Your vision for our city centre

Canberra is one of the best places to live in the world. It is a progressive city that has successfully maintained its strong unique character and heritage while changing and adapting to how we live and what we want from our city. Canberra is known for the great lifestyle it provides, its open green spaces and tree lined streets and the style and benefits of a well planned city. It is also a city of diversity and equality that provides opportunity for us all to enjoy it in different ways.

The heart of our city is an integral part of our city's character, its diversity and the change to a more urban modern city. And just like you, we love the city centre but see the potential to make it even better.

We have been seeking your feedback on what makes Canberra such a great place to live, explore and enjoy. We have also asked for your ideas on what we can improve to make sure it continues to be a great city.

Thank you for all your help, the contributions and feedback.

You have clearly told us that while there are opportunities to improve our city centre it is important changes reflect the great character, style and atmosphere that makes our city the best place in the world to live.

The information you provided was used by the newly established City Renewal Authority to guide improvements to Canberra’s city centre.

The engagement via the below tools has now closed.

Visit the current city activation engagement page to continue the conversation and have your say.


Pic & Mix in Garema Place

Garema Place and Civic Square were recently home to Pic & Mix, a temporary picnic area created by the City Renewal Authority which consisted of 18 large picnic tables and colourful umbrellas.

Garema Place is one of the most active areas in the city centre and the Pic & Mix pop-up picnic area created a comfortable place to pause and enjoy a bite to eat from one of the local food outlets or to just sit and mix with friends or colleagues.

Similarly, Civic Square people were able to use the tables when visiting Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra Theatre, the library and nearby businesses.

Pic & Mix was in Garema Place for four weeks and Civic Square for one week.

The City Renewal Authority had asked members of the public what they thought about Pic & Mix and ideas for activating the community space via our email at, the survey below or through social media at #picmixCBR and Facebook @cityrenewalcanberra . Thank you to all those people who had their say.

The information we gathered will help identify new ways to activate public spaces in the city.

Pic & Mix Garema Place

To help us evaluate the success of the Pic & Mix picnic area, we would like to know what you think of this new space.

If you'd like to provide your feedback, please complete the 5 minute survey below.

Overall, how would you rate the installation of the picnic tables and umbrellas in Garema Place? Required

How likely are you to spend more time in Garema Place with the picnic tables and umbrellas installed? Required

In which other public spaces within the City Renewal Precinct would you like the picnic tables and umbrellas to go? Required

You can choose more than one answer.

In future, what type of activities would you like in the picnic table area? Required

You can choose more than one answer.

The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.

From the City to Floriade – Wayfinding signage for pedestrians and cyclists


Christmas in Glebe Park 2017

The ACT Government has had a strong tradition of providing and supporting community Christmas events across Canberra including in the city where Christmas celebrations have focused on a large Christmas tree and lights on City Walk in recent years.

In 2017 the ACT Government hosted a Christmas festival in Glebe Park.

Christmas in Glebe Park was a festive family friendly community event with activities including tree decorating and a chance to meet and have your photo taken with Santa. It ran over three weekends in December leading up to Christmas with activities starting during the day and operating up until 10pm at night.

Your thoughts and feedback

To help us evaluate the success of Christmas in Glebe Park and to plan for future years, we asked members of the community to let us know their thoughts on the event and the type of Christmas event they prefer in the city.

People were able to share their thoughts and give feedback online (see the survey below), through feedback forms and directly with ACT Government staff.

A summary of the online feedback showed that:

  • Most people enjoyed the event, with 87% rating it as good, very good or excellent.
  • Nearly three quarters of those surveyed did not attend a Christmas event in the city the previous year.
  • More than 75% of respondents were aged between 15 and 44
  • The most popular reason for attending the festival was the activities and entertainment available (50%), followed by the Christmas lights display (40%).
  • Most respondents (73%) attended the festival for longer than an hour.
  • The majority of people attended the festival with their family (73%) or with friends (22%).
  • The location of the event (3.55/5) and ease of access (3.97/5) rated highest with patrons.
  • The quality of activities and entertainment (3.06/5) and the food and drink options (3.12/5) were considered good but did not rate as highly as other aspects of the event.
  • Almost all respondents (94%) said they we likely to recommend the event to friends, family and colleagues.
  • Facebook (45%), word of mouth (31%) and the media (12%) were the most common ways people found out about the event.
  • The festival approach to Christmas celebrations was supported by the majority of respondents (65%) while only 12% supported having a Christmas tree in the city with a one-off a concert.

From the City to Floriade – Wayfinding signage for pedestrians and cyclists

In 2017, to assist people travelling by foot or bicycle to and from Floriade from the city, the City Renewal Authority installed over 60 wayfinding signs, including some with travel time estimates.

Floriade Wayfinding Sign

Two examples of the wayfinding signs installed between the city and Floriade.

To help us evaluate the success of the wayfinding signs, we would like to know how you got to Floriade this year and your thoughts on the signs.

If you'd like to provide your feedback, please complete the 5 minute survey below:

Where do you live?

Did you know you could walk from the city to Floriade in 10 mins?

When you have visited Floriade have you visited or considered visiting the city in the same outing?

What form of transport did you use for the largest part of your journey?

Chose the location closest to where you walked from

Rate how helpful the signs are from not helpful (1 star) to very helpful (5 stars)

Not Rated

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Rate how more likely you are to walk between the city centre and Commonwealth Park when 1 is equivalent to no more likely and 5 is much more likely.

Not Rated

The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.

Community Engagement 2016-17

Over 2016-17 people contributed their thoughts on Canberra's city centre and how it could be improved in a number of ways, including:

  • Using the maps below to tell is what they love about the city centre and what could be improved;
  • Telling us ideas for the city centre using the 'electronic post-it note';
  • Tagging us on facebook or instagram using #activatecivic; and
  • Joining us at activation events (listed on the right).

What is your favourite place in our city centre and why?

CLOSED: This social mapping activity is now concluded. You can view the ideas by clicking on them.

What could be changed to improve our city centre?

What's your vision for Canberra's city centre?

11 June, 2017

penelope says:

I think Civic needs to be cleaned up. Don't spend millions on filling in the lake when Civic needs attention.

9 June, 2017

MandM says:

Do whatever it takes to make sure the Merry-go-round is operating Friday and Sunday nights

9 June, 2017

MandM says:

Provide some solar art installations particularly around activity spots like Garema Place that project warmth after hours in winter

9 June, 2017

MandM says:

Install old pianos around Civic for the public to play. They can be painted up by Art students

9 June, 2017

MandM says:

Provide School of Music students an incentive to busk in Civic - either pocket money or Civic Traders giving them food tokens for a meal

9 June, 2017

DMOZ says:

A public water park like in Cairns. In winter it could be frozen for ice skating.

9 June, 2017

DMOZ says:

Make Civic less feral on Friday & Saturday nights. It's disgusting. Feels very unsafe there now.

27 May, 2017

Acarfrae says:

I think that the buildings in Garema place, Syd and Mel buildings should have larger buildings built in their empty spaces over heritage bit

25 May, 2017

Gil3 says:

None of your 'comments' methods make provision for an actual submission which addresses "A 24 hour economy", "An active..." I rest my case!

8 May, 2017

j.b says:

Free or cheaper family-orientated events, performances, hands-on activities, landmark 'scavenger hunts', outdoor movies, etc, in the city.

8 May, 2017

j.b says:

Free city bus extended to Regatta Point with ferries between Regatta, NMA, Zoo, Weston Park, yacht club, Parkes, Blundells Cottage (Campbell

8 May, 2017

j.b says:

Bring the National Convention Centre into/closer to the city centre- injecting 2,500 people into the bars/restaurants/culture events, etc.

City Action Plan

About the City Action Plan

In 2015, the ACT Government created The City Action Plan which set out the ACT Government’s vision for the city and actions to get there – but it’s just the start of the conversation. It aims to:

  • Foster a safe and connected city for people from all backgrounds and circumstances to enjoy
  • Create a 24-hour economy driven by active, diverse street life
  • Activate the city’s parks, streets and laneways to create character and atmosphere
  • Strive to increase the City’s population density – make the CBD somewhere more people want to live
  • Provide the Canberra community with a city centre which inspires pride – a city which people celebrate
  • Refresh older, dilapidated parts of Canberra to create an attractive, fun and lively city
  • Create a safe and accessible city centre with easy connections for pedestrian, cyclists and commuters
  • Develop events which include a diverse range of businesses and stakeholders.

We have used this document to gain an understanding of the city's potential . We continue to work with Canberrans to create a vibrant and active city centre that reflects the best of Canberra.