25 September 2023

Developers drawn to Kingston arts site

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The long-awaited Kingston Arts Precinct has taken a step forward with land developer, Geocon engaged to deliver the project in partnership with the Suburban Land Agency (SLA).

The project has been more than 20 years in the making and aims to transform the Kingston area into a world class arts and cultural hub.

Minister for Urban Renewal, Rachel Stephen-Smith said the SLA would manage the next stage of consultations with the tenderer.

“A formal community engagement process will run in parallel with ongoing consultation between Geocon, artsACT and local art organisations who will move into the precinct once completed,” Ms Stephen-Smith said.

“Through the Suburban Land Agency and artsACT, we will work very closely with Geocon to ensure arts organisations, stakeholders and the community are provided the best possible opportunity to engage in the design process.”

She said the Kingston Arts Precinct would further add to the vibrancy of the Kingston Foreshore and the character of Kingston and Canberra more broadly.

“We’ll continue to work with all stakeholders to ensure we deliver a precinct of the highest quality with excellent design outcomes,” Ms Stephen-Smith said.

She said a budget of up to $78 million had been allocated for the development works as part of the urban renewal delivery of Kingston Foreshore.

She said $50 million was included for purpose-built facilities for resident art organisations and accommodation for visiting artists.

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