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Place making strategy for Kings and Commonwealth Avenues released for public consultation

Today, the National Capital Authority (NCA) released the Kings and Commonwealth Avenues Draft Design Strategy for public consultation.

The strategy outlines a long-term aspiration for Kings and Commonwealth Avenues to re-establish them as high quality public spaces in the National Capital. 

Minister for Local Government and Territories, Senator Fiona Nash said Kings and Commonwealth Avenues are highly significant streets in Canberra, helping to form the National Triangle originally designed by Walter Burley Griffin.

“This design strategy aims to improve the Avenues, ensuring they are public spaces befitting our national capital, whilst honouring Griffin’s vision,” Minister Nash said.

NCA Chief Executive Malcolm Snow said that the Avenues were not intended just for cars. 

“Kings and Commonwealth Avenues exemplify Canberra’s rich heritage as a planned city, however, as urban spaces they have evolved mainly in response to increases in traffic volume and not placed a priority on other active transport modes or on their role as important public spaces,” Mr Snow said.

“The NCA’s aim for Kings and Commonwealth Avenues is to transform them into destinations and landmarks in their own right. The proposed redesign of the Avenues will unify the public realm and the buildings that line them, while providing a sense of formality, celebration and liveliness.” 

“New social, business and recreational uses could be introduced along the Avenues and the broad tree-lined footpaths to create new public space activities such as outdoor dining and other public realm uses,” Mr Snow said.

Key proposals of the draft Design Strategy include: 

  • renewing the streetscape character of the Avenues to highlight them as destinations and unifying the symbolic significance of the National Triangle;
  • setting high-quality design standards and a consistent palette of urban detailing including lighting, signage and street furniture;
  • revitalising the Avenues with unified tree and shrub plantings to reinforce their landscape character and longevity; 
  • widening and improving pedestrian and cycle connections along the full length of the Avenues; and
  • reconfiguring the roadways to better integrate existing and future public transport systems, while giving priority to pedestrians and cyclists.

The NCA invites the community’s response to the draft Design Strategy. Consultation is open for six weeks until midnight, Monday 3 July 2017.

The Kings and Commonwealth Avenues Draft Design Strategy, and information on how to provide feedback, is available on the NCA’s website at under Public Consultation.

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