Canberra is a great place to live, work and raise a family. This Budget will make it even better by delivering the infrastructure to keep our city moving and investing in our public spaces and places.
Better transport and infrastructure
The construction of Canberra’s light rail network is the most significant transport project this city has ever embarked upon. With construction on Stage 1 from Gungahlin to the city now well on track for completion in late 2018, we are driving ahead with Stage 2 to Woden. This Budget delivers funding to carry out detailed scoping and route planning on the city to Woden corridor, as well as making provision for the first stages of procurement.
Our roads package will upgrade, build and plan for eight important roads, including duplicating Gundaroo Drive through to the Barton Highway and signalising the intersection at Gundaroo Drive and Mirrabei Drive. We will also construct a new four-way signalised intersection at Federal Highway and Old Well Station Road, and deliver a new access road into the Canberra Brickworks Precinct in Yarralumla to take pressure off other local roads.
The Budget will extend Canberra’s 3,500 kilometres of footpaths and cycleways by starting work on the Belconnen bikeway to link the University of Canberra, Radford College, CIT Bruce and GIO Stadium with the Belconnen town centre. We are also investing over $4 million in upgrading footpaths and cycleways in high traffic areas, and delivering more secure bike parking options in Braddon.
Better public spaces and places
The establishment of the City Renewal Authority will help drive the revitalisation of central Canberra, from Dickson through to the lake at West Basin. One of the Authority’s first jobs will be to build Stage 2 of the West Basin Boardwalk, with $37.8 million delivered in this Budget to add another 500 metres of boardwalk and works on Point Park.
We will also expand the Belconnen Arts Centre, with $15 million for new performance and workshop spaces and a dance studio. This investment comes alongside upgrade works at the Canberra Museum and Gallery and five other community arts centres across Canberra including the Strathnairn Gallery and Tuggeranong Arts Centre.
The Budget also funds early planning on future locations for indoor sports facilities and provides $5.4 million to maintain quality sportgrounds for local clubs and kids sport.
The establishment of the City Renewal Authority and the Suburban Land Agency will see Canberra continue to grow within a strong governance framework for the sale and development of land.
The City Renewal Authority will focus on encouraging and promoting a vibrant city through the delivery of design-led, people-focussed urban renewal, and encouraging and promoting social and environmental sustainability.
The Suburban Land Agency will deliver land releases, affordable housing, better suburbs and focus on urban renewal projects in town centres and suburbs.
The new agencies have clearly defined and separate roles and are subject to strong governance controls. They will both draw in national and global expertise and partner with builders, neighbours, businesses and the wider community to deliver the Government’s priorities in the city and the suburbs to build Canberra’s future.