Design team sought for Lake Tuggeranong foreshore project

Ian Bushnell 30 September 2021 60
Lake Tuggeranong

Lake Tuggeranong and the town centre. Photo: File.

Plans to upgrade the Lake Tuggeranong foreshore precinct are underway with a tender released for a design and feasibility study.

At last year’s election, ACT Labor pledged $4.75 million for major improvements to the foreshore precinct from Reed Street South to Tuggeranong Town Park.

The study will have a narrow window with the tender document saying timing is critical for this project which the Government wants completed in June 2022.

It wants construction to start almost immediately and improvements to the foreshore precinct completed by June 2024.

The tender document says the foreshore project is part of the overall masterplan for the Tuggeranong Town Centre and improvements will build on and integrate with the recently completed public space and cycling and pedestrian path upgrades.

The Government wants to provide a new playground, recreation facilities, better green spaces and make the area more accessible, as well as other elements identified in the study.

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Opportunities to improve the foreshore precinct infrastructure should also strengthen the town centre as a business and community hub.

The Government sees several shortcomings in the precinct that need fixing including Tuggeranong Town Park, which it says has a range of facilities but that overall the amenity is not up to the standard required of a major Canberra park.

Lake Tuggeranong foreshore precinct

The study area along Lake Tuggeranong. Photo: ACT Government.

The tender document says Bartlett Place and car parks to the north separate the town park from the public swimming pool, leisure centre and gym as well as from the skate park, with the road and car park disrupting main pedestrian and cycle movements.

It says the main park entry at the Anketell Street/Cowlishaw Street intersection is clearly visible and signed but infrequently used because it is not accessible or inviting.

The Government wants a quality design that is cohesive, functional, structurally sound, creative, durable and cost-effective to construct and maintain over time.

It believes the precinct should have flexible, inclusive and attractive spaces with accessible paths and recognisable entry points, with connectivity between the town centre, town park and lake edge.

Water sensitive urban design and climate change mitigation strategies should be deployed where feasible and historical, heritage and commemorative elements in the foreshore should be recognised, such as the heritage-listed Tuggeranong Boundary Marker and the National Service and Combined Forces Memorial.

It says there should also be opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contribution to the design of functional elements or artwork.

The successful tenderer will contribute to community consultation which will be managed by Transport Canberra and City Services, and the study should include concept plans, detailed designs, staging times and cost estimates.

The tender closes on 19 October.

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60 Responses to Design team sought for Lake Tuggeranong foreshore project
Johnathan Davis MLA - Member for Brindabella Johnathan Davis MLA - Member for Brindabella 8:55 pm 14 Oct 21

Hi All. I’m running a survey fo help inform these works. Let me know how you’d like to see the Lake Tuggeranong Foreshore improved -

Loz Mac Loz Mac 8:50 pm 04 Oct 21

Michelle a bridge 🤣🤣

Kyle Rollinson Kyle Rollinson 4:19 pm 04 Oct 21


Roz Edmunds Roz Edmunds 9:52 pm 03 Oct 21

First fix the pong. Nothing will work until the air is reliably clean all year round.

Robyn Baer Robyn Baer 8:19 pm 03 Oct 21

A healthy flourishing waterway free of toxic blue-green algae, for everyone to enjoy. Its now possible thanks to hardworking scientists across the globe.

Krysia Szkiela Krysia Szkiela 1:05 pm 03 Oct 21

Freedom of access. Ability to walk, ride, jog or run around the perimeter. Spots to meet people and have a coffee.

Sandi Mayes Seignarack Sandi Mayes Seignarack 9:54 am 03 Oct 21

Some nice waterside cafes instead of maccas, kfc etc.

Virginia Dodson Virginia Dodson 12:33 am 03 Oct 21

Green space

Michael Kerr Michael Kerr 11:34 pm 02 Oct 21

Surf ranch

Sue Booth Sue Booth 11:09 pm 02 Oct 21

Lots of waterside cafes spread further than the Main Street area of the lake, a well lit track around lake it’s well used but not at night and could be.
Water activities, bike/scooter, Segway hire.
Buskers, balloon shapers artists, like Sydney around harbour and Docklands Melbourne.
Food van area.
A super 21st century park/playground like all the new ones in new estates North Canberra.
Lots of grass-garden-tree areas not like the concrete jungle recently established opposite South.Point, that will not be user friendly in Summer.
A water fountain area, and nice gardens like a smaller scale botanical gardens.

Katy Chaye Katy Chaye 9:36 pm 02 Oct 21

Time for a real board walk like cairns esplanade or south bank in brisbane. Restaurants, cafes , local markets beautiful water parks, art displays, a full time Ferris wheel. Something that brings more community spirit an revenue into Canberra. An all year round tourist attraction, rather then just being known for floriade and summernats.

We have so many lakes that have so much potential rather then surrounding them with high rise buildings!

Anthony Anthony Anthony Anthony 7:10 pm 02 Oct 21

Get rid of it, start again!

ACT Labour government hasn’t spent a penny on Tuggeranong for years.

Chris Hunt Chris Hunt 6:37 pm 02 Oct 21

How about actual Foreshore.

Sienna Sewter Sienna Sewter 6:28 pm 02 Oct 21

More bins around!

Nigel Fullerton Nigel Fullerton 5:55 pm 02 Oct 21


ToniandRod McIntyre ToniandRod McIntyre 5:52 pm 02 Oct 21

Drag Strip, or, a Racetrack

Judy Neal Judy Neal 5:49 pm 02 Oct 21

Agree with others to move Maccas and KFC and put something decent there for families to enjoy, the lake can smell but the smell from these two fast food places is disgusting 🤢 more cafes closer to the town park would be great and bring back the Tuggeranong Arts Cafe that was upstairs 🙂

    Nick Graham Nick Graham 6:14 pm 02 Oct 21

    Judy Neal the McDonald’s and kfc there are probably the the two busiest fast food joints in Tuggeranong especially during lockdown so I don’t think there gonna remove them

    Judy Neal Judy Neal 6:31 pm 02 Oct 21

    Nick Graham I’ve edited my post to say ‘move’ instead of ‘remove’, I’m sure they could be relocated away from the lake foreshore

Isabel Rohrlach Isabel Rohrlach 3:41 pm 02 Oct 21

Lauren Smith maybe something Rebeka might be interested in xox

Angela Robertson Angela Robertson 3:34 pm 02 Oct 21

A playground for all ages and abilities that is as good as the ones that have been built on the north side.

Stuart Diener Stuart Diener 3:10 pm 02 Oct 21

Light rail?

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