Project status: Open

As Canberra grows, the ACT Government is supporting sustainable urban renewal that enhances the qualities we value in our capital. In the 2020-21 ACT Budget, $680k was provided to progress detailed design work at three local Canberra shops – Campbell, Duffy and Kaleen South.

Upgrades to local shopping centres will:

  • help revitalise and improve access in and around the centres
  • encourage people to shop locally
  • support local businesses
  • encourage new tenants to occupy vacant shops
  • support the changing needs of the community.

The local shops on the corner of Alberga Street and Maribynong Avenue (Gwydir Square) in Kaleen South were constructed in the early-1970s. Since then, the expectations and needs of the local community have changed and the area is in need of improvements.

Early consultation undertaken in 2017 with local stakeholders, including the businesses at the time, told us that there were concerns around lighting and safety, parking restraints and landscaping, as well as a need to improve active travel infrastructure and provide safer pedestrian access. Following these conversations, preliminary designs were prepared which propose a range of upgrades to improve the safety, accessibility and look and feel of each of the locations.

Funding for construction is being sought in the 2021-22 ACT Budget. Further information on expected construction timings will be provided after this time.

How to have YourSay:

The preliminary designs are available for you to review and to provide feedback on.

Consultation closes on 10 May 2021.

Pop-up at the Kaleen shops

Tell us what you think about the project by visiting us at Gwydir Square:

When: Saturday 17 April

Time: 10 am til 12 pm.

We are looking at:

The ACT Government is committed to upgrading local shopping centre precincts across the city over the next four years, creating and protecting local jobs and supporting local businesses.

We want to create public spaces that will encourage the community to shop locally, support local businesses and build community connections by bringing people together at their local centre.

The designs show a range of upgrades that aim to improve safety, accessibility and the look and the feel of the space.

What we are looking at

  • Safety and accessibility, including footpaths.
  • Look and feel, including landscaping, seating, bike racks and a new shade structure.

What we are not looking at

This project does not include construction of new public toilets or upgrades to lighting or parking.

We will use your views to:

Your feedback will be used to finalise the designs which are expected to be completed in the second half of 2021.