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The ACT Government is building the infrastructure this growing city needs as part of the 2023-24 ACT Budget.

14 June 2023

The ACT Government is building the infrastructure this growing city needs and ramping up maintenance for important city services as part of the 2023-24 ACT Budget.

The community infrastructure package will invest more than $98 million to ensure Canberra has the right mix of new community infrastructure, while work continues to make this city even more beautiful.

Maintaining city services

Canberra’s trees will be protected and enhanced with $24.2 million invested to support more tree maintenance and planting across the city, with additional staff allocated to implement the new Urban Forest Act.

Additional funding of $2.6 million will continue the rapid response mowing team to provide additional mowing capacity to respond to weather conditions and line of site and safety mowing requests from Canberrans.  Where additional capacity from the mowing team is available in the off-season, resources will be redirected to weeding to keep the city looking good.

New investments in stormwater infrastructure of $5.3 million will improve the capacity of our stormwater network to better manage local flooding, this includes the design and construction of new stormwater infrastructure at the Kippax Group Centre.

Sport and recreation

The 2023-24 ACT Budget will deliver improvements to the amenities and recreational opportunities at popular parks and open spaces to ensure Canberrans can enjoy more time outdoors.

In Belconnen, Hawker Playing Fields will be upgraded through an investment of $1.3 million over two years. The upgrades will include additional parking, new and upgraded LED sportsground lighting at all three ovals to support night-time training, and new toilet facilities and female-friendly changerooms.

In Gungahlin, Yerrabi Pond District Park will receive significant upgrades, with $3.2 million committed over two years. Two new toilet facilities will be built on both sides of the Pond near Wunderlich Street in Gungahlin and Bizant Street in Amaroo. New picnic facilities will be built on the Southern side of the lake as well as more parking on Phyllis Ashton Circuit and more lighting around the pond.

One of Canberra’s oldest parks, Telopea Park, will also see improvements with $492,000 in new formalised paths, lighting and landscaping.

Yerrabi Pond District Park will receive two new toilet facilities and new picnic facilities.

Renewing the City Centre

Funding in the Budget will enable Acton Waterfront to become a new lakeside destination for the Canberra community and tourists alike, with a $35 million investment over six years to build the Acton Waterfront park.

The major new 30,000 square metre parkland will adjoin the completed boardwalk, which is already open for public use. It will include cafes and pavilions, accessible public toilets, barbecue areas, a new large playground and event lawns.

Following NCA approval, the next stage of building the parkland is to bring new soil to the rock fill area, which will be allowed to settle for 12-18 months ahead of stormwater works and the park itself starting construction.

The ACT Government will also continue to upgrade infrastructure in central suburbs, with $25.5 million to ensure that the City Centre, Acton, Braddon and Dickson remain attractive destinations for locals and visitors.

A major upgrade of Garema Place will also create a modern dining and retail location in the heart of the City Centre, making the space greener, safer and more appealing with new garden beds, seating and lighting.

In addition, minor paving remediation works have also been funded in City Walk and Petrie Plaza.

Dickson shops will also be improved following consultation on draft designs set for late 2023. These upgrades will support local businesses and improve the quality of life across the City Centre.

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