Acton waterfront boardwalk extension

The next stage of the Acton waterfront boardwalk will add a further 500 metres to the current boardwalk and will support 100 local jobs .

The construction of the boardwalk is part of a broader plan to encourage more people to enjoy the Acton Waterfront precinct.

The revitalised waterfront will feature lots of green space with new plantings of trees, grass and plants. Other features will include more play spaces, cultural spaces, dining and entertainment, flexibility to cater for both everyday uses and special events. It will also have better connections to the existing city centre.

The ACT Government’s Acton Waterfront Place Plan outlines the look and feel of the Waterfront, primarily its public spaces. This will be the next three to four years of work on the project.

Produced in consultation with the community and key stakeholders, the place plan reflects their updated needs and ideas for the waterfront project, the key feature of which will be a more than 40,000 square metre lakeside public park.

The place plan will now inform designs for future stages of work in coming years, starting with the lakeside public spaces.

The plan was developed taking account of previous planning and consultations as well as a new community engagement process run by democracyCO, that included workshops with community members and stakeholders.

In further stages of the project there will be a low-rise, mixed use precinct of small scale commercial, cultural and residential buildings. This mixed-use precinct is a few years away and will be built over several years in accordance with the National Capital Plan requirements. These requirements include being setback from the lake edge, low density and low height.

As stated by City Renewal Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow:

“Acton Waterfront is an unmatched opportunity to give Canberra safe and attractive connections between its city centre and the lake,” Mr Snow said.

“For too long Canberra’s city centre has turned its back to the water. Acton Waterfront will turn the city around to embrace its best landscape feature.

“By implementing this place plan, Acton Waterfront will be a place for all Canberrans to enjoy the lake in the way that its original designers always intended.

“The creation of high-quality public spaces and connections to the city centre will also provide a missing link to the world-class national institutions on the Acton Peninsula, such as the National Museum of Australia.”

Quotes attributable Director of the National Museum of Australia, Dr Mathew Trinca AM:

Dr Trinca said the Acton Waterfront Place Plan complemented the National Museum’s own Master Plan.

“The creation of an attractive and accessible new public space at the Acton Waterfront is critical to addressing the missing connections between the city centre, the lake and the national institutions on the Acton Peninsula,” Dr Trinca said.

“The principles and themes in the place plan describe an exciting vision for this precinct as a destination where people can experience Lake Burley Griffin in ways they haven’t been able to do previously.”

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