Sydney and Melbourne precinct news


Update on Laneway waste enclosureswaste enclosures complete

29 May 2019

Odgers and Verity Lane have shared waste enclosures to significantly reduce the number of bins scattered throughout the laneways.

We are now working to issue a licence (under a trial basis) to a single waste service provider to operate the enclosures. Once the licence is executed, we will work with the new waste operator and building tenants to coordinate a transition period from existing service arrangements to the new contract.

We’ll also work to remove the existing bins stored on Territory Land and monitor illegal waste disposal to ensure the laneways stay clean, accessible and can be opened up to their full potential.


City improvement works re-invigorate Sydney and Melbourne Buildingspavement, person, sydney and melbourne building canberra

26 November 2018

Canberrans and visitors are now able to use the new landscaped verges on Civic’s Sydney and Melbourne Buildings along Northbourne Avenue following the completion of this important public space project.

To improve the overall look and feel of the area, the works have reclaimed a section of the road and opened the area up for pedestrians. The upgrades include seating, lighting, a new raised cycle path, along with new landscaping.

The completion of the works provides new opportunities for local businesses in the area to make use of the additional space through outdoor trading.

With an attractive public space that is safer and easier to get around, a more enjoyable experience has been created for the community visiting the area and enjoying what Civic as to offer.

The improvements to the Northbourne Avenue verges are complemented by the newly completed Alinga Street bus station expansion and the soon to open Alinga Street Light rail terminus.

The City Renewal Authority welcomes the public space upgrades near these important Canberra landmarks and will continue to work with stakeholders to further drive the revitalisation of the Sydney and Melbourne buildings and bring the area to life.


Work starts on new waste enclosures in the Sydney and Melbourne Building laneways

8 August 2018

Works to improve Odgers and Verity Lanes adjoining the Sydney and Melbourne Buildings through the construction of four new waste enclosures has begun. The new enclosures will clean up the courtyards making them more attractive, accessible and functional.

Currently, there are more than 80 waste bins on public land spread across the two laneways. Reducing those to about a dozen bins and removing them from public view is the first but important step in revitalising the image and appeal of these iconic buildings at the gateway to the city centre.

The construction works include installation of the metal clad bin enclosures, connection of utilities and re-grading of the lane surface.

A new waste collection contract that services the enclosures will be paid for by the nearby businesses, and initially managed by the ACT Government. Management of the contract will eventually be handed back to the building owners after an establishment period.

Opening up the laneways to support greater activity is vital to restoring the historic Sydney and Melbourne Buildings. The Authority will continue to work with the building owners and businesses to identify and implement other revitalisation initiatives.

Work in the laneways is expected to be completed in late November.


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.


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.