26 September 2023

New design for Garema Place unveiled in the city

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Plans to improve Garema Place are officially underway with the City Renewal Authority sharing proposed designs for consideration and comment feedback by the ACT community.

Acting Chief Executive of the Authority, Craig Gillman said the plan outlined a less cluttered area with more greenery and dining opportunities.

“This Garema Place upgrade will create a safer, more accessible and usable central meeting place for people,” Mr Gillman said.

“In creating a more open and beautiful new space, this upgrade will support safety, improve pedestrian access and increase economic activity,” he said.

“We consider Garema Place to be the community’s living room in the City Centre – so we want input on what the upgrade should look like.”

Mr Gilman said proposed features included: Accessible single-level pavement and easier pedestrian flow; Better lighting to create a safer precinct in the evenings; Improved seating and outdoor dining spaces; Trees and gardens to cool the space in summer and let the sunshine through in winter; and An open and versatile space that supported special events and everyday activities.

He said the upgrade would create a modern and exciting dining and retail precinct in the City Centre.

“The project builds on upgrades to City Walk in 2020 and is about creating a bustling central precinct and gathering place with important flow-on benefits for the local economy,” the Acting Chief Executive said.

He said Canberrans could have their say on the proposed designs until 14 May by completing and online survey.

The City Renewal Authority’s 16-page proposed design can be accessed at this PS News link and the online survey at this link.

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