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The Civic Square Precinct has been provisionally registered on the ACT Heritage Register for its social and cultural values as an important central location and open space for public use, celebrations and cultural events and for expressions of democratic freedoms through protest, as well as being the location of local administration and cultural facilities since the 1960s with a modernist design that compliments the Griffin plan and focuses on civic use. Now the Heritage Council want to hear your comments to see if they got it right.

Provisional registration is only the first step to let you know why the Council thinks a place or object is important to the ACT and you, its residents. Now the Council want to hear what you think about their initial assessment to see if you think they got it right, or if there is other information to consider.

The Council’s initial view of heritage significance is in the survey, but you may find the following overview helpful.

The Civic Square Precinct is significant to the ACT for social and cultural values as an important central location and open space for public use, celebrations and cultural events and for expressions of democratic freedoms through protest.

It is also significant for its planning and design as a place that put the people ahead of built scale by providing an open contemporary and accessible space for them, and for maintaining Griffin’s spatial planning characteristics for City Hill; and for its association with the local administration of the city that has been maintained from its original Commonwealth Government inception, through to ACT self-government; and with the Precinct’s designer, Roy McGowan Simpson AO, for Yuncken Freeman, who helped shape many of the ACT’s important public spaces, as an exemplar of his design philosophy.

The framing of the Square is significant. It comprises the North and South Buildings designed by Yuncken Freeman in a stripped-back classical form, with ground-floor open colonnaded facades and gold-mosaic decorated columns and, to the west, the podium and Canberra Theatre Centre, with its cultural contribution to Canberra.

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How to have YourSay


How to have YourSay:

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Comments made through this website are formal statutory consultation comments and are given to the Council. The statutory consultation notice can be found on the ACT Government’s Find a Public Notice site.


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This is the opportunity for you to say if you think the Council has it right or wrong, or if there is anything else they should have considered.

A common outcome of consultation is the Council confirming or rethinking what is included in their assessment, or what a final decision may look like. This can involve changing boundaries or adding or removing features that make up the significant fabric of the place.