Project status: Closed


Lake Burley Griffin is a much-loved and defining feature of Canberra. Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin’s original plan intended for the road and pedestrian access to continue down to the water, connecting it to the city centre.

The City Renewal Authority is progressing the multi-year Acton Waterfront project in consultation with the community and stakeholders so that this new city neighbourhood reflects Canberrans’ vision for their city, connecting the CBD to the lake and ensuring the lakefront is always accessible.

Throughout the project we will be asking for your feedback at every stage. All development at Acton Waterfront, which is Designated Land, will be designed and delivered to ensure it meets the statutory planning requirements of the National Capital Plan.

All phases of the project are subject to National Capital Authority Works Approval, budget bids and the outcome of community and stakeholder consultation.

The National Capital Plan envisages Acton Waterfront as a lively cultural and entertainment precinct on a waterfront promenade. The area will create a new city neighbourhood, extending the city to the lake with a cosmopolitan mixture of residential, shops, businesses, cafes, recreations, tourist activities and accommodation.

The City Renewal Authority is working closely with the community and stakeholders to transform Acton Waterfront into a place for all Canberrans to enjoy. This means more open spaces, improved connections with the city centre, better access for water activities, and a celebration of the site’s history and national significance. Importantly, all initiatives are grounded by care for the land, respect for the lake and the lakeshore landscape.

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback throughout our consultation for the park and estate in 2022. The consultation reports can be found in the document library on this page.

We will continue to gather your ideas and feedback from the Canberra community, stakeholders, partners, and others to inform the refinement of the proposed estate plan and park design.

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