Project status: In Progress

The ACT Government is engaging with the community to develop a place plan for the East Lake urban renewal area. The place plan will capture the community's insights, priorities, and vision for the future. It will shape future urban renewal.

How you had YourSay

Thank you to everyone who provided comments and insights about the East Lake area. Your feedback and comments are captured in the community engagement Listening Report.

We are using your feedback (outlined in the Listening Report) to develop a draft Place Plan that will bring together the many differing ideas of the community and its organisations – the people who live, work and play in and around East Lake and surrounding suburbs.

Throughout July and August 2022, community and stakeholders had their say on the future of the East Lake area through events, workshops, walkshops, door-to-door engagement and online activities such as surveys, storytelling and photosharing. We will soon release a Listening Report that outlines what we heard from the engagement.

You will also have the opportunity to provide more feedback when we release the draft Place Plan for public consultation in the coming months.

How we will use your views

Your ideas will help us prepare the place plan, which will guide planning changes and urban renewal activities in East Lake over time. The place plan will capture the identity, character, and values of the East Lake precinct and establish the key design principles to guide future planning, design, and renewal for East Lake.

More information

East Lake is located on the south-eastern edge of Lake Burley Griffin. The site covers parts of Kingston, Fyshwick and Griffith and includes the Canberra Railway Station, the Mildura Street industrial/commercial area and the growing Canberra Avenue east-west corridor linking the city with Queanbeyan.

East Lake is immediately bounded by Kingston Foreshore, Jerrabomberra Wetlands and Canberra Avenue, and covers approximately 100 hectares.

Strategically located where the Canberra–Sydney interstate railway station meets Canberra’s public rapid transport services and the busy Canberra Avenue corridor, the area has been identified as being of strategic importance for urban growth and renewal.

The East Lake area was first identified for possible future urban intensification in the 2004 Canberra Spatial Plan. Since then, the Territory has undertaken a range of preliminary planning investigations in consultation with the community and key stakeholders.

East Lake is well-positioned to contribute to Canberra becoming a more compact and efficient city. The East Lake preliminary investigations and studies undertaken in consultation with the community and key stakeholders since 2004 have explored how the area could be renewed.

The planning and engagement outcomes from past engagements have formed a part of the information gathering for the future visioning of East Lake. This current engagement ensures we consider the needs of the community, which has changed in recent years with the development of Kingston Foreshore, and takes into account current policy settings.

As the ACT Government continues to work on many exciting urban renewal projects across Canberra, we are working hard to deliver a consolidated and coordinated engagement process between projects where possible. For example, the East Lake Place Plan and SLA Kingston Arts Precinct consultation periods will overlap in July/August 2022 and we will share relevant information.

The ACT Planning System Review and Reform Project includes the development of district strategies, including an Inner South District Strategy. East Lake is identified as an area of change within the Inner South District Strategy. Planning for East Lake will be informed by the district strategy.