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17 December 2019
Revitalising the Sydney and Melbourne Buildings is underway with shared waste enclosures in the laneways now operational, and draft legislation to restore and maintain the buildings ready for consultation with building owners.
One of the first steps to revitalise the buildings was the construction of waste enclosures in the building laneways. These enclosures are now operational and transitioning to the new collection system is currently underway. The new enclosures have reduced the large number of separate bins in the laneway into one central secure area. This initiative will make the laneways more attractive places for businesses, tourists and the community to use and enjoy.
Over the weekends leading up to Christmas (Friday evenings – Monday mornings) and on New Year’s Eve, temporary public toilets will be placed in the laneways to accommodate the extra people out and about enjoying the festive period. The toilets will help keep the laneways clean and sanitary and will add convenience to patrons in the area.
Revitalisation of the Sydney and Melbourne Buildings more broadly is being facilitated through proposed draft legislation which is ready for consultation with building owners, tenants and other stakeholders.
It is clear that Canberrans see the Sydney and Melbourne Buildings as important historical landmarks that form the gateway to the city centre. However, the Sydney and Melbourne Buildings are privately owned by many different owners, and there is no common management body. As a result, the overall maintenance for the public facing areas of the buildings is inconsistent, with some parts in poor condition.
The proposed legislation would allow the City Renewal Authority to play a coordination role to ensure any facades, shopfronts, colonnades and verandas in poor condition are restored and then maintained to a standard consummate with the historical importance and value of these sites. Under the proposed legislation, the Authority would be able to work with owners to create a revitalisation plan, which would define the required external improvements to the buildings. If individual building owners did not achieve the goals of the plan within a certain timeframe, the Authority would be able to carry out the required improvements at the owner’s expense.
The aim of the legislation is to work with building owners to ensure the Sydney and Melbourne Buildings are restored to a consistent standard that reflects their significance. We have been consulting with the building owners, businesses and peak bodies through meetings and online surveys. To contribute your feedback or to learn more, visit https://www.yoursay.act.gov.au/SMB-revival.
01 November 2019
The shared waste enclosures in the Odgers and Verity lanes are opening in November!
The means the way you manage your waste in going to change — whether or not you use the new enclosures.
To help you understand these changes we are holding an information session:
The City Renewal Authority and the waste management contractor, J.J. Richards, will be there to answer your questions and help you sign up to the new program.
Actsmart will be there to help you understand how to better manage and reduce your waste.
You'll also meet the light rail team who can tell you the latest about their Stage 2A, which is likely to start construction in this precinct next year.
For more information or to RSVP contact firstname.lastname@example.org
01 November 2019
As part of the 2020 Enlighten Festival the City Renewal Authority would like to shine a light on two of our city's most iconic buildings.
We want to hear your ideas on artworks for the 2020 festival and how best to highlight these historic buildings.
Join us and the production team to discuss the full program and how we can help you make the most of the Enlighten Festival.
For more information or to RSVP contact email@example.com
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.
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.
08 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.
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.
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.
05 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.”
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.