A fix of sorts for Northbourne Avenue

By The Canberra Times
Updated April 24 2018 - 11:38am, first published January 18 2016 - 9:19am

Beyond artists' impressions of rail cars and bustling street scenes, the extent to which Northbourne Avenue is going to be remade by light rail (and urban infill) has not greatly intruded on the public's imagination. The release on Monday of "City and gateway" a discussion paper on urban renewal along Canberra's main entry route should change that, however. Prepared by the Environment and Planning Directorate, the discussion paper canvasses the development of "urban villages" at several key intersections along Northbourne Avenue, the rehabilitation of Sullivans Creek, and the construction of a new bus station on Alinga Street. And, in what planners obviously regarded as their piece de resistance, a plaza is envisioned between the Melbourne and Sydney buildings in Civic, linking the east and west of the city.