Project status: Closed

The Age Friendly Suburbs Program was an ACT Government commitment to improve path network infrastructure and connectivity in suburbs that include a large proportion of residents aged over 55 years, and also home to aged care and retirement facilities.

An age friendly city encourages people of all ages to take part in community activities. It helps ensure everyone is treated with respect, regardless of their age, and supports people in finding and connecting to the services and assistance they need.

The Program began in the 2015-16 financial year and was funded until 2021. The suburbs to receive upgrades under the Program were;

How you had YourSay:

The community were invited in each suburb to tell us where the concerns were in their suburb and what upgrades would make it easier for them to move around.

In 2019 we did consultation a little bit differently. We included six suburbs (Aranda, Campbell, Holt, Isabella Plains, Narrabundah and Stirling), and compiled a list of priorities for each suburb from previous community feedback collated from Fix My Street requests and the Community Path Priority List. We then asked you to have your say on that list and help us determine which priorities should be delivered as part of this Program (and if you thought there were some that maybe hadn’t been told to us before).

A report summarising the feedback we received in 2019 is available.

We are looked at:

Canberra is a city built by many of our older Canberrans. In 1950, Canberra was home to fewer than 20,000 people, and now the city is preparing for a population of more than 500,000 by 2030. According to 2016 Census data, 12.5% of Canberrans are aged 65 years and over. This is about 50,000 people – and this number will continue to grow.

Each suburb received at least one upgrade as part of the Program with the chosen upgrade determined by:

  • number of respondents that raised the same issue
  • likely use and popularity of the facility
  • connectivity to adjoining destinations
  • continuity and connectivity of path routes
  • road classification and type
  • path hierarchy and location
  • available project budget.

The upgrades completed as part of the project in each suburb are summarised below.

Aranda

Improvement delivered:

  • a new path along the northern side of Banaga Place adjacent to the oval which will link to the new path on Banambila Street
  • a new crossing connection across Banaga Place
  • a new path along Banambila Street between Arabana Street and Banaga Place
  • lowering of the speed limit from 60km/h to 50km/h along Bandjalong Crescent
  • installing new 50km/h signage at the end of school zones (onto Bindel Street)
  • reducing lane width along Bandjalong Crescent to 3.5 metres and creating a shoulder
  • line marking on-street parallel parking spaces adjacent to Aranda Primary School between Bindel Street and Banambila Street.

Campbell

Improvements delivered:

  • a new path from the existing bus stop on White Crescent to Howse Street
  • a new two metre wide pedestrian refuge on White Crescent
  • a new path through the parkland from the Campbell shops to White Crescent
  • a new path behind the Southern Cross Care W.E O’Brien Court facility towards the Campbell shops.

Stirling

Improvements delivered:

  • a new path through the parkland to Fremantle Drive connecting to existing path network behind Adria Village Aged Care facility
  • a new crossing on Fremantle Drive adjacent to the bus stop near the Adria Village Aged Care facility
  • a new crossing on Fremantle Drive adjacent to the Bupa Aged Care facility.


Isabella Plains

Improvements delivered:

  • a new path from Cromwell Circuit to the existing cycle path
  • a new zebra crossing over Ellerston Avenue to provide access to the Isabella Plains shops
  • various upgrades to the Isabella Plains shop’s car park to help reduce vehicle speeds including:
    • two new speed cushions
    • increasing the size of the car park central island to reduce aisle widths from more than 10 metres to approximately six metres
    • new line marking to change part of the car park to one-way circulation.

Narrabundah

Improvements delivered:

  • a new path along Brockman Street between St Aidans Retirement Community and La Perouse Street
  • a new path connecting the existing path on Carnegie Crescent to the bus stop adjacent to the Carnegie Crescent/Finniss Crescent intersection
  • upgraded kerb ramps across Lumeah Street at Boolimba Crescent intersection and new crossing point on Boolimba Cresent to community garden
  • a new path along the indicative dirt path through parkland between Boolimba Street and Bareena Street
  • removal of existing path on Kootara Crescent and construction of a new one between Boolimba Crescent and community services driveway (towards the Narrabundah shops)
  • removal of existing kerb ramps on Arinya Street and construction of a new one at Boolimba Crescent intersection
  • replacement of kerb ramps on Leahy Close at Goyder Street intersection.

Holt

Improvements delivered:

  • a new refuge island on Hardwick Crescent off Starke Street between the car wash and McDonalds
  • a new pedestrian refuge island on Starke Street near existing underpass nearest intersection is with Luke Street
  • a new refuge island and path connection on Starke Street near the roundabout with Hardwick Crescent
  • an additional pedestrian refuge island on Luke Street between the Uniting Church and local shops (underway – completion expected July 2021)

Weston

Improvements delivered:

  • installation of new speed cushion on Namatjira Drive - Mirinjani Village
  • Namatjira Drive underpass (south side): upgrade and realign footpath to give direct access up to Namatjira Drive
  • Namatijra Drive underpass (north side): upgrade and realign footpath to give direct access up to Namatjira Drive
  • Hilder Street opposite Lycett Street: construction of new 1.5 metre footpath
  • footpaths within open space west of Cooleman Court: isolated footpath improvements and additional signage
  • shared path near Weston Uniting Church: new 1.5 metre path connecting to existing shared path.

Ainslie

Improvements delivered:

  • Wakefield Avenue/Wakefield Gardens: realignment of crossings and new kerb ramps
  • Cowper Street/Bonney Street/Foveaux Street: new alignment of road crossings and footpath
  • Northern footpath on Wakefield Avenue (Angus Street to Wakefield Gardens): new 1.5 metre footpath including kerb ramps
  • Wakefield Gardens Park: uneven surface areas to be filled to provide users with a wider turning circle
  • Hawdon Street: realignment of crossings and new kerb ramps
  • Suttor Street and O’Connell Street: construction of new 1.5 metre footpath including kerb ramps where required
  • Cox Street and O’Connell Street: construction of new 1.5 metre footpath including kerb ramps where required.

Monash

Improvements delivered:

  • paths between Goodwin Village and Monash Shops along Cockcroft Avenue
  • paths between Cockcroft Avenue and Cowdery Place
  • pram crossings and refuge islands associated with these three paths.

Kaleen

Improvements delivered:

  • the path between the childcare centre and Kaleen Plaza along Georgina Crescent
  • the path between the shared path south of Rubicon Street and the car park in front of the Kaleen Community Hall
  • existing crossing across Maribyrnong Avenue in front of Kaleen Plaza
  • paths and crossings at Gwydir Square.

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Improvements delivered:

  • a new refuge island on Groom Street, south of the intersection with Carruthers Street
  • an opening in the traffic island and kerb ramps on Carruthers Street east of the intersection with Groom Street
  • a completed path connection from the refuge island on Groom Street, to the refuge island on Carruthers Street
  • a new refuge island and speed hump on Kent Street north of the intersection with Birdwood Street and the replacement of the old, concrete bus shelter with a new glass shelter
  • remediation of sections of path in the green belt open space that runs behind Hughes Primary School.

Hughes

Improvements delivered:

  • a new path along Birrell Street between Burkitt Street and Knaggs Crescent
  • a new path along Knaggs Crescent between Burkitt Street and Dallachy Street
  • a new path connecting Thozet Place and Bynoe Place through the open space.