium and long-term improvements.

Stay tuned for more information on how you can provide input into the plan.


Bringing the city to life

28 March 2018

The City Renewal Authority will continue to strengthen vibrancy within the city by creating a City Place Activation Strategy and implementation plan to guide activation across the precinct for the next few years.

The strategy and plan will provide real action, based on best-practice place-making philosophies that adopt a community approach. Place-making in the city is about creating meaningful experiences for the community. In creating these,  the authority will work with the community, experts in place-making and city businesses to ensure the end result is a vibrant city that benefits everyone.

In addition to activating spaces, the City Renewal Authority will produce an Urban Art Strategy to help strengthen the blossoming arts scene within Canberra. Great cities around the world have a rich fabric of both permanent and temporary artworks throughout their public places. The arts improve and strengthen communities and are essential to the social and economic fabric of a place. The development of a City Renewal Precinct Urban Art Strategy and implementation plan will release distinctive and engaging contemporary arts experiences in the precinct to complement the activation strategy.

The City Renewal Authority is committed to creating great places for people. The City Place Activation Strategy and Urban Art Strategy will be delivered alongside the Dickson and Braddon place making plans to drive real positive action within the City Renewal Precinct.


Peak Stuff is coming to Civic Square

28 March 2018

Have you noticed the colourful installation, Peak Stuff, which is currently on the Alinga Street footbridge?

Now, for one-day only, you will be able to feel, play with and see it up close as it moves to Civic Square, in front of the Canberra Theatre on Saturday, 7 April.

Peak Stuff is the brainchild of Sydney based artists, the Goldberg Aberline Studio. Their art is created with the intent to affect happiness and engagement. Play will be the focus of the day as the artists encourage you to touch, photograph and appreciate the grand scale of the art as you view it from a unique perspective; up close and personal on ground level.

The title of the work, Peak Stuff, is drawn from a statement made by the Head of Sustainability at Ikea: “If we look on a global basis, in the West we have probably hit peak stuff. We talk about peak oil. I’d say we’ve hit peak red meat, peak sugar, peak stuff…”

The artists have created this installation for people to enjoy while reflecting on their own levels of consumption. The Goldberg Aberline Studio advocates for the role of play in happiness for children and adults. Dr Cathy Hope, head of the Play, Creativity and Wellbeing Project at the University of Canberra, affirms this view. Working in partnership with this project, the City Renewal Authority has recently received more than 950 survey responses in a “future playgrounds” study, which will help design a unique play space for West Basin as well has help plan for future play spaces in the city area. The ultimate aim is to create innovative play spaces that encourage stimulating, accessible and diverse play.

Visit Civic Square on Saturday, 7 April to view Peak Stuff up close and experience the fun of play for yourself.


Getting home safely thanks to the CBR NightCrew

28 March 2018

As the sun falls in the city, the CBR NightCrew sets up for the night ahead. The dedicated team of volunteers is always prepared for a busy night, having helped more than 7,000 people get home safely since beginning their operations in December 2016.

Operating from a tent on Mort Street, in the bus interchange, every Friday and Saturday night, and more recently Thursday nights too, a group of volunteers provides a safe space stocked with first aid equipment, water bottles, thongs, lollies and phone chargers to assist those out and about in the city.

A team of 115 volunteers has contributed more than 7,100 hours to keeping people safe in the city. The work of the CBR NightCrew has prevented the need for 508 police or emergency services call outs; freeing up these crucial services to attend other vital incidents in our community.

As part of a new initiative, the CBR NightCrew has now recruited three new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers until 30 June 2018.

The CBR NightCrew is a partnership between ACT Government and St John’s Ambulance, as part of a harm minimisation approach to reduce the number of incidents in the city at night. The work of volunteers continues to grow in scale as more people seek out the NightCrew to provide support on their night out.


Final week to have your say on city play spaces

16 March 2018

The City Renewal Authority’s survey to find out what you like most about playgrounds is closing next Wednesday, 21 March.

The survey results will help guide the design and creation of future play spaces in the City Renewal Precinct, especially as part of the new high-quality public realm that will be created as part of the redevelopment of West Basin.

The survey results will contribute to a Play Space Audit being conducted by the University of Canberra’s Play, Creativity and Culture Project.

Places for play are critical in creating cities that nurture a diverse population. The play audit will help the authority determine what play spaces people want more of and also what is needed in the city centre to complement the play spaces already available.

The survey aims to find out from the people who use playgrounds, what it is they like best as well as what they think is missing from those experiences.

Detailed design has not yet started for the urban park that will extend the length of the West Basin shore line as part of the redevelopment of the area but play and recreation will be key elements.

The play audit being undertaken by the University of Canberra also includes data collection of available play facilities and amenities, observation of playground usage and activity types; on-site surveys of usage patterns and attitudes to play facilities.

The public survey is available at yoursay.act.gov.au


Approval paves the way for new laneway possibilities

13 March 2018

The laneways in the historic Sydney and Melbourne Buildings will be reclaimed from bin-dominated waste collection areas into public spaces over the next few months.

Development approval was received last week for two architect-designed waste enclosures in each laneway, which will reduce the number of bins from more than 80 to about 12 and place them out of sight.

Artist's impression of a new waste enclosure for the laneways in the Sydney and Melbourne Buildings.

City Renewal Authority chief executive officer Malcolm Snow said fixing the buildings’ waste problems would greatly assist in making great spaces that could be used for public events, festivals, celebrations and for outdoor dining and entertainment.

“These revitalised laneways will provide new, unique places for Canberrans to enjoy within the city centre,” Mr Snow said.

“I am excited to see how the improvement to these spaces changes the way they are used by the businesses around them as well as by the Canberra community.”

A request for tender to construct the new enclosures will be issued this month, with work expected to start in April and be completed early in the new financial year.

“The use of these laneways as waste collection yards has stopped them from being used for much else but the completion of these enclosures will be a game changer for these historic buildings,” Mr Snow said.

“The City Renewal Authority wants to see these iconic buildings return to their intended role as premium destinations in the heart of the city.

“Opening up the laneways for greater activity is just the first step. The authority will continue to work with the buildings’ numerous owners to bring these important landmarks back to the standard that Canberrans expect.”

Each waste enclosure will house communal waste and recycling bins for the building’s tenants to utilise. A new waste collection contract that covers both buildings will be paid for by the businesses and initially managed by the ACT Government.  Management of the waste contracts will be handed back to the building owners after an establishment period.

The waste enclosures are being funded from the City Centre Marketing and Improvement Levy, which is paid by commercial property owners in the city centre and Braddon.

For updates and more information visit cityrenewalcanberra.com.au or follow the City Renewal Authority on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


One week left to apply for a City Grant

7 March 2018

There is only one week left to apply for up to $80,000 to make the city centre or Braddon more appealing, active and enjoyable.

The City Renewal Authority will provide up to $175,000 in City Grants for projects that will take place before 1 July 2018.

Applications for grants, which opened on 7 February, will close on Wednesday 14 March.

The grants are funded through the City Centre Marketing and Improvement Levy, a fee paid by property owners in the city centre, which transferred to the City Renewal Authority from 1 January 2018.

City Renewal Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow encouraged applicants to put forward proposals that would positively benefit the city centre.

“There is only a week left to apply for grants and we really want to see projects that contribute to a lively city centre and encourage creativity, innovation and diversity in the public realm,” Mr Snow said.

Grants will be available for a variety of purposes, including:

  • events and activations;
  • arts activities;
  • short-term installations;
  • marketing and promotion; and
  • research and development.

A separate process will start in the coming months for grant applications for activities in the 2018-19 financial year. For further information and eligibility requirements.

Click here for further information and eligibility requirements.


Jellyfish Bloom adds to city centre’s Enlighten experience

1 March 2018

Giant jellyfish that respond to human interaction are the latest offering as Enlighten expands into the city centre for the first time.

The Jellyfish Bloom, by Ample Projects, is on display in the Canberra Centre during the 2018 Enlighten Festival.

Jellyfish Bloom, which features five installations at the Canberra Centre and one in in the Parliamentary Zone, allows visitors to start the Enlighten Festival with an up close encounter with giant jellyfish sculptures that flash when they sense human presence.

The Jellyfish Bloom is one of a number of artistic illuminations and activities in the city centre as part of a new extension of the Enlighten Festival’s footprint, including installations in Petrie Plaza, Bible Lane and on the Alinga Street footbridge.

Created by Sydney-based public art specialists Ample Projects, Jellyfish Bloom is an immersive art installation that incorporates state of the art interactive components and lighting hardware as well as custom designed electronics.

City Renewal Authority director of design and place strategy, Andy Sharp, said the four-metre high light sculptures were a great addition to the inaugural Enlighten in the City component of the festival.

“The city centre is the heart of Canberra and the authority is excited to be part of expanding the festival,” Mr Sharp said.

“We really want people who are visiting Enlighten this year to also visit the city centre after dark to see it in a whole new light.

“As well as interacting with the fantastic Jellyfish Bloom here at the Canberra Centre, which can be enjoyed day and night, the City Renewal Authority has organised some fabulous installations and light-themed activities throughout the city centre for people to enjoy after dark.”

People walking under the Jellyfish Bloom will trigger 3600 colour changing animated LED displays inspired by the bio luminous lighting responses of real world jellyfish.

Executive producer of the Enlighten Festival, Vickii Cotter, welcomed the contribution of the festival’s new partners.

“We celebrate the continuous commitment of Canberra Centre to the vibrancy of festival and welcome the Jellyfish Bloom to the city centre, a new and exciting location offered in partnership with the City Renewal Authority”, Ms Cotter said.

Canberra Centre manager Amanda Paradiso was excited about hosting an installation in the centre after sponsoring the festival for a number of years.

“Canberra Centre has sponsored the Enlighten Festival consistently over the years, in addition to participating each year with sculptures of our own for display in the Parliamentary Zone,” Ms Paradiso said.

“This year we are extending our reach into the CBD and are proud to offer something more unique in the form of our giant bio luminous jellyfish.

“The jellyfish will be on display both in the grounds of the Parliamentary Zone and throughout Canberra Centre for our shoppers to enjoy.”

Canberra Centre joins the capital’s major attractions hosting an array of activities and events including the National Gallery of Australia, National Film and Sound Archives, National Zoo and Aquarium, the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Australian Parliament House, National Arboretum Canberra, the Royal Australian Mint, National Archives and more.

For more information, the full Enlighten 2018 program and ticketing information, visit enlightencanberra.com


Forecast for 'light clouds' as city centre joins Enlighten

28 February 2018

The Cloudscape lighting installation was switched on in Bible Lane last night as the first part of the city centre’s role as a precinct partner to the Enlighten Festival.

In its first year as a precinct partner the City Renewal Authority has curated a program of art installations and events to complement the Parliamentary Zone’s traditional Enlighten attractions.

Cloudscape, by Sydney art studio McDermott Baxter, consists of three cloud-shaped light installations – Cumulus, Nimbus and Discobolus – will be suspended in Bible Lane, off Bunda Street, for the duration of the Enlighten Festival.

A series of other city centre attractions will be switched on this week in the lead-up to the festival launch on Friday night.

In City West, the Alinga Street footbridge will be home to the Goldberg Aberline Studio’s Peak Stuff, which is a huge inflatable installation that reflects on the perils of consumerism and a lifetime collecting junk.

The rainbow roundabout in Braddon will have a matching illuminated rainbow light pole at its centre.

Petrie Plaza will be awash with colourful lighting created by WSP Vision Design to highlight existing elements of the area in a magical night time display.

The Canberra Centre will also be home to a large interactive display that will be launched tomorrow (1 March 2018).

In Civic Square, festoon lighting will spread across the temporarily grassed space that will house the Pic&Mix picnic tables. Stop by on Friday or Saturday (2-3 and 9-10 March) and enjoy enlightening entertainment and a pop-up bar.

For those who prefer to be part of the show, the spotlight will be on you at Poet’s Corner in Garema Place. Or you can take part in long exposure photography workshops in Civic Square (2-3 and 9-10 March) or experiment with different lighting sources and techniques at an ACT Lighting Society workshop in Tocumwal Lane (off Bunda Street) on 15 and 16 March (bookings will be required).

Follow City Renewal Authority on social media for updates.


Apply for a City Grant today

28 February 2018

There is still time to apply for grants of up to $80,000 as part of the City Renewal Authority’s City Grants program, which opened on 7 February.

With up to $175,000 in grants to distribute during the first half of 2018, we are calling on anyone with a great idea to help make our City Centre more enjoyable to apply.

The grants program focuses on supporting individuals, community groups, organisations and businesses to turn their ideas into reality.

City Grants provide funding for a wide variety of projects within city that help make it a more exciting, attractive and inclusive place to visit. Examples of the different types of projects that could be pursued with the help of a City Grant include events, arts activities, installations, marketing, place-making ideas, research and development.

Applicants can apply for grants of anywhere between $1000 and $80,000, with a streamlined process for grants of up to $5000. The ultimate aim is to develop and support a year-long curated program of activity across the city centre.

In assessing applications, the City Renewal Authority is seeking projects that have demonstrated social, cultural, economic and environmental benefits for the city centre.

The grants are funded through the City Centre Marketing and Improvements Levy, a fee paid by property owners in the city centre, which transferred to the City Renewal Authority from 1 January 2018.

Applications for projects planned for May/June 2018 will close on 14 March 2018, while applications for activities taking place up until 30 April 2018 close today.

A separate process will start in the coming months for grant applications for activities in the 2018-19 financial year. For further information, eligibility requirements or to apply, visit https://www.act.gov.au/cityrenewal/projects/city-grants


Enlighten extends into the city

28 February 2018

Enlighten has extended to the city centre for 2018. As the sun sets, create, see and play with light at various locations across the city centre.

The festival starts this Friday and runs until 18 March, with installations, activities and entertainment to explore in the city and at the ANU, in addition to the traditional light show across the lake.

Spend a night walking around the city to explore where the installations have popped up. Make sure you visit the Alinga Street footbridge, Bible Lane, Petrie Plaza, Garema Place and the rainbow Lonsdale Street roundabout.

Take part in workshops to create and use light in unique ways. On March 2, 3, 9 and 10, draw pictures with light in Civic Square as our photographer captures your creations. Don’t miss the ACT Lighting Society’s display 15 and 16 March, where participants can experiment with different lighting sources and techniques.

Civic Square will also come to life on Fridays and Saturdays (2, 3 and 9, 10 March). Take your seat at the Pic & Mix picnic tables complete with a pop-up bar, turf underfoot and enlightening entertainment to delight.

With so much happening in the city during the Enlighten Festival, and all of the sights and activities free to experience, make sure you spend some time exploring the city after dark.

The city lights are brought to you by the City Renewal Authority in partnership with City and Braddon commercial property owners.


Your Light Rail update

28 February 2018

Landscaping has officially begun along the light rail corridor with crews plating the first tree on the Federal Highway last week. More than 1000 trees and 900,000 plants will be used on the project.

Meanwhile, the construction team is hard at work, delivering stage one of the project. This week, stormwater drainage pits and lines in the median from Barry Drive/Cooyong Street to Alinga Street along Northbourne Avenue are being installed.

You may have also noticed major construction activity taking place along Northbourne Avenue between the Mouat/Antill Street Intersection and the Barton Highway, adjacent to the ACT Netball courts and Yowani Country Club. Works include storm water drainage installation, service and utilities investigation works and conduit installation across the road at Barton Highway and Mouat/Antill Street intersections. All northbound lanes in this section will be closed between 8pm and 6am each night until 9 March as this work is being carried out.

Out of hours work is also scheduled for Sunday 4 March to install cable tunnels underneath Northbourne Avenue, approximately 180 metres north of the Wakefield/Macarthur Avenue intersection.


Meet Andy Sharp: Director, Design & Place Strategy

28 February 2018

Andy Sharp is the City Renewal Authority’s newly appointed Director of Design and Place Strategy.

Having previously worked as director of facilities and services at The ANU and director of properties, facilities and development, Andy brings impressive design understanding to the team.

At Curtin University he led the redevelopment of the campus into a major urban centre known as Greater Curtin

Armed with strong aspirations for Canberra’s city centre, Andy is excited about the task ahead.

“Canberra is a fantastic city with so much potential. As Canberra continues to mature, it’s important that we create vibrant spaces and places focused on making it a great city that meets our needs into the future.”

Andy is passionate about the design and development of urban areas so they are vibrant, connected, attractive and sustainable.

Having worked across the world, including in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand, he has a proven track record of making complex, city-scale design decisions using experience-backed judgement, strong design understanding and project delivery models.

Andy was recognised in 2007 as a pre-eminent business leader by being awarded the WA Business News 40 under 40 top business leader.

“One of the City Renewal Authority’s key roles is to be a champion of people focused design excellence. We will work with the community, business and government to deliver new buildings and places within the city centre that are of exemplary design quality and also create greater shared places for everyone.”


Visit The Lawns in Civic Square

28 February 2018

Kick back and relax in Civic Square this month as The Lawns provides the perfect destination to meet, play, dine and be entertained.

Featuring turf underfoot, picnic tables, umbrellas and festoon lighting, The Lawns is a great place to stop off for lunch or dinner. Simply BYO food and soak-in the surroundings. Make sure you visit The Lawns on Friday 2 March, Saturday 3 March, Friday 9 March and Saturday 10 March between 4pm and 9pm, as live entertainment and The Pop Inn wine bar transforms the square into a night time venue not to miss.

From 19 to 25 March the Canberra Comedy Festival will extend their festival onto The Lawns with food, drink, live music and comedy to fill the air.  Don’t miss all of the fun to be had in Civic Square this month.


Bringing colour and fun to the city's public spaces

28 February 2018

Colourful street furniture has been popping up around town as part of the City Renewal Authority’s agenda to brighten up city spaces.

Previously underused public spaces are being brought to life for the community to enjoy. So far, deck chairs, pillows and petunias have appeared at 221 London Circuit and Latin American Plaza, creating an inviting space and social atmosphere. The Pic &Mix picnic tables have also appeared in various locations across the city.

The City Renewal Authority is curating a calendar of activities so that our city is abuzz the whole year round. You will notice even more furniture, games and flowers appearing in public spaces in the city over the next few months. Keep an eye out for outdoor ping pong tables, picnic rugs, sports equipment, lawn games, street performances and flower planters.

All of the activities popping up in the city involve shared spaces, with the onus on the community to look after the equipment and to keep the spaces clean so that the next person who comes along can also enjoy the benefits. Through this collective approach, public spaces in our city are able to become shared spaces that benefit the entire community.


All fun and games as community asked for play space input

21 February 2018

Swings or roundabouts? Sandpits or soft fall? Grass or gravel? The City Renewal Authority wants to know what you like most about playgrounds.

A survey is now open to gather input into future play spaces in the City Renewal Precinct, especially as part of the new high-quality public realm that will be created as part of the redevelopment of West Basin.

The survey results will contribute to a Play Space Audit being prepared by the University of Canberra’s Play, Creativity and Culture Project.

City Renewal Authority chief executive officer Malcolm Snow said the audit would influence the creation of new play spaces within the precinct.

“Places for play are critical in creating cities that nurture a diverse population,” Mr Snow said.

“If we want children and families to live in, or visit, our city centre then we need high-quality play facilities and playful public spaces that make it an attractive option.

“The play audit will help us determine what play spaces people want more of and also what we need in the city centre to complement the playgrounds and spaces already available.

“We want to hear from the people who use playgrounds about what it is they like best as well as what they think is missing from those experiences.”

Detailed design has not yet been undertaken for the urban park that will extend the length of the West Basin shore line as part of the redevelopment of the area but a play area will be a key element.

“As we transform an area that is currently mostly car parking into a world-class public area we will be seeking further community input,” Mr Snow said.

The play audit being undertaken by the University of Canberra also includes data collection of available play facilities and amenities, observation of playground usage and activity types; on-site surveys of usage patterns and attitudes to play facilities.

The public survey is available at yoursay.act.gov.au until 21 March 2018.


Brightening our public spaces

12 February 2018

A burst of colour has landed in the city, this week at Latin American Plaza (cnr Marcus Clarke St and RImmer St).

Deck chairs, pillows and petunias have been popping up around the city, creating an inviting area for members of the public to have a coffee, relax and unwind.

The City Renewal Authority is brightening up the city through urban tactical initiatives designed using place making approaches. The team is curating a calendar of activations and interventions to demonstrate the use of underutilised public space, like placing street furniture in public areas. The team is keen to build upon the city centre’s active, diverse street life for everyone to enjoy together.

Previously, the deck chairs and pillows have been located at 221 London Circuit.

Do you have a great idea to brighten up our city streets? Visit our grants page to put your project into action.


Grants available to make the city centre more vibrant and enjoyable

7 February 2018

The City Renewal Authority will provide up to $175,000 in grants during the first half of 2018 to help make the city centre more attractive, active and enjoyable.

The grants are funded through the City Centre Marketing and Improvement Levy, a fee paid by property owners in the city centre, which transferred to the City Renewal Authority from 1 January 2018.

Applications open today (7 February 2018) for grants between $1000 and $80,000 - with a streamlined process for grants of up to $5000 - and close on 14 March 2018.

To ensure projects are funded for the coming months, grant applications for activities taking place up until 30 April will close on 28 February.

City Renewal Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow said successful applicants would need to show how their proposal would positively impact the city centre.

“We are seeking projects that contribute to a lively city centre and encourage creativity, innovation and diversity in the public realm,” Mr Snow said.

“The ultimate aim is to develop and support a year-long curated program of activity across the city centre.

“The grants program will also encourage involvement within the local community to contribute to the vitality of our city centre; we want to work with Canberra’s social and cultural entrepreneurs, and this program provides an excellent platform.”

Grants will be available for a variety of purposes, including:

  • events and activations;
  • arts activities;
  • short-term installations;
  • marketing and promotion; and
  • research and development.

The City Renewal Authority is looking for activation projects that have demonstrated social, cultural, economic and environmental benefits for the city centre,” Mr Snow said.

The timing and location of activations will be considered as part of the assessment process to ensure that they support a year-round program of events and activations across the city centre.

A separate process will start in the coming months for grant applications for activities in the 2018-19 financial year. For further information, eligibility requirements or to apply, visit  cityrenewalcanberra.com.au


Waste enclosures offer new life for Sydney and Melbourne Building laneways

5 February 2018

Development applications for the new waste enclosures, in Odgers Lane (Melbourne Building) and Verity Lane (Sydney Building), are open for public consultation until 9 February.

Odgers Lane – http://bit.ly/2EB7aox

Verity Lane – http://bit.ly/2EgOaOk

City Renewal Authority chief executive officer Malcolm Snow said the four new enclosures would make the laneways more attractive options for activation and temporary events.

“One of the main obstacles to using these laneways has been the large number of bins that dominated the space,” Mr Snow said.

“There are currently more than 80 waste hoppers spread out across the two laneways.  Reducing those to about a dozen and removing them from public view will make available a lot of underutilised space, while also making the public experience in the laneways much more enjoyable.

“This project will help make the use of these laneways by the Sydney and Melbourne Building businesses a much more attractive possibility.

“The laneways will as a result of better managing waste collection be great locations for events and activities that encourage people to experience these historic buildings from a new perspective.”

Artist's impression of a new waste enclosure for the laneways in the Sydney and Melbourne Buildings.

Artist's impression of a new waste enclosure for the laneways in the Sydney and Melbourne Buildings.

The new waste enclosures require the cooperation of the Sydney  and Melbourne building businesses, who are working with ACTSmart set up a new shared waste system.

A new waste collection contract that covers both buildings will be paid for by the businesses and initially managed by the City Renewal Authority.

The new waste enclosures are expected to cost about $400,000.

Pending development approval, the construction of the new enclosures is expected to be completed later this year.


City centre adds its light to Enlighten Festival’s shine

31 January 2018

The City Renewal Authority will shine a new light on the city centre during this year’s Enlighten Festival.

The authority will organise a range of small-scale light installations and interventions in the city centre to complement the already established Enlighten spectacle in the Parliamentary Zone.

City Renewal Authority chief executive officer Malcolm Snow said people visiting the city centre during the festival would encounter some new displays and experiences that would add a new dimension to a visit to Enlighten.

“Enlighten is a fantastic spectacle and the City Renewal Authority is looking to complement that with some small-scale displays and interactions that will add to people’s city centre experience during the festival,” Mr Snow said.

“We will be installing several different sized lighting displays and light-themed activities to add something new and engaging when visiting the city centre.

“These modest interventions will create a side-bar to Enlighten while also introducing some new features for people to experience while visiting the many great dining and entertainment venues in the city centre.”

In addition to the city’s existing lighting infrastructure, like the fairy lights throughout the trees, there will be other illuminations spread throughout the area for visitors to enjoy.

Example of installations and interactions include:

  • an inflatable art installation that will integrate with an existing structure;
  • a cloud art installation as seen at Sydney’s Vivid Festival;
  • innovative and fun lighting of a public space;
  • long-exposure photography demonstrations; and
  • other small scale interventions.

The final locations and details of city centre installations and activations are still to be determined.

“The main architectural lighting displays on the national institutions in the Parliamentary Zone are still the main attraction but a visit to the city centre will also have something special during the festival,” Mr Snow said.

“Our program will provide a different night time experience for people who start or finish their evening in the city centre in conjunction with a visit to Enlighten.”

The City Renewal Authority’s program of events during Enlighten is funded by the City Centre Marketing and Improvement Levy.

For more information about the Enlighten Festival visit enlightencanberra.com


$1.1m project kicks off rolling public realm improvement program

30 January 2018

The City Renewal Authority will start work tomorrow on London Circuit footpath upgrades as part of its public realm improvement program for the city centre precinct.

Stage one of the program will replace and upgrade the existing 50-year-old paving between East Row (Baileys Corner) and Ainslie Place with new paving, upgraded lighting and street furniture.

The $1.1 million project will also redesign the public space outside Bailey’s Corner to remove trip hazards and improve pedestrian amenity.

City Renewal Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow said the improvement program was an important part of the authority’s work.

“Replacing and upgrading some of the aging infrastructure in our public spaces across the city centre will make a big difference to the attractiveness and accessibility of the precinct,” Mr Snow said.

“A high-quality public environment is central to our renewal strategy.

“While we continue to work on the broader transformation and revitalisation of the precinct, these upgrades to existing public spaces will continue to be rolled out to make the city cleaner, safer and more attractive and accessible.“

The London Circuit upgrades will be done in sections to ensure building and pedestrian access is maintained throughout the project, which is expected to be completed in late June.

Some partial lane closures will be necessary during the works, starting tonight with the closure of one lane of London Circuit west bound, directly outside Bailey’s Corner.

Work on the second project in the program, streetscape improvements on Akuna Street between London Circuit and City Walk, will start after the London Circuit work is finished.

The authority will also soon start discussions with property owners and tradersabout potential improvements to Lonsdale Street in Braddon as part of the program.

Further projects will be identified and consulted on as the program advances.


City centre parking changes

30 January 2018

The renewal of Canberra’s city centre is continuing, resulting in some changes to car parks.

The car park at the Legislative Assembly off London Circuit is now closed. The West Basin parking area continues to be partially closed.

The map below shows alternative off-street public and private car parks, ranging from short-stay to all-day parking. Short-stay on street parking is also available throughout the city centre.

Map of parking options in the City centre and West Basin

For car parking specifically within easy walking distance of the Legislative Assembly please click here.

You may also wish to consider using Transport Canberra buses, park-and-ride, or walking and cycling to visit the city centre.

Further information about Transport Canberra and park-and-ride can be obtained from www.transport.act.gov.au.

For more information on parking visit accesscanberra.act.gov.au


We want to work with you

24 January 2018

The City Renewal Authority wants to work in partnership with you to create a city centre for everyone to enjoy.

Share your events, stories and comments over social media by tagging @cityrenewalcanberra. We are happy to share your good news with the broader Canberra community.

Great places are not created by working independently. We want your input on how best to revitalise the City Renewal Precinct.  The team is keen to have a conversation with you.  Let us know a good time for us to visit your business in the city. You can also come by our offices between 9:30am-5pm at the ground floor of the Canberra Nara Centre, 1 Constitution Avenue, Canberra City; send us an email at cityrenewal@act.gov.au; or call us on (02) 6205 1878.

This is the first edition of the authority’s monthly newsletter to City Renewal Precinct businesses. Let us know how we can best use this monthly update to deliver you relevant information.

Be sure to keep your contact details up to date - by providing your name, business name, phone number and email address via email to cityrenewal@act.gov.au - so we can continue to let you know of the latest city news.

We are excited to work in partnership with you to reinforce and bring our city identity to life.


Thanks to all who attended our first drop-in session

24 January 2018

A big thank you to all who attended the City Renewal Authority’s first drop-in session held in December. It was great to meet business owners and levy payers and hear your thoughts about our city centre.

At the drop in session it was useful to understand how the City Centre Marketing and Improvements Levy can best be used to increase activity and vibrancy within the levy area. We will continue to hold these conversations with you when the levy is used to fund capital improvements, events, cleaning, graffiti removal and security services to the city and Braddon districts.

Regular communications and updates from us was also something you raised as important. As well as subscribing to receive monthly updates within this newsletter, read about how we plan on working with you to deliver a vibrant city centre.


Meet Caitlin Bladin: manager of the city activation program

24 January 2018

Caitlin Bladin is manager of the City Renewal Authority’s activation team. Caitlin and her team are the central point of contact within the City Renewal Authority for levy payers or business operators.  

Caitlin has been leading the city activation program since 2015. The City Renewal Authority, together with the community and businesses, aims to create:

  • a strong and growing 24 hour economy;
  • innovation in city design, technology, events and commerce;
  • an active, diverse street life;
  • a city that inspires pride – a city to celebrate;
  • a fun, lively, attractive, safe and accessible city; and
  • easy connections for pedestrians, cyclists and commuters.

Caitlin believes activation is about creating great public spaces for the community to enjoy.

“I love Canberra – and it is an exciting proposition to be involved in planning for my hometown.” Caitlin said.

“Throughout my career I have developed an interest in delivering public policy that is well planned, evidence based and evaluated. The policy, programs and projects that I lead are all designed with the mindset of better positioning Canberra for economic and cultural development.

The team is looking forward to enhancing the city centre with an exciting schedule of events, activities and programs already well underway and in the pipeline.


City upgrades are set to begin

24 January 2018

The City Renewal Authority (CRA) is set to start vital upgrades to Canberra city's London Circuit footpaths.

The $1.1 million upgrade, between East Row and Ainslie Place, is the first stage of a rolling City Centre Renewal Program.

The immediate scope of work will include replacing the existing 50-year-old footpaths, as well as upgrading lighting and street furniture.

Public access to buildings and transport stops will be maintained at all times, with stage one to conclude in July 2018.

The second stage of the program - Akuna Street from London Circuit to City Walk - will begin after completion of stage one. The program will improve pedestrian access and safety, and revitalise some of the ageing public areas in the city centre.


#PicMixCBR brings colour to the capital

24 January 2018

Featuring large timber picnic tables and brightly coloured umbrellas, the Pic & Mix pop-up urban picnic is reinvigorating Canberra's city centre.

Currently situated in City Walk after stops in Garema Place, Civic Square and Glebe Park, the pop-up urban picnic area continues to grow in popularity as a destination to meet friends, have lunch or relax in the shade.

The Pic & Mix is breathing life into areas of Canberra that have primarily been used as transit corridors.

People have shared their enjoyment via social media using the hashtag #PicMixCBR:

“Makes for a colourful sight out my office window and it has been great to see people using the space and enjoying the warmer weather.”

“Loving how the #PicMixCbr tables look in Glebe Park. Bring on Christmas! 🎅🏼 #ChristmasInGlebePark #cbr #cityrenewal#cbrevents 📷 @cityrenewalcanberra

“Picnic tables in Garema Place! Love it!”

Pic & Mix is generating positive and visible change in our central public spaces. Share your Pic & Mix experiences by tagging #PicMixCBR on your social media posts.


Your light rail network update

24 January 2018

Stage one of Canberra’s light rail network is well underway. Track slabs and accompanying rails along the 12-kilometre Gungahlin to city track are being laid with Canberra Metro currently constructing track north of Well Station Drive.

Overhead wiring, which will power the light rail vehicles, is in the process of being installed and tested. Construction of the civil works has also commenced for three of the stops.

The first light rail vehicle arrived in Canberra from Spain in December 2017 ahead of its 13 remaining ‘sister’ vehicles. Each vehicle will carry 207 passengers, including 12 priority seats and two wheelchair spaces. They will be equipped with on-board Wi-Fi as well as air conditioning and bicycle storage.

Artwork by two talented local artists has been chosen to brighten up light rail passengers’ trips. Public transport pick-up and drop-off points will incorporate a creative flair with Hannah Quinlivan’s artwork to feature on the glazed screens at each pick-up and drop-off platform. Aboriginal elder Uncle Jimmy Williams’ artwork will feature on the seat fabric on board each vehicle.

Canberra Metro’s construction team has extended its operational hours from 6:00am – 8:00pm to ensure project milestones are met. With the team hard at work, motorists are urged to avoid the Federal Highway and Northbourne Avenue roadways, taking alternative routes where possible. For further information and updates regarding road closures, head to Canberra Metro’s website.

Alternatively, subscribe to the Transport Canberra newsletter and the Canberra Metro newsletter to stay in the know about Canberra’s light rail network.


Meet City Renewal Authority CEO Malcolm Snow

24 January 2018

With an impressive career spanning four decades, Malcolm Snow, City Renewal Authority CEO, is charged with leading the transformation of the City Renewal Precinct.

As one of Australia’s leading place makers, Malcolm has high expectations for the future of the city precinct. His extensive resume includes positions as Chief Executive of the National Capital Authority, Head of Design with the City of Melbourne, Director of international consulting firm Urbis and, CEO of the South Bank Corporation in Brisbane.

Malcolm brings this wealth of knowledge to the City Renewal Authority, which has been tasked with shaping the growth of the central parts of Canberra to create a competitive city that sets new standards in city living, urban quality, sustainability and resilience.

“With Canberra’s population expected to reach 500,000 by 2031, our city needs urban renewal that provides world-class buildings, facilities and spaces for the benefit of everyone in our city,” Malcolm said.

“More than simply bricks and mortar, people will be at the centre of our places.  The high-quality public spaces we want to create will promote people’s health, happiness and wellbeing.

“Great cities are not just the outcome of good design; they are a culmination of the way in which their different parts interact. The connections people make to places is often based on their experiences in those places.”

Part of the City Renewal Authority’s remit is to manage the City Centre Marketing and Improvements Levy. The levy applies to all commercial properties in the city and some selected areas of Braddon to enliven, improve and promote the city centre.

“The levy is an important tool that we have to help make the city precinct the pre-eminent location in Canberra,” Malcolm said.

“While we will be doing a lot of government funded work within the precinct the little-bit extra that the levy provides will directly assist in making the city centre the top-of-mind place for people to work, live and visit."


Pic & Mix in City Walk

4 January 2018

The Pic & Mix Urban Picnic is now brightening up City Walk after popular stops in Garema Place, Civic Square and Glebe Park.

The picnic tables and their colourful umbrellas will be next to the Canberra Times Fountain in City Walk until the National Multicultural Festival in mid-February.

As usual, the tables are for members of the public to spend time and enjoy the City Renewal Precinct.

People can pack their own food, or buy from one of the city's great cafes or restaurants, and bring it to the pop-up picnic area to meet friends or just enjoy the city's vibrancy.

The Pic & Mix is in an alcohol-free area and the existing rules about alcohol in the area remain.

The City Renewal Authority would love to hear suggestions about future location and uses for the pop-up picnic within the City Renewal Precinct. Email cityrenewal@act.gov.au or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to leave suggestions.


Graffiti Removal Program

2 January 2018

As of 1 January 2018 the CRA will continue to remove graffiti from private buildings within the City Centre Marketing and Improvements Levy area.

Building owners will however need to give permission for the removal to occur; you can opt in to this service here.

If you see graffiti that needs to be removed, report this here.

View the CRA’s graffiti removal policy below.

Graffiti removal policy

  • Graffiti will only be removed from private buildings within the CCMIL collection area.
  • Graffiti can only be removed from a private building if the building owner, tenant  or manager has opted in to the CRA’s graffiti removal program.
  • Graffiti will only be removed from any one building a maximum of 3 times per calendar year.
  • Graffiti will not be removed from a building in cases were the graffiti could have easily been prevented e.g. by restricting access to building roofs.
  • In the event offensive graffiti located on a building that has not opted in to the program is reported, the CRA will attempt to contact the building owner or occupier before removing the graffiti.

Meet the team

21 December 2017

From Tuesday, 2 January, 2018 the City Renewal Authority's doors will be open to the public, for city stakeholders to drop in for a conversation.

The City Renewal Authority takes over the management of the levy paid by property owners from 1 January 2018. The team is keen to meet city stakeholders and to chat about any issues they have.

The City Renewal Authority is looking forward to its program of works in 2018 that will continue to enliven and activate the city centre, making it a great place to live, explore and enjoy.

Drop in to the lobby for a conversation from 2 January onwards between 9:30am - 5pm at City Renewal Authority Canberra Nara Centre, 1 Constitution Avenue, Canberra City. Alternatively, send an email to cityrenewal@act.gov.au. The team would love to hear from you.


Last Weekend to visit Christmas in Glebe Park festival

20 December 2017

The ACT Government’s Christmas in Glebe Park festival is open for one more weekend.

Activities and entertainment start at 5pm on Thursday night, with the last day of entertainment on Saturday.

The festival has another packed program of events, which includes a free petting zoo on Friday night and free pony and donkey rides on Saturday afternoon. Santa will be in attendance on each night, along with roving carollers and a live Christmas tree forest.

The entertainment program runs from 5pm-10pm on Thursday and Friday night and noon-10pm on Saturday. Food and drink vendors; Gozleme, Here’s the Coffee, Scott’s food vans, San Churro Woden, Cracking Corn and Asian Tiger will all  be onsite during opening hours.

Entry to Glebe Park is free with some activities requiring a small donation to the event’s charity partner, Red Nose.


Thank you to In The City Canberra

19 December 2017

In The City Canberra has been enlivening and activating our city centre for almost 10 years.

It is with gratitude that the City Renewal Authority thanks them for their outstanding efforts in improving the city district.

The vision of In The City Canberra, "to make a significant and sustainable contribution to the commercial, social and cultural prosperity of the City and Braddon District" has been achieved through the hard work and dedication of its talented staff, chief executive and volunteer board of directors both past and present.

In The City Canberra’s program of works has been extensive. Its popular events program, including Christmas In The City and the World Curry Festival In The City, as well as activation of the city centre, has provided valuable opportunities for locals and visitors alike to explore the City and Braddon District.

Its works, cleaning, safety and maintenance and communications achievements have all contributed to building a more dynamic, safe and modern city centre.

In The City Canberra has achieved wide-ranging success through a focus on benefits to the city for business and the community.

With the City Renewal Authority to take over the management of the levy paid by property owners from 1 January 2018, we wish to thank In The City Canberra for its work in enhancing the city district.

The City Renewal Authority looks forward to building on the good work that has already been achieved by In The City Canberra over the past decade so that our city centre continues to thrive and evolve.


Christmas in Glebe Park festival starts Friday

4 December 2017

The ACT Government funded Christmas in Glebe Park festival starts on Friday with gates opening at 5pm.

The event will run through until 24 December with the majority of entertainment, activities and services provided from Thursday through to Sunday night. Opening hours will be noon-10pm on weekends and 5-10pm on weeknights.

Event program for Christmas in Glebe Park, Friday 8 December to Sunday 10 December.

The first weekend's program includes roving magicians and musicians, children's entertainers, inflatable rides (Saturday and Sunday only), gingerbread-painted cubby houses, a christmas tree forest and more.

Food and drink vendors will be onsite during the opening hours each weekend with Kokomo's, Cracking Corn, San Churro Woden, Tikka Stand, Hello Hanoi, Ploy Thai Restaurant, Gozleme Cafe, Here's the Coffee, Scott's food vans and Capital Brewing Co all on site this weekend.

From Monday through to Wednesday, and on Christmas Eve, the park will be opened to provide access to the lights and decoration displays but there will be no vendors or programmed activities.


Pic & Mix in the park

1 December 2017

The Pic & Mix Urban Picnic has moved to Glebe Park after a successful short stint in Civic Square.

The picnic tables and their colourful umbrellas will call Glebe Park home for the rest of December before finding a new temporary home early next year.

With Christmas in Glebe Park starting next week (Friday 8 December) and running up until Christmas their will be plenty of reasons to make the most out of this fantastic urban park.

Pack your own food and drink, or buy food from Christmas in Glebe Park, or one of the city's great cafes or restaurants, and bring them to the pop-up picnic area. Alcoholic drinks bought from the licensed area at Christmas in Glebe Park will not be able to be taken out to the picnic tables.

Follow the City Renewal Authority on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and keep an eye out to see where Pic & Mix pops up next.


Changes to short-term car parking on London Circuit

24 November 2017

Part of the short-stay car park opposite the Sydney Building on London Circuit will be closed until 18 December as the ACT Government reconfigures its layout to help mitigate the upcoming closure of the car park adjoining the ACT Legislative Assembly building.

The short-stay car park next to the Legislative Assembly was sold earlier this year and is set to be closed to allow for the development of Constitution Place, an exciting project that will feature retail and entertainment, a hotel, commercial office space and an ACT Government office block.

When complete in 2020, the development will include three basement levels of additional public car parking to replace the existing surface car parking.

The Constitution Place redevelopment creates a major mixed-use precinct and is an exciting and long awaited project that is part of the ACT Government’s commitment to urban renewal that will help create a vibrant city centre where people want to live and work.

The project will creating hundreds of jobs during the construction phase and will create a new city east precinct that will activate an underutilised part of the city centre.

From 1 December the developers will start to progressively close sections of the soon-to-be redeveloped car park, starting with the spaces reserved for ACT Legislative Assembly members and staff.

While the developer will need to close other parts of the publicly available car parking at various times during December it will endeavour to keep most of the public spaces available, most of the time, until Christmas.

The short-stay car park next to the Legislative Assembly will be completely closed from 6 January 2017.

To help mitigate the medium-term loss of car parking the ACT Government is reconfiguring the Sydney Building car park so that it provides an additional 50 spaces.

The government is also seeking National Capital Authority approval to build a temporary car park with another 80 spaces next to Vernon Circle, directly adjacent to the existing Sydney Building car park.

Stage one of this work is underway now and is due to be completed by 18 December.

Stage two, which includes the reconfiguration of the rest of the Sydney Building car park, and the construction of the temporary car park, is expected to begin in early 2017 and be completed before the end of the financial year.

For more information contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81.


Rainbow makeover brings colour to Braddon roundabout

23 November 2017

The City Renewal Authority has partnered with the ACT Office of LGBTIQ Affairs and local volunteers to celebrate diversity while adding a dash of colour to a Braddon roundabout.

The rainbow roundabout at Braddon

The roundabout at Elouera and Lonsdale streets was given the rainbow treatment on 22 November.

Volunteers paint the rainbow roundabout in Braddon on Wednesday 22 November.

The colourful roundabout makeover meets two key priorities of the ACT Government - social inclusion and urban renewal.

Painted in the bright and recognisable colours of the rainbow flag, the roundabout is both a significant improvement to the urban landscape and a symbol of Canberra's status as city that celebrates diversity, equality and inclusivity.


Pic & Mix makes a short stop in Civic Square

21 November 2017

The Pic & Mix Urban Picnic has moved from Garema Place for a short stop in Civic Square.

The tables and umbrellas will be there for the public to use until Monday 27 November, when they will move to a new location.

Bring your own food or buy from one of the city's great cafes or restaurants and bring your meal or non-alcoholic drink to Civic Square to enjoy this underutilised public space.

Follow the City Renewal Authority on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and keep an eye out to see where Pic & Mix pops up next.


Forum shows importance of play in a vibrant city

20 November 2017

Making our city centre more fun and engaging for Canberrans both young and old will be the focus of a two-day forum in Canberra this week.

The 2017 Play (Creativity and Culture) Symposium will present an exciting line-up of local and national speakers who will discuss how the power of playfulness can create more liveable and sustainable urban environments.

City Renewal Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow said incorporating playfulness in urban design and place-making is about making our city more engaging and interactive for all Canberrans.

“Successful cities aren’t created merely through grand design projects and bold architectural statements but are created through how people interact with each other and the spaces they are in,” Mr Snow said.

“Play not only attracts children and families into the city but it can animate places and spaces to engage people and add to the user’s experience.

“When asked what they want from their cities, people frequently cite social interaction, a feeling of connectedness, greater creativity and sensory stimulation. The ability to interact or engage in a fun and playful way with their environment is critical in creating urban areas that provide people these experiences.

“This can be done through both how we design the city, and through how we use and activate the spaces that people use.”

Presented by the University of Canberra’s Centre for Creative and Cultural Research and the City Renewal Authority, the Play (Creativity and Culture) Symposium at the will feature experts presenting on a range of topics:

  • Everyone can play: toward a people-led city
  • The public realm and the city
  • Digital play and the city
  • Playing with senses in the city
  • Art, play and public realm

Play (Creativity and Culture) Symposium is on from 22-23 November at the Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre, 180 London Circuit Canberra.  Tickets are available for either one day ($30/$15 concession) or both days ($50/$30) at http://bit.ly/2zIYA6Z and include lunch, morning tea and afternoon tea.


Love is Love artwork brightens up City Walk

17 November 2017

City Walk near Garema Place got a little more colourful this week with the addition of the Love is Love mural.

The artwork was commissioned by the ACT Government and designed and painted by Geoff Filmer of Graffik Paint.

The Love is Love mural on City Walk near Garema Place. Photo by Hannah Mattne

Photo by Hannah Mattne.


Experienced Canberran appointed to the board

9 November 2017

Chris Faulks has been appointed to the final position on the City Renewal Authority Board.

Ms Faulks is Deputy Chancellor of the University of Canberra and an independent director on several government, corporate and not-for-profit boards, including the National Capital Authority, the Australian Government’s Independent Communication Committee, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal.

The former chief executive of the Canberra Business Council and Canberra Business Chamber (2007-2015), Ms Faulks will join a high-quality board of industry experts in guiding the City Renewal Authority as it delivers people-focused, design-led renewal in City Renewal Precinct.

Her knowledge and understanding of Canberra, its community, and the local political and regulatory landscape will be invaluable on a board that has been formed of mostly interstate members.

The board’s chair, Dr Michael Easson AM, deputy chair, Christine Covington, and first four expert members - Professor Ken Maher, Gabrielle Trainor AO, Nigel Chamier AM, and Kate Brennan – were appointed on 1 July 2017, with one final position reserved for a member nominated by the NCA.

Having an NCA nominated member on the board is recognition of the important role the Commonwealth authority has in Canberra, particularly in the City Renewal Precinct, and the importance of a strong ongoing relationship for the successful growth and development of the city.

Ms Faulks has been a vocal advocate for economic development in the ACT and will be able to communicate to the board issues that are important to Canberrans.

In her current and previous roles she has campaigned for policies and services that support economic development based on our city’s strengths. She understands that we are a knowledge economy, a tourist destination and the economic hub of a rapidly developing, vibrant region.


Christmas in Glebe Park adds festive cheer to the city

8 November 2017

Christmas celebrations in the city will be bigger and better this year, with more activities and entertainment for the community.

The focus of 2017 festivities will be Christmas in Glebe Park from 8 to 24 December.

For two-and-a-half weeks the park will feature an exciting new lights display and a schedule of programmed entertainment.

From Monday to Wednesday, Christmas in Glebe Park will be open for people to visits its light display and Christmas forest.

Christmas in Glebe Park will become more alive from Thursday to Sunday (except on Christmas Eve) with food and beverage options, activities and scheduled entertainment.

From 5pm on Thursday and Friday, and from noon on weekends, the park will have music, roving entertainers, tree decorating, food, drinks and Santa photos.

The ACT Government’s decision to fund a festival that spans two-and-a-half weekends will provide Canberrans and visitors with more opportunities to celebrate in the city this December.

Local event company Damsel and Sprout will deliver a fun and diverse program of activities and entertainment for kids, families and adults.

Entry to Christmas in Glebe Park will be free throughout the event but the charity partner, Red Nose, will be collecting donations inside the park.  Donations to Red Nose will also be requested for some activities within the park, like tree decorating.

The City Renewal Authority will consult with the community during and after the event to help inform government plans for Christmas in the city next year.

Check back in on this website and follow the City Renewal Authority on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for further updates. Christmas in Glebe Park will follow on from In The City Canberra’s Christmas Carnival In The City, which will run on the first weekend in December.  For more information on In The City Canberra’s Christmas Carnival In The City visit inthecitycanberra.com.au


Flythrough provides preview of Henry Rolland Park

2 November 2017

Henry Rolland Park is part of Stage 1 of the redevelopment of West Basin.

It will be a major upgrade of the public area on a section of West Basin that was previously mostly surface car parking.

This new flythrough video is an artist's impression of what the community can expect from the new park, which will open early in 2018.


Henry Rolland tops poll for name of West Basin public park

31 October 2017

The architect tasked with overseeing the construction of early Canberra has topped a public poll to choose a name for the new public park at West Basin.

Henry Maitland Rolland OBE was a resident architect in Canberra during 1912-16, working mainly on the construction of the Royal Military College, Duntroon.

He was later the Chief Architect in the Federal Capital Commission, from 1925-27, tasked with overseeing the construction of the new city and its centrepiece, the provisional Parliament House.

Henry Rolland Park collected 684 votes out of a total of 1495 votes received in the online poll held between 24 September and 27 October.

The new public park at West Basin is currently under construction and is expected to be open early next year.  A short video about Henry Maitland Rolland OBE can be viewed here.

Part of the first stage of the ACT Government’s redevelopment of West Basin, the park will be a public asset that provides a recreation destination befitting its prime location on the Lake Burley Griffin foreshore.

The park, and the recently constructed first 150m of boardwalk, significantly improve public access to an area that was previously mostly surface car parking.

Stage two of the West Basin redevelopment will consist of 500m of boardwalk which will form part of a future generous 55m-wide public promenade.

The four shortlisted names for the park were selected by the ACT Place Names Committee and reflected significant contributions to the development and growth of the Canberra region.

The poll results will be provided to the committee, which will the make a recommendation to the ACT Government about the naming of the new park.

The other three shortlisted candidates for the park name - John Gale (548 votes), Dame Sylvia Crowe (219 votes) and John McLoughlin (44 votes) - will still be considered by the ACT Place Names Committee for other naming honours opportunities as a way to commemorate their important legacies.

For more information on the City Renewal Authority, the new public park or the development at West Basin visit cityrenewalcanberra.com.au or follow the authority on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


Dine out in Garema Place at the Pic and Mix pop-up picnic area

25 October 2017

Garema Place will be an even more attractive lunch and dinner option for the next few weeks with the installation of 18 temporary picnic tables and umbrellas.

The City Renewal Authority’s Pic and Mix pop-up picnic area will feature large timber tables and colourful umbrellas for use by the community throughout the day and night. Picnickers will be able to use the tables to mix with friends, socialise with colleagues or simply enjoy the activity of Garema Place.

City Renewal Authority acting chief executive Nicholas Holt said the Pic and Mix area, which will be moved to different locations in the City Renewal Precinct, offers the community a chance to enjoy some of our city’s great public spaces from a new perspective.

“The tables are not tied to any single business so they are available to use no matter where you have purchased your food,” Mr Holt said.

“Whether you have take-away from one of the local businesses or have brought something from home, the Pic and Mix is a great opportunity to use the space to enjoy this important part of our city.

“The area will be an alcohol-free zone most of the time, except during special events run by some of the nearby businesses, when they will take out a liquor permit over the area and have a mobile bar on site.”

Several local businesses have already agreed to hold special events during the pop-up picnic area’s short stay in Garema Place and the option is still available for other local businesses to get involved.

“The City Renewal Authority is really looking forward to seeing how this public activation experiment works in further activating Garema Place,” Mr Holt said.

“The way in which businesses and the community engage with this initial Pic and Mix will help determine how and where the pop-up urban picnic will be used around the precinct in the future.”

The Pic and Mix picnic area will be in Garema Place from today until 20 November.

The City Renewal Authority is working with Garema Place businesses but is always keen to hear new ideas for activating this fun new community space via our email at cityrenewal@act.gov.au, online or through social media.

Follow the City Renewal Authority on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and keep an eye on www.cityrenewalcanberra.com.au for updates on events and future locations for the Pic and Mix.


Barrine Drive to re-close until West Basin park completion

20 October 2017

The road under Commonwealth Avenue Bridge between West Basin and Commonwealth Park will be closed again from Monday 23 October until the new public park is completed in early 2018.

The same section of Barrine Drive had been closed from June until just before Floriade, at which time it was temporarily re-opened as one-way road.

With the high volume of traffic associated with Floriade now finished for another year the road will again be closed to allow completion of the 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.

City Renewal Authority acting chief executive 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.

“The temporary re-closure of this section of Barrine Drive allows for the continued construction of a new high-quality public park,” Mr Holt said.

“While we have ensured continued access to both West Basin and Commonwealth Park during the park’s construction, we recognise the diversions in place will be an inconvenience to some people. However, 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.”

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.


Presentation to the Property Council Thought Leadership Series

13 October 2017

City Renewal Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow today gave a presentation to members of the ACT's property industry as part of the Property Council of Australia ACT's Thought Leadership Series.

Mr Snow's presentation covered the establishment of the City Renewal Authority, its legislated objectives and responsibilities, and the opportunities and challenges in front of it.

He emphasised the government's desire for the authority to deliver people-centric and design-led urban renewal in the City Renewal Precinct.

View the presentation here.


Public to choose name for new West Basin public park

24 September 2017

A convict turned land manager, a landscaper, an architect artist and the founder of The Queanbeyan Age are the four options being put to the community for the naming of the new public park at West Basin.

City Renewal Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow encouraged people to visit the consultation page, find out more about the four nominees, and have input into the naming of a great new public space.

“This new park is going to be a great public asset. This is a wonderful opportunity for the people who will use the park to have a say in choosing its name,” Mr Snow said.

“With 23,000 plants, grassed areas, barbecue facilities, public art, connected walkways and access to the new public boardwalk on the lake’s edge, the park will be a focal recreational destination in the city precinct.

“It will need a name that reflects its importance to the region and the four names put forward all reflect significant contributions to the development and growth of the Canberra region.”

The four options selected by the ACT Place Names committee are:

  • John McLoughlin Park – John McLoughlin arrived in Australia in 1811 after being found guilty of stealing two horses in his home country of Ireland. In 1824 McLoughlin was put in charge of 2000 acres, including what is now the site of the National Museum of Australia – the first recorded European grazing run on the Limestone Plains. He also established Canberry station, considered the first settlement by white people on the site of the future national capital.
  • Sylvia Crowe Park – Dame Sylvia Crowe was an English landscape architect commissioned to prepare the landscape masterplan for Commonwealth Park. Dame Sylvia’s design, prepared in collaboration with local landscape architects Margaret Hendry and Richard Clough, offered an opportunity for quiet enjoyment of plants and landscape and emphasised the different qualities of water – still reflections, flowing water, running water and falling water.
  • Henry Rolland Park – Henry Maitland Rolland OBE was a resident architect in Canberra during 1912-16 working mainly on the construction of the Royal Military College, Duntroon.  He was the Chief Architect in the Federal Capital Commission from 1925-27 tasked with overseeing the construction of the new city of Canberra and its centrepiece, the provisional Parliament House.
  • John Gale Park - John Gale’s advocacy for the Canberra area as the best site for the future federal capital earned him the colloquial title of ‘Father of Canberra’.  He founded the first local newspaper The Golden Age in Queanbeyan in 1860.  He served as District Coroner for the Federal Territory and Queanbeyan for many years and was the Member for Murrumbidgee in the NSW Legislative Assembly in 1887-1889.

Voting will be open online at yoursay.act.gov.au until Friday 27 October.

The new park in West Basin and its adjacent boardwalk are expected to be opened to the public in early 2018.


23,000 plants to transform new West Basin public park

20 September 2017

The nearly 23,000 plants that will be used to transform a new public park in West Basin have been ordered, with about a third being grown locally at the Yarralumla Nursery.

The plantings for the creation of the park on the headland next to Commonwealth Avenue Bridge, consist of a large range of ground-cover shrubs and grasses – including the locally endangered Button Wrinkewort - as well as 86 new trees.

Both the park and the first section of the new boardwalk are due to open early in 2018.

City Renewal Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow said the park was a significant improvement on the previous public space in West Basin.

“The new public park at West Basin is a sign of the government’s commitment to providing high-quality open space and public places in the city centre,” Mr Snow said.

“Linking in with the boardwalk, the park will provide a new recreational destination so more people can enjoy the beautiful vistas the lake provides.

“What was mostly surface car parking will soon be transformed by 23,000 plants, 86 trees and grassed areas.  Public access around the lake will be significantly improved with connecting paths to encourage active travel.”

The landscaping will not only significantly improve the attractiveness of the 14,700 square metre park but will also play an important environmental role.

“The mixture of native and exotic trees and plants chosen are robust and climate resilient. They will increase the percentage of vegetation cover and improve the diversity of habitat and biodiversity outcomes,” Mr Snow said.

“This will have a positive impact on the surrounding area through an increased number of birds and wildlife, increased shade, improved soil, while the application of water sensitive urban design will reduce the pollutants entering the lake.”

To see the full list of plants ordered for the new park click here.


Barrine Drive partially reopens for Floriade

8 September 2017

A section of road in West Basin that has been closed for the construction of a new public park will be temporarily reopened as a one-way street from tomorrow until the end of Floriade.

The section of Barrine Drive, south of Albert Street in West Basin, will be opened in one direction to allow vehicles to travel from Commonwealth Park into West Basin (see image below).

Diversions will be in place to ensure continuous access to both Commonwealth Park and West Basin parking areas. Detour signage will be in place to direct motorists.

City Renewal Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow said the road had been temporarily reopened to allow greater access during Floriade and would be closed again following the festival until the park is completed in early 2018.

“Floriade is one of the city’s most important festivals, with a large number of locals and visitors using the area each day,” Mr Snow said.

“While the closure of Barrine Drive has been necessary to allow for the significant public realm improvement that is underway, we have gone to extra lengths to partially reopen the road during Floriade to improve access to and from the event.”

When the park is completed Barrine Drive will be a two-way shared zone.

While the partial reopening of Barrine Drive will improve traffic conditions, Floriade organisers have emphasised that parking at West Basin and at Commonwealth Park will be limited.

Visitors are being urged to use alternative transport options, including public transport and active transport.

There are a number of parking options available within walking distance to the venue, including in the city and the Parliamentary Zone.

A free shuttle bus will operate throughout the day from various city centre locations.

Pedestrian and cyclists will continue to use the signalised Commonwealth Avenue crossing.

For more information on parking options visit floriadeaustralia.com


Government sets first-year objectives for a better city precinct

6 September 2017

Renewal of the city bus interchange, improvements to the Sydney and Melbourne buildings and increasing the liveability of the city precinct are some of the goals set for the City Renewal Authority in its first 12 months.

The ACT Government’s first statement of expectations for the authority outlines a plan for growth and urban improvement guided by stakeholder and community engagement.

In addition to continuing activation and urban renewal projects, the authority will need to enable, encourage and promote cohesive renewal and development. It will also identify and recommend prioritisation and sequencing of major public infrastructure works.

Chair of the City Renewal Authority, Dr Michael Easson AM, said the response would identify how and where key stakeholders and the community could have input into the city’s renewal.

“Our board will put forward a plan for how we will deliver on the government’s stated expectations for renewal of the city precinct,” Dr Easson said.

“A key focus for the board will be to guide the delivery of high-quality design outcomes in the urban built form and public realm in the precinct.

“An important part of that plan will be how and where we can involve the community and key stakeholders in the process.”

The government’s statement of expectations requires the City Renewal Authority to continue to activate the precinct, progress existing urban renewal projects and develop a plan for the renewal of the city renewal precinct as a whole.

“While there has already been a significant amount of engagement on some of our ongoing projects, like those in Haig Park and West Basin, there are some great opportunities to involve the community further in helping us deliver quality urban renewal in the city renewal precinct,” Dr Easson said.

“The opportunity to renew and enliven the city bus interchange to make it make it a more attractive city destination is a great chance to make a positive impact on a key part of the city precinct.

“We have also been tasked with ensuring cohesive renewal and maintenance of the iconic Sydney and Melbourne buildings. The authority will work with the various owners with a stake in those buildings to help return them to a condition that reflects their import historical place in Canberra’s landscape.”

The statement of expectations also requires the authority to actively contribute to the liveability and vitality of the city centre through the planning and delivery of a diverse range of events, capital works upgrades, public realm and amenity improvements and stakeholder partnerships.

“Increasing the vibrancy in the city centre so that people can better use the area to live, explore and enjoy is a key priority,” Dr Easson said.

“We will identify opportunities to increase activity in the city, from testing public spaces with events and interventions to identifying opportunities for large scale festivals or seasonal events.”

The City Renewal Authority board has until 7 October to respond to the Chief Minister’s statement of expectations.


Community makeover to give Dickson shops a facelift

25 August 2017

The Dickson community is being invited to help to re-imagine the courtyards at the group centre during a seven-day makeover later this year.

A public planning workshop led by the Dickson Village Traders on Tuesday (29 August) will set the tone for the makeover, which will take place from 19-25 November.

The seven-day community-led facelift, which has funding from the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development will be featured in the Canberra Design Festival and aims to transform the courtyards into more people-friendly spaces.

Dickson Traders Association spokesperson Jason Mann said the working group was keen to engage with the community to help create a space that would make people linger, play and connect.

“We have some exciting plans to demonstrate how much can be achieved in just seven days,” Mr Mann said.

“The seven-day makeover event will be community led so we have planned interventions that are affordable and can be implemented by volunteers.

We are looking for some community input into how we can make these interventions really work for the local community.

“The workshop on Tuesday gives us a chance to get into the detail of how we can implement some simple but effective improvements, like pavement stencilling, yarn bombing or the installation of new seating, planter boxes or fairy lights.

“If you are passionate about your community, want to improve the experience at the Dickson shops, and can help during the makeover, then we’d love to see you at the planning workshop.”

The Dickson courtyards makeover planning workshop is on Tuesday, 29 August, from 6pm to 7.30pm.

Register your interest at MyDickson.com.au


Haig Park phase 2 consultation summary

24 August 2017

Thanks to everyone who contributed their time, ideas and feedback during the second phase of the Haig Park community engagement.

It has been great to hear how important Haig Park is to our community. Feedback received will help the development of the masterplan.

You can check out the summary report here: http://bit.ly/HaigParkSummary


City Renewal Authority welcomes Malcolm Snow

21 August 2017

Award winning urban thinker and planner, Malcolm Snow is the new Chief Executive of the City Renewal Authority (CRA).

CRA Board chair Dr Michael Easson AM said Mr Snow brings four decades of experience to the role.

“Mr Snow is recognised as one of Australia’s leading place makers. With a career spanning four decades, he is well equipped to deliver a vibrant city centre in Canberra.

“He joins the City Renewal Authority following a diverse career leading major city revitalisation programs throughout Australia, Asia and the United Kingdom.

“Mr Snow will lead the organisation as it commences work on improving the liveability and vitality of the city centre through the planning and delivery of a diverse range of events, capital works upgrades, public realm and amenity improvements and stakeholder partnerships.

“Mr Snow is currently the Chief Executive of the National Capital Authority.  Previously he was Head of Design with the City of Melbourne, Director of international consulting firm Urbis and, CEO of South Bank Corporation in Brisbane.

“A constructive innovator, Mr Snow was instrumental in enhancing Brisbane’s South Bank, which is now recognised as one of Australia’s most successful leisure, commercial and inner-city precincts.

“Mr Snow has been the recipient of 36 international, national and state awards for urban planning, design, development and business management excellence including The Australia Award for Urban Design on four occasions (1996, 2011, 2012 and 2015).

“I look forward to working closely with Mr Snow to deliver against the ambitious goals that have been set for the City Renewal Authority,” Dr Easson said.

Mr Snow will commence in the role on Monday 28 August.  His appointment follows an extensive nation-wide search and interviews and unanimous endorsement by the CRA Board.


Sale of ageing government office block presents Dickson renewal opportunity

11 August 2017

Dame Pattie Menzies House

The sale of the ACT Government’s Dame Pattie Menzies office buildings in Dickson is another step in the group centre’s ongoing renewal as a vibrant residential, commercial and retail centre.

The two Dickson buildings were sold by tender for $15 million to Merrylin Lindland Pty Ltd.

The ACT Government has a three-year lease on the two buildings - which house the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate – with two additional one-year options, to allow for construction of a new government office building on the nearby motor registry site.

City Renewal Authority interim chief executive Gary Rake said the 3.5 hectare site would be a fantastic urban renewal opportunity after the ACT Government lease ends.

“This site has great potential to complement the ongoing renewal in and around the Dickson group centre,” Mr Rake said.

“The location of this site makes it a really wonderful opportunity for future urban renewal that can really add to the ability for people to live, explore and enjoy the area.

“It is situated conveniently next to the new Dickson bus interchange, adjacent to the Wooley Street dining precinct and just a very short stroll from the Dickson light rail stop.

“The area surrounding the site is already home to significant renewal activity, with new high-density residential developments under construction a stones thrown in both directions and a new development set for the old motor registry site across the road expected to begin soon.

“With its central Canberra location, proximity to the new light rail line and a wide variety of dining and entertainment options, Dickson is a booming area in the city renewal precinct and the sale of this site provides a great opportunity for further renewal.”

The site is zoned CZ2, which allows for a variety of uses including commercial, residential and retail.

The Dickson precinct code allows for buildings up to six storeys high.

The sale 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.


City 7 sale result shows strong interest in city renewal

9 August 2017

City 7, Reid

The purchase today of City 7 (the Bega Flats site in Reid) is another significant step in the renewal of the city precinct.

Bordered by Cooyong Street, Ainslie Avenue and Boolee Street, the almost-12,000 square metre CZ5 zoned site (Section 7 Reid) was bought by local developer Geocon for $38.5 million in an auction that had seven registered bidders.

City Renewal Authority interim chief executive Gary Rake said the high level of interest in the CBD site and the strong result were indicative of industry confidence in the city precinct’s ongoing renewal and growth.

“Renewal and growth in our city precinct are critical in accommodating Canberra’s growing population while making the city more vibrant, connected and sustainable,” Mr Rake said.

“With its proximity to Glebe Park, the Canberra Centre and the CBD, this site is a fantastic opportunity for a development that will have a positive impact on the area.

“This site has the potential for up to 350 dwellings and I look forward to seeing plans for a high-quality development that brings new residents into the city and improves the lives of the people who already use the area.”

The sale of the Bega Flats public housing site 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 prior to settlement, which is expected to occur during 2018. The ACT Government’s Public Housing Renewal Taskforce is replacing public housing sold through the scheme with 1,288 new sustainable public housing dwellings across Canberra.

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


Sales campaign for Northbourne Avenue sites commended

8 August 2017

The ACT Government’s campaign to sell premium sites along Canberra’s Northbourne Avenue corridor has been commended at the prestigious Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW Awards for Excellence 2017.

The “On Northbourne” campaign received a commendation in the highly competitive UDIA Award for Marketing – Urban Development on Friday 4 August.

The campaigns for Dickson on Northbourne and Lyneham on Northbourne represented the first stage of an ambitious vision to transform Canberra’s gateway boulevard into a vibrant residential, commercial and retail precinct – a place that truly says “welcome to our capital”.

City Renewal Authority interim chief executive Gary Rake said the award was further recognition of the transformation Canberra was undergoing.

“Northbourne Avenue is an area experiencing significant growth and vitality through the Canberra Metro light rail project,” Mr Rake said.

“The redevelopment of these sites will create an avenue of opportunity not to be missed – an environment that promotes a vibrant mix of residential, business and retail space and an invigorated gateway to Canberra’s CBD.

“There was a lot of community interest in the sale of these sites, due to their strong heritage connection as well as their premium location. Northbourne Avenue is where most first impressions of Canberra are formed, so it was important that these key factors were considered in marketing the sites.”

The UDIA judges praised the ACT Government for its marketing strategy:

“On Northbourne developed a unique wholesale business-to-business strategy encompassing four large superlots. Located along the entrance and main arterial road into the north of Canberra, their marketing demonstrated clear thinking aligned with clever execution.

“Selling four large sites at different time intervals, scattered over five kilometres, meant they needed one unambiguous umbrella brand that could cope with four different suburban flavours.

“The ACT Government marketers got it very right. On a shoestring budget…they have sold two of the sites well over reserve.”

The UDIA NSW Awards for Excellence is a high profile, annual program that recognises and rewards excellence within the urban development industry.  The ACT Government was honoured to receive the commendation.


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.