National Capital revitalised thanks to Budget funds
03 April 2019
The Coalition Government will invest an additional $13.9 million over the next three years in the National Capital to help the National Capital Authority (NCA) deliver major upgrades on key infrastructure.
Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories Sussan Ley said the funding will help the NCA continue to fulfil its crucial role in shaping Canberra into the future.
“The Coalition Government remains committed to investing in and looking after the national interest in Canberra. The additional funding will ensure we continue to have a National Capital all Australians can be proud of,” Ms Ley said.
“This significant injection of funding to the agency will ensure a positive future for Canberra, supporting critical infrastructure, redevelopment and conservation works.”
Chair of the National Capital Authority Terry Weber welcomed the budget announcement and said the funding would be a great help, supporting major critical infrastructure projects on National Land.
“The funding will help us deliver a Detailed Business Case for essential structural strengthening of Commonwealth Avenue Bridge, and an intensive capital renewal program for Scrivener Dam and the walls surrounding Lake Burley Griffin,” Mr Weber said.
Commonwealth Avenue Bridge, an arterial transport corridor in Canberra, forms the principal ceremonial entrance to Parliament House. The Detailed Business Case will look to undertake strengthening, widening and safety barrier replacement works to ensure the Bridge can continue to function safely for the next 50 years and improve vehicle and pedestrian safety and amenity for all users.
Scrivener Dam, the bespoke concrete gravity dam on the Molonglo River, and the walls surrounding Lake Burley Griffin require renewal in order to extend their useful lives, avoid expensive replacement works and ensure they continue to function safely. Some of the planned works include the replacement of spillway anchors, renewal of floodgates and mechanical equipment, flood control measures and remediation of lake walls.
Following the reopening of the National Capital Exhibition and addition of the Canberra Region Visitor Centre to Regatta Point, the last piece of the building, the Café and Function Centre at Regatta Point, will undergo redesign and construction. This space will allow visitors to enjoy one of the best vistas in Canberra and provide another tourism offering to make Regatta Point its own "must visit" destination.
The National Carillon, ahead of its 50th anniversary in 2020, will see upgrades and improvements to enhance the music quality of the Carillon and the amenity at Aspen Island. These works will also provide the Carillon with a new clavier, new bell clappers and transmissions.
The NCA will also continue conservation works, protecting important ecological areas and endangered species at Stirling Park, and the enhancement of assets including furniture, sewerage treatment systems and irrigation at Commonwealth Park.