Work has started on Canberra’s biggest-ever suburban infrastructure program, with upgrades to local shops in Kaleen the first to get underway.
Minister for Transport and City Services, Chris Steel said 14 local shop upgrades were planned across Canberra, with Duffy and Campbell next on the to-do list.
“We know Canberrans love their local shops, particularly in recent years as we’ve all spent more time closer to home,” Mr Steel said.
“These upgrades will create vibrant shopping centres and main streets that are better places for people,” he said.
Mr Steel said other suburbs set to see upgrades included Campbell; Narrabundah; Evatt; Macquarie; and Monash.
He said upgrades were also slated for the commercial precincts and group centres of Weston (Brierly Street); Holt (Kippax); Lanyon; Calwell; Dickson (Woolley Street); Braddon (Lonsdale Street); and Pialligo.
The Minister said community consultation would soon begin on the design of new and upgraded playgrounds in Aranda; Ngunnawal; Chisholm; and Gordon.
He said consultation at Lyons and Kaleen would follow later in the term.
“Upgrades to the Tuggeranong foreshore get underway next month, with Canberrans encouraged to share ideas on how the Tuggeranong Foreshore’s amenity and facilities can be upgraded or improved,” he said.
“Work is already underway on a range of improvements around Yerrabi Pond in Gungahlin following community consultation, with further upgrades being designed, including new and upgraded toilets, lighting and car parking,” Mr Steel said.