Braddon News


Green corridors, parklets and wider footpaths for a better Braddon

23 January 2019

A new plan to help build on Braddon’s continued evolution includes increased street greening, pocket gardens, parklets and new places to sit as well as wider-footpaths and new connections through blocks.

The Braddon Place Plan has been created in collaboration with the local community and builds on the area’s existing character.

City Renewal Authority chief executive officer Malcolm Snow said the plan would help improve the public spaces to match the private development in the thriving area.

“Braddon is an evolving neighbourhood that has developed a distinctive character of its own, separate but complementary to that of Civic” Mr Snow said.

“It has grown from a semi-industrial area into a popular entertainment and retail district despite the quality of its public spaces rather than because of them.

“This plan sets out actions that can help bring Braddon’s public spaces, including its streets and parks, up to a standard that will help make the area even better for the people who use it.”

The plan includes short, medium and long-term actions for government, businesses, landowners and the community to improve the experience of Braddon and further strengthen its popularity.

“These actions range from small, quick wins that we can get on with straightaway, including temporary improvements like pocket parks, pop-up play elements and increasing the amount of greenery at street level, as well as infrastructure upgrades like improved ambient lighting and new seating,” Mr Snow said.

“The plan also includes longer-term changes that will take time to implement, like widening the footpaths for more outdoor dining, installing cycle lanes and creating permanent green active-travel corridors.

“We would also love to see better use of private land and will encourage the inclusion of public walkways and laneways to improve connectivity through the blocks.

“This Braddon Place Plan sets a clear path to work together to help Braddon achieve the best outcomes.”

One of the key actions in the place plan is the establishment of a “town team” to galvanise community action to deliver on-the-ground events, activities and small-scale physical improvements to help make Braddon even better.

“While many actions in the place plan are for government to undertake there are others that will be initiated and run by the community or the private sector,” Mr Snow said.

“Establishing a Braddon town team will bring together action-oriented community members to help Braddon evolve for the benefit of the community.”

The City Renewal Authority will host a public event on Thursday 31 January to discuss the place plan. Representatives of the Town Team Movement will also present on the benefits of their model.

Other short-term actions in the Braddon Place Plan include an annual program of events, pop-up play elements, a street music program, high-quality street art and a community gardening program.

Longer-term actions include creating a sense of arrival through signage and art installation, monthly markets for local producers and artists, an annual showcase event or street party and spaces for artists in new developments.

Click here to see the Braddon Place Plan.

Click here if you'd like to find out more about the public event on Thursday 31 January.


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.