Australian Capital Territory

ACT Government releases draft City Plan

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and Environment and Sustainable Development Minister Simon Corbell last week called on the community to have their say on the future growth of the city centre, following the release of the draft City Plan.

The draft City Plan sets a vision for the development of the city centre, including improved public spaces, transport choices and opportunities for growth. It aims for a doubling of the residential population in the city centre by 2030 and outlines a number of key projects and opportunities for the city centre.

"This draft plan looks at how growth and change can happen across the city and identifies ways to achieve this change while keeping with its natural settings in line with Griffin's plan 100 years ago," Ms Gallagher said.

"People want a city that has a real identity, a place people can gather in and celebrate in that is vibrant and alive at all times of the day and night. What people want is the centre to be less about traffic and cars and more about walkable connections across it and to Lake Burley Griffin."

The draft Plan examines ways to connect the city centre with the foreshore, including the lowering of Parks Way and a new interpretive boardwalk as part of the City to the Lake proposal.

Mr Corbell said it was important for the government to focus on increasing the residential population of the city centre to deliver a day and night economy, which requires changes to the way the city operates and moves at all times of the day.

"We need to remove the barriers that make it hard for people to access the whole of the city centre including accessing the lake. When we do that, we open up opportunities to develop and revitalise the city centre to make the places like City Hill Park a truly people-friendly place," he said.

"More than 15,000 people have had their say so far, showing that there is a high level of interest in the future of their city centre and how important it is that people can relate to it. These views have helped shape the draft city plan that we are launching today."

The City Plan was supported by a $500,000 grant from the Australian Government's Liveable Cities Program, with the ACT Government also contributing $1 million in resources towards the plan.

More information about the draft City Plan is available from <http://www.cityplan.act.gov.au/>.

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