Project status: Closed

How to have your say

The ACT Government is designing a new Dragon Boat facility at Grevillea Park. This forms part of a $1.7 million commitment to build a permanent home for dragon boating in Canberra.

As one of Canberra's largest water-based sports, and an increasingly popular activity for women and people of all ages, this new Dragon Boat facility will support growth opportunities for the sport.

The new facility will include new boat storage, community facilities, a training room, event administration and change rooms.

Once completed, the new facility will be sub-leased to Dragon Boat ACT (DBACT), the governing body for dragon boating in the ACT, which currently has around 600 members across ten teams (including three school teams) of which approximately 70% are female.

The facility will allow DBACT to continue to run its regattas at Grevillea Park and it will help to further activate Lake Burley Griffin’s East Basin.

This project forms part of the ACT Government's commitment to supporting a diverse range of sport and physical activity outcomes for the benefit of the Canberra community.

Comments are now closed and a What We Heard report is now available.

Since this consultation took place, the design of the Grevillea Park Dragon Boat facility has been revised following consultation with the National Capital Authority (NCA). Some changes to the building form were required which have altered the overall look of the building but not the footprint, site location or the functionality of the proposed site.

As part of the NCA's Works Approval process there was an opportunity for public comment on the proposed design of the facility (Block 28 Section 33 Barton – 15 Menindee Drive). Public comment is now closed and works have been approved.

The construction contract has been awarded to Projex and construction is underway.

This page is now closed. For further information on the Grevillea Park Dragon Boat Facility project please visit the Built for CBR website here.

Grevillea Park Dragon Boat Facility Design


How to have YourSay

For many years the dragon boat community stored its boats and equipment in three storage containers next to the Southern Cross Yacht Club in Lotus Bay. They used Grevillea Park as a base for regattas requiring the transporting of all boats and safety equipment to Grevilia Park for each event.

Due to renovations at the Southern Cross Yacht Club, the dragon boat community relocated to Grevillea Park where they have a temporary set up. While the relocation has allowed the sport to continue, a more long-term solution is needed.

A Strategic Review of Recreational Facilities Around Lake Burley Griffin undertaken previously for Rowing ACT, identified Grevillea Park as a suitable location for a permanent dragon boat facility. A subsequent master plan for Grevillea Park, developed by the ACT Government's Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD), in consultation with the National Capital Authority, identified the block adjacent to the Grevillea Park Rowing Shed, as the preferred location for a new permanent dragon boat facility.

In 2020, Cox Architecture was engaged to undertake design which included consideration of the following:

  • boat storage shed
  • other storage
  • training room
  • office/meeting room
  • timekeeping room
  • amenities/change rooms
  • marshalling area.

In addition, consideration will be given to how movement of equipment between the facility and shoreline can best be facilitated without significantly impacting community access to the area.

Your feedback will assist in the next phase of the design of the new Grevillea Park Dragon Boat facility.