Project status: In progress

How you had YourSay:

Yerrabi Pond in Canberra’s north is a popular recreation spot for people to exercise, take their dog, sit and relax, play, skate and enjoy social events.

Yerrabi Pond opened in 1999 and has changed a lot since then with additions including playground facilities, more walking and cycling paths and a skateboard area. Most recently, a new nature play space was opened last year featuring a sandpit, balancing equipment and natural log and boulder steppers.

Thank you to everyone who provided their feedback on how they use the spaces around Yerrabi Pond and what future improvements they would like to see in the area.

We received more than 7,000 ideas and suggestions via YourSay, email, social media and at pop-ups. We heard the community would like more rubbish bins, more public toilets, improved signage, recreational facilities for young people and path improvements for pedestrians and cyclists.

We have now released the What We Heard Report and the Engagement Report.

Next steps

Funding was provided in the 2020-21 ACT Budget for amenity improvements at Yerrabi Pond. Following the consultation, we identified a number of improvements, with works now complete for:

  • 8 new seats
  • plantings including near the water's edge and in the existing shrub beds
  • 22 new 'shared path' signs
  • drainage works along the path network to reduce pooling of water on the paths
  • new softfall for the flying fox.

A new half climbing wall is still to be installed and additional line marking at key locations along the shared path network will also be completed following some path repairs to be carried out. These activities are expected to be completed in the coming months.

New bin shrouds (covers) will begin to surround 12 existing bins around the Pond. These will not only improve amenity around Yerrabi Pond but will also further assist in education for the community on waste management.

Funding was also provided in the 2021-22 ACT Budget for planning and design works for improved and new amenities including increased car parking, picnic and toilet facilities and additional streetlighting. The first tender has been awarded associated with the parking and streetlighting improvements and site investigations have commenced.

In addition, the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate are delivering a floating wetland to Yerrabi Pond. The floating wetland will help to improve water quality and minimise harmful algae. The construction team for the floating wetland is in the process of finalising approvals to install the wetland design. The wetland is anticipated to be deployed in the coming months. You can find out more about floating wetland projects on environment.act.gov.au.

The below map has been prepared to provide an overview of the planned works. You can also view a larger version here.

Map of planned improvements (construction and design work) at Yerrabi Pond.