The City to the Lake project, was originally created to outline the framework for the development of the southern parts of the CBD. It was designed as a long term project to guide public and private investment in Canberra’s heart into its second century.
Based on community consultation beginning in 2006, the Canberra community was encouraged to have their say on the future of the city. There was strong community interest in the city and how its growth and change might be planned and facilitated through the City Plan and projects such as City to the Lake. As a result of consultation processes, the City to the Lake project was originally envisioned to include a new convention and exhibition centre, a city stadium, the realignment of Parkes Way to facilitate enhanced public access to West Basin and Commonwealth Park, and the creation of homes for 15,000 new residents over the next twenty years.
A summary of consultation processes undertaken by both the ACT Government and National Capital Authority is provided below:
Since 2006, City to the Lake priorities have shifted with focus now on the creation of the West Basin Waterfront development and activating the city. With the creation of the City Renewal Authority, responsibility for transforming West Basin Waterfront and activating the city now forms part of their agenda.