West Basin news


West Basin temporary road closure

Road access under Commonwealth Avenue Bridge between Henry Rolland Park and Commonwealth Park will be closed on Wednesday 30 May to allow for the installation of glass coverings on the barbeque shelters at Henry Rolland Park.

Vehicle access during the closure will still be available to both West Basin (entry and exit northbound on Commonwealth Avenue) and to Commonwealth Park (exit and entry southbound on Commonwealth Avenue).

Drivers wanting to access or exit these areas in the opposite direction will need to turn around at Vernon Circle to the north or via the Flynn Drive off-ramp at the southern end of Commonwealth Avenue Bridge.

Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to use the boardwalk and footpath within Henry Rolland Park to traverse through this area.

Detour signage and barriers will be in place to alert motorists to the closure and direct them to the diversion.

Access under Commonwealth Avenue Bridge, through Henry Rolland Park, will return to a shared zone on Thursday 31 May.


West Basin boardwalk wins at 2018 Civil Contractors Federation Earth Awards

The new boardwalk at Henry Rolland Park has won a Civil Contractors Federation Earth Award for the best civil construction project between $5-$10 million in the ACT and surrounding region in 2017/18.

The boardwalk is 8.1 metres wide and constructed of high-quality precast concrete, sourced from South Australia. Timber is featured in the Griffin Marker light deck, kayak cove and round pontoon structures that extend into Lake Burley Griffin. Chincivil was hired as the contractor to deliver this project. The next stage of development in West Basin will see the boardwalk extend another 500 metres.

The construction of the boardwalk is part of the City Renewal Authority’s upgrade of West Basin. Once complete, the area will be a premium recreation destination, for locals and visitors to enjoy.

The boardwalk will now be considered for a Civil Contractors Federation National Award in November. View the photo gallery from the ACT region awards night here.


New park brings people back to the city centre’s lake edge park

4 May 2018

The opening of Henry Rolland Park on Saturday 28 April 2018 was a significant milestone in the transformation of West Basin from a place for cars into a place for people.

Thousands of people enjoyed the opening day event at Henry Rolland Park at West Basin.

The revitalisation of the lake front closest to our city centre was a key government priority as the City Renewal Authority progresses plans to better connect the city to its best landscape feature.

Thousands of people attended an opening day event that featured music, games, children’s activities, fitness classes and boat rides.

City Renewal Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow said the new $13 million park and boardwalk had turned what was primarily a bitumen car park into one of Canberra’s best new public spaces.

“It was wonderful to see so many Canberrans using this new park,” Mr Snow said.

“Henry Rolland Park is a fantastic new public space in the heart of the city for people to connect with each other while enjoying one of our best views.

“The redevelopment of West Basin is an important project for our city. It will give us a vibrant and attractive water-front that is connected to our city centre.

“It is an easily accessible high-quality destination that Canberrans can experience, which will also attract new visitors to our city.”

Thousands of people enjoyed the opening day event at Henry Rolland Park at West Basin.

The redeveloped West Basin waterfront is being created as a place for people. That’s why the City Renewal Authority is building the public areas first.  The upcoming stages of redevelopment will focus on the next 500m of boardwalk, lake reclamation and the public promenade.

The opening day also featured a ceremony to honour Henry Maitland Rolland OBE.  ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr joined five of Henry Rolland’s grand children in unveiling a plaque in honour of the former Chief Architect in the Federal Capital Commission who played a significant role in the early development of the capital.

“It was great today to see so many of Henry Rolland’s descendants in attendance on the park’s first day as a public space,” Mr Snow said.

“Henry Maitland Rolland OBE was influential in the early development of Canberra and I’m glad we could honour his contribution to this city.”


Join us to officially open Henry Rolland Park

West Basin’s newest park, on the edge of Lake Burley Griffin, will officially open on Saturday 28 April - let’s celebrate!

Join us from 10am to 4pm as we host a day out at Henry Rolland Park. There will be live music, activities and games to take part in, spectacles to see and food and beverages to enjoy.

The opening of Henry Rolland Park marks the first stage of development in this area to deliver a more accessible and connected waterfront. The new park, which is connected to the lake by a 150m long boardwalk, has lawn areas, picnic and barbeque facilities, exercise equipment and more than 23,000 plants.

Come and enjoy a day at the lake and see Canberra’s newest park for yourself.


Community event to celebrate Canberra's new lakeside park

23 April 2018

Henry Rolland Park at West Basin will be open to the public from Saturday (28 April) and the City Renewal Authority is throwing a party to celebrate.

The opening day event will run from 10am to 4pm and feature free live music, fitness classes, games and children’s activities that take advantage of the new park’s high-quality facilities.

Henry Rolland Park has lawn areas, fitness and barbecue equipment and a high-quality boardwalk.

Food and drink vendors will be onsite with Lions BBQ, Capital Woodfire Pizza, Boss Burgers, coffee from Shot Clock and brownie sandwiches from Hungry Brown Cows.  The Pop-Inn will also drop-in from noon and will operate until 6pm.

Several local businesses that make use of Lake Burley Griffin will also be operating from the park for the day. Go Boats will run short trips around West Basin for a gold coin donation and Canberra Urban Adventures will run their kayak and bike hire services from the park.

City Renewal Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow said the opening day event would be the first opportunity for the community to experience the city centre’s newest park.

“Henry Rolland Park is a wonderfully located place for people to get together and enjoy one of Canberra’s best views,” Mr Snow said.

“The park has barbecue and picnic facilities, world-class outdoor fitness equipment, lawn areas to play or even just sit and relax. The park is also connected to a brand new 150m boardwalk that has two timber jetties and a wet dock for canoe and kayak access.

“We invite all Canberrans to come down to the park on opening day to enjoy live music, take part in fun activities and see what the park has to offer.

“This is the first stage of the redevelopment of West Basin and everyone who comes to the park will be able to see its amazing transformation from car park to high-quality public space that will be a premium recreational destination for years to come.”

Henry Rolland Park opening day

When: 10am-4pm, Saturday 28 April 2018

Where: Henry Rolland Park, Barrine Drive, West Basin


Join us to officially open Henry Rolland Park

West Basin’s newest park, on the edge of Lake Burley Griffin, will officially open on Saturday 28 April - let’s celebrate!

Join us from 10am to 4pm as we host a day out at Henry Rolland Park. There will be live music, activities and games to take part in, spectacles to see and food and beverages to enjoy.

The opening of Henry Rolland Park marks the first stage of development in this area to deliver a more accessible and connected waterfront. The new park, which is connected to the lake by a 150m long boardwalk, has lawn areas, picnic and barbeque facilities, exercise equipment and more than 23,000 plants.

Come and enjoy a day at the lake and see Canberra’s newest park for yourself.


Flythrough provides preview of Henry Rolland Park

2 November 2017

Henry Rolland Park is part of Stage 1 of the redevelopment of West Basin.

It will be a major upgrade of the public area on a section of West Basin that was previously mostly surface car parking.

This new flythrough video is an artist's impression of what the community can expect from the new park, which will open early in 2018.


Henry Rolland tops poll for name of West Basin public park

31 October 2017

The architect tasked with overseeing the construction of early Canberra has topped a public poll to choose a name for the new public park at West Basin.

Henry Maitland Rolland OBE was a resident architect in Canberra during 1912-16, working mainly on the construction of the Royal Military College, Duntroon.

He was later the Chief Architect in the Federal Capital Commission, from 1925-27, tasked with overseeing the construction of the new city and its centrepiece, the provisional Parliament House.

Henry Rolland Park collected 684 votes out of a total of 1495 votes received in the online poll held between 24 September and 27 October.

The new public park at West Basin is currently under construction and is expected to be open early next year.  A short video about Henry Maitland Rolland OBE can be viewed here.

Part of the first stage of the ACT Government’s redevelopment of West Basin, the park will be a public asset that provides a recreation destination befitting its prime location on the Lake Burley Griffin foreshore.

The park, and the recently constructed first 150m of boardwalk, significantly improve public access to an area that was previously mostly surface car parking.

Stage two of the West Basin redevelopment will consist of 500m of boardwalk which will form part of a future generous 55m-wide public promenade.

The four shortlisted names for the park were selected by the ACT Place Names Committee and reflected significant contributions to the development and growth of the Canberra region.

The poll results will be provided to the committee, which will the make a recommendation to the ACT Government about the naming of the new park.

The other three shortlisted candidates for the park name - John Gale (548 votes), Dame Sylvia Crowe (219 votes) and John McLoughlin (44 votes) - will still be considered by the ACT Place Names Committee for other naming honours opportunities as a way to commemorate their important legacies.

For more information on the City Renewal Authority, the new public park or the development at West Basin visit cityrenewalcanberra.com.au or follow the authority on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


Barrine Drive to re-close until West Basin park completion

20 October 2017

The road under Commonwealth Avenue Bridge between West Basin and Commonwealth Park will be closed again from Monday 23 October until the new public park is completed in early 2018.

The same section of Barrine Drive had been closed from June until just before Floriade, at which time it was temporarily re-opened as one-way road.

With the high volume of traffic associated with Floriade now finished for another year the road will again be closed to allow completion of the new public park.

Diversions will be in place to ensure continuous access to both Commonwealth Park and West Basin parking areas during the temporary closure, including during individual events taking place during that period.

City Renewal Authority acting chief executive Nicholas Holt said both West Basin and Commonwealth Park would remain accessible to users during the closure but some diversions would be in place for drivers looking for access from the opposite sides of Commonwealth Avenue.

“The temporary re-closure of this section of Barrine Drive allows for the continued construction of a new high-quality public park,” Mr Holt said.

“While we have ensured continued access to both West Basin and Commonwealth Park during the park’s construction, we recognise the diversions in place will be an inconvenience to some people. However, the delivery of a waterfront park, along with the new public boardwalk in West Basin, will create a fantastic new public space where Canberrans and visitors to enjoy Lake Burley Griffin.”

Vehicle access during the closure will still be available to both West Basin (entry and exit northbound on Commonwealth Avenue) and to Commonwealth Park (exit and entry southbound on Commonwealth Avenue).

Drivers wanting to access or exit these areas in the opposite direction will need to turn around at Vernon Circle to the north or via the Flynn Drive off-ramp at the southern end of Commonwealth Avenue Bridge.

Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to use the signalised Commonwealth Avenue crossing.

These diversions will be in place both day and night.

Detour signage and barriers will be in place to alert motorists and pedestrians to the closure and direct them to the diversions.


Public to choose name for new West Basin public park

24 September 2017

A convict turned land manager, a landscaper, an architect artist and the founder of The Queanbeyan Age are the four options being put to the community for the naming of the new public park at West Basin.

City Renewal Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow encouraged people to visit the consultation page, find out more about the four nominees, and have input into the naming of a great new public space.

“This new park is going to be a great public asset. This is a wonderful opportunity for the people who will use the park to have a say in choosing its name,” Mr Snow said.

“With 23,000 plants, grassed areas, barbecue facilities, public art, connected walkways and access to the new public boardwalk on the lake’s edge, the park will be a focal recreational destination in the city precinct.

“It will need a name that reflects its importance to the region and the four names put forward all reflect significant contributions to the development and growth of the Canberra region.”

The four options selected by the ACT Place Names committee are:

Voting will be open online at yoursay.act.gov.au until Friday 27 October.

The new park in West Basin and its adjacent boardwalk are expected to be opened to the public in early 2018.


23,000 plants to transform new West Basin public park

20 September 2017

The nearly 23,000 plants that will be used to transform a new public park in West Basin have been ordered, with about a third being grown locally at the Yarralumla Nursery.

The plantings for the creation of the park on the headland next to Commonwealth Avenue Bridge, consist of a large range of ground-cover shrubs and grasses – including the locally endangered Button Wrinkewort - as well as 86 new trees.

Both the park and the first section of the new boardwalk are due to open early in 2018.

City Renewal Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow said the park was a significant improvement on the previous public space in West Basin.

“The new public park at West Basin is a sign of the government’s commitment to providing high-quality open space and public places in the city centre,” Mr Snow said.

“Linking in with the boardwalk, the park will provide a new recreational destination so more people can enjoy the beautiful vistas the lake provides.

“What was mostly surface car parking will soon be transformed by 23,000 plants, 86 trees and grassed areas.  Public access around the lake will be significantly improved with connecting paths to encourage active travel.”

The landscaping will not only significantly improve the attractiveness of the 14,700 square metre park but will also play an important environmental role.

“The mixture of native and exotic trees and plants chosen are robust and climate resilient. They will increase the percentage of vegetation cover and improve the diversity of habitat and biodiversity outcomes,” Mr Snow said.

“This will have a positive impact on the surrounding area through an increased number of birds and wildlife, increased shade, improved soil, while the application of water sensitive urban design will reduce the pollutants entering the lake.”

To see the full list of plants ordered for the new park click here.


Barrine Drive partially reopens for Floriade

8 September 2017

A section of road in West Basin that has been closed for the construction of a new public park will be temporarily reopened as a one-way street from tomorrow until the end of Floriade.

The section of Barrine Drive, south of Albert Street in West Basin, will be opened in one direction to allow vehicles to travel from Commonwealth Park into West Basin (see image below).

Diversions will be in place to ensure continuous access to both Commonwealth Park and West Basin parking areas. Detour signage will be in place to direct motorists.

City Renewal Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow said the road had been temporarily reopened to allow greater access during Floriade and would be closed again following the festival until the park is completed in early 2018.

“Floriade is one of the city’s most important festivals, with a large number of locals and visitors using the area each day,” Mr Snow said.

“While the closure of Barrine Drive has been necessary to allow for the significant public realm improvement that is underway, we have gone to extra lengths to partially reopen the road during Floriade to improve access to and from the event.”

When the park is completed Barrine Drive will be a two-way shared zone.

While the partial reopening of Barrine Drive will improve traffic conditions, Floriade organisers have emphasised that parking at West Basin and at Commonwealth Park will be limited.

Visitors are being urged to use alternative transport options, including public transport and active transport.

There are a number of parking options available within walking distance to the venue, including in the city and the Parliamentary Zone.

A free shuttle bus will operate throughout the day from various city centre locations.

Pedestrian and cyclists will continue to use the signalised Commonwealth Avenue crossing.

For more information on parking options visit floriadeaustralia.com


Temporary traffic changes during waterfront park construction

14 June 2017

Road access under Commonwealth Avenue Bridge between West Basin and Commonwealth Park will be closed from Monday 19 June until Friday 8 September to allow for the construction of a new public park.

Diversions will be in place to ensure continuous access to both Commonwealth Park and West Basin parking areas during the temporary closure, including during individual events taking place during that period.

The temporary road closure, to allow work to begin on a waterfront park next to Commonwealth Avenue Bridge at the southern headland of West Basin, has been timed to allow the road to be reopened for Floriade.

Barrine Drive will be closed again after Floriade until the park’s completion in early 2018, when it will be reopened as a shared zone.

LDA City to the Lake Director Nicholas Holt said both West Basin and Commonwealth Park would remain accessible to users during the closure but some diversions would be in place for drivers looking for access from the opposite sides of Commonwealth Avenue.

“While the closure of this section of Barrine Drive is necessary for the construction of a new high-quality public park, we have ensured access to these two important areas will still be available,” Mr Holt said.

“We recognise that the diversions in place will be an inconvenience to some people but the delivery of a waterfront park, along with the new public boardwalk in West Basin, will create a fantastic new public space where Canberrans and visitors to enjoy Lake Burley Griffin.

“Given the greatly increased volume of traffic using West Basin and Commonwealth Park during Floriade we have ensured Barrine Drive will be accessible during this important event.”

Vehicle access during the closure will still be available to both West Basin (entry and exit northbound on Commonwealth Avenue) and to Commonwealth Park (exit and entry southbound on Commonwealth Avenue).

Drivers wanting to access or exit these areas in the opposite direction will need to turn around at Vernon Circle to the north or via the Flynn Drive off-ramp at the southern end of Commonwealth Avenue Bridge.

Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to use the signalised Commonwealth Avenue crossing.

These diversions will be in place both day and night.

Detour signage and barriers will be in place to alert motorists and pedestrians to the closure and direct them to the diversions.