Introducing district strategies

District strategies are a new level of strategic planning that we are introducing to the planning system. District strategies will capture and protect the valued character and attributes of each of Canberra's nine districts.

The district strategies deliver the ACT Planning Strategy by providing more specific and targeted directions for each district. In short, they will guide the strategic management of growth and change on a district scale in the context of green and blue spaces, good travel connections, housing, employment growth and support our shopping centres

Woden Engagement Schedule in February 2023

Pop ups

  • Monday 13th 10.00am - 2.00pm - Mawson Shops
  • Tuesday 14th 10.00am - 2.00pm - Curtin Shops

South Side Listening Space

Day one

  • Friday 24th 10.00am - 5.00pm - Abode Woden Hotel (Stromlo Room)

Day two

  • Saturday 25th 11.00am - 4.00pm - Abode Woden Hotel (Stromlo Room)

We are looking at

The draft Woden District Strategy captures the special character of Woden and reflects the community's views on future planning priorities. It will help us manage growth and change in the district while protecting the things the community values most.

Directions for Woden

Blue-green network

  • Protect and enhance habitat for threatened species and their connectivity with green corridors and nature reserves including Mount Mugga, Oakey Hill, Red Hill, Mount Taylor and Farrer Ridge.
  • Explore opportunities to restore natural environments along Yarralumla Creek as part of an enhanced blue-green connection including potential for wetlands.

Economic access and opportunity across the city

  • Develop Woden town centre as an educational and commercial hub, building on Canberra Institute of Technology and the transformational potential of the future light rail connectivity.
  • Develop the economic and employment roles of Curtin and Mawson group centres, improved connectivity to the future light rail corridor

    Strategic movement to support city growth

    • Plan for and deliver light rail from the City Centre to Woden, as the central spine of the public transport network in south Canberra.

    Sustainable neighbourhoods

    • Deliver urban transformation and support new sustainable communities linked to the future light rail corridor between Curtin and Mawson.

    Inclusive centres and communities

    • Consider the role and function of existing group and local centres which may include Curtin, Lyons, and Mawson, and where required, undertake targeted initiatives to support centre vitality and community development.
    • Deliver new community facilities aligned with urban improvement to address existing gaps in provision and support future residential growth.

    Change Areas

    Each district strategy includes proposed, possible and potential key development sites and change areas, which are included on the map below and in the draft strategy. For Woden, these include:

    • Curtin horse paddocks
    • Curtin edge - north and south
    • Woden north
    • Woden town centre
    • Phillip and Athlon Drive
    • Mawson and Farrer - north and south

    To see all changes, see the Draft Woden District Strategy, or the Woden District Summary & Map.

    Areas of change

    We would particularly like your comments on the ‘areas of change’ that are shown in the district strategy maps, especially the possible and potential change areas.

    Sites where some detailed planning has occurred and there is an indication of the future proposed change; Territory Plan Variations have progressed; decisions have been made about the future of the site; sites are included in the Indicative Land Release Program; and/or have development proposals progressed on them.

    Sites where there are opportunities for change but further work and detailed planning is needed and/or underway. These sites may have been flagged for possible change, government or private sector may have identified for future change, development and redevelopment but further work is needed to progress that to test and set directions for possible development and change.

    Areas that are considered to have potential in the longer term and may require detailed planning, investigations and potentially certain interventions to stimulate the opportunity.

    Woden District Map

    Use the map below to check out the proposed, possible and potential key development sites and change areas for Woden. You can have your say on these areas using the quick comment form below, or on the Provide Feedback page. The map below is also shown in detail in the district summary in the document library.

    Woden District Strategy quick comment

    Use the form below to provide feedback and comments on the draft Woden District Strategy. Your comments will be displayed in the Comment Board below for other community members to see and discuss. (max 140 characters).

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    28 January, 2023

    Jyneej says:

    Have Your Say is a big rip off! Consultation? It never happened! It's not happening!

    14 January, 2023

    EJ says:

    The pool needs to be retained

    14 January, 2023

    EJ says:

    Woden needs recreational, social and sporting facilities. There are currently no arts, pool or sporting! The plan does not have any!!

    14 January, 2023

    JB says:

    Woden needs investment in social infrastructure. Sports facilities including a and arts access. The people of woden have lost all of these.

    12 January, 2023

    sam says:

    Please retain a 50 metre pool in Woden for swimming lessons, a hydrotherapy pool to replace the one the government closed at TCH

    20 December, 2022

    AH says:

    Highly visible and well-maintained cycleways are crucial. I support well-considered gentle densification at the Federal Golf Course.

    19 December, 2022

    cwj says:

    Must take the opportunity to make Yarralumla Ck a better space as a linear park, do planting while keeping function as a storm drain

    19 December, 2022

    CWJ says:

    This is weird misreading of reality in Curtin. The single restaurant block on Theodore St is shown as a local centre. Its not a shop anymore

    12 December, 2022

    Susan says:

    1. Congestion at the CBR Hospital. Make Yamba, Hindmarsh & Melrose a roundabout with no traffic lights. 2. Light rail to CBR Hospital

    5 December, 2022

    TM says:

    The Federal Golf Club housing development failed to achieve majority community support as required. It should not go ahead.

    4 December, 2022

    Sort it out Barr says:

    Knock down the ice rink and redo the pool. Have nice a nice grass area to lie on and eat hot chips while hanging at the pool.

    4 December, 2022

    Ben says:

    Please put in an average speed camera on Yarraglen/Adelaide Ave. It is used as a racing track all weekend.