A stunning public promenade that will make West Basin a more attractive and accessible destination for Canberrans and visitors is one step closer with the completion of the first 150m of boardwalk being marked today. 

Today, the Chief Minister and Minister for Urban Renewal Mick Gentleman MLA revealed the newly completed first stage of the boardwalk and announced their commitment to deliver stage two  of work including the next 500 metres of boardwalk and lake wall as well as land reclamation work, with this work expected to commence in early 2018.

The boardwalk will eventually connect the future public promenade to the water’s edge as part of a 50 metre wide public space along the entirety of the West Basin development.

The Chief Minister remarked, “Canberra is one of the world’s most liveable and competitive cities and exciting projects like the West Basin waterfront will ensure we create beautifully designed and inclusive locations for Canberrans and visitors to enjoy.”

Connecting the City to the Lake through a high-quality public waterfront is a key government priority and the completion of the next stage of work will be one of the first projects for the new City Renewal Authority. 

“The West Basin waterfront is part of the government’s ambition to renew the city heart, creating new premier places for the community to enjoy,” Minister Gentleman said.

The first 150 metres of this high-quality pre-cast boardwalk is attractive, durable and will be easy for people of all abilities to access and use.  The 8.1 metre wide boardwalk accommodates a wide range of users from pedestrians and recreational cyclists through to water craft users.

Work on stage two is scheduled to begin in early 2018 with $37.738 million committed in the 2017-18 Budget and includes:

  • Completion of the final 500 metres of concrete boardwalk and lake wall
  • Reclamation of a part of the lake edge, up to 80 metres at its widest point, to allow for continuous public access along the waterfront promenade
  • Construction of two jetties.

Over the coming months a public park will be created on the southern headland of West Basin. Both the new public parkland and the first 150 metres of boardwalk will be open to the community in early 2018.

When complete, the waterfront will be a place for active leisure; there will be mixed use precincts in the area including cafes, restaurants and pavilions; open parkland will be in abundance, playgrounds will be included and better connections between the city and the lake will be developed.

Urban renewal is a core priority of the ACT Government, as it is vital to growing Canberra’s economy and strengthening our community.  This investment allows for the transformation of areas around the city, catering for a variety of activities.