Urban renewal is a core priority of the ACT Government for 2015 as vital to growing Canberra’s economy and strengthening our community.
As Canberra grows into its potential as a larger city, the Government wants to ensure that Canberrans have a wide choice in how and where they live. The city’s structure means that much of that choice can be delivered in existing town and city centres and along key transport routes, allowing people to live close to work and convenient public transport.
Canberra’s employment is now distributed across the town centres, consolidating existing investment and helping to reduce congestion and commuting costs.
While urban renewal is a long-term process, it is already significantly underway. Canberra’s CBD (Civic) and each of the town centres is undergoing renewal, adding to the diversity and choice of lifestyle available to Canberrans. Other major urban renewal projects at the planning stages include the public housing renewal program, Kingston Arts Precinct (adjoining the Kingston Foreshore), the Canberra Brickworks and surrounding areas at Yarralumla and Deakin, Northbourne Avenue and various town and group centres.
The land release program is critical to revitalising Canberra’s suburbs and to the Government’s economic, social and sustainability strategies to support the needs of a growing population. It includes greenfield sites in Gungahlin, Belconnen, Woden and Molonglo, low to medium-scale developments in Weston Creek and the Tuggeranong Valley, and others in inner-city areas like Campbell and Kingston.
Successful urban renewal sensitively brings together the old and the new, to the benefit and enrichment of both. As in any process of growth and change there are challenges, and the Government will make sure that in this process of change existing communities are consulted and everyone gets the chance to experience the benefits of renewal.