Boosting services for our city and suburbs
Canberrans are proud of our city, with its well-kept suburbs and great natural environment. The ACT Government has been strengthening our investment in city services because we know these basics are important for keeping Canberra looking its best and protecting the unique character of our suburbs and regions.
Rolling out green bins across Canberra
We planned to roll out green bins across Canberra by mid-2020, to save homeowners time and money, provide high quality compost products for landscaping, and reduce the amount of organic waste going into landfill.
After popular trials in Weston Creek, Kambah and Belconnen in 2017 and 2018, green bins are now available for all Canberra suburbs – a year ahead of schedule.
Green bins are collected fortnightly and are provided for a one-off deposit of $50, which is waived for pensioners and concession card holders.
Delivering tidier streets and suburbs
The ACT Government maintains about 280 hectares of irrigated ovals, 505 playgrounds, over 3,500 kilometres of footpaths and cycle ways across Canberra and 760,000 public trees. Since 2016, we’ve been stepping up investment in these city services to deliver tidier suburbs Canberrans can continue to be proud of.
An extra $16.6 million is delivering more weeding, mowing, graffiti removal and suburban maintenance around Canberra. We are also on track to plant an additional 1,330 trees, helping to preserve our green canopy and the special natural character of our suburbs.
Renewing Canberra’s town centres
Canberra’s local town centres are more than just a place to work or shop; they are community hubs that form a part of Canberra’s unique character. That’s why we are renewing our town centres and making them more accessible so they continue to be great places for Canberrans to gather.
We completed a major upgrade of the Gungahlin Town Centre in October 2018. The new streetscape accommodates the northern light rail terminal and provides lively and open public spaces for one of the fastest-growing communities in Australia.
In Tuggeranong, we’re completing the second stage of upgrades to Anketell Street, with an off-road cycle lane, better areas for outdoor dining, improved lighting and more furniture along the street.
Work on upgrades to Kambah Village are underway in 2019, including new wheelchair accessible toilets, a new shaded common area and green space, playground equipment and more parking.
Upgrading the Belconnen Arts Centre
The Belconnen Arts Centre is one of Canberra’s most significant local arts facilities, providing access to exhibitions, classes, workshops and more at the heart of the Belconnen Town Centre. We are delivering Stage 2 of the centre, so it can be used by a wider range of community, artistic and performance groups.
Our $15 million expansion of the Belconnen Arts Centre includes a flexible theatre space, a new dance and rehearsal studio, new exhibition space and a café. Construction commenced in 2018, with the project on track for delivery in early 2020.
We are stepping up our investment to keep Canberra looking its best and protect the unique character of our suburbs and regions.