Woolley Street Project

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Welcome to the Woolley St Project - creating a vibrant community in Dickson

Dicksonians are an incredibly proud community. They have enthusiastically welcomed the opportunity to collaborate in the development of Dickson’s future while understanding the need to preserve the unique qualities of their neighbourhood. In recognition of Dickson’s diversity, the Dickson Place Plan has adopted the tag “Diverse Dickson”.

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One of the first formal activations contained within the place plan is known as the ‘Woolley St. Project’, a series of ideas being trialed to improve the access, amenities and public use spaces in Dickson’s best-known dining precinct, Woolley Street.

Throughout the project period, these activations include changes to the streetscape, installing additional street furniture, and trialing modifications to traffic flow and parking in the Dickson centre. This will also include a series of distinctive events designed to attract more visitors to the area, encouraging both residents and visitors to explore and engage with local businesses.

Dickson is the epitome of diversity, with its rich mix of cultures, flavours and things to do. Let’s play a part in showcasing why Dickson is the heart of Canberran cultural celebration – all while collaboratively building an even better environment for people to live, work, play and experience!

Project team

The City Renewal Authority is working in conjunction with a range of contributing partners to promote, activate and run the program, including: Complete Constructions Australia, Place Laboratory, Sweet Potato, Threesides Marketing, Show Pony Events and NS Group.

In developing and delivering the program, this committed project team draws on the expertise and support of a knowledgeable community coalition, the City Renewal Authority and the wider ACT Government.

Program structure

As part of the project, the City Renewal Authority will be facilitating various street infrastructure improvements, road closures and events throughout September to November 2019.

The program can be loosely grouped into two phases.

Phase 1 (2 Sept – 19 September)

In this phase, the project team will be constructing and installing larger-scale infrastructure elements such as a large gateway entry sign placed at the start of Woolley St, short-stay parklets, a temporary events pavilion and long alfresco dining area for public use, and other interactive installations and events that aim to inspire Canberrans to discover, eat, play and contribute to an undeniably ‘Diverse Dickson’.

Phase 2 – Stage 1 (21 September – 11 October)

The largescale infrastructure works are complete for the community to enjoy such as the large gateway, temporary pavilions, long alfresco dining area and short-stay parklets.

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Phase 2 – Stage 2 (12 October – 11 November)

This phase continues to build upon the work commenced in Phase 2 – Stage 1, with further changes occurring to the streetscape and a number of community events taking place as we move into Canberra’s warmer months.

Events and activities

Food map

From the 12 October, a food map will be on display highlighting all the diverse cuisines and places to eat on Woolley Street. November. The pavement will be painted, creating a colour and vibrancy throughout the area.

Pavement paint

12 October to 10 November. The pavement will be painted, creating a colour and vibrancy throughout the area.

Community Performance

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Saturday 19 October

Location: Plaza

Time: 11:00am - 2:00pm

The community concert will showcase a mix of local school choirs, bands and duos/solo music and dance routines. There will be beanbags and chairs set up in front of the stage for the community to sit back, relax and enjoy the tunes.

Martial arts demonstrations

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Saturday 26th October

Location: Courtyard/Plaza

Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Elbow strike. Knee strike. Rear-leg push kick…do you have a favourite move?  Dark Carnival will be demonstrating a range of martial arts techniques and you can join in!

Movie night

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Saturday 26th October

Location: Courtyard

Enjoy a movie with the kids or grab a date and settle in for the late session.

Sneaker Sunday – pop-up sneaker store and live DJ  

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Sunday 27th October

Location: Courtyard

Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm

Hip-Hop music performed by a local DJ and shoe vendors showcasing and selling a range of kicks.

Ping pong tournament

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Sunday 27th October

Location: Courtyard

Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm

Tables set up to watch the pros and have a hit yourself. All abilities welcome!

Night markets

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Friday 1st November

Location: Plaza and courtyard

6pm – 10pm

Food and locally made products on sale.

Dressed by Vinnies Fashion Parade at the markets

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Friday 1 November

7:00pm and 9:00pm

Origami Workshop and Paper Festival

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Saturday 2nd November

Location: Courtyard

Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm

Fold, tear, create at this interactive paper workshop.

Bonsai workshop and plant sale

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Saturday 2nd November

Location: Courtyard

Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm

Kokedama workshops, plant care, terrarium demonstrations and a presentation by Canberra’s Urban Jungle.

The Great Woolley Street Feast

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Saturday 9th November

Location: Woolley St

Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

A ticketed event where you can feast your way through Dickson enjoying the tastes, colour and smells of Canberra’s famous eat street.