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City East is characterised by its open spaces, recreation, community and tourist uses, including Casino Canberra, Canberra Olympic Pool, the National Convention Centre, and the Reid CIT campus. Glebe and Commonwealth parks offer the largest areas of public open space within the wider city centre area.
There is potential for significant intensification and character improvement in City East, framed by its national avenues, views and vistas making up the northern part of Canberra’s National Triangle. New development will provide a transition to the existing eastern suburbs of the city. A growing population will support the provision of further leisure, recreation and educational facilities in the area.
Future investigations will examine potential for the location of significant infrastructure projects in this part of the city, such as a new city stadium. The proposal from the University of NSW to establish a major new campus at Reid provides a catalyst to develop City East as an education hub on an axis connected through City Hill to the ANU. These major campus developments will be well integrated into their surrounding context, supporting the roles and function and objectives for this and adjacent places, and not just as island or stand-alone projects.
More development in City East will require improved pedestrian connections between the city centre and the lakeside, particularly to Commonwealth Park (which is adjacent to the City Renewal Precinct). This will activate the area, adding to public life. City East will be accessible by rapid and direct public transport, including connections to key employment nodes, such as the Parliamentary Zone.