Times Past: May 16, 1967

In predicting 500,000 people could live in a "metropolis" Canberra by the year 2000, one of the top planning minds at the National Capital Development Commission might have slightly overshot the mark.

But given it was made more than 30 years ahead, this agency prediction - outlined by the NCDC's Hans Westerman - could be forgiven given the things it got right.

At that time Woden was "well under way" and Tuggeranong was mooted as an area ripe for development.

Belconnen was ready to kick off with the first single-residence land sales. The amenity of a "centre at the edge of a modest artificial lake created by a simple weir in Ginninderra Creek" was promised.

Hinting Gungahlin was already a twinkle in a town planner's eye, Mr Westerman noted Lake Ginninderra would be particularly valued if "new towns eventually grow up north of Belconnen".

Canberra's population in 2000 turned out to be just over 300,000. See: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/14532668