A woman sits in front of a newly painted public toilet block

Indigenous artist Kristie Peters with her Platypus Story mural on the nearly finished public amenities at Lake Tuggeranong Park.

13 July 2021

A range of infrastructure updates are underway or have recently been completed across our city. Canberrans will benefit from new and improved roads, footpaths, picnic amenities, bus stops, weed removal, and new public toilets. There have also been paving upgrades at 13 local shopping centres, and improved connectivity in active travel and public transport networks, with new park and ride facilities and a new bike and ride facility.

Several of these fast-tracked infrastructure projects have been supporting local jobs through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Take a look at what’s happening in your region below. And next time you’re out and about, why not stop to enjoy some of the upgrades in your area.

Belconnen

Better local shopping centre precincts

  • Refresh works undertaken included small-scale pathway and kerb ramp improvements to improve accessibility, safety and amenity (some locations include landscaping and furniture).
  • The below projects have been completed.

Location

Delivered

Kaleen (East)

  • new bike ramps
  • new seating
  • report of existing footpaths

Macgregor

  • replacement of existing pram ramps
  • repair of existing footpaths

Macquarie

  • replacement of existing pram ramps
  • repair of existing footpaths
  • new picnic table
  • new seating

Page

  • replacement of existing pram ramps
  • repair of existing footpaths

Spence (Copland Drive)

  • replacing of existing pram ramps
  • repair of footpaths and kerb

Spence (Glassey Place)

  • new pram ramps, footpath, paving and garden bed with   trees
  • relocation of rubbish facilities
  • replacement of the existing bike rack
  • removal of the existing retaining wall
  • new island crossing.

Weetangera

  • replacement of existing pram ramps
  • repair of existing footpaths
  • line marking
  • new seats

Park and ride facilities

  • Evatt, Chomley Court (completed December 2020)

Footpath/Bike path continuation

  • Kaleen: a new path improving connectivity around Kaleen High School. The new two-metre wide asphalt path will start at Baldwin Drive, through the open space between the Kaleen Community Garden and Canberra & District Bocce Club, connecting to the existing path network at the bottom of Tyrell Circuit. (complete / delivered by Education)

Better quality, safer path network

  • We will improve safety for cyclists (and pedestrians) by addressing drainage issues along our community path network.
    • John Knight Memorial Park, Belconnen (expected completion end of July

Modern and safe public toilet facilities

  • The existing public toilet facilities at John Knight Memorial Park in Belconnen are being replaced.
  • This site was identified as a priority for replacement through a condition assessment which identified the need to upgrade the facilities to current standards to improve safety.
  • Located in a district park which have a range of recreation facilities, support large population catchments (district parks serve a minimum catchment area of 25,000 to 50,000 people), are managed to a high standard and used by the public for an extended stay.
  • Local Aboriginal artist Kristie Peters will complete an artwork showcasing the Kangaroo.
  • The new facility will:
    • be accessible for people of all levels of mobility
    • maintain the heritage value of the area
    • be better positioned to use natural light and ventilation
    • feature modern facilities that use less water.
  • Current status: construction progressing, excepted for completion end of July

Gungahlin

Better quality, safer path network

  • We will improve safety for cyclists (and pedestrians) by addressing drainage issues along our community path network.
    • Mirrabei Drive (opp. Tangari Street), Amaroo. (expected completion end of July)

Woden, Weston Creek & Molonglo

Footpath/Bike path continuation

  • Lyons: the next stage of the Heysen Street Link - a new 2.5 metre wide off-road asphalt shared path along Launceston Street from Burnie Street to the underpass near the Lyons shops. (completed)

Better local shopping centre precincts

  • Refresh works undertaken included small-scale pathway and kerb ramp improvements to improve accessibility, safety and amenity (some locations include landscaping and furniture).
  • The below projects have been completed.

Location

Delivered

Phillip (Altree Court, Botany Street, Dundas Court and Colbee Court)

  • replacement of existing pram ramps
  • repair of existing footpaths
  • new footpaths

Tuggeranong

Modern and safe public toilet facilities

  • New public toilet facilities will also be installed by Lake Tuggeranong.
  • Lake Tuggeranong is a popular recreation spot for locals and a new public toilet facility will allow them to stay out and enjoy the lakeside for longer.
  • Located in a district park which have a range of recreation facilities, support large population catchments (district parks serve a minimum catchment area of 25,000 to 50,000 people), are managed to a high standard and used by the public for an extended stay.
  • Local Aboriginal artist Kristie Peters has completed an artwork showcasing the Platypus.
  • Current status: construction progressing, excepted for completion end of July

Better local shopping centre precincts

  • Refresh works undertaken included small-scale pathway and kerb ramp improvements to improve accessibility, safety and amenity (some locations include landscaping and furniture).
  • The below projects have been completed.

Location

Delivered

Gordon

  • replacement of existing pram ramps
  • repair of existing footpaths

Kambah (Marconi Crescent)

  • replacement of existing pram ramps
  • repair of existing footpaths
  • landscaping, including new trees

Kambah (Castley Circuit)

  • replacement of existing pram ramps
  • new road signage
  • repair of footpath
  • repair of existing rock/concrete wall
  • Refresh works undertaken included small-scale pathway and kerb ramp improvements to improve accessibility, safety and amenity (some locations include landscaping and furniture).
  • These have been completed.

Central

Better local shopping centre precincts

  • Refresh works undertaken included small-scale pathway and kerb ramp improvements to improve accessibility, safety and amenity (some locations include landscaping and furniture).
  • The below projects have been completed.

Location

Delivered

Hackett

  • new pram ramps
  • new picnic table

Lyneham (North)

  • replacement of existing pram ramps
  • repair of existing footpaths
  • new footpaths
  • new seating

Bike and ride facilities

  • A new bike and ride facility on Barry Drive after Clunies Ross Street including a shelter, bike racks and rails. (completed)

Park and ride facilities

  • Lyneham, opposite Swindon Street light rail stop. (completed December 2020)

Programs

More weed removal (complete)

  • Six new FTE over a six month period from late winter 2020 to undertake additional weed control in hard to reach locations such as along arterial roads and near bollards and signs.
  • Sites could include the following:
  • Glenloch Interchange
  • Cotter Road/Adelaide Avenue
  • GDE/Ginninderra Drive
  • Monaro Highway/Hindmarsh Drive
  • Hindmarsh Drive/Canberra Avenue
  • Isabella Drive/Drakeford Drive
  • Monaro Highway/Lanyon Drive
  • Federal Highway/Horse Park Drive.

Removal of fallen leaves (ongoing)

  • An additional program to remove fallen leaves by hand in areas that cannot be reached by smaller mechanical sweepers and blowers such as in the road reserve.

More gross pollutant trap cleaning (complete)

  • Increased cleaning of gross pollutant traps and pipes to support water quality improvements prior to summer, assisting to reduce the risk of blue-green algae outbreaks and other water quality problems in lakes and ponds.
  • Additional cleaning will be undertaken at all gross pollutant traps in the ACT.
  • Gross pollutant traps are the first water pollution control point in the stormwater network. They prevent the flow of coarse sediment, trash and debris into waterways, water quality control ponds, and urban lakes. This maintains the appearance of these waterways and water bodies, assists with the maintenance of water quality, and ensures the health of downstream flora and fauna.
  • Additional pipe cleaning has been undertaken in the north and south including in the following suburbs:
  • Griffith
  • Narrabundah
  • Wanniassa
  • Curtin
  • Rivett
  • Fisher
  • Cook
  • Aranda
  • Watson
  • Hackett
  • Amaroo
  • Palmerston.

Asphalt patching (complete)

  • To complement the annual road resurfacing program, this initiative seeks to ‘fast track’ asphalt patching at various locations across the ACT in advance of the new pavement performance contract being awarded in June 2021.
  • This work will enable three months of patching to occur prior to next year’s resurfacing program to ensure that the program can be delivered within the restriction of the seasonal window available.
  • Asphalt patching will be undertaken in suburbs including:
    • Banks
    • Gordon
    • Conder
    • Isabella Plains
    • Gilmore
    • Weston
    • Curtin
    • Symonston
    • Chapman
    • Hughes.

Bus stop improvements

Bunker bus stop relocations (complete)

  • 11 bunker bus shelters were relocated in the second half of 2020.
    • The shelters have been relocated across Canberra based on community feedback, population growth areas, and for added shelter in open spaces near parklands which require shade.
    • Keep an eye out for the relocated shelters on Opperman Avenue in Wright, Crackajack Way in Moncrieff, Handbury Way in Forde, Roden Cutler Drive in Bonner, Box Hill Avenue in Conder, Bandjalong Cresent in Aranda, Launceston Street in Phillip, Tharwa Drive in Gordon and on Baldwin Drive in Kaleen.
  • New bus shelters for Taylor, Coombs, Wright and Denman Prospect.

New bus shelters for new suburbs (complete)

  • New bus shelters for Taylor, Coombs, Wright and Denman Prospect.
All Canberra

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