Dickson Place Making Implementation Plan

Dickson is already one of Canberra’s most rapidly evolving regions and the City Renewal Authority is creating a Place Making Implementation Plan to guide improvements to public spaces to help the area grow in a way that meets the community’s needs and expectations.

With a growing residential population and established dining, shopping and commercial precincts, including Canberra’s Asian eatery hotspot, Dickson Group Centre is the heart of an already established community and has its own unique identity.

With the establishment of light rail and the continued development along the Northbourne Avenue corridor, Dickson has an opportunity to take advantage of its position as a major transport hub with a dynamic and lively community feel.

A revitalised Dickson will attract more people and be the catalyst for economic and social vitality within the area.

The City Renewal Authority is working with place making experts, Spaced Out, to create a plan that will build upon this already vibrant neighbourhood.

Spaced Out will engage with the community, businesses and stakeholders to investigate the needs, aspirations and priorities of these groups to evolve a place strategy that is sustainable into the future.

The strategy will inform a final plan that will be evidence based, action-oriented and coordinated.

It will result in short-term actions, including installations, activations and minor public realm improvements, to enhance the physical and social aspects of Dickson’s already established identity.

The plan will also put in place longer-term actions, designs and strategies for public realm improvements and place-making activities that will further enhance Dickson as a destination precinct.

Through this plan we will create:


Dickson is located within Canberra’s North. The Place Making Implementation Plan covers the city centre within Dickson, bordered by Challis Street, Antill Street and Cowper Street (see map below).

Stakeholder and Community Engagement

The City Renewal Authority and our partners will engage with traders, residents and the wider community to draw on what is already known as well as engage a broad range of stakeholders that bring diverse and important perspectives. We will connect with the active group of local traders through workshops and events, as well as a broader audience through short-term activations.