Bike racks, drinking fountains, artistic paving and sculptural seating will feature among a string of new shop upgrades across Canberra over the next six months.
The Charnwood, Griffith and Theodore shops are each set for a mini-facelift with work under way on $950,000 worth of upgrades.
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services Shane Rattenbury said the minor upgrades would improve the amenity, accessibility, safety and security of each shopping area.
Work at Charnwood began on Tuesday. When finished it will include new signage at the corner facing Tillyard Drive, a wider footpath in front of the shops, a more useable community gathering space with sculptural seating, new trees and a new drinking fountain.
Theodore will welcome a new community gathering space in front of the shops featuring a shade structure, picnic table, seating and community noticeboard.
Other items on the upgrade list include bike racks, shop signage and landscaping as well as improved stormwater drainage treatments.
Upgrade work at the Griffith shops will start in February. Among the changes will be improved artwork paving, a new drinking fountain, new bike racks and a new handrail on the steps leading to the shops. The area's shade structure will also be cleaned.
Mr Rattenbury expected the upgrades, which will meet current standards for lighting and parking for people with a disability, to be completed by mid-2015.
"The ACT government suburban shopping centres refurbishment program commenced in 1995 and since that time many local shopping centres in Canberra have been improved," he said.
"These three centre upgrades are the latest stage in this broader program."