Background

Project status: In progress

How to have YourSay

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the preliminary design for public space improvements along Hardwick Crescent between Luke Street and the service station. Feedback closed 28 September 2022.

We have now released the What We Heard report which summarises the key themes and insights heard during the engagement phase.

The Kippax Group Centre Master Plan 2019 sets out a vision to guide the growth and development in the centre over time.

Transport Canberra and City Services has undertaken extensive site investigations and targeted stakeholder engagement with local businesses and community groups to identify a priority area for public space improvements in line with the Master Plan.

The improvements take into consideration a number of other significant projects currently underway across Government in and around the Kippax Group Centre.

Preliminary design is now complete for these improvements which are proposed along the section of Hardwick Crescent between Luke Street and the service station (displayed in the map to the right).

The community were invited to provide feedback on the preliminary design for public space improvements.

You provided feedback by:

  • completing the survey under the 'Design' tab
  • visiting a pop-up at the Kippax Library on either of the below dates
    • Thursday 15 September 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm
    • Saturday 17 September 11 am to 1 pm
  • emailing your feedback to communityengagement@act.gov.au.

Feedback closed 11.59 pm Wednesday 28 September 2022.

We are looking at:

The Kippax Group Centre plays an important role for the Belconnen and broader community as a meeting place, a shopping hub and centre for local services. The preliminary plan for improvements along Hardwick Crescent was developed in response to the Master Plan 2019. The Master Plan identified a portion of Hardwick Crescent as the best opportunity currently available for creating a more accessible, useable, and welcoming community space, noting there are constraints to public space improvements at other locations in the Kippax Group Centre.

The preliminary design considers a range of improvements between Luke Street and the service station on Hardwick Crescent. This includes:

  • wider and improved shopfront pavement, allowing space for outdoor cafes and public outdoor furniture
  • increased accessibility along shopfronts
  • an enhanced streetscape with new plantings and landscaping
  • increased amenity, including a new bike rack and rubbish bin
  • improved safety for pedestrians with new pedestrian crossings and lighting improvements
  • direct pedestrian links between the currently separated commercial centres on either side of the large carparks.

We will use your views to

Feedback received during the engagement period will help finalise the design ahead of construction procurement, with construction planned to begin in 2023.

Updates will continue to be provided via this page.

If you have any questions about this project or would like to be kept updated on its progress, please email communityengagement@act.gov.au.

Artist impressions

Design

The preliminary design shows a range of improvements which aim to increase safety, accessibility and the overall look and feel of the space. Improvements include:

  • wider and improved shopfront pavement, allowing space for outdoor cafes and public outdoor furniture
  • increased accessibility along shopfronts
  • an enhanced streetscape with new plantings and landscaping
  • increased amenity, including a new bike rack and rubbish bin
  • improved safety for pedestrians with new pedestrian crossings and lighting improvements
  • direct pedestrian links between the currently separated commercial centres on either side of the large carparks.

This survey closed on 28 September 2022.

Context image of area for public space improvements.